KMTA General Meeting

The Katy Music Teachers Association met Wednesday, April 20.  Among other reports our State Theory Test Chair, Kankan Qian, reported that KMTA students received 180 Gold Medals, 52 Silver Medals and 34 Bronze Medals.

Our World of Music (Music History) Chair, Wilma DeLaVega, reported that KMTA had 31 students participate and all 31 received medals!

KMTA also had their Spring Festival this month with 228 students participating.  They were adjudicated by Ann Chee, Paulina Chui, James Cho, Katie Frank, Katharina Jackson, and Rick Valentine.  KMTA would like to send out a very special thanks to the judges for their hard work at the Festival. Of those 228 students, 40 presented their pieces at the Honors Recital following the Festival.  A huge thanks goes out to our Chair for the Festival, Linda Bryan!


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Alina Uddin Piano Concert

Katy Music Teachers Association proudly presented one of their own, Alina Uddin.  Ms. Uddin prepared and performed a wonderful concert for our students on April 15, 2016.  The program was planned with the students in mind.  Ms. Uddin took them through time with music from Bach (1700’s) to Scriabin (1900’s).  In between performances she gave interesting facts about the composers and a description of the pieces she was performing.  It was an excellent learning experience for our students.



Alina Uddin an accomplished Ukrainian born pianist, teacher, chamber performer and accompanist. She has appeared in different performing venues in Ukraine, Egypt, Spain, Morocco and the US.
Alina’s desire to become an artist came at an early age. She performed songs and poetry at all family events, but her dream was to learn how to play the piano. She had a small model of a real piano and she used to insert the sheets on the music stand and, sitting the dolls in front as an audience, imagined herself giving concerts.
She began her piano studies at the age of 7 at the Children Musical School No.1 in Sumy, Ukraine and gave her first solo recital ‘’Evening of Waltzes’’ at the age of 11. Alina continued her education with D. Bortnianskiy High School of Arts and Culture, Sumy, Ukraine, were she got an Associate degree in Music Art. She then continued her education in National P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in the class of distinguished pianist Lyudmila Martcevich. Alina has performed at National Philharmonic of Ukraine, National P.I. Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine, Kiev’s House of Teachers and National Museum of Literature in Ukraine and many others. While studying in Ukraine  she has also performed in numerous regional and national competitions and festivals.
Throughout her studies, Alina had the opportunity of working with a number of distinguished piano teachers such as Valentina Skoromnaya, Nelli Ldova, Aleksandr Ldov, Lyudmila Martcevich, Nancy Weems, Timothy Hester, and Brian Suit. She also participated in master classes with Michail Stepanenko, Alla Zadirackaya, Iya Pavlova, Cristina Capparelli Gerling and others prominent musicians.
Alina holds a Master’s degree in Applied Piano Performance from Moores School of Music, University of Houston. From Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine she holds a second Master’s degree, major in Piano Performance and minor in Piano Pedagogy, Chamber Ensemble, and Accompaniment.
Alina has taught for over 17 years. Her pedagogical experience includes teaching the students of all ages and all skill levels, from five years old to adult, from beginner to advance players. Beside her pedagogical career in US as well in her native Ukraine, Alina also taught piano in Egypt and Morocco. Her passion is to provide the best knowledge to each student’s needs and abilities. This allows her to tailor each lesson accordingly to each student. Her goal is to enrich the lives of children and others by providing the understanding of music, fostering the enjoyment and inspiring musical imagination.
Alina currently is a member of the faculty at the International Music Academy and St. Andrew School of Art.
Alina is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA), Forum Music Teachers Association of Houston (FMTA), Independent Music Teacher Association of Greater Houston (IMTA), National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), Texas Federation of Music Clubs (TFMC) and The Bayou City Federated Music Club (BCFMC).

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Music Teachers National Association Conference

One of the purposes and goals of the Katy Music Teachers Association is to support and help teachers maintain their skills, knowledge and proficiency in their field.  Every year there is a National and State conference which our teachers can attend and learn from some of the best professionals in music.  This year the National Conference took place in April in San Antonio, Texas.  Our teachers had the opportunity to attend many workshops that covered subjects from “Teaching Students with Special Needs” to “Making Trills Easy to Handle” to “How to Make the Most of Your Time in a 30 Minute Lesson”.

Below are pictures of some of our KMTA Members that attended the conference this year!  Along with a couple of scenic pictures of the San Antonio Riverwalk and the Tower of the Americas, picture 1 is of Kay Lowry and Diana Lopez at the Newbie breakfast provided by MTNA for first timers to a National Conference, below them are Nancy Stevenson and Larry Harms visiting and walking through all the vendor booths at the conference and finally, a picture of Kay Lowry with composer Wendy Stevens, who has been commissioned to compose a Sonatina for KMTA’s students for our upcoming Sonatina Festival in the fall.

It was an incredible conference!

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Masterclass with Sergey Kuznetsov


On March 9, 2016 at the General Meeting of the Katy Music Teachers Association, Sergey Kuznetsov gave a masterclass working with two students of teachers in the association. It was a wonderful opportunity to watch a master teacher teach and positively critique the students!


Born: 1978 – Russia

The Russian-born pianist and music pedagogue, Sergey [Sergei] Kuznetsov, was born to a family of musicians and started his musical education at the age of 5 at the Moscow Special Gnessin School of Music (Music School affiliated to the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire), and in 1998 was admitted to the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire to the class of an outstanding professor Mikail Voskresensky, graduating in 2001 with distinction. Since 2001, Sergey perfected his performing skills at postgraduate courses with Oleg Maisenberg in Vienna University of Music and, since 2003, at Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Voskresensky. In 2003 he was awarded his Diploma with High Distinction. In 2002 Sergey received the prestigious Lili Kraus Scholarship at TCU (Fort Worth, Texas) and commenced his Artist Diploma studies with Professor Tamás Ungár. After winning a conspicuous scholarship, Sergey was widening his education under the guidance of Joaquín Achúcarro at Dallas Southern Methodist University. Currently, Sergey is a DMA (Doctorate Degree) student at University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles under the guidance of a legendary professor Daniel Pollack (Piano). Sergey also studies composition and electro acoustic media at USC.

During his studies in the USA, Sergey Kuznetsov has always enjoyed teaching and advocating classical music amongst various groups of people. In 2003 he organized series of educational projects in collaboration with Van Cliburn Foundation. The mission was to bring classical music to children whose parents can’t afford education. The project had become so popular in Texas that Sergey had to travel around the state with his lectures and concerts. In 2005-2007 he worked as a Teaching Assistant in Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Several of his students have won national and international prizes that supported their way towards studies in music. Sergey’s approach in piano pedagogy is to show his students how great and large the world of music actually is. His knowledge of piano repertoire is impressive after taking a special advanced piano repertoire course at USC. He uses methods and books published in Russia, Europe and the United States, incorporating music theory, technique exercises, ear training and composition into his lessons. Sergey is a member of MTAC and MTNA.

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Introducing Collaborative Piano



At the Katy Music Teachers Association General Meeting on February 17, 2016, Dr. James Cho and his wife performed and introduced our music teachers to collaborative Piano through Suzuki String Repertoire.  It is something that we, as private music teachers, may not always include in our lessons but can be important for the students to learn to listen and play collaboratively with other students.

Dr. Cho took us through various selections of classical music that we could combine our students to play together.  The Katy Music Teachers enjoyed some wonderful excerpts of pieces that could be played with violin and piano.  It was a wonderful class and performance by Dr. Cho and his wife.

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Diana Lopez will be our new blogger!

Welcome, Diana Lopez as the new blogger. I wish you luck and thank you for taking over!

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I found this little blurb in the Houston Chronicle in the “Earthweek” section:


“Musical talent in humans and other creatures appears related to needs to move as synchronized groups in avoiding danger, one researcher says. Matz Larsson, senior physician at Sweden’s Örebro University Hospital says musical traits have been engendered by the need for some species to coordinate sounds that briefly prevent them from hearing predators and other dangers. Such behavior favoring evolutionary success is typically rewarded with the release of the ‘feel good’ chemical dopamine in the brain”.

I found this fascinating! What are your thoughts?

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