January Newsletter

Hello Teachers,

As we begin a new year, your calendar may not look as full as usual. I hope you will decide to fill it up with some of our upcoming activities! Our January meeting and roundtable discussion will take place this Saturday at 3:00, over Zoom. After a brief general meeting, please join in on our conversation sharing Online Teaching Tips & Tricks. We’ve all had some experience with the ups and downs of virtual teaching, so let’s learn from each other. I’m looking forward to hearing ideas that will help my online lessons be more engaging and effective!  The Zoom link will be forwarded to members by email prior to the meeting.

Now that 2020 is behind us we are all hoping that our activities will begin to look more normal. Plans for our spring events are underway, but some details are still being decided. Please stay connected by checking our website and Facebook page for the latest developments.

Kellie Harvey, KCMTApresident@gmail.com



Meeting & Roundtable Workshop
January 16, 2021, 3:00 on Zoom

Junior Concerto Competition
Enrollment Deadline this Friday 1/15/21
Recording Submission Deadline 1/30/21

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

Achievement Auditions
Registration opens 4/3/21
Event Date 5/15/21


New Members
KCMTA would like to give a very warm welcome to the following new members:

Sean Chen, NCTM
Leawood, KS  66209-2780
(818) 398-3923
Artist Diploma
Piano   New Member

Lu Wang
Shawnee, KS 66216-5100
(785) 551-0823
Piano, Piano Pedagogy, theory

Mia Hynes, NCTM
PO Box 800
Dept of Music UTT 215
Warrensburg, MO  64093
(660) 543-8900
Piano, Piano Pedagogy, New Member

Zhengyingyue Huang, NCTM
Lawrence, KS  66049
(267) 694-3499
Doctoral student
Voice – New Collegiate student

Miranda Grummon
Shawnee, KS   66216-1623
(913) 530-8201

Doris Mattingly
Leawood, KS   66206
(301) 785-3001



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 weren’t sure 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 does and doesn’t work, as well as some of the themes and camps that I have provided in the past’


Lisa McCluer teaches piano from her home in Overland Park, Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music – Piano degree from the University of Kansas and has a strong background in Music Education through Bethany College and KU. She has over 25 years of experience teaching piano and considers it part of her job to continuously learn as a teacher, growing and changing with the times.

She has served in a variety of positions with the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, including President, Achievement Auditions VP, Multi-Piano VP, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary. Lisa also enjoys adjudicating at piano events.

Lisa has a passion for teaching piano and wants her students to succeed and develop a lifelong love of music. She strives to inspire creativity and musical passion in each student, and to help each reach their full potential. She enjoys creating practice themes and incentives, piano camps, and games to keep students motivated and inspired. She believes in a holistic approach to piano including a variety of styles of music, lead sheets and composition to empower students to pursue their individual musical interests. Lisa feels it is important to establish a relationship with each student, and to appreciate each student’s unique personality, learning style, and gifts. She is constantly gaining fresh ideas and creative approaches to keep student’s interest and to make lessons fun and rewarding.

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


Student Programs:

Junior Concerto Competition

The KCMTA/Heritage Concerto Competition has been cancelled this year due to Covid-19.
However, the KCMTA Jr. Concerto will still take place in the form of an online event.
Please remember that the registration deadline has been moved to January 15, 2021 this year. The link to the registration form could be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16RvnJFk_M9CENMg9f2xD823nuFdWWoUJGrnZv3-KZXs/edit.

The recording links are due on January 30, 2021 via YouTube or Vimeo, with links sent to maya@mayapiano.com.

For more information contact Dr. Maya Tuylieva at maya@mayapiano.com. We are looking forward to your submissions!

Maya Tuylieva
Founder and Executive Director
Music Academy of Kansas City
IMTF Chair, KMTA Board
(913) 735-9507

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 http://kansascitymusicteachers.org/musicprogressions/
-Aurelian B. Boccard, D.M.A

Achievement Auditions

Achievement Auditions is set to take place on May 15, 2021.  It will take place in-person at a location TBA later with safety measures fully enforced (temperature check, masks required, hand washing/sanitizing before and after playing, etc.).  The Honors Recital that usually takes place the day after the auditions may or may not be held if enrollment is low and/or a location cannot be secured.  This event is fully prepared to be pivoted to online means (via recordings) if conditions surrounding Covid-19 do not improve by Spring.  It will be decided a month before the registration opens whether this event will take place entirely in-person or entirely virtually through video recordings—participants will not have the option of choosing one way or another.  Please read this event’s General Guidelines, Syllabus, and Technical Requirements carefully as laid out on KCMTA’s Achievement Auditions webpage:  http://kansascitymusicteachers.org/student-programs/achievement-auditions/ to determine if this is the right event for your student.  The appropriate level the student should enter in is at the discretion of the teacher with the consideration of the student’s capabilities.  Registration WILL NOT open until April 3rd.

–Linda Chen, D.M.A.

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