Welcome to the Texoma NATS Independent Teacher Forum, a new section on the Texoma NATS website devoted to the interests of Independent Teachers! My name is Lois Landrum and I am serving as the Independent Teacher Liaison on the Texoma Board of Control.
This forum will include information and discussion on such topics as formulating policy statements, billing, how to create a website for your independent studio, scheduling throughout the year, and any other independent studio related topics that you suggest.
Take part in the Question/Answer section by sharing your comments and answers or by sending in new questions for discussion. I will research the topics of interest to you and post the findings here for your benefit.
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A: I have found through the years, that students forget so quickly. If I can have even three lessons with them over the summer, they will be much more likely to retain what they have learned and practiced during the school year.
A: During the summer, we examine contests, festivals, etc. for the coming year. We select repertoire accordingly, trying to get the maximum use out of each piece. In other words, we will select pieces that can be used in several contests.
A: YES! Each year, I have several students who make the All-State Choir. Although I do have students make the choir, who have not attended camp, it is MUCH easier for the student and the teacher, to have that extra preparation. Then we can concentrate on trouble spots, interpretation and polishing their audition. About 80% of my students who make the choir, attended a camp. This is even more important for younger singers.
I envision the pairing of a new or uninvolved member with a member who is experienced as an independent teacher and as a member of NATS. The experienced member will help to navigate the waters of the many opportunities that NATS has to offer, making it much easier for the new member to find his or her place in this tremendous organization. It is daunting to jump right in and there is so much value in experience! Perhaps you would like to be paired with a mentor or perhaps you would like to serve as a mentor to someone else! Email me and let me know.
In order to have a way to notify you of events or topics of special interest to us as Independent Teachers, I am compiling a list of names and current email addresses of our members who self-identify primarily as Independent Teachers. Please take a moment to send me your information for inclusion on this list.
At the 2011 conference and during the summer of 2012, the Board of Control passed two motions that affect the Youth Divisions beginning at the 2012 Student Auditions. I hope you will be as pleased about these changes as we are.
1. One art song in English
2. One Italian, French, German or Spanish art song
3. One other selection in the classical genre
Timing for the audition will be limited to 8 minutes and begin when the student announces his/her first selection.
Minimum age for participation in the I-A and II-A divisions is 14 years old. To be eligible to participate in this category a student cannot have received a high school diploma and cannot have reached age 16 on or before October 10. Previous First Place Winners are not eligible to enter the category in which they won; but may advance to the next category.
Minimum age for participation in the I-B and II-B divisions is 14 years old. To be eligible to participate in this category a student cannot have received a high school diploma and cannot have reached age 19 on or before October 10. Previous First Place Winners are not eligible to enter the category in which they won; but may advance to the next category.