State NMTA President Farida Jamin addresses the 2015 MTNA National Conference, held in Las Vegas:
MTNA holds a national conference every year, usually toward the end of March. Conference features:
- Every 75 minutes, several sessions are offered (sometimes as many as 6 or 7 at once) on topics of interest to teachers, such as technology, musicality, technique, studio business practices, etc.
- The exhibit hall is always filled to the brim with booths manned by representatives of businesses that are of interest to teachers (music software companies, piano manufacturers, sheet music companies, music items, etc.).
- Teachers have the option of watching the final round of the MTNA competition, which begins in November (each state has its own competition), proceeds to January (state winners compete in their divisionals), and ends at this conference (division winners compete)
- Poster sessions are presented in the exhibit hall.
- A key-note speaker and several master artists give master classes and concerts.
- Teachers can pay extra for one of the all-day Saturday sessions that include lunch (before the conference officially begins on Sunday)
- Teachers always come home with a huge load of free sheet music that sheet music companies give away to teachers. For example, one year Schirmer gave those who attended their session a free copy of their new performance edition of the Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 1 (sonatas 1-16).
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