Monthly Meeting: September 2019

September 23, 2019

9:30-10:00 Pre-Meeting

Moderator: Catherine Foreman
How to Edit Your NSMTA Website Teacher Profile

The September Pre-Meeting will feature a step-by-step tutorial for NSMTA members to learn how they can edit their teacher profile on The new “Find a Teacher” feature on our website is a great resource for teachers to get more students and grow their studios. This Pre-Meeting will be the perfect opportunity to learn how to use this feature, and will be a great time to ask any questions that you might have regarding using our new website.

10:00-11:00 Business Meeting & Coffee

11:00-12:00 Program

Dr. Marcia Bosits 
Sight Reading Essentials for Developing Piano Students

We piano teachers take pride in teaching our beginners to read music.  Method books provide guidance and drills to help our students become secure readers in their early years of lessons.  However, as their repertoire becomes longer and more challenging, we often sacrifice work on other skills to get that music ready for performance.  We know that lack of reading fluency leads to frustration in the intermediate years and really limits our students’ ability to interact musically with their peers.  This session will outline practical strategies, materials, and activities to reinvigorate the reading process for both younger and adult students.


MARCIA BOSITS is Associate Professor of Piano and Director of the Piano Pedagogy Program at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.  In addition to the doctorate from Northwestern, she earned an Artist’s Diploma from the Warsaw Conservatory in Poland as the recipient of a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship.  Dr. Bosits has held national positions in professional organizations including the Music Teachers National Association, the National Group Piano and Pedagogy Forum, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the World Piano Conference.  Her articles have appeared in such journals as Clavier, Keyboard Companion, Piano Journal, and the American Music Teacher.  Active as a clinician and chamber musician, she was a guest performer for the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA), Conferences in Rome, Portugal, and Serbia.  Her recent work focusing on the educational connections among engagement, mentoring, and pedagogy has been featured at the National Group Piano and Pedagogy Forum, the Mentoring Institute, the College Music Society Conference in Stockholm, and the Arts in Society International Conference in Lisbon.    


Sep 23, 2019


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL
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