Monthly Meeting: November 2019

November 25, 2019

9:30-10:00 Pre-Meeting

Presentor: Debbie Gillette
Creative Repertoire Selection

Repertoire selection is one of my most time-consuming teaching tasks, but I find that when I am successful, it is also one of my most time-saving teaching tools. Finding the “best piece at the right time” is like putting a well-balanced meal together. Sharing pieces from AIM, I will put together some “combo meals” sure to bring student success.

10:00-11:00 Business Meeting & Coffee

11:00-12:00 Program

Kate Carter & Louise Chan
Fixed vs. Growth: Choosing Your Mindset

Plus, a performance by the Blue Violet Duo

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. 

After her talk, Kate and Louise will perform compositions written by American composers for violin and piano. They will have some of their CD’s for sale after the program.


Dr. Kate Carter is an award-winning violinist, educator, clinician and adjudicator. She regularly performs with groups in Chicago including Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble, and Camerata Chicago. She is on the teaching faculties of the Northwestern University Music Academy and Lake Forest College. Together with Louise Chan, she is part of Blue Violet Duo, who made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 and released their first album last year, titled American Souvenirs, which was selected as WFMT's "New Release of the Day" in October of 2019.


Nov 25, 2019


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL
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