SEPTEMBER 2017

Tuesday, September 190
Recital Hall, Pecknel Music Company
10:00 am - meeting
11:30 am - luncheon

Kick-off Meeting and Annual Luncheon

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
Lorri Turcios - moderator

           


This is an opportunity for our membership to share those “favorite things” used in their teaching studios—this can include new methods, supplementary music, musicianship materials, reference books and even significant studio policy changes. Members are asked to submit a description of items they would like to share by Tuesday, September 12 to Lorri Turcios.
 

Light "Kick-off" Luncheon
Inspiration • Food • Fellowship

Protein-type salad (chicken, tuna, taco, etc): Members with last names beginning with A-G are asked to bring these.
Other salads (pasta, potato, veggie, fruit, etc):  Members with last names beginning with H-O are asked to bring these.
Desserts: Members with last names beginning with P-Z are asked to bring these.

GMTA will provide rolls and beverages.


OCTOBER 2017

Tuesday, October 18
Musical Innovations
15-G Tanner Road at Butler Road
Greenville, SC 29607

9:30 am - refreshments
10:00 am - meeting

CAROL MATZ'S INTERACTIVE PIANO METHOD
with Carol Matz


New technologies seem too complicated to use? Come learn how to incorporate easy technology while building a strong musical foundation with Carol Matz’s Interactive Piano Method. The session will cover ear training, virtual flashcards, online theory activities and more. Carol Matz has composed, authored, and arranged over 300 published titles for piano students. An experienced teacher herself, Carol has presented numerous piano-teaching workshops worldwide. She is well known for her Famous & Fun series.

Hospitality:
Deborah Boitnott, Rita Hassig, Lois Schneider


NOVEMBER 2017

Tuesday, November 21
Recital Hall, Pecknel Music Company
9:30 am - refreshments
10:00 am - meeting

COMPOSING WITH THE STUDENT IN MIND
with
Gina Sprunger

Imagine the thrill of getting a piece of music that was composed JUST FOR YOU!!! GMTA member, Gina Sprunger, shares her compositional process and gives hints on how to write for your own students.

Gina Sprunger received a BA and MA from Bob Jones University where she teaches piano and hymn arranging. She has published 30 books from various publishers, including two original composition books for KJOS Publishers which were selected for the NFMC required repertoire lists. She is actively involved in the music ministries at Morningside Baptist Church as well as Hawthorne Assisted Living.

Hospitality: Ruth Greene, Becky Hughes, Dot Kelly


JANUARY 2018

Tuesday, January 16
Recital Hall, Pecknel Music Company
9:30 am - refreshments
10:00 am -meeting

BUILDING A STUDIO WEBSITE: TIPS FOR THE MODERN MUSIC TEACHER
with
Sarah L. Abushakra

A website can present you and your studio offerings to the public and be a resource for your students and parents. “I wouldn’t know where to begin,” you say? This program will help alleviate the stress of the “unknown” and help you step into the 21st century. 

Ms. Sarah Abushakra is a North Carolina native teaching in Myrtle Beach, SC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Coastal Carolina University and a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Georgia. Currently, she teaches piano at Coastal Carolina University, owns and operates the Grand Strand Piano Studio and serves as music director for Celebration Presbyterian Church.

Hospitality:
Ruth Coleman, Lorri Turcios, Shelley Johansen


FEBRUARY 2018 ~ TEACHERS CONCERT

Saturday, February 24
War Memorial Chapel
Bob Jones University
Time: 7:00 pm

Greenville Music Teachers Concert

Join the GMTA membership in sharing the joy of music with family, friends and students. 

Go here to sign up by January 17 if you would like to sing or perform any instrument.


MARCH 2018

Tuesday, March 20
Musical Innovations
15-G Tanner Road at Butler Road • Greenville, SC 29607
9:30 am - refreshments
10:00 am - meeting

WEBINARS AND WEB CONFERENCES—
TEACHER EDUCATION FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME

with
Lorri Turcios

Webinars and web conferences are a great way to continue education in a very economical way. This program will feature different speakers and topics from some of the most recent piano teaching presentations available online.

GMTA VP of Programs Lorri Turcios holds masters degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from Bob Jones University and Southern Methodist University respectively, and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from BJU. Lorri is an associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy at BJU where she teaches the undergraduate elementary piano methods course, supervises the graduate piano teaching internship and teaches private and group lessons.

Hospitality: 
May Lauren Brinkman, Rita Hassig, April Kennedy


APRIL 2018

Tuesday, April 17
Recital Hall, Pecknel Music Company
9:30 am - refreshments
10:00 am - meeting

IMPROVISATION IN A BOX: MUSIC THEORY THAT STICKS
with
May Lauren Brinkman

Think you have to improvise like Herbie Hancock to teach improvisation? Not so! The GMTA Piano Skills Festival is adding a new optional improvisation category with a graded curriculum. This workshop will introduce the curriculum and help you teach improvisation while solidifying your students’ nderstanding of music theory.

Our GMTA President-Elect May Lauren Brinkman has a private studio in Simpsonville with the goal of creating life-long musicians. Students learn improvisation, arranging, and composition alongside practice habits, problem solving, and reading approaches to music learning. She holds degrees from Furman University and University of Georgia.
 

Hospitality:
Julie Carrier, Jan Flinte, Deanna Moore