MTNA 2019 (6): Wednesday, March 20

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Wednesday is always the final day of the MTNA national conference. There were two morning sessions on the schedule.

8:00am Teaching The Way We Learn: Applications Of Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT), by Amy Chaplin & Joy Morin

Amy Chaplin and I were so pleased when we were notified our proposal was accepted back in June! It was an honor to be able to give our presentation about some of the core principles from Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT) at a national conference.

When we created this presentation, Amy and I spent a great deal of time coming up with principles we thought teachers new to MLT could start immediately applying to their teaching. Despite the fact that many conference attendees had to catch flights early on Wednesday morning, we still had a good turnout to our session. And we received some great questions from audience members, some of whom came up to us afterwards. They seemed very interested in learning more about MLT. (Related: Check out my blog post, “What is Music Learning Theory?”)

(Enthusiastic response on Facebook from a young teacher who attended our session! <3)

In case you’re interested, here’s my calendar of upcoming speaking engagements. I’ll be speaking this summer at the NCKP conference in the Chicago area, and also appearing at the OregonMTA state conference in August (2019). To learn more about the workshop topics I offer, click here. I’d love to speak for your music teacher association!

9:15am Creativity Throughout: A Panel Discussion On The Business Side Of Teaching, by Roberta Brooke, Amy Chaplin, Joy Morin, and moderator Justin Krueger.

For the next session, I participated on a panel about the business side of teaching. Justin Krueger, the moderator for the panel, led a series of questions about considering things such as business structures, expenses, taxes, belonging to professional associations, and diversifying one’s income. It was fun being part of this panel!

(A photo with some teachers friendly teachers from Oregon!)

That concluded the 2019 MTNA conference experience! Because my flight home wouldn’t leave until the following day, I had the rest of the afternoon free to explore Spokane with Amy and my host, Ruth Michaelis. Here’s a few photos from the rest of our day.

We took a walk to the historic Davenport hotel. Seeing the inside was like taking a step back in time!

We walked around near the river.

Ruth led us to meet the garbage-eating goat of Spokane! ha! (Watch the video below.)

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The great garbage goat of Spokane.

A post shared by Joy Morin (@joymorinpiano) on Mar 21, 2019 at 10:13am PDT

Ice cream! Nuff said. 🙂

Late that afternoon, Amy and I borrowed Ruth’s car to take a 45-minute drive to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho — a charming resort town. Beautiful country.

Early the next morning, Ruth dropped me off at the airport. Ten hours of travel time later, I arrived safely home!

A huge thank you to Ruth for offering to allow me to stay with her at her home during the conference. She was a great host, and such a fun friend to spend time with.

If you weren’t able to attend the MTNA conference this year, I hope you’ve enjoyed following this series of blog posts and experiencing this year’s conference vicariously. 🙂 If you’ve never attended an MTNA national conference before, I hope these posts have given you some idea of what’s it’s like and inspired you to make work of attending one in the future! It’s not easy to make time to get-away and to tuck away money for something like this, but it’s well worth it! It’s such a great experience to meet other teachers, learn new things, and get filled up with fresh inspiration and enthusiasm for teaching.

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