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Idaho Music Teachers Association


The Idaho Music Teachers Association is a support group fostering personal and professional growth for music educators. We accomplish this through sharing our knowledge with each other, and by holding events such as our annual state conference.

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2018 Annual Meeting and Marvin Blickenstaff Workshop

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Dunkley Music, 3410 N Eagle Rd #150, Meridian, ID

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Marvin Blickenstaff Workshop
12:30-1:30 p.m.Lunch (on your own)
1:30-2:30 p.m.Business Meeting
Marvin Blickenstaff

Workshop Presenter: Marvin Blickenstaff
Marvin Blickenstaff has directed the Program for Excellence in Piano Study (PEPS) at the New School since 1999. Blickenstaff holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Indiana University where he received both academic and performance honors. He is well-known across the country and in Canada for his frequent presentations at state and national conferences. The Marvin Blickenstaff Endowment Fund was established in his honor by the Music Teachers National Association Foundation.

In 2007 the on-line journal Piano Pedagogy Forum published tributes to Blickenstaff honoring his contribution to piano teaching in America. Also in 2007 he was named Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He was honored in 2009 with MTNA’s highest honor, the MTNA Achievement Award. Blickenstaff has served as chair of the piano departments at the University of North Carolina/ Chapel Hill and Goshen College (IN) and from 2000-2013 he was President of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.

What more could one ask? The student plays accurately, the rhythm is steady, fingerings and dynamics are observed, and most of the articulations are present. That’s a good student! Yet something is missing in the flow of the sound, the shape of the line, and in the expression. In this session we examine ways in which natural laws of gravity, inertia, heartbeat, and tension/relaxation can influence student performances in a most positive way.

Special thanks to Marvin Blickenstaff and Dunkley’s Music for providing this event for free to IMTA members and their colleagues.

2018 Northwest Division Competition Results

Idaho was well-represented at the recent Northwest Division competition! Idaho students won several awards.
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