District Spring Conference

Spring Conference, Luncheon and Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, April 13, 2018
Registration: 9:15 a.m.
Membership meeting: 9:30 a.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 450 N. Liberty St. Powell, OH, 43065

Guest Speaker
Dr. Andrea McAlister, NCTM

“Better Than Good”

Each and every time we are present with our students, we have the opportunity to create a positive learning environment. Language can open the doors of communication between teachers and students but can also close a lot of doors if we don’t choose those words wisely. In this presentation, Dr. McAlister will discuss the brain’s negative bias and ways in which we can encourage retention of the positive to create more productivity in the lesson and during home practice. Practical ideas for teaching with a language that fosters student self-empowerment will be presented.

Please join us for a chance to meet new members and renew OMTA friendships. The Spring Conference will also include the CEOMTA annual All-Member Meeting. This is an opportunity for members to bring issues before the assembly. If you wish to present something at this time, please contact President Rachel Mauricio Mills so that she can include your issue in the agenda if appropriate.

A Luncheon for all members and potential members will follow the meeting and speaker. Please RSVP by March 30, 2018 to Lee Ann Forgrave, Membership Chairman: laforgrave@yahoo.com or text 614-371-3872.


Conference Chairpersons:
Carol Rein, NCTM carolrein89@yahoo.com
Sharon Walton, NCTM skrwalton@gmail.com

About our Guest Speaker

Dr. Andrea McAlister, NCTM, is Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Oberlin College where she teaches piano pedagogy and class piano. In addition to her teaching activities, she coordinates the class piano program and the secondary piano studies program. She earned her DMA at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

Dr. McAlister’s research in piano pedagogy, technology, motivation, and neural development has been featured at national and international conferences and she is active as a clinician for state and local teachers. Recent presentations have been heard at the International Society of Music Education Conferences, the Music Teachers National Association Conferences, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the World Piano Pedagogy Conferences, and more. Dr. McAlister’s research has also been featured in the Music Teachers National Association’s American Music Teacher, the MTNA e-journal, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy’s Proceedings, as well as Clavier Companion and Keyboard Companion. As a performer, Dr. McAlister has appeared in festivals and recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada, including performances with the Aspen Music Festival, the Rome Festival, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and Opera Cleveland. In addition, to being the current Past President of Ohio MTA, Dr. McAlister serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the MTNA Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Seminar and Editorial Committee for the MTNA e-journal.



Updated August 7, 2017