Monthly Coffee and Conversation with Colleagues

Greetings from the Voice Section!

Coffee and Conversation with Colleagues. What is it 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 of all instruments, members of NCMTA or not. Password required. Email Voice Section Chair for access: voice@ncmta.org.


Our Most Recent Conversation

November’s Coffee and Conversation, held on the 8th, was a conversation about Voice Performance Festival logistics, regulations and more. We discussed adding an honors recital to the end of the District and State Performance Festivals. We would really like to make this an option for this coming year. If each district wants to have them they would, but no district would have to have one. We would definitely offer them at the State level, and would still invite the HH winners to the Conference. We’re hoping that this would make the day more enjoyable for everyone, especially since we could plan a masterclass or theory session, or some other presentation for the time between the end of the performances and the recital. This way the Festival day would be more valuable to students and teachers both. Please let me know if you have any thoughts about this proposed change. Annette Stowe, NCMTA Voice Section Chair. voice@ncmta.org

Our Next Conversation

Join us December 13th at 8:45am for a continuing discussion of our NCMTA Voice Performance Festival.

Join us on Zoom! Email voice@ncmta.org to introduce yourself and obtain the meeting password. Return here and click the purple button to join us on Zoom. All are welcome – we hope to see you there! Annette Stowe, Voice Section Chair.


Neat little summary of past topics

DateConversation Topic
11/09/2021
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 – everything else we teach. Methods and skills, patterns in music, rhythm, sight reading, solfeggio, intervals, harmonizing, listening, practical keyboard for singers: everything to help students become self-sufficient musicians. Piano and voice teachers talked, shared, and developed a list of resources.
03/08/2022Serving students with special needs. Know your student and what works each individual. Have a student teach a concept to you, get off the bench, get physical with rhythm, change up the lessons, work at the student’s pace – all good practices in general.
04/19/2022Working with adult students! One challenge older students may face is that they doubt their ability to learn. We discussed the power of “yet” as a mindset change. A simple statement such as, “I don’t have that skill yet” is so freeing!
05/10/2022Finding your voice through emotional blockageMental Voice and Mental Health. Working to help students “find their voice” can be the reason we teach, but it is also important to their development as humans and members of society .
06/14/2022A Conversation with the President. NCMTA President Kent Lyman led the discussion, recounting interesting experiences he has had with NCMTA and MTNA, reflecting on how it has enriched his professional life.
07/12/2022NCMTA Conference Topics. Sitting in for vacationing Annette Stowe, guest host and NCMTA Webmaster Cathy Pescevich Kreplin will lead the discussion. We had an open and lively conversation about topics members would like to see covered at conference!
08/09/2022Current repertoire, and how to include (and whether we should make it a point to include) pop music, diversity in musical styles, and new composers in our teaching.
09/13/2022Current repertoire, and how to include music from around the world in our teaching.
10/11/2022Post-conference conversation.
11/08/2022Conversation about NCMTA Voice Performance Festival changes. Activities to add value to the experience for teachers, students and parents alike were suggested: end-of-day honors recitals, masterclass and/or theory activities. To be continued next month.
12/13/2022Continuing conversation about the NCMTA Voice Performance Festivals.

From Annette Stowe, Voice Section Chair. voice@ncmta.org

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