from your NOTES Editor! The polar vortex that has plagued us seems to have finally gone – thank goodness – and now it’s time for the rites of spring. Recitals, getting set for examinations and looking forward to getting together at the Oh! Canada! Convention. This year, the Convention will be taking place on July 26th and 27th at the Westin Prince Hotel located off the Don Valley parkway. We are delighted to have Dr. Midori Koga, Dr. John Burge and Mr. Kevin McMillan as our competitions adjudicators.
Dr. Koga and Mr. McMillan will also be conducting masterclasses; Dr. Burge will be presenting a workshop titled “Piano Teaching Tricks I have Learned Over the Years” and Janet Fothergill will present a workshop titled “Celebrating Canadian Music with our Students”. A complete listing of events are included in this issue along with registration forms for various events. Please note that registration may also be done ONLINE – visit ormta.org for details. Be sure to check out what ORMTA Branches were up to during Canada Music Week, starting on page 21. Jarred Dunn has written an interesting article on technique – a la Dorothy Taubman – which you can find on page 11. Congratulations to Tabitha Johnson, ORMTA’s 2013 Young Artist Competition Winner. All Branches reported that her performances were outstanding. We wish Tabitha all the best as she pursues post-secondary study in music on the way to a rewarding career. Please make every effort to get out to workshops in your area this Spring. Teacher development is something we all need and professional networking remains invaluable. Happy teaching everyone – I look forward to hearing from you all throughout the year! Patrick McCormick Editor
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NOTES Spring 2014
The deﬁnitive information source for Ontario Registered Music Teachers