Missoula Music Teachers Association

Greetings from Missoula!

In September we had our “kick-off” potluck dinner, a lovely and well-attended event. At the next month’s meeting, Doug Macaulay taught us how to obtain and use free computer music software, to write and arrange music. This partly to accommodate the teachers that are now teaching ensembles on the side (due to our Chamber Music Project). It’s very handy to not have to write adaptations for beginning ensembles by hand!

In the end of October, quite a few of us, as well as students, made it to the State Conference in Great Falls. It was a grand occasion, fun, beautiful, informative, exciting, comfortable, and inspiring. A big thank you to our wonderful colleagues in the MSMTA and the GFMTA!

At the November meeting, three experts gave us their best tips on coaching ensembles with winds, strings, and/or piano (there happen to be no singers part of the Chamber Music Project). We also had our Chamber Music Fair in November, where seventeen teachers exchanged students (and/or themselves) with each other, to form new ensembles. Twenty-four ensembles were formed. In December we enjoyed a very nice Christmas potluck brunch together. We’re now looking forward to the coming semester, which will include exciting member programs, chamber music concerts, and of course our Spring Festival, that for the first time will include a separate ensemble division. – Annelies Aiking-Taylor