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The purpose of these matching grants is to provide assistance for projects and programs that provide professional and educational development, as well as promotion of music in the state and community.

Below are descriptions of recently awarded projects. 



FSMTA 2016 State Conference
Florida State Music Teachers Association
Project Description:
Annual FSMTA State Conference for educators and students to be held in the Orlando area, featuring an internationally renowned jazz concert guest artist, Jeremy Siskind, keynote speaker and presenter, Dr. Scott McBride Smith, featured guest ensemble, The Brass Band of Central Florida, and several prominent guest clinicians including composers, Dr. Carl Maultsby and Keith Lay from Central Florida.

Northern Delaware Valley Chapter of PMTA
Mendelssohn’s: ”Song Without Words”
Project Description:
Presenter Marvin Blickenstaff will discuss, analyze, and perform Mendelssohn’s "Song Without Words." His discussion will include all aspects of the piece—including its form, melody, harmony and historical context, as well as technical suggestions about the best strategies to utilize for teaching the music.

Model Lessons from SMU’s Summer Institute of Piano
Tualatin Valley of Oregon Music Teachers Association
Project Description:
Dr. Catharine Lysinger will present model lessons with highly efficient techniques for working with elementary, intermediate and advanced students using video clips, demonstration, handouts and Q & A. The Institute is a model for colleges, community organizations, or individual teachers considering the addition of a summer program. 10:00–noon followed by an informal luncheon.



2016 CSMTA Conference Artist
Colorado State MTA
Project Description:
To bring internationally recognized pianist William Wolfram to the Colorado State Music Teachers Association 2016 Conference. Wolfram will give a 50-minute presentation, a 90-minute Master Class open to students throughout the state and a full solo recital.

Your Students’ First Virtuoso Pieces: Developing Comfort!
Northern Delaware Valley Chapter (Pennsylvania)
Project Description: 
Using time-tested chestnuts, as well as a few lesser known but valuable works, we will explore strategies for helping students build facility in advancing level pieces. What are the common mistakes students make in approaching these increasingly difficult works, and how can we help them navigate through these difficulties? The workshop includes repertoire from a variety of composers, with a focus on technical development.

Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference
Northern Kentucky MTA
Project Description: 
The Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference aims to bring continuing education to music educators and professionals in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, and features presentations from recognized clinicians in the area of piano pedagogy. The conference also includes master classes and recitals featuring local students and performers. This event is planned and executed through the cooperative efforts of the Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio affiliates of MTNA. The conference will be entering its eighth year in 2016, and has become an anticipated event for educators in Ohio and Kentucky.

A Morning of Exquisite Harmonies with the von Trapps
Tualatin Valley District of the Oregon MTA
Project Description: 
The von Trapp siblings, the four internationally known great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp of Sound of Music renown, will present a concert and workshop to community members, teachers and students, celebrating their rich musical family heritage and their current creative collaborations and compositions. Singing in eight different languages and exuding a powerful joy of establishing musical connections locally and around the world, the von Trapps will perform for us on the second Friday in October, a yearly state-wide Professional Day, when Oregon students are given an opportunity to attend non-school events that are unique to their educational goals.

UMTA Conference–60 Years
Utah MTA
Project Description: 
Utah is celebrating being an MTNA affiliate for 60 years in 2015. Our goal is to have local presenters to celebrate our rich musical heritage. This conference will provide opportunity for music teachers (beginning to well-experienced) to learn and develop skills by attending classes, teaching demonstrations(beginning and intermediate), master classes (collegiate and composition), and by getting advice from master teachers (Genius Bar). Honor Recitals (elementary, junior high, high school, collegiate, adult), Composition Competition Winner Performances and a FAIM (Future Artists in Music) Bowl will involve many students.