Upcoming Events

Past President’s Appreciation Gathering

Where: Buell Mansion – 1 Buell Mansion Parkway  Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

This year, in place of our Ice Cream Social, we are having a potluck to honor past DAMTA Presidents!  Please join the festivities!!

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Sign Up for our 2019 Fall Course!

Our 2019 Fall Course is named: Enlightened Teaching: New Ideas for Old Problems

You can see the individual programs and presenters in our online brochure.  You can also sign up and pay online!  Click here

2019 Fall Course

September 11, 2019 – It’s All About the Thumb!

Brenna Berman: Using the thumb correctly is vital for smooth execution.  Help your students quickly and easily solve their passages by knowing what to look for.

September 25, 2019 – Performing Silence: A Pianistic Contemplation of Playing When Not Playing

Justin Krawitz: The rests between the notes are no less important than the notes themselves.  This lecture explores how to address this “invisible element” to create more compelling interpretations.

October 9, 2019 — Off Bench Activities for Musical Awareness and Development

Thomas Hoops:  Music Learning Theory provides off bench activities to teach both vocal and instrumental students to improve their musicianship.   

October 23, 2019 — Music and Movement

.Jooen Pak: An introduction to how an acute awareness of bodily engagement in performance study can enhance technical study.

November 13, 2019 – Teaching Elementary and Intermediate Students Improv Rhythms through Movement

Joseph Harkins:In this hands on session teachers will participate in improv rhythm activities through movement and improvisation at the piano.

November 20, 2019 – The Alexander Technique: Making Things Easier

Heidi Leathwood: Although we touch the keys with only our fingers, our whole self is our instrument.  This class will explore basic principles of of good coordination of the whole self which can be taken into teaching and music making.

December 4, 2019 – Dalcroze Solfege: Listening with the Whole Body

Dr. Jeremy Dittus: Dalcroze Education treats the body as a musical instrument which is imperative for musicians who struggle with inner hearing and embodied rhythm.  Come ready to sing, move and explore the JOY of Dalcroze Solfege!

December 4, 2019 – Dalcroze Solfege: Listening with the Whole Body

Dr. Jeremy Dittus: Dalcroze Education treats the body as a musical instrument which is imperative for musicians who struggle with inner hearing and embodied rhythm.  Come ready to sing, move and explore the JOY of Dalcroze Solfege!

January 8, 2020 – The Art of Chanting the Old Testament!

Uri Ayn Rover:  A tradition for millennia, the original Hebrew of this sacred text has been chanted using a unique music notation.  This session explores its invention, application, and modern usage.

BIO: Uri Ayn Rovner, owner of Calliope Music Studios in Aurora, CO, teaches piano, brass, and Hebrew chant.  He is also cantoral soloist at Temple Micah in Denver. Jazz and classical music publications are available with Mel Bay, and Jade Press.

February 12, 2020 – Motivation and Music Study: What Makes a Student Want to Practice

Megan Koegel:  Motivating a student is arguably the most important, as well as the most challenging aspect of teaching a musical instrument.  The study of an instrument requires so much perseverance from a student outside of lessons, the student will likely lose interest without the proper motivation.  In this presentation different types of motivation will be discussed, along with the pros and cons of external motivators, and theories behind motivation.  The presentation will take a closer look at intrinsic motivation and what we as teachers can do to develop this within our students.

  BIO:  Megan Koegel holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She also earned a Master of Arts in the study of the Beatles, Popular Music & Society in Liverpool, England.  Megan has been teaching piano lessons for fourteen years and is currently teaching in Denver.  She has also enjoys a variety of performing, directing and accompanying work.

March 11, 2020 – A Groove based Approach to Teaching

Curtis Madigan:  Get a glimpse into a way of teaching that develops the feel and musicality of your students immediately. Create highly engaged students and accelerate their progress.

BIO: Curtis Madigan is the Founder and CEO of Sound Formation. He is a music education visionary that has created a theory of rhythm with support from numerous experts in education.  He developed an after-school percussion program that has run in over 100 schools across 8states, and has trained over 100 music teachers nationwide. He is a graduate in guitar performance and composition from Berklee College of Music. 

April 8, 2020 – How to Work With Our Piano Students in a Vocal Way

Nancy E. Harris:  Nancy will be sharing how to work with our piano students in a vocal way, including teaching them how to sing intervals, how to shape phrases, and other general sightsinging tips. (Did you know that, in Japan in times past, students must have been able to sightsing well before piano lessons started?) She will also give us a quick review of how the voice works and tips on using our voices, especially if we are hesitant about singing with our students.

BIO:  Nancy E. Harris has been a professional singer and actor in musicals, theatre, and operas for many years.  She is an accomplished and widely experienced teacher in the arts, specifically in vocal production and presentation.  Nancy has had a private studio for over 40 years, and was a college instructor for 15 years.  She holds a BA in Vocal Music Education, Studio Voice, and Theatre; a Master of Humanities in Voice, Theatre, Comparative Literature, and Art History; she completed the Vocology Institute at the National Center for Voice and Speech; earned certification in the Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy techniques; and most recently become a U.S.-based CoreSinging Certified Teacher.

 She has a wide-ranging experience including studying choral music under Robert Shaw, singing under Sir Malcolm Sergeant with the London Philharmonic, working as a radio DK and TV sound engineer, as a movie extra, a professional puppeteer, and a melodrama director.   Nancy is a former member of Opera Colorado’s company, she was also part of the recent recording on NAXOS of John Adams’ Nixon in China.

 She adjudicates and frequently presents vocal workshops. Nancy is working on her first book about her unique teaching methods. Vocologist Nancy E. Harris presented “The Teacher’s Voice: Keeping Yours Healthy” at the 2016 ASMTA Conference.

May 13, 2020 – DAMTA Teacher’s Musicale

Join DAMTA teachers as they showcase their talents in this awesome Musicale