Coffee and Conversation with Colleagues

Greetings from your Colleagues in the Voice Section!

What is Coffee and Conversation all about?

Fellow Music Teachers – Join us on Zoom the second Tuesday of each month at 8:45 am. Expect coffee and conversation; experience personal and professional growth. Read on for past and upcoming topics and dates.

Voice Teachers Only? NCMTA members Only? Not at all!

Open to all music teachers, members of NCMTA or not. Password required. Email Voice Section Chair for access:

Our Most Recent Conversation

The voice section started off the New Year right, with a “Coffee and Conversation” January 11th that discussed preparing the student for effective college study. We were lucky to be joined by three college professionals, NCMTA President Kent Lyman (Meredith College), NCMTA College Faculty Forum Chair Leonidas Lagrimas (Western Carolina), and Ginger Wyrick (UNC Charlotte), who helped us see that our goal is to make students literate in music. This includes sending them off with all the skills they need to be effective, including sight reading and rhythm work, so that they will be able to handle the very different (and intense!) college time-line. We’ll continue this discussion next month with “Beyond Songs” – a presentation of materials teachers use that help with everything else we teach.

Our Next Conversation

Please join us Tuesday, February 8th 2022 at 8:45 am, with your favorite (or least favorite!) Method books. You can find the zoom link on our webpage, All are welcome. We hope to see you there, Annette Stowe, Voice Chair.

Neat little summary of past topics – see below.

DateConversation Topic
We enjoyed our inaugural “Coffee and Conversation” with voice teacher colleagues on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021. We discussed how to generate solo opportunities for ourselves, so we can practice what we teach.
12/14/2021Practicing. How to: inspire, teach and model effective practice; initiate clear, direct, kind conversations with parents about optimizing the home practice environment; build relationships with students and their families so everyone is supporting the students in their studies.
01/11/2022Preparing students for music study in college: We had a lively discussion about the musical preparation college professors wish they saw more of with incoming freshman music majors.
02/08/2022Beyond Songs.

From Annette Stowe, Voice Section Chair.

Interested in joining us? Contact the Voice Section Chair.

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