What is the UVMTA?
Based in and around Rexburg, Idaho, this music teachers association has been operating since 1941. Members include full-time, part-time, and student teachers. (More info about Membership)
Each year we hold Junior Music Festivals and a student Composition Festival.
The UVMTA scholarship program is designed to assist music students in paying for their music education.
Professional and college educators, special concerts, symposiums, and other events keep our members' skills current.
Tips & Tricks
Here is an overview of one of our most popular workshops.
This workshop, held in May of 2010,
was so well attended we didn't have enough handouts for everyone! Below are
lists of what the teachers presented with PDF copies of their handouts.
What makes a good teacher?
(From John Ivers' list presented
in Sep of 2009 with her additions.)
- Positive teacher/student relationship: like each other
- Enthusiasm in your deliveries
- Be clear in your examples, give lots of them. Principle of repetition
gives the student a better chance at an "Aha!" moment.
- Good preparation and organization
- An ability to stimulate interest
- Thorough love and knowledge of subject
- Open to the opinions of others in your field and those of your students
- Lots of patience
- Lots of encouragement
How do I run a studio?
How do I motivate children to practice?
- Communicate!! Write a yearly policy letter which includes:
- Appreciation and excitement to teach
- Current schedule
- Current rates and fees
- Required commitment from students
- Other activities such as group lessons, recitals, festivals, etc.
Practice Incentives: I use music money and let them buy prizes such as candy
- Provide for your student's parents a schedule of lesson times
which includes everyone's phone numbers
- Train clients to call and trade with each other when conflicts arise
Carol's handouts with example forms, letters and schedules
- Make a notebook with student information, books they are using,
charts of technique skills, etc.
- Use accounting ledgers or Quicken to keep track of financial transactions
How do I keep track of my finances?
- I have a spreadsheet that automatically calculates my studio finances.
How do I teach children skills?
- Proper Piano Posture - fit the student to the piano using:
Agenda handout listing further topics Cheryl discussed
- Boxes to support the feet (Peter Ivie 356-0668)
- Adjustable benches (CPS Imports 480-329-5530)
- Carpet sample squares which are more stable than phone books or pillows
How do I teach melodic line & tone production?
How do I teach students to practice?
- Tone productions is a large part of study for every other instrument -
it is too easy to make a sound on the piano and tone production is generally
not studied well.
- We must listen to every tone we produce.
- Good practicing involves:
Brent's handouts with excellent details
- Starting with the most difficult part
How do I teach sight reading?
- I have my students sight read one piece at every lesson
and check out books from my library to practice sight reading at every
- Material for sight reading should be at or below a student's level
- In order to train your reflexes to respond properly to the notes
printed on a page of music, it is important to play music at sight
without changing speed or stopping. The signals seen by your eyes
must be instantly translated to motions by your hands and feet.
- Paula's handouts with more great tips and example forms