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Music Teachers National Association of America hosts virtual conference

It is conference season and the Music Teachers National Association in the USA is holding its annual event for music studio teachers between 13-17 March

A virtual event, the 2021 MTNA conference will have the most extensive programme of sessions, master-classes, keynote addresses and recitals to date, over 100 in total.

Members will have the opportunity to discuss directly with presenters and colleagues from across the US and beyond, and an online exhibition will allow delegates to test and purchase a wide range of educational products and services.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are the underlying themes of the conference with the chance to discuss ways in which music teachers and musicians from the widest range of backgrounds contribute to today’s music education profession.

Discussion points will include how private teachers retain students, handle the psychology of transfer students and special students with problems such as ADHD, autism and physical disabilities.

Teaching demonstrations and ideas for creating group student events will be hosted as well as workshops on improving student results and retention through understanding of their wellbeing.

The ‘Professional Music Teachers of the Future: Envisioning MTNA in 2051’ pedagogic session is aimed at new teachers, starting out their careers and discussing the entire future of music education in a rapidly changing societal and technological world.

Master-classes in teaching advanced and intermediary piano will be held by Naumburg International Piano Award-winner, Awadagin Prat and the renowned husband and wife team Nancy and Randall Faber.

The keynote speakers will be music career coach Angela Myles Beeching  and Todd Frazier, founder of the Todd Frazier Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Registration for the conference can be made online here.