Several teachers from the Katy Music Teacher’s Association attended the state conference in Dallas, Texas from June 15 -18, 2017. The theme this year was “Seize The Music, Carpe Musicam”. Many wonderful and informative sessions were attended. Among the sessions attended were, “Get Out of the Musical Box: Teach Students How to Compose!”; “Building Musicality in Young Pianists Through Engaged Practice”; “Fast and Fun Games to Teach Music Theory” just to name a few! Below are pictures of members enjoying the conference (Diana Lopez, Sarah Rybicki, Nancy Stevenson and Larry Harms).
Enjoying recital by State and National Winners! D Lopez and S Rybicki
N Stevenson caught at the snack bar! We all visited that snack bar more than once!
L Harms at his booth for Houston Piano Company! Thanks for the t-shirt Larry!
D Lopez with Brian Chung CEO for Kawaii Pianos.
All Star gold medalists from Lopez Studio.
KMTA held its end of year meeting May 17, 2017. Highlights of this meeting were the presentation of Brandon Amison’s student, Kevin Xu recipient of the Mansfield Gold Medal Theory Award. In order to receive this award, the student must have received theory test medals from 4th grade through 12th grade. It is quite an accomplishment! For his efforts, Kevin received $200 plus a framed certificate and trophy. Congratulations goes out to Kevin and his teacher for this accomplishment.
The new officers for the upcoming year were installed at this meeting. Pictured (left to right) Katherine Kelly (1st Vice-President) , Sarah Rybiki, (Secretary), Carolina Tong (Treasurer), Alina Uddin (2nd Vice-President), and Kathleen Daugherty (President).
Since this was the end of year meeting the KMTA membership enjoyed a luncheon at Peter Chang’s Restaurant. It was a wonderful opportunity to network and visit!
On Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, Melody Bober gave a presentation at Katy’s Music and Arts La Centerra. The presentation was sponsored by Alfred Publishing. Melody Bober presented highlights for newly-composed pieces that she has composed in addition to other composers’ compositions, such as Tom Gerou and Robert Vandall. She performed her own compositions, demonstrated creative approaches to performing piano pieces (such as a student adding family members to play percussion parts with a piano solo), called on audience members to sightread, play games, and add percussion parts, and presented ideas for engaging different types of students – older beginners, teens, etc. Refreshments were provided and teachers were encouraged to review newly published pieces. Several KMTA teachers attended – Kathleen Daugherty, Carolina Tong, Nancy Stevenson, Carmen Yip, and Libby Mickey.
On June 18, 2017, Katy Music Teachers Association sent a piano ensemble to perform at the Texas Music Teachers Association’s Conference. It was a wonderful performance by students from the studios of Nancy Stevenson and Diana Lopez. Chairman for the ensemble was Katherine Kelly and the director was Diana Lopez. Students that participated were Christian McCool, Saniya Burman, Brandon Torp, Ishaan Shanbhag and Carys Skala. The group performed a piece titled, “Gypsy Dance” by Robert Vandall.
The general monthly KMTA meeting took place April 19, 2017. Highlights of the meeting were reports from several committees including, Original Composition Committee, State Theory Committee and Spring Festival Committee. The original composition chair, Kathleen Daugherty, reported that one student from the studio of Rebecca Combs participated and received Honorable Mention. The State Theory Chair, Nancy Stevenson, reported that 273 students took the test out of which 163 were gold medals, 69 Silver and 33 bronze. The Spring Festival Chair, Linda Bryan, reported that 17 teachers enrolled 175 students for the Spring Festival, of which, 163 performed. Judges this year commented on the excellent quality of the student’s performances.
Following the meeting, KMTA members received some professional development:
“Reflecting What’s Right in Your Playing: An Introduction to Mirror Practice”, by Michael Clark, University of Houston.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the Katy Music Teacher’s Association had the privilege of attending a Master Class on Frederic Chopin. After the regular business meeting, Krume Andreevski (see bio below) presented a piano class with 3 of KMTA’s students. All three girls were working on Chopin pieces. Selections for the KMTA master class were: Waltz in a minor Op. Post, No. 17 performed by Jade Kamoun; Waltz in b minor, Op. 69, No. 2 performed by Janet Wu and Polonaise in A Flat Op. Posth. performed by Tiffany Zhang. It was a very enjoyable and enlightening presentation. Thank you to our 1st Vice President in charge of programs, Tobin Wright for organizing this master class.
Krume Andreevski holds piano performance degrees from he University of Houston (Doctorate), Lynn University (Masters) and Ss. Cyril and Methious University (Bachelors). He has received many honors and won events in International Music Competitions. Among these are: Interfest – Bitola, Macedonia, 2005 (1st Place); Ar Flores Concerto Competition, Ft. lauderdale, FL 2007 (1st place); Chautauqua Music Festival Piano Competition, Chautauqua, NY 2010 (2nd Place); Rovere d’Oro San Bartolomeo, Italy, 2000 (3rd Place); Vojislav Vuckovic, Belgrade, Serbia 2005 (2nd place).
Krume is a dedicated piano teacher and has given piano and music instruction in the Houston area since 2008. He has worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Houston; as an adjunct music instructor at Lone Star College (North Harris); and as a music director in a private music school.
The Katy Music Teachers Association held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. After the regular business meeting, the members received some professional development with a presentation by Dr. Carolyn True from Trinity University. Her topic was ” Collaborations for Pianists”. Thank you to Tobin Wright for making the arrangements.