Eileen Ringel

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Pine Tree Competition set for May 1, 2021 at Gould Academy.

Pine Tree Competition:   Pine Tree will be held on May 1, 2021 at Gould Academy.  We are preparing for our traditional competition and will make whatever adjustments are required for social distancing.  Here are some changes to categories and repertoire requirements that the committee has made:


Early Elementary–Open to students through grade 3. Program not to exceed 5 minutes.

Late Elementary–Open to students in grades 4-6. Program not to exceed 8 minutes.

Junior-Open to students in grades 7-9. Program not to exceed 13 minutes.

Senior-Open to students in grades 10-12. Program not to exceed 18 minutes.

Repertoire Requirements

Early Elementary and Late Elementary Division – Competitors will be required to perform two contrasting pieces: one composition from either the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic/Impressionistic period and one Contemporary composition of any genre. (No prepared piano, please.)

Junior and Senior Division – Competitors will be required to perform three contrasting pieces: two compositions from two different periods, Baroque, Classical, Romantic/Impressionistic, and one Contemporary composition of any genre. (No prepared piano, please.)

Upright piano for sale

We are seeking a loving, musical home for our family piano. Purchased used in Austin, TX this solid piano holds it’s tune very well and is in great condition, having seen our two kids through piano lessons since circa 2005. Selling to make room for a larger instrument. 

Details: 1998 Boston UP-118S (upright) black oak finish. Measures approximately 46” height x 58” width x 23” depth. Asking price: $4,000 (moving not included)

Contact: Maddy Vertenten Phone: 207-869-5258 Email: vertenten.fam@gmail.com

Location: first floor of home in Freeport, ME

Free online discussion with Susan Bruckner on June 12th. Click here for details.

For the first time, CMMTA in conjunction with MMTA will be hosting an all-association, online, Zoom event. Susan Bruckner will join us on Friday, June 12th at 11:00 am for an introduction to and discussion of her book, The Whole Musician.: A Multi-Sensory Guide to Practice, Performance, and Pedagogy.  The Whole Musician is an ambitious and highly creative project. This practical guide bridges the gap between the theoretical and ‘real’ world of teaching. Susan’s work allows the reader to turn everyday problems into success stories.” (Michael Grinder) Those who read the book in advance will have the best experience.

You won’t want to miss this event, so mark your calendars now.  You’ll receive an email about a week in advance with a zoom meeting ID so you can join us.

Pianists wanted to perform in the 2021 Francis Kayalı Piano Project

I am seeking proposals from pianists who are interested in being hired to learn, perform, and make a video recording of one or more of the following piano solo works over the coming year.

– “Sonatine Spirit” • https://youtu.be/Tf-2H4BJh2E
– Suite for Piano, Movement 1 • https://youtu.be/n-NKcs076UI
– Suite for Piano, Movement 3 • https://youtu.be/CntmWYdOA9Y
– “Flow” • https://youtu.be/WZnG-AXTtLM
– “Flight” • https://youtu.be/1uhLIGILUn4 at 6:38

• pianists must either make the video themselves or must find someone to film and record their performance
• use an acoustic grand piano that is in tune and in excellent playing condition
• make a high quality audio recording
• video quality: good, but non-professional is acceptable (e.g., iphone with good lighting may yield acceptable results)
• use visually appealing venue/setting/location/backdrop
• the recording of a live performance (in front of an audience) is possible, as long as the performance is on par with a good studio take, the audio quality remains excellent (not overly distant or marred by noise), and the pianist’s facial expressions are easily visible
• camera angles: fixed camera angle is acceptable (in which case, face and hands must be visible), if multiple angles, then show hands during technical passagework
• the piece does not need to be memorized (you can read from the score in the video)
• before shooting the final video, the pianist must send a preliminary recording (audio) and incorporate feedback from the composer

• deadline for proposals: May 30, 2020
• follow-up for selected proposals will take place during June 2020
• project completion deadline: flexible/by agreement, preferably within 6-11 months of agreement

To submit a proposal, please fill out the form below.

For more information about the composer, visit http://www.franciskayali.com/
Please feel free to forward this page to pianists who may be interested.

Questions, comments, suggestions? E-mail franciskayali@gmail.com

Due date for this year’s 2020-21 membership renewals extended until September 1st.

MTNA Extends Due Date for Membership Renewals
In recognition of the severe financial hardships many of our members are currently experiencing, the MTNA Board of Directors has voted to extend the due date for this year’s 2020-21 membership renewals. The traditional due date has been July 1, the beginning of the membership year. The Board, under its authority from Article III Section 3 of the MTNA Bylaws, has extended this year’s due date until September 1.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on music teachers and their income. As a result of social distancing orders, many are unable to teach in their studios. Some have taken to online teaching, and others have stopped lessons altogether, leading to limited income or, in some cases, no income at all. Adding the burden of membership renewal with a due date in the middle of the crisis was troubling and unnecessary.
The MTNA Board considered several possibilities to provide meaningful financial relief for the membership. However, the relief had to be consistent with the Bylaws, impact the state and local affiliates minimally, and could be implemented without delay. Extending the due date not only provides immediate relief to members during the COVID-19 crisis, it also delays the payment of dues for those in need until September when lessons begin and income is being generated.
The membership will be informed of the due date extension via email later today. Then, the actual dues renewals for the 2020-21 membership year will be emailed to the members on April 23.
The Board is aware that some state and local affiliates may experience some issues with membership directories and other time-sensitive materials. The Board asks for your understanding during this crucial time for our members, the profession, and our society as a whole. These additional two months to pay membership dues will have a very positive impact on our members and our association.
As always, please contact the MTNA National Headquarters if you have questions.
Dr. Gary L. IngleExecutive Director & CEOMusic Teachers National Association1 W. 4th St., Ste. 1550Cincinnati, OH 45202(513) 421-1420(888) 512-5278gingle@mtna.org

Part-time music teacher wanted this summer in Waterville

Maine Arts Camp, located on the campus of Thomas College in Waterville, is looking for one or two part-time music teachers for July, 2020. One position involves conducting the chorus and playing the piano accompaniment for a musical theater. The other position involves teaching guitar, ukulele, and rock shop. One person could potentially fill both positions.

Interested teachers should contact Rick Mades at 561-865-4330, https://maineartscamp.com/maineartscamprick@gmail.com