Professional Development

Rachel & Craig FINALLY meet (long-time MTH buddies)

I was pleased to be the recipient of a NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Independent Teaching Fellowship this year.  This new award was created by NATS to better facilitate the participation by private studio teachers (who make up most of the membership, but are least likely to hold Board positions) in NATS and attendance at conferences.  The Fellowship covered the cost of the conference fees, as well as a ticket to the private show that Kelli O’Hara gave the conference attendees.  I have to say that I would not have been at the conference without the Fellowship.

Sessions that I attended and their “big ideas” were:

Full Session 1: “Male Voice Master Class,” Stephen King, presenter

The big idea: BREATH is everything, EASE of breath is even more.

Special Session: “Solo/Choral Singing: A Symbiotic Relationship.” Panel composed of: Dr. Sharon Hanson (moderator), Tim Sharp (Executive Director of ACDA), Martha Randall (Past President of NATS), Dr.Brenda Smith (author of Choral Pedagogy), Dr. Brady Allred (Director of Choral Studies at University of Utah), Scott McCoy (NATS Immediate Past President), and Allen Henderson (NATS President). [···]

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I ran across a new magazine that I wanted to share with the other teachers and working musicians here at Music Teacher’s Helper.

When I was a young musician, I used to head over to the house of a working bassist I knew and read his music magazines.  Among his literary gems was a periodical called Gig.  It was a trade magazine that focused on helping professional musicians succeed at the business of music.

As I grew older and became a working musician,  Gig magazine ceased being published.  I wondered if anyone else missed this magazine, and if there would be another periodical that would someday replace Gig.

A new periodical, called MusicPro Magazine, might just fill that void.  MusicPro magazine is available online and it is free to all subscribers.  This magazine is written by professional musicians as a resource for fellow professional musicians.  (The editor of the magazine is a music teacher and professional drummer.)   This is a resource you may want to check out and add to your reading list.  Head to:

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