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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. 



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2015

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.



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2014

The Secret Of Musical Creativity
Tualatin Valley District of Oregon MTA
Project description:
Forrest Kinney, author of Pattern Play and Chord Play, would present a session for teachers, students, parents and the community entitled, “The Secret of Musical Creativity,” demonstrating how he teaches improvisation by engaging the student’s latent intuitive guidance—that’s the secret!

Guest Artists For 2015 Tennessee MTA Conference
Chattanooga MTA
Project description:
CMTA requests the MTNA matching grant to help pay the fees and expenses of guest artists, Ingrid Clarfield and Gloria Chien.

Faculty Visit From Murray State University
Goshen-Elkhart MTA (Indiana)
Project description:
Will invite faculty members from Murray State University to visit their Chapter. The faculty members have offered the Chapter a variety of programs including a recital; joint master class for area students; and lectures on a variety of subjects, from building a solid piano technique to navigating the college application and audition process.

The Life And Work Of Moritz Moszkowski
Northern Delaware Valley Chapter (Pennsylvania)
Project description:
Much about Moritz Moszkowski (1854–1925) remains an enigma. Although there is a vague general awareness of his musical oeuvre, Moszkowski is more or less forgotten by modern scholars and musicians. The Chapter will present a seminar to reveal his previously untold life story and discuss his contribution to the transcription genre and present one of his most magnificent virtuosic piano transcriptions in a live performance.

Guest Artist And Singer At State Conference
Indiana MTA
Project description:
The Chapter will invite Marvin Blickenstaff and a guest singer with collaborative pianist to the Indiana Music Teachers Association State Conference November 7–8, 2014.

Classically Cool
Austin District MTA (Texas)
Project description:
They will offer a “Classically Cool” education concert series supported with “cool” music appreciation software.

2015 Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference
Northern Kentucky MTA
Project description:
The Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference aims to bring continuing education to music teachers 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/or recitals featuring local students and performers.

NEOMTA-BlueWater Young Artist Concerto Competition
Northeast Ohio MTA
Project description:
They will offer a collaboration between Northeast Ohio Music Teachers Association and BlueWater Chamber Orchestra that provides a Young Artist concerto competition and concert for students grades 5–12 in the greater Cleveland community.