National Piano Foundation RMM Teacher Scholarship

National Piano Foundation Scholarship Application
MTNA’s Pedagogy Saturday RMM Teaching Track
Chicago Marriott Downtown
Chicago, Illinois
March 22, 2014
 

Thanks in part to a generous grant from the NAMM Foundation, the National Piano Foundation is offering a limited number of scholarships up to $500 to MTNA member piano teachers who are interested in and committed to learning more about Recreational Music Making (RMM), and developing an RMM program for their studio and/or their community. These scholarships are to be used for travel, lodging, membership and registration fees and other costs associated with attending MTNA’s 2014 “Pedagogy Saturday RMM Track” event. 

The RMM Teaching Track at Pedagogy Saturday 2014 is an excellent opportunity for piano teachers to learn about RMM teaching, with a variety of topics and presenters that include:

  • Conceptual teaching in the RMM class
  • RMM in the independent studio
  • Repertoire ideas for RMM teachers
  • RMM in a prison setting – the power of music to change lives in positive ways
  • Networking for RMM teachers 

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants:

  • Must have a minimum of two years piano teaching experience (group teaching experience preferred)
  • Must be age 21 or older
  • Must be a member of MTNA (a portion of the scholarship may be directed toward MTNA dues)
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to developing an RMM program for their independent studio or their community (in partnership with a local piano retailer, music school, senior center, or other appropriate venues.)    

Scholarship applicants must submit:1) a short application form 2) a resume of their teaching experience, and 3) a 500-word essay on why they want to pursue RMM teacher training and how they plan to implement a program in their local community. 

Scholarship awardees must sign an agreement stating they will adhere to the following requirements of receiving the scholarship:

  • Submit quarterly updates about their program in June 2014, September 2014, December 2014 and a final report March 31, 2015. (Updates can be mailed or emailed, and should include teaching materials used, number and age of students, informal appraisals of student engagement and success, event programs, examples of promotional materials, studio policies, and more.)
  • Work in partnership with NPF to collect video testimonials from RMM teachers and their students, including data on students’ ages and progress, curricula information and instrument sales and/or rentals resulting from their RMM classes.
  • Scholarship awardees who do not adhere to the above requirements will be required to refund one-half of the grant money ($250).

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