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Who is going to the Big Apple?

I am writing to see if anyone else from the Music Teachers Helper community is going to the Music Teachers National Association 2012 National Conference held in New York city from March 24-28. This will be my first time attending a national conference for music teachers, and I am super excited!

The Conference Schedule is packed with workshops, masterclasses, exhibition showcases, and there is a very strong focus on the business side of teaching music, with a whole day dedicated to PROFESSIONAL STUDIO INSTITUTE: Building a Successful Studio in Any Kind of Economy. For those that already have a thriving studio and may not be interested in studio marketing, there is an alternative session called Teaching Artistry, where “Attendees will learn strategies for teaching artistry to students of all levels. Four tracks will explore the topics of technique, basic essential repertoire, advanced repertoire/competition preparation and developing artistry.”

Throughout the conference, there will be many opportunities to hear some of the country’s top music students, performing in competitions. I have attended the California state music teachers convention a few times, which also features student competitions and recitals. These performances always amaze and inspire me. I am also looking forward to the many poster sessions and publisher showcases.

No doubt this will be an expensive trip, and I started planning since September 2011. The high cost of travel and accommodation has kept me from going to the national conference in past years, but the allure of the Big Apple made it irresistible this time. The good news is that I do believe most, if not all of the cost associated with the conference can be tax deductible, as it is professional development (check with your accountant). I am also hoping to catch some concerts and performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as visit many museums and art galleries, so as to make my trip worth every penny!

On the schedule, there is a session called “Create A Studio Website – for FREE”, presented by Michelle Gordon, NCTM. I am curious to see if she is using Music Teachers Helper! I have met many friends through the Music Teachers Helper Blog, and it would be great to meet some more at the conference! There is a First-Time Attendee Reception – may be I will see you there? It is not too late to register, click here to go to the online registration page.

If you are going to the conference, or if you are planning to go, or if you have been to one of these national conferences in the past, and would like to share your experiences, please comment below!

About the Author

Yiyi Ku
Yiyi Ku is a pianist and teacher. Born in Taiwan, she grew up in New Zealand and obtained her Master of Music degree with Distinction in Composition and Piano Performance from the University of Canterbury. Yiyi also holds a Licentiate in Piano Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano from Music Teachers National As... [Read more]


  1. Kristin

    I’m not going this year, but I’m already making plans for next year’s conference in Anneheim. I’ll be going with a friend, including some time in Disneyland, and enjoying a week of conferences! (My friend will just relax around the hotel pool). I’m excited to hear about the conference workshops & sessions for the New York one. It’s just a HUGE expense, but I know teachers come away from the conferences refreshed, with new ideas, and ready to go! Can’t wait to participate next year.

  2. yiyiku

    Kristin, wow I actually did not know that the next year’s one is in Anneheim! I am going to that one for sure! Would be great to meet up!

  3. Mary Farrell

    Hi Yiyi,

    I am going! I live in Mt. Kisco, NY so I’ll be commuting. I have followed your website from before you moved to CA. (I used to live in Nassau County, NY.) Your logo is amazing and you have helped me be a better teacher.

    I look forward to meeting you. I, too, enjoy technology.

    Mary Farrell

  4. Yiyi Ku

    Mary – That’s awesome! See you at the Conference!

  5. Jennifer

    I’m going and am REALLY looking forward to it. I have never been and am taking my Mom along with me to do some sight-seeing as well! Should be fun!

  6. yiyiku

    Jennifer – see you at the first time attendee’s reception!

  7. Jennifer

    Oops, sorry I should have been more specific. I’ve never been to NYC! Super excited. This conference is actually my 3rd conference. My first was in Utah many years ago, 2nd was when it was in Albuquerque and now this one. Wish it would come to Phoenix. It’s the perfect time of year for it!

  8. Tanya Brooks, NCTM

    Yep, I’m going. Last one I went to was in Denver. Had a blast. Like a kid in a candy store. You will learn a lot and make many new friends.

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