Convention

Mark your calendar:  June 7-9, 2020 for the 121st annual convention of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) at the DoubleTree ParkPlace.  We are excited to have Randall Faber as our keynote speaker and guest artist.

Convention Schedule

A preliminary schedule of events will be available in early 2020, after session proposals have been reviewed and chosen.  Highlights (subject to change):

Sunday, June 7, 2020

7:30pm — MMTA Foundation Award Winners Recital

Monday, June 8, 2020

9:00am — Keynote: "Developing Musical Minds and Hearts" (Dr. Faber)
10am-5pm — Sessions, recitals, master classes
5:30pm — Light buffet reception with speaker
7:30pm — Piano recital (Dr. Faber) 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

8:00am — MMTA annual meeting (all members encouraged to attend and vote!)
9:00am — "Teaching Habits:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (Dr. Faber)
9am-5pm — Sessions, recitals, master classes

Convention Sessions

We are seeking proposals (and suggestions), from members and friends, for lectures, roundtables, and workshops.  This year's theme is "Good things come to those who wait." Sessions are generally 50 minutes in length, including intro, wrap-up, and Q&A.  Past topics have included technique, artistry, musical eras, improv workshops, composition,  business, technology, special needs students, and MMTA programs. 

What kind of session can you contribute?  Some more ideas:  how to build a website/use file sharing apps, how to start a studio, ways to network with other teachers, how to make MMTA inclusive of all musical styles, cultures, teaching and learning styles?  Address the future of MMTA as an organization?

Your proposal will include contact information, an idea of what you would like to present, and your tech needs.  Submissions are due by December 15, 2019. 

Submit a convention session Proposal

Convention Registration

MMTA members and the general public are encouraged to register for "the whole package" which includes Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday sessions, plus Monday and Tuesday breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments.  Other options will be available as well.  If possible, include your meal plan in your online registration, because only a limited number of meals will be available for purchase during the convention.

Complete convention registration info will be available in early 2020.

Lodging

Following a major renovation, the DoubleTree Park Place features Serta Suite Dreams® beds, 50-inch HDTV with premium channels, and complimentary internet access.  All are encouraged to stay Sunday and Monday nights for a truly relaxing convention.  Registered convention attendees get a discounted rate.

Reserve your hotel room  (discount will apply automatically) or call (952) 542-8600 and mention the convention to get the discount.

Master Classes

Three (3) master classes are planned for the 2020 convention.  Students of MMTA members, as well as MMTA members themselves, are invited to apply.  There is no application fee.  If possible, please apply online, or download and print an application.  Performance video is required, and instructions can be found in the application form.  Deadline:  April 1, 2020

Classical piano (Dr. Faber)
Online application | Print version

Popular and jazz piano (TBD)
Online application | Print version

Vocal/Instrumental (TBD)
Online application | Print version

Complete master class info will be available in early 2020.

Exhibits and Showcases

All organizations, including music stores, software companies, inventors, product companies, consultants, colleges, and universities, are encouraged to participate.  Vendors may also present a showcase session to introduce new products, methods, and services to independent music teachers.  Showcase presenters must also obtain booth space in the exhibit hall.

Exhibit and showcase application forms will be available here by December 1, 2019.

Collegiate Poster Sessions

We are seeking proposals for Collegiate Poster Sessions.  Deadline:  April 20

Online application | Print version

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to serve as presiders and doorkeepers. 

  • Presiders act as session hosts, introduce presenters, and manage the clock
  • Doorkeepers greet attendees, make sure they are registered, and take attendance.

Volunteer signup will be available in early 2020.