November Newsletter

Greetings, Teachers!

The golden trees and clear blue sky outside my window have brightened my mood today and I hope you have had some time to appreciate our fall days as well.  I’m excited to send news today of our joint workshop with the Federated Music Teachers – happening this Friday!  Kevin Olson will present “Teaching and Retaining the Post-Millennial Student.”  As I move up in years, generational differences are becoming more and more clear to me.  I’m really looking forward to gaining some insight into the motivations and challenges of my young students, and maybe their parents as well.  Make sure to sign on by 10:45 for a quick meeting with announcements and introductions of new members.  The Zoom link will be emailed to members on 11/11.

Looking ahead, we’ll have a round table workshop in January.  This will be held online.  Our goal is to meet at alternate times occasionally so that more members can participate.  The meeting time and topic have not been set, and your feedback would be valuable!  Send me an email including whether you prefer to meet on Saturday am or pm, or Sunday, Jan. 16 or 17.  Also send topics or questions you would like to discuss with our local network of teachers.

Before I sign off, please join me in thanking Mickey Gehring for putting this newsletter together and all our board members for making things work during this strange year.

I hope to see you all at our workshop this week!

Kellie Harvey,



Kevin Olson Workshop & Meeting
Friday 11/13/2020, 10:45 on Zoom

Holiday Program
Due to Covid-19, event cancelled

Multi-Piano Concerts
Due to Covid-19, event cancelled

Junior Concerto Competition
Application Deadline 1/15/2021
Recording Submissions by 1/30
Results posted 2/6/2021
Fee $35 for KCMTA students

Music Progressions
Enrollment deadline 3/16/2021
Event Date 4/24-25/2021 Kansas City
Event Date 4/17-18/2021 Lawrence


Teachers Needing Students

Donna Atkinson
Leavenworth, KS
(208) 301-2688

PoSim Head
Kansas City, MO 64131
(816) 456-1025

Eva Peng
Kansas City, MO 64151
(660) 541-2971

Michelle McIntire
Parkville, MO 64152
(816) 809-6389

Leia Barrett
Kansas City, MO 64150
(407) 485-5082

Charles Lun Tsui
Kansas City, MO 64110-1659
(857) 756-3310

Caroline Guidry
Lawrence, KS 66049
Douglas County area
(346) 229-7171

New Member

Sean Chen
Leawood, KS 66209-2780
(818) 398-3923
UMKC Millsap Artist-in-Residence



November 13, Friday 11:00 am

Kevin Olson

“Teaching and Retaining the Post-Millennial Student:

a study of the most recent social science research that focuses on this generation, and the ways we can adjust our teaching to motivate and challenge this unique group.”

February 2, Tuesday 10:00 am

Lisa McCluer

Summer Piano Camp:

How to plan a camp that will energize your studio, solidify students” learning, and boost your summer income.”

Have you ever entertained the idea of offering your students a summer camp, but didn’t know where to start? I will walk you through the process of planning your topic and theme, generating enthusiasm with your students, and how to break down your daily schedule. I will share what worked and what didn’t, as well as some of the themes and camps that I have provided in the past.

April 2021, Date TBA
Alon Goldstein on Baroque Music
In preparation for Fall Festival “Baroque” 2021


Holiday Program

Due to Safety considerations surrounding Covid-19, the KCMTA Holiday Program at Union Station will not take place this year. I invite studios to find other ways to share holiday music with the community. Consider creating a holiday video in your studio to share with family and friends. Stay safe and healthy!

-Melissa Falkner, NCTM


Junior Concerto Competition

This event provides a performance opportunity for students of piano, strings, and instrumentalists learning concerto repertoire.  Though this is a competition, the emphasis is on the educational value of exploring the rich concerto repertoire for each medium. Open to all grades and through age 18, the benefits of learning and performing concerti for students and teachers alike is immeasurable. One movement (memorized) from standard concerto repertoire will be accepted. Winners from each of the 3 age categories will be chosen.

This event will be held using an online formats YouTube or Vimeo. There are two important dates to remember:  Registration deadline January 15, 2021 & Recording submission by January 30th.        For more information, go to:

– Dr. Maya Tuylieva


Music Progressions

I would like to encourage every teacher in Kansas City to enroll their students in Music Progressions. This non-competitive program consists of ten levels. Each level requires proficiency in performance, knowledge of music terminology, rhythm and pulse development, sight-playing, scales, written theory, and ear-training. Students receive a certificate of participation, a ribbon, written adjudicator’s critique, and results from music listening and theory tests. Most students will require at least a semester of preparation. This program is a wonderful alternative to similar (but much more expensive) programs such as RCM or ABRSM.                                                                                  For more information, go to

-Aurelian B. Boccard, D.M.A

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