9/14 Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi -- Leveling Repertoire: Basic Concepts and Resources
10/12 Dr. Leann Osterkamp -- In Every Job That Must Be Done, There Is An Element of Fun: Game Methods for Group Music
11/9 Dr. Robert Hjelmstad -- The Divergent Score: Embracing "Play" and Using Repertoire to Teach Transferable Skills
12/14 SSMTA Techer Musicale
1/11 Joseph Harkins -- Teaching Jazz Concepts to Elementary and Intermediate Students
2'/8 Grace Christus -- Sing Me a Song of Your People
3/8 Dr. Justin Krawitz -- Performing Silence: A Pianistic Contemplation of Playing When Not Playing
4/12 What's New from MTNA Conference by MTNA Conference Attendees
5/10 Eric Jones -- Excellence in Music Award Winners -- Round Table Discussion
Scholarships Awards: Teacher Service Award Excellence in Music Award
Saturday Recital Series
Halloween Recital—10/30/21—Whole Foods in South Glen We held 4 recitals over the course of 4 hours at the Whole Foods store in South Glen. This has been an annual outreach program to promote the public performance of music in our area. Most students dress up in costume and play a piece by memory or a duet. This was our first in person recital since the covid-19 shut down in March of 2020. Eleven teachers and seventy-six students participated in the event.
Concert in the Park—4/30/22—Clement Park in Littleton. This was our first year to try an outdoor recital that would promote the public performance of music by our students. SSMTA owns an electric piano and several teachers have speakers that we used to do the recitals. The recitals were held over the course of two hours and included not only piano students, but also performances on band and stringed instruments. There were nine teachers and 59 students performing on the slightly windy April Day. We hope to be able to continue performing outdoors in the future at several other areas in our suburban setting.
SSMTA SPARKS Fund –CSMTA Disaster Relief Fund Donation Since 2005 South Suburban has had a community outreach fund. The SPARKS donation fund was created to help the local music community at large. Money is collected through donations, and the sale of slightly used music. Our teachers (and other local associations) collect the music and sell it to teachers or students for 20 cents on the dollar. In the past we have donated money to local school programs to help in the repair of music instruments, to students of SSMTA teachers to cover their music purchase expenses or to help them register for SSMTA events. We have also donated money to school programs to help music students register for things like marching band! In the past we also donated money to the MTNA disaster relief fund to help victims of Colorado fires or floods.
This year we had one individual who set up a matching grant of $500 dollars to assist victims of the Marshall fire in replacing their music studio needs or instruments. We have made our match and will be sending $1000 to the Marshall fire disaster relief fund.