Group lessons are held periodically for students who are preparing to perform at school or on an OMTA recital. These group sessions give students practice performing, attentive listening and learning how to give meaningful feedback to peers. Students may perform solo, in ensembles, or as a duet team. All students will benefit from occasional partner lessons, scheduled at our mutual convenience. These lessons focus on listening, ensemble playing, and fun musical enrichment activities—all very important to musical development.
All students are expected perform on the studio recital at the end of the year and attend the dress rehearsal to prepare for it. All OMTA events (see below) are optional. If a student has not prepared adequately for a scheduled performance, I reserve the right to cancel that student’s performance without giving a fee refund (if applicable).
Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Activities
OMTA events are optional. For those desiring formal performance opportunities or state recognition of achievement, the OMTA has several programs which may be of interest. I will give each student a handout with festival information at the beginning of fall term. Information is also available on our district website at omta-eugene.org
OMTA Syllabus is a state certification program for classical piano levels I-X and jazz piano levels 1 to 7. These non-competitive evaluations are held each fall and spring. They include assessment in musicianship skills (ear-training, sight-reading, rhythm and theory) as well as performance repertoire. Students receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement and advance to the next level. OMTA assesses a fee to participate, $22—$65, depending on level.
I highly encourage (but do not require) students to participate in OMTA Syllabus. It provides a satisfying yearly goal and rewards students for their efforts while ensuring well-rounded progress. Although official enrollment doesn’t take place until March, I ask for a commitment to the program no later than January for the May auditions. Students may need to spend a significant amount of extra time practicing in preparation for these auditions and will depend on family support in order to prepare adequately.
Recital Opportunities include festivals with specific themes: Ensemble Music, Popular Music Festival, Junior Bach Festival, Original Composition Festival, etc. See this year’s calendar for dates. The Eugene OMTA District usually holds at least one master class during the year for students interested in a performance/learning opportunity with a nationally recognized master teacher.
Competition Opportunities include the annual Sonata/Sonatina festival, the OMTA Junior Bach Festival in early February, the Beverly Soule Scholarship competition in May (open to seniors), MTNA competitions, and auditions to perform as soloist with the symphony. Many scholarships are available for qualifying students (by audition) at the state level.