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The Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, voted the top local Music Teachers Association 2004 by the Music Teachers National Association, provides diverse educational opportunities for teachers and students in pursuit of personal growth in music.  Its mission:  to stimulate the study and enjoyment of music, to broaden the vision and expertise of its members, to promote musical culture in the community and to reinforce the objectives of its state and national organizations.  Join!

 February 22, 2017 Program

Music Teachers Forum

Forum discussion topics of interest that relate to teaching in our independent studios

Education is not preparation for life.  Real education is life itself.”
Richard Chronister 1998
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  1. What ideas work for you?
    Teaching to different learning styles
    Motivating students to practice
    Ear Training
    Sight Reading
    Teaching rhythm
    Teaching fingering
    Teaching dynamics
  1. How are you using technology these days?
    Computer lab: programs for scheduling and keeping track of student progress
    Tools:  i-pads, phones, laptops, software
    Online resources for theory
  1. What new approaches are you using in your teaching today that you didn’t use 5 or 10 years ago?
    Do you have group classes sometimes and why?
    Do you have “go to” repertoire?
    Do you regularly teach duets, and how do you schedule practice time?
  1. As a fairly new teacher, what is your basic teaching philosophy?
  1. As an experienced teacher, what is your teaching philosophy and has it changed over the years?
  1. Care to share anything you wish you hadn’t done!


Our members offer music lessons in cello, clarinet, flute, French horn, guitar, harp, organ, piano, viola, violin,  strings,  trumpet, voice, and more in Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Great Falls, Herndon, Leesburg, Loudoun, McLean, Oakton, Reston, Sterling, Vienna.