MTACC Workshops + Gatherings Workshops
2020-2021 Teacher Training Workshops
As members and teachers of the Music Teachers Association of Clark County, we strive to encourage and support each other through networking, meetings, social events, and professional music opportunities for our students. The attendance and participation of us all remains vital for a thriving chapter.
This year our meetings include mini-workshops designed for teachers of all levels and styles! Come join our exciting team and be inspired in your own teaching!
The MTACC Executive Board also holds open monthly business meetings on the 2nd Friday of the month at 9:30am via Zoom. All members are welcome to attend.
Workshop Videos | Fall Workshop
Our winter workshop is sure to warm up your heart and soul with good friends and great conversation!
Dr. Daniel Immel
The Art and Science of Arranging: Quick Start Tips to Help Your Students Create Their Own Arrangements
Have you ever wanted to help your students create their own arrangements, but felt uncertain how to begin? Colleen Adent will share her own arranging process, and present tips and techniques designed to encourage and equip students (and teachers alike) to creatively develop their own arrangements.
Colleen Adent is a classically trained, improvisationally minded pianist. She is a freelance musician, with over 35 years experience as a performer, composer, arranger, and teacher. As one of the Pacific Northwest’s accomplished pianists, the uniqueness of Colleen’s artistry lies in her ability to improvise as well as perform as a classical musician. These two disciplines are often viewed as two separate worlds, but Colleen lives comfortably in both places, embracing the strengths of each musical world to create a fresh, dynamic, engaging listening experience. Whether playing solo or collaboratively, sacred or secular, from the concert hall to an intimate home setting, Colleen’s warm personality and skillful playing naturally invite the listener to join her in embracing the moment.
Colleen is a performing artist, educator and arranger. Over the past 40 years, she has been commissioned to write and arrange for piano and strings, as well as vocal and choral groups. She is an author with Alfred Music Co. and has several pieces published with Fred Bock Music Co. Her most recent arrangements are available at colleenadent.com.
Come join us for our annual kickoff event! We will celebrate the start of our 2021-2022 year with networking fun and riveting conversation!
How to Teach Concertos AND Schumann's "Carnaval"
Dr. Carmen Hall just recently earned her doctoral degree at the University of Utah, where she studied with Dr. Vedrana Subotic. She holds Bachelor and Master
degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University, where she worked with Paul Pollei, founder of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Hall is passionate about working with piano students, helping them to develop skills and
music appreciation to last a lifetime.
As a doctoral student, Hall teaches students at Washington Elementary, a Title I School in Salt Lake City, as part of the Piano Outreach Program at the University of Utah. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and Golden Key National Honor
Society. Carmen is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, discussing research on the implications of using ensemble and chamber music in piano instruction of pre-college students.
She recently participated in the Summer Arts Competition at the University of Utah, winning first place in the Teaching Video Competition. As a winner of the Concerto Competition, she performed with the Salt Lake City Symphony. Hall has also served as a soloist with the Timpanogos Symphony, Brigham Young University Philharmonic, and the Emerald Chamber Orchestra.Hall
has earned permanent certified membership status in Music Teachers’ National Association and serves as the Theory and Ear Training Evaluation Chair of the Encore Music Teachers Organization in Utah.
She has completed five marathons, including the Boston Marathon. She and her husband have three adult boys who play the piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, organ, accordion, nose flute. They also participate in soccer and basketball.
Online music teaching has been around for a while and is becoming more mainstream since COVID-19 pandemic. Now the music teachers can teach permanently online or expand their business with an online platform. Even though it was not too tricky to set up for the basic online lessons, sound quality and different camera angles can significantly improve online lesson experiences. Debbie will share how to optimize equipment and technology for better online lesson setups in the studio.
Debbie Lee has been teaching piano since 1991 and currently maintains an active studio in Camas, WA. She teaches private piano lessons to students from the age of five to retired adults. Students in Debbie Lee Piano Studio receive well-rounded music education and have been recognized for their natural technique that produces a great tone and sensitive understanding of the repertoire.
Along with maintaining a private piano studio, Debbie performs as a collaborative pianist in the Vancouver (WA) area with choirs and solo vocalists and instrumentalists. She has also served at area churches playing piano, organ, and keyboard. Debbie belongs to several professional music teachers organizations and has held many offices, the most recent position being the president at Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA). She is also a frequent adjudicator at festivals, adjudications, and competitions. In the past few years, she began mentoring students and young adults pursuing careers in music and supporting the arts advocacy groups. Debbie has a B.M. in Piano Performance and M.M. from the University of California.
Celebrate the end of the year with discussions of growth opportunities and dreaming for next year!
The Musicians Journey
Dr. Jill Timmons
The Jam Band: Putting Practice Into Play
Jam Band - Putting Practice into Play.
Apply the introductory skill of primary chords into a fun, interactive experience of playing specifically chosen songs in the keys of C, G, D, and A. Students learn the songs as they learn the chords and how to read a lead sheet then play with their teacher, other students, or along with a backing track. The Jam Band is designed to get a student with no experience in music to be able to jam with the band within three months.
Rob Melton is the owner and director of Opus School of Music in Ridgefield and Camas. He opened his studios in 2006 after graduating from PSU to grow artistic spirits of all ages. He supports and trains teachers and oversees the curriculum for piano, guitar, preschool music, various programs for ages 5-9, and choir/glee programs. Opus offers lessons for most instruments, group and private lessons, and music technology. Mr. Melton enjoys teaching, creating curriculum and systems for the school and meeting the parents and students who attend each week. He has a contagious passion for rhythm and enjoys supporting a collaborative spirit between the teachers and the students. He performs with local groups playing variety of genres and with his wife and two young children.
When Mr. Melton is not at his studios, you can find him running, hiking, camping, birding, reading, playing with his family and spending time wondering.