North Dakota Music Teachers Association Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association
North Dakota MTA

The NDMTA newsletter is published four times a year. Deadlines for submitting material are May 10, August 10, November 10, and
February 10.

Michelle Kallod, Editor
mkallod@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-235-8517

News Highlights

Dates to Remember and Reminders

July 1, 2022: Dues are due!


October 8, 2022: NDMTA Board Meeting 10:00 AM via ZOOM 


2022 MTNA Competitions: Oct. 22, Valley City State University, Valley City, ND


2023 MTNA Collegiate Chapters Symposium: Jan. 14-15, Fort Worth, Texas


2023 MTNA National Conference: March 25-29 in Reno, Nevada 


2023 NDMTA Conference: Dickinson, ND. Dates TBA


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NDMTA Conference Rotation: 2022-2023 Badlands MTA;  2023-2024 Greater Grand Forks MTA


IMTF Luncheon Rotation: 2022-2023: Langdon Area MTA; 2024-25 Minot MTA; 2026-2027 Upper Valley MTA


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pdf August 2022 Newsletter

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Darla Sheldon is 2023 Foundation Fellow Nominee

Darla Sheldon is 2023 Foundation Fellow Nominee

Dala Sheldon has been selected to be the 2023 MTNA Foundation Fellow nominee.  With contributions of $1500 to the MTNA Foundation in her name, Darla will be honored at the 2023 MTNA Conference. Darla was a long time member of Upper Valley MTA in Park River until her retirement and move to Fargo where she has continued her membership with the Fargo Moorhead MTA. Please read about Darla in her biography below. 

pdf Darla Sheldon Biography

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Highlights of NDMTA 2022 Conference

A hearty thank you to the Fargo/Moorhead Music Teachers Association for hosting the 2022 NDMTA Conference in June. Also thank you to NDSU for the venue site at Reineke Hall and all the presenters who shared their knowledge to our benefit. It was wonderful to meet face to face again and be able to talk shop with our fellow teachers. The programs and sessions were inspiring and provided opportunity to learn and listen. The ultimate people that gain from this are the students we teach. Below are some of the pictures from the conference. 

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The NDMTA Conference started with a supper meeting with the board members

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NDMTA board members meeting

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The first concert and official opening of the NDMTA 2022 Conference was the Popplers Competition and Commissioned Composer Concert, Wed., June , 2022. What an enjoyable way to start the conference! 

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Popplers Competition Winners: Kathryn Toomey, 1st High School Division, Jacob Hausen, Grace Zhong; Ariel Bahn, 1st in Junior High Division; Elaine Liu, 1st in Elementary Division, Caroline Nelson

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After the Popplers Competition winners performed, the audience was treated to the piece " Suite of Uncommon Dances" composed by Christopher Gable, the 2022 MTNA Commissioned Composer. The three dances in the suite are "Streetlight Sarabande", "Awkward Middle School Slow Dance", and "Samba". 

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Dianna Anderson and Eric Anderson perform the Suite of Uncommon Dances by Christopher Gable. What joy to listen to the premiere of this delightful piece performed by these two gifted musicians! 

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NDMTA Vice President, Tamara Bertram, and composer, Christopher Gable discuss the commissioned piece, Suite of Uncommon Dances. Dianna Anderson and Eric Anderson, performers, are on the right. 

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Melody Bober presented three sessions on Thursday of the Conference: Session I - Practice and Performance Tips for the Successful Pianist, where she gave tips on how to have a good quality practice/performance and on performance anxiety as well as recital ideas.


Session II - Melody presented composition strategies for students. Many suggestions were given on how to jump start your students on a composition pathway.


Session III - In this session, Melody presented many ideas for summer piano such as offer unique choices such as group lessons, duets, etc. and suggested the web sites of Colourfulkeys and Wunderkeys.com for more ideas. Other suggestions were to customize the lesson to the students' interests and needs. Melody gave many group lesson ideas and games to use as summer ice breakers in the group lessons.


There was so much and so many great ideas from Melody for the whole year of teaching! 

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The Independent Music Teachers Forum was  presented by Lisa Schuler with the topic of Summer Music Classes for 3-6 year olds. Many great ideas were given and the 'how to' of organization, ages and class subjects were explained by Lisa and the handouts that she distributed. 

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Lisa Schuler presenting the IMTF program on Summer Music Classes: Ideas for Exploring Music with 3-6 year olds. At the luncheon, the teachers were her 3-6 year old students. It was a fun time for everyone!

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The 2022 NDMTA General Member Meeting was conducted by President Dianna Anderson.  Installation of officers was held: Tamara Bertram is the incoming president and Michael Langer is the incoming vice president. Returning officers includes Sheryl Kjelland, Secretary, and Michelle Kallod, Treasurer. President Dianna is at the podium with the incoming president, Tamara Bertram on the right. 

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Michelle Kallod was presented with a 25 Year Member certificate at the banquet. On the left is Lisa Schuler, Membership Chair, and on the right is Dianna Anderson, President. 

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Two Foundation Fellows were recognized at the banquet: 2021 Fellow Marjorie Johnson and 2022 Fellow Lisa Schuler. Because of the pandemic and cancellation of the MTNA Conferences for two years, Marjorie and Lisa didn't get to go to the National Conference to be recognized. The NDMTA wanted to give them a special recognition. Pictured right to left is Vangie Johnson-Parker, Foundation Fellow Chair, Marjorie, Lisa and President Dianna Anderson. 

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The Service to the Profession Award was given to Don Langlie for all of his support to the NDMTA and independent music teachers at Popplers Music. Amy Mercer, Service to the Profession Award Chair is presenting the award to Don.  

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The Thursday night concert was a real treat!! The Excelsior! Trio performed an eclectic program of pieces to excite the soul! Members of the trio are Debra Harris, flute; Jay Hersberger, piano; Russ Peterson, saxophone. 

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Friday morning session with Melody Bober was a showcase of new music.  It is always fun to hear that new piece that will be just the perfect one of that particular student. Duets, ensembles and soloes were played for the enjoyment of all. 

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Dr. Amy Mercer concluded the NDMTA Conference with a session on Interpreting Musical Styles in Elementary through Intermediate Teaching Repertoire. 

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All in all, a great time was had by all who attended the 2022 NDMTA Conference and we look forward to traveling to the western part of North Dakota in 2023 when the Badlands MTA will host us dates TBA.  Again we extend our thanks to the Fargo Moorhead MTA for hosting the 2022 conference.  


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Lisa Schuler is 2022 Foundation Fellow

Lisa Schuler is 2022 Foundation Fellow

Lisa Schuler, Langdon, ND, is a MTNA 2022 Foundation Fellow. Contributions of $1,720 were given to the MTNA Foundation in her name exceeding the minimum amount of $1500 and Lisa will be honored at the MTNA Conference in March. Congratulations to Lisa!!

pdf Lisa Schuler Biography

Check This Out!! Beth Klingenstein Featured in New MTNA Online Business Digest!

Check This Out!! Beth Klingenstein Featured in New MTNA Online Business Digest!

 

Welcome

 

Welcome to MTNA’s new online Business Digest! This quarterly resource provides MTNA members with vital information on the ever-changing business aspects of our professional lives. I am extremely happy to be working with a team of experts involved with the most up-to-date options for improving the business side of our teaching lives.  

 

My life-long interest in the business challenges facing music teachers has allowed me to give hundreds of presentations across the country and to publish extensively on the topic. I am now honored to be MTNA’s first Business Resources Coordinator.

 

—Beth Gigante Klingenstein, NCTM

(Taken from MTNA Business Digest email, October 2021, Volume 1, Issue 1)


See the full October 2021, Volume 1, Issue 1, by clicking on this link or doing a 'copy and paste' of this web address: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Welcome-to-the-Inaugural-MTNA-Business-Digest.html?soid=1131528944391&aid=ed0oWaziV4E

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North Dakota MTNA Competitions held Oct. 23, 2021

The three-tiered MTNA Performance Competitions (Junior, Senior and Young Artist) began with the state competitions level  held at Valley City State University, on Sat., Oct. 23. Categories of performance competitions include string, brass, woodwind, piano, piano duet, voice and chamber music in string and woodwind with 3-6 performers. The non performance category includes composition in the levels stated above and also an elementary level. 


The performance categories that were represented at VCSU were Young Artist (YA) Piano, Senior (SR) Piano, YA Woodwinds, and YA Strings. When there is only one entrant into a competition category, that entrant is automatically advanced to the Division. Competition categories that had only one entrant includes SR Strings, Junior (JR) Strings, SR Woodwinds, SR Composition and JR Composition. Judges for the event were Piano - John LeTellier, VCSU; Woodwinds - Dr. Lindsey Wiehl, VCSU; Strings - Laura Prokopyk, Bismarck. 


The winners of the state performance competitions will advance to the video-only Division level and the winners of the Division level advance to the in-person national finals to be held during the MTNA Conference in Minneapolis, March 26-30, 2022. 


 

Results of Young Artist Strings Competition

Results of Young Artist Strings Competition

Left to right: Julia Beck, winner, student of Jon Rumney, Minot State; Anthony Schreier, alternate, student of Jon Rumney; Laura Prokopyk, judge. 

Results of Young Artist Piano Competition

Results of Young Artist Piano Competition

On the right is Emma Winje, winner, student of Tyler Wottrich, NDSU; on the left is Julia Beck, alternate, student of Dianna Anderson, Minot State

Results of Young Artist Woodwinds Competition

Results of Young Artist Woodwinds Competition

Teacher, Charles Young of Minot State (on the far right) brought this group of students to compete in the Yamaha Woodwinds competition. The winner in the woodwinds category is Rachel Dockter who is pictured 2nd from left. Alternate is Danica Rumney who is pictured 2nd from the right. 

Results of Senior Piano Competition

Results of Senior Piano Competition

Left to right: Caleb Mendez, winner, student of Nariaki Sugiura, UND; Kevin Vandal, alternate, student of Dianna Anderson, Minot State.

Also Representing North Dakota at Division

The following students were single entrants in a category and automatically advance to the Division level: SR Composition: Marcus Hart, student of Darcy Brandenburg, Fargo; JR Composition: Vedant Srivastava, student of Tamara Bertram, Grand Forks; SR Strings: Ainsley Boucher, student of Tamara Bertram, Grand Forks; JR Strings: Katelyn Hur, student of Tamara Bertram, Grand Forks; SR Woodwinds: Sophia Klee, Bismarck, student of Russell Peterson, Concordia College.


Congratulations to all of the competition entrants and best wishes as you advance to the Division Competitions. 

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50 Year Members Honored by MTNA!!

Marjorie Johnson, NCTM, and Karen Okerlund, members of Fargo/Moorhead MTA are being recognized by the MTNA as a 50 year members of MTNA/NDMTA. They will receive a special 50-year Member pin from the MTNA. Congratulations, Marjorie and Karen for your dedication to the MTNA/NDMTA and the piano teaching profession!! It is a great achievement! 


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