|Gail Berenson - Guest Clinician for the |
2014 NMTA Conference
photo courtesy of NMTA
“I sincerely believe that one of the important aspects of being a professional is belonging to and supporting one’s professional organization. MTNA has in turn helped nurture my growth as a musician and pedagogue. Since joining, as a very young faculty member still in my early 20's, I have always had the utmost respect for MTNA and the many services it provides its members, and have taken advantage of most of those services. I attend local association workshops, state and national conferences, each event providing the opportunities to learn from a wide range of talented and dedicated clinicians and performers. Aside from my formal studies, these educational experiences have resulted in countless positive changes in my teaching and my playing. I read the American Music Teacher and MTNA's eJournal, two superb resources. Having the privilege of taking on various leadership positions, it has enabled me to develop leadership skills and learn a tremendous amount about people and about myself. Most of all, I treasure the many friends that I have met through MTNA, many of whom have become lifelong friends. Having attended more than 30 MTNA National Conferences, returning each year feels like a fabulous family reunion! Becoming active in both MTNA your MTA state association, you will have the lifelong support of a professional partner.”
“My students are the ultimate beneficiaries of all the pedagogical information I have heard at these meetings and workshops. Even after all these years, I still come away with something new to integrate into my teaching. Additionally, students benefit from the many MTNA and state association-sponsored student activities that provide numerous opportunities for students to perform in recitals, master classes, competitions and to receive feedback in non-competitive events. Collegiate students can form collegiate chapters, forging bonds with their peers and initiating meaningful projects that will benefit their community and help them grow as professional musicians. They will have a network of colleagues and resources that follow with them wherever they their careers take them.”
By participating in the conference and many other opportunities provided by NMTA, not only teachers benefit—we never know in how many ways music teachers affect and inspire their students.
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