Quality Music Education, Professional Opportunities
Meeting & Workshop
August 24, 2019
Join us for the 2019-2020 school year opening meeting and workshop.
The meeting begins at 9:00 am in the upstairs piano lab of Angelle Hall (253) with a workshop to follow at 10:30 am.
At the meeting, you'll receive a 2019-2020 LAMTA bulletin with all the information you need for the year.
The workshop is entitled "Listen, Think, Speak, Read & Write: Applying Principles of Language Acquisition to Music Instruction" presented by Hannah Mayo.
Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs Duet Festival
October 12, 2019
ULL Angelle Hall
Individual playing times to be assigned
Duet Festival is a National Federation of Music Clubs event. All participating teachers should be sure their NFMC membership is current. Student pairs play two duets (one from the required NFMC bulletin and one choice piece). This performance is adjudicated and awards are available based on the number of years entrants participate.
Forms and fees are due to Sue Steck-Turner September 26, 2019.
Louisiana Music Teachers Association Conference
October 17-18, 2019
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
The 67th annual LMTA conference is an opportunity for teachers to network with other teachers from around the state and continue their education by attending informative sessions on topics of music instruction. This year, the keynote presenter is Kevin Olson, an active pianist and composer. Many of your students have probably played his pieces! This year's featured pianist is Derek Kealii Polischuk. LAMTA is well represented this year, with three presenters from Lafayette! Find out more on the convention page of the LMTA website, www.LMTA.org.
Halloween Recital: "Costumes in Concert"
October 26, 2019
Lafayette Public Library, Downtown Lafayette
At this fun recital, students dress in costume and play one piece from memory. Halloween themed pieces are encouraged, but not required. All students receive a certificate of participation and indulge in some Halloween treats after the recital. Participating teachers are asked to contribute treats for after the recital. Mila, the chair person, will notify you of what you need to bring. This year, students are drawing pictures to accompany their performance. Email drawings to for inclusion in the slideshow.
Entries are due to Mila Olivier October 22, 2019.
November 16, 2019
ULL Angelle Hall
Times to be assigned
Technique Tournament is a non-competitive event in which students are critiqued and rated on their technical skills. Scales, arpeggios, and an etude are included on the required list for six various levels. Students may enter at any level and repeat levels at the teacher's discretion.
Students receive written criticism and a certificate of proficiency. A special award is given to students who receive a Superior rating, and additional awards will be presented to students who successfully perform scales in rhythmic variation.
Technique Tournament booklets are emailed to LAMTA members. To request a copy, contact one of the chair persons, Courtney Legnon or Susie Garcia.
Forms and fees are due to Courtney Legnon November 2, 2019.
Thanksgiving Potluck Recital
November 23, 2019
Home of Hannah Mayo
Dinner to follow
LAMTA celebrates Thanksgiving with the UL Lafayette-MTNA Student Chapter. LAMTA members provide the feast and the UL students provide the music. Teachers are asked to sign up to bring a dish for the the potluck at Hannah Mayo's home. In early November, members will receive an email invite from Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up to bring something. This is a delightful night of food, music, and thanks.
SOS Youth Holiday Playathon
December 15, 2019
The Wurst Biergarten
Feature your students' solo and ensemble holiday repertoire at this playathon to support the Save Our Students fund! Memorization is not required. Students can collect pledges from friends and family and there will also be a donation jar at the stage. Teachers can request a pledge ticket template by emailing LafayetteAreaMTA@gmail.com.
Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs Solo Festivals
January 25: Legnon Group @ ULL Angelle Hall
February 1: Kidd Group @ ULL Angelle Hall
February 1: New Iberia Group @ First United Methodist Church-New Iberia
Many of our teachers are affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs. Membership in this organization is separate from LAMTA and allows students to participate in festivals celebrating solos, duets, hymns, folk & patriotic songs. These festivals provide opportunities for adjudicated performances. Students earn points which, when accumulated, result in certificates, pins, and gold cups.
Legnon Group forms/fees to Courtney Legnon January 13, 2020.
Kidd Group forms/fees to Linda Kidd January 17, 2020.
New Iberia Group forms/fees due to Sarah Roy January 17, 2020.
Federation Honors Recital
February 8, 2020
Asbury Methodist Church
Students earning a special "Superior Plus" rating in the Solo Category are eligible to play in the Federation Honors Recital.
Selections are due to Linda Kidd February 3, 2020.
Taubman Approach Lecture and Masterclass with clinician João Paulo Casarotti
March 21, 2020
Brazilian pianist João Paulo Casarotti is the Coordinator of the Piano Area of Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as Artistic and Pedagogical Director of the Encontro Internacional de Pianistas de Piracicaba, Encontro Internacional de Pianistas doVale do Aço (Timóteo, MG) and Piracicaba International Piano Concerto Competition. Dr. Casarotti maintains an intense activity as an interpreter, pedagogue, researcher, and clinician. Casarotti earned his Doctoral degree in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University, a Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at Temple University, a Master's Degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor's Degree in Piano from the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), the Piano Diploma of the Escola de Música de Piracicaba “Maestro Ernst Mahle,”and the Performance Certificate of the National Academy of Music of Sofia (Bulgaria).
Dr. Casarotti performed as soloist and chamber musician in Brazil, the United States, Portugal, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Bulgaria, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. He also performed as a soloist for orchestras in Brazil ,United States and Ukraine. His areas of expertise include Taubman Technique, Alexander Technique and Piano Wellness; the teaching of online piano and the pianistic work of the Brazilian composer Ernst Mahle.
Encontro Internacional de Pianistas de Piracicaba-
Piracicaba International Piano Concerto Competition-
KITS: Keynote Independent Theory Service
March 2020 TBA
St. Barnabus Episcopal Church
The Keynote Independent Theory Service was founded in 1985 by current Director, Christine A. Murow, a piano teacher, composer, and former theory chairman for the Maryland State Music Teachers Association. A unique idea in music education, KITS serves the independent music teacher, classroom teachers, and teacher associations, providing a well-organized music theory curriculum at the elementary and secondary levels, along with student workbooks, and annual examinations. KITS also sponsors the National Music Theory Honor Roll. The curriculum booklet is the music teacher’s outline of material included on the KITS exams on each of the seven levels, with Sample Test Questions similar to those on the annual examinations.
For a complimentary copy, e-mail your request to:
Be sure to include your mailing address.
$7.00 per student
Coordinator: Madeleine McKnight
LMTA District Piano Rally
March 9: Deadline to submit Form 4 (Teacher list) and fees
March 28: KEYBOARD/
April 13: Deadline to submit Form 1 (Performance)
April 25: PERFORMANCE
Times to be assigned
The LMTA Rally syllabus is available online at LMTA.org
DO NOT MAIL OR DROP OFF FORMS. The chair person will print all forms. Submit all forms vie the rally database. New teachers, contact Hannah Mayo to set up your studio in the database.
Payment options: mail a check to Hannah Mayo (chair) or PayPal
$30.00 per student + $5 lunch fee
Rally Honors Night
May 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Asbury United Methodist Church
All students receiving any awards (ranking trophies/ribbons, special medals, Outstanding Achievement, 100 ribbons, TS qualifiers, etc.) will be announced and recognized at this event. All 1st and 2nd place winners are invited to perform one of their rally repertoire selections.
Selections are due to Sue Steck-Turner by April 29. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners should arrive at 6:30 PM.