My MTNA 2016 Session

If you are attending the MTNA 2016 conference, I would love to have you attend my session “Have You Forgotten What It’s Like to be a Child?” I actually didn’t submit this session as a session proposal, but was asked by MTNA to present it on Pedagogy Saturday. It’s relevant to all teachers from age 18 to 88, so I hope you can come. Here is a description of what we will be discussing:

It’s been anywhere from 10 to 70 years since any of us have been a child, so it’s pretty certain that all of us have forgotten at least some of what it’s like to be a child. In this session, you will learn 5 characteristics of childhood that we forget and 25 practical ways to apply this knowledge to help your students leave every single lesson feeling excited and competent!

MTNA 2016 Session - Have You Forgotten What It's Like to be a Child?I know that there are many excellent sessions that are going on during this time at the MTNA conference, some of which I’d love to attend, so I know it’s a tough choice. I thought it might be helpful to give you some of the feedback I’ve been given after presenting this session to several state conferences in the last year:

This was no doubt one of the very best sessions we’ve hosted and many of the comments I heard afterwards confirmed this. Several teachers from neighboring organizations told me that they were so glad that they were able to attend and that it was definitely worth their time.  ~ Davis Dorrough, Central Oklahoma MTA President

Thanks for your excellent presentation! It was so encouraging to me to hear your understanding for children and what matters to them in learning to make beautiful music. I was so refreshed after seeing the way you sorted through the complexities of teaching and gave us simple principles we can all follow. ~ Christy Kiespert, NCTM

Thank you for all you do to inspire students and teachers alike! Your joy and enthusiasm is contagious!   ~ Emma Gee, Private Piano Teacher

MTNA 2016 Session Details

  • Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016
  • Time: 2:15-3:15
  • Room: MTNA 2016 Conference – room not announced yet. Look in the conference program when you receive it at registration.
  • Requirements: To attend this session, you must purchase Pedagogy Saturday. This session is part of the Young Professionals Session but you can “jump” tracks at any time and attend any session in each.

Let Me Know

If you are coming, please let me know. I’ll be around for a little bit after the session somewhere to chat with you all!

There’s More! You are Invited to a Private Dinner

Rosario's MTNA 2016 ComposeCreate DinnerAny friend of ComposeCreate is invited to a private dinner that I’ll be hosting at Rosario’s which comes highly recommended! We’ll be renting a private room and paying for dedicated waiters (and a cash bar if you’d like that), but you have to purchase a ticket (because we will be reserving your spot and writing one big check. See what all your ticket covers! Read ComposeCreate Dinner Details Here.

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