I was asked to give a 2 minute "State of the Club" address at the MFMC Convention. All of the local club presidents will be there. Here is the text. I have not attended this convention before. I'm looking forward to making a new music friend or two.
AVMTA Address at All State Meeting, 8/7/13
The APPLE VALLEY Music Teachers Association is MORE than our name implies. A diverse and unique club of over 50 members and 900 students,we have teachers from Burnsville to Bloomington, Shakopee to New Market, both Minneapolis and St. Paul, for a total of 14 cities, including Apple Valley.
New this year to our club will be an additional FOURTH Festival. It will be for piano and voice. This November date will round out our January, February, and March offerings.
We are also working toward a goal of having our students be musically noticed within the south metro community. We have been in contact recently with the Chamber of Commerce for more ways to bring music to the Apple Valley area. They are happy to be working with us and it has led to meetings with Think Bank, Enjoy restaurant, the new banquet facility at the golf course, the public library, and Ecumen Seasons, a retirement complex.
We will have nursing home and joint teacher recital offerings at new locations, plus our current sites. We recently added a Facebook page to increase awareness for students, parents, and other teachers looking for a fun and active club. A small commercial here - Go ahead and “Like” us today.
We are hosting a Festival Read Through event, scheduled for October 12th, a Saturday morning, from 9-12. Details about location will be made available soon, but this special event will read through the new Festival book. At this time, plans include piano, string, and voice rooms, led by our members. This will be open to all teachers; expect a flyer coming soon.
This summer, the new president is personally calling each and every member to answer 3 easy questions. The aim of these questions is to be the kind of group that our membership wants and needs it to be. Play to our strengths. For those that are interested, the 3 questions are:
1. What the most valuable part of your membership?
2. Name an area we could help you grow as a teacher?
3. What is a talent you could share with the group?
The Apple Valley MUSIC Teachers Association IS what our name implies. We are a MUSIC club. We represent teachers from piano to accordion, brass instruments to piccolo, composition to orchestra, digital recording to woodwinds, flute, guitar, voice and a host of others. We are changing as our membership needs are changing, and looking forward to a engaging year, all working together.