Dear MTH blog readers,
It has been a while since I last posted! I hope you have all been well. You may remember from one of my previous posts that I had a baby (which is why I have not been able to keep up with my blogging!) Well she is 20 months old now!
Anyway, I am still teaching, and I wanted to share with you one of my studio secrets. It is called the Music Teachers National Association Music Achievement Award Program.
What is it?
“The purpose of MTNA’s Music Achievement Award Program is to help encourage ALL the students in the teacher’s studio, especially the “everyday” students, to continue their music study and to strive to achieve goals that will not only help them become better musicians, but also will enhance their love and appreciation of music.
The teacher sets goals that are both realistic and attainable for each individual student according to the student’s needs, ability and motivational level.
The student achieves the goals over a specified period of time.” – MTNA Member Resources
I have been doing this program for the last couple years. Basically every student in my studio participates in it. If you are a member of MTNA, there is detailed instruction on how to implement the program in the Members-Only area of the website. The beauty of the program is that the teacher can tailor the program to suit each individual student. Some students may complete as few as one goal, while others may complete as many goals/events as the teacher’s studio offers.
Here is my studio’s goals/events list for the past year:
For the beginner students, the goals can include completing a method book, listening assignments, and even attending live concerts. MTNA provides a very detailed list of suggestions for goals.
At our annual studio recital, I award the students that have completed their program with a trophy. Here is what this year’s trophy looks like:
Having this program in place really motivates my students to work hard throughout the year. It also saves me time as I plan the program at the beginning of the school year for each student, and at each lesson we can see clearly what is our upcoming goal and what repertoire we need to focus on.
This is only one of the many benefits of joining MTNA. If you are not yet a member, now is time to join before the next school year starts!
Here is wishing everyone a great summer!