Monthly Meeting January 2019

Jan 28, 2019



Book Club: Note by Note

Our January pre-meeting will be in “book club” format, discussing the book “Note by Note – A Celebration of the Piano Lesson” by Tricia Tunstall (Simon and Schuster). Pick up a copy of the book from the library to read over the holidays, or order on-line. Tunstall cares about “cultivating future audiences for classical music and about bridging the gap between pop culture and high art.” Its available on Kindle, Amazon, used and new, hard and soft, and you might find a copy at your local library. There will be time to share your opinions about teaching popular music, and telling a few of our own stories about recitals, our students and our teachers, so even if you don’t have time to read the book, join us for this special pre-meeting discussion time.

January Program


Kate Carter

“World-renowned psychologist Carol Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success — but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising our children’s intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to improve in school, as well as reach our own goals, personal and professional.” (from Mindset by Carol Dweck) In this talk, Dr. Kate Carter, performer and educator, will discuss the applications of Dweck’s book to music teaching and learning, including some of the ways we can challenge our students (and ourselves!) to question our mindset and to foster a healthier framework for pursuing our goals.


Dr. Kate Carter is a versatile performer based in Chicago with experience ranging from soloist to chamber and orchestral musician. A prizewinner in various competitions, Kate’s performances as soloist and with various ensembles have been heard across the US and internationally. She made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in February of 2014.

Kate holds a Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University, where she received the Emma Peters Hooper scholarship and was teaching assistant to Gerardo Ribeiro. Kate received her Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music on scholarship, where she was teaching assistant to Lynn Blakeslee. Her previous instructors include Haroutune Bedelian and William Fitzpatrick.


Are your shelves filled with music that you haven’t passed on to students?   Is your studio weighed down with books that you no longer use?   Clean house after the holidays and bring your musical rummage to our January meeting to sell during the coffee hour and after our meeting.

You will be asked to donate at least 25%  of your sale to the NSMTA scholarship fund.  Additional donations also accepted for our summer camp and college scholarships.

If you’re planning to participate, please e-mail Mary Beth at ( so we know how many tables to set up.   If you have items you were going to donate for the Music Boutique, you can bring those in January as well.

Hourly Schedule

9:30 - 10:00
Book Club: Note by Note
10:00 - 11:00
Business Meeting and Coffee
11:00 - 12:00
Kate Carter
“Fixed Vs. Growth: Choosing Your Mindset”


Jan 28, 2019


9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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