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Fall 2013



AGM Minutes 2013

CFMTA Student Composition Competition Results 2013 Nelson McClinchey: Continuing to Teach and Inspire


Calendar of Events


Privacy Policy


DISCLAIMER The views expressed in NOTES are not necessarily those of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, neither are the products or services appearing in advertisements and inserts endorsed by that Association.

From the Editor


From the President


From the Branches


2013 Provincial Competitions


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OH!CANADA! Convention


The Middle Years: Rebooting Student Progess


Should your Student take a Written Harmony or Keyboard Harmony Exam?


Minutes of the 2013 AGM


ORMTA Member Happenings


CFMTA Student Competition Results


CMW: Music Writing Competiton Rules


Nelson McClinchey: Continuing to Teach and Inspire


Dear Teaching Colleague


Teaching Funnies


From the Registrar’s Desk




NOTES FOR NON-MEMBERS Non-ORMTA members may receive NOTES by submitting an annual fee to Ron Spadafore, Provincial Secretary/Registrar, Box 635, Timmins, ON P4N 7G2. The charge for Canadian residents is $20 per year, $30 for non-residents. Please make the cheque out to ORMTA. NOTES EDITOR Please send material for review to: Patrick McCormick - Notes Editor 158 McRoberts Avenue, Toronto M6E 4P5 Tel: (416) 554 3998 Email:

Provincial Executive and Zone Representatives 38 Erratum: In our previous issue Leon Karan’s website was incorrectly listed. The correct web address is:

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Calendar of Events

2013 – 2014

October 1

Branch concerns to Zone Representative for presentation to Council Meeting

October 19

Provincial Council Executive Meeting

October 20

Provincial Council Meeting

November 18-24


December 31

Deadline for Amendments to By-Laws

December 31

Branch concerns to Zone Representatives for presentation to Council Meeting

February 1, 2014

“NOTES” Deadline for Spring issue

February 7

Provincial Executive Electronic Meeting

February 8

Provincial Council Electronic Meeting

March 1

Deadline for changes of address and/or membership status to Provincial Registrar

March 15

Deadline for Music Writing Competition submissions to CMW Chairperson

March 15

Branch concerns to Zone Representative for presentation to Council Meeting

April 1

Deadline for OCTA submissions

April 12

Provincial Council Executive Meeting

April 13

Provincial Council Meeting

April 30

Deadline for ALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT requests for 2014-2015

May 15

Nominations for Zone Representatives to Provincial Secretary

May 15

Branch Delegate names re Annual Meeting to Provincial Secretary

May 31

Deadline for Zone entries in the Provincial Student and Young Artist Competitions to Provincial Chairperson

June 1

“NOTES” Deadline for Summer issue

July 1

Membership fees are due

July 1

Deadline for BRANCH EXECUTIVE LISTS for 2014-2015

July 1

Branch concerns to Zone Representative for presentation to Council Meeting

July 25

Provincial Council Executive Meeting

July 25

Provincial Council Meeting

July 26-27 2014

Provincial Convention, Annual General Meeting, Awards Luncheon and Competitions The Westin Prince Hotel 900 York Mills Road, Toronto Ontario M3B 3H2

August 1

Requests for ONTARIO YOUNG ARTIST RECITALS to Chairperson

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from your NOTES Editor! Welcome to our Fall issue of NOTES. The landscape is changing from its lush period of growth and entering a period of hibernation. Colours are bright, the air is crisp – marking the beginning of another year of inspiration and study. As teachers we’re all ready to sow those seeds of inspiration in our students and dedicating time to making them the most engaged musicians they can be. And ORMTA is here to help - sharing best practice and encouraging new talent.

First, congratulations to incoming CFMTA President, Charline Farrell. I’m sure you will all join me in wishing her much success over the next two years as CFMTA President. Looking back on some of what we accomplished in the previous year - some outstanding performances were on display at the 2013 Provincial Competitions, making it quite a challenge to select the winners. You can find the competition results on page 12. The Music Writing Competition is gearing up again – this time with an online application process. Details and an explanation of the process will be posted at Please support and encourage your students to enter their work and become the Canadian composers of tomorrow. Should your student take a written harmony or keyboard harmony exam? Meg Freer has written a very interesting article which offers some great insights and useful advice - see page 18. Mark your calendars for July 26 and 27 next year when ORMTA will be having its annual convention. The theme for 2014 will be OH!CANADA! – a celebration of all things Canadian. Information will be posted on as it becomes available. I wish everyone a happy holiday season and all the best for 2014! Yours in music, Patrick McCormick Editor The definitive information source for Ontario Registered Music Teachers

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From the President Dear Colleagues: As I write this, it is early Fall. The Virginia creeper on my back fence is a beautiful, bright red and the maple tree in my front yard is turning a brilliant yellow. I am surrounded by colour which is one of the reasons this is my favourite time of year. Another is getting back to my teaching routine after summer holidays. My younger students energize me and my adult students inspire me. We are welcoming three new

who has had to leave for personal

It was my pleasure to hear our

Zone Representatives who have

reasons. We are grateful for the

talented Young Artist, Tabitha

recently joined us on Provincial

two years she served on Council

Johnson, at her recital in Ottawa

Council. Judy Home, from Eastern

managing our Prizes portfolio.

in October. By the time she has

Zone, is a Past Provincial President

completed her tour, she will have

and will be taking over the Bylaws

I want to extend a very big THANK

given nine recitals! Bravo to Tabitha

portfolio. Welcome back, Judy!

YOU to our Treasurer, Nancy

and her teacher Cheryl Graham.

Kathy Schmidt, from Thunder Bay

Dale, for soldiering on through the

(North West Zone), will be working

challenges of our first online billing

I came across this quote recently

alongside Charline Farrell on the

and to Ron Spadafore who has

and I thought it applied very well to

Professional Development portfolio

been deluged with membership


for the next year and taking it over

applications. Thanks also to YOU,

the following year. We decided

our members, for your patience and

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that

at our July meeting that we would

understanding as we learn to work

tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

rename the Workshops portfolio

with the new online system.

~R. Buckminster Fuller

This better reflects the different

I hope you have marked July 26

We never know what hidden talents

ways in which we continue to

and 27 on your calendars for our

and gifts our students may possess

keep our teachers up-to-date and

convention. The theme is OH!

and it is our responsibility (and

informed. Ian Green from Hamilton

CANADA!, a celebration of all

privilege) to help them reach their

is a Council Member at Large who

things Canadian. Please check our

full potential.

will be working with Frank Horvat

website often –

and will eventually take over the

As information becomes available,

Best wishes to you all as your

Communications portfolio. We are

we will post it there as well as

teaching year progresses!

delighted to have them on board!

monthly updates in our e-newsletter,

as Professional Development.


Grace Notes. All information and

Sue Jones

Provincial Council is unfortunately

registration forms will be available in


saying goodbye to Sonya Kalverda

the Spring 2014 issue of Notes.

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From the Branches BARRIE


Planning, laying foundations and moving forward to a new teaching year, our Barrie Branch had its first meeting of the year. In the words of Glenn Gould, “The purpose of art is the lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity”. We are under construction to build a wonderful year ahead in hopes to achieve much wonder and serenity.

Central Toronto Branch is delighted to welcome an amazing line-up of clinicians and activities for our students this year! At our Fall General Meeting, we were fortunate to secure Peter Mose who delighted us with a very informative and interesting listening workshop. November 24th marks the date when we are hosting a masterclass by Peter Longworth. This is a sell-out and the list of performers was filled practically within minutes! It will be held at the Canadian Music Centre from 2-5pm. Another masterclass that we are very excited about is with the fabulous soprano and voice teacher Lorna Macdonald of the University of Toronto. This will be held at the Music Gallery on February 16th from 3:30-6pm. All vocal students will want to attend this one!

Our first opportunity to entice the Barrie area with wonder is to host our very own Barrie Branch winner of the 2013 Young Artist Concert Tour, Tabitha Johnson, on Oct. 19 at Central United Church. We are so proud of all of the accomplishments of both Tabitha, and her teacher, Cheryl Graham. We wish Tabitha all the best on her performances throughout Southern Ontario. Our upcoming Canada Music Week Awards Recital will be held on Nov. 23 to celebrate and inspire our students. Awards will be given out to students who received top marks in both Theory and Practical RCM Examinations. Many Canadian composers are featured in the recital to encourage our students to become future composers themselves. Many more plans are being made by our Branch and we wish everyone the very best on a well constructed year ahead. – Sarah Lawton

Concerts we can look forward to include our much-loved and anticipated Artists in Concert, which will be held at the Music Gallery on March 23rd at 3:30pm. In addition to this we have started an annual Children’s Fun concert, to be held Saturday, February 8 at Leaside Presbyterian Church. This should be terrific fun, especially with the Valentine’s Day theme (costumes highly encouraged!). Our now annual Adult’s Only recital (Saturday June 7, 2014 3-5 pm) proved to be a very popular event last year. Lastly, we are pleased to welcome some new members to our executive this year. Cicela Mansson is assuming the role of Auditions and Recitals

Coordinator. Denise Williams is now in charge of the Artists in Concert series, and Melanie Dickson-Smith is handling the Children’s Fun Recital. Avila Lotoski is on the Newsletter committee along with veteran Anita Beaty. We welcome them warmly to the CTB family! – Eric Shaw

CHATHAM-KENT Our new president, Jane Ripley, is bringing some positive changes to our Branch activities. Forwarding the treasurer’s report and the secretary’s minutes of the previous meeting to members by e-mail is allowing more time at each of our regular meetings for socialising and professional enrichment. Our year began in September with a meeting at the Tea Connection in Chatham. Members had the opportunity to taste several of one hundred and twenty varieties of teas, as well as reminisce about summer activities. The new teaching column for Notes, described in the Summer issue, was discussed, and several tricky teaching questions will be forwarded to the editor for inclusion in the next issue. Some of our members are planning to attend the Clayton Scott workshop and Young Artist Concert, hosted by Sarnia Branch, as well as the Western Zone Convention, hosted by London. Our second meeting will be held at the Chilled Cork restaurant in Chatham when Doris Anderson will discuss the importance of reading books related to music.

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From the Branches There will be several chances for our students to perform during the next couple of months, beginning with our annual Hallowe’en recital. Trophies for students receiving the highest marks in their practical examinations in 2013 will be presented at our annual Canada Music Week recital. Our always popular Contemporary Showcase of Canadian Music will be held in November. This year’s adjudicator is Joanne Bender. To branch out into our community, we are planning a student recital and singsong at Riverview Gardens, one of our senior residences in Kent county. We were especially happy to welcome a new member to our Chatham-Kent ORMTA at our September meeting. Rachael Schwarz, who has recently completed a Masters’ programme in Music at Western University, will be residing in Chatham and accepting new students. – Roberta Dickson

NEWMARKET & AREA With the return of students to school, the Newmarket & Area ORMTA has also returned to planning another year of events and activities for our students and teachers. The Newmarket & Area Branch welcomes Maria Jacobsson of Aurora and Zhu Yuanyuan of Maple. We look forward to meeting you at our next Branch meeting or one of our upcoming events! It is with sadness that our Branch announces the death of Shellie Broddy, a long-time member


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Performer Alessandra & Mrs. Faris

Performers Janelle and Andrea

of ORMTA. Shellie will be sadly missed by her colleagues in the Scarborough, North York, and Newmarket & Area branches. A branch donation in Shellie’s honour has been made to the Banff School of Fine Arts where she spent her summers as a youth, studying music.

events, including the Adult Recital in October, Canada Music Week Recitals, November auditions and Music in the Mall, a December tradition that we look forward to as teachers and students gather to perform at Newmarket’s Upper Canada Mall.

Newmarket & Area kick-started its season by taking part in a new event for the branch; The Newmarket Children’s Health Festival. With the many proven health benefits of music, students and teachers alike showcased their talents outdoors on a beautiful afternoon in September, together with other community health services. It was a fun way to promote our branch and professional teachers’ organization.

The Newmarket executive appreciates the willingness of those members, both at the branch and provincial level, who convene and support ORMTA!

Debra Wanless’s workshop presentation entitled Understanding Learning Styles in the Studio was very well attended and met with enthusiasm on October 4th. It was interesting to learn about our own individual dispositions and gain insight into the dispositions of those that we teach. Many thanks to ORMTA for helping to fund this! The remainder of our season will continue to be busy, with our annual

– Sheila McLean

NORTH BAY Our first meeting of the 2013–2014 teaching season took place on September 13 and was hosted by Jessica Brooks Academy. At this meeting we organized our upcoming fall recitals namely our newly branded Harvest Recital which replaces our Halloween Recital as well as our Honour Recital, and our Christmas Candy Cane Recital. We have opted to expand on the ages allowed at the Harvest and Candy Cane recitals with the hope that the number of participants will increase

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From the Branches this year. We will also be offering an Adult Recital which will once again be hosted in November by branch member Beth Chartrand at her home. This year we intend to offer our students an opportunity to “pretest” their examination material through what we have decided to call an ORMTA Evaluation. Students who wish to get feedback as well as have the experience of being listened to by someone other than their usual teacher can arrange for this at a nominal fee. Students, in consultation with their teacher, can choose to do a complete exam or portions through an application which we are developing. We are currently looking to find teachers who are willing to act as “evaluators”. We hope to have the process worked out by the spring. The initial application, which provides a “menu” for students, was prepared by member Brian McDowell after a meeting was held in August which included members Nancy Hughes, Jessica Brooks, Sue Nicholson and Brian McDowell. A few of our members are participating in a fundraiser for the branch which involves selling tickets for a Police Association vs Old Timers hockey game. There was also discussion at this meeting about next year’s Kiwanis Music Festival and our version of Canadian Contemporary Showcase which will be held on Saturday February 8, 2014. We would like to congratulate members Jessica Brooks and Jennifer Baxter who were both married this summer! – Brian McDowell

OTTAWA REGION BRANCH As we all are underway with our teaching year and gearing up for Christmas Recitals, I am happy to take this opportunity to tell you about some of our plans for 2013/2014. We were delighted to participate in the Provincial Young Artist tour. Pianist Tabitha Johnson performed beautifully and we encourage you to take the opportunity to hear her at any of her upcoming performances. Truly a concert not to be missed! Canada Music Week will be celebrated in November and convener Tania Granata has hinted at having a few surprises for us. Two piano masterclasses have been scheduled at the University of Ottawa, with professors David Jalbert and Stéphane Lemelin. We look forward to (possibly) having our first ever theory masterclass during the spring at Carleton University with professor James McGowan. As in years gone by we will also include Information Sharing Sessions, Adult Student events, a Variety Show, our First Class Honours Recitals, as well as Competitions and the Competitions Gala Recital. Our teachers will be surprised to find we are planning a new format for our January general meeting and we hope that many of our members will be able to join us! This year’s workshop will be presented by Dr. John Burge from Queen’s University. He will be helping our teachers develop skills in assessing our student’s performances … an event not to be missed! These are some of our highlights and we want to welcome all of you to

please feel free to join us whenever you are in town. Wishing you all a successful teaching year, – Ann Empey

OXFORD COUNTY The Oxford County ORMTA had an early start to the teaching season with a new venture. We decided to set up a booth at the Downtown Streetfest in August to promote our organization and make it more visible in the community. During the weekend of August 8th to 10th we set up a booth each afternoon and handed out brochures and teacher directories. As well, we talked to interested parents and answered any questions they had. Everyone felt it was very worthwhile. We generated lots of interest, especially when a group of us tried line dancing in the street. Thanks to Susanne Hughes who organized the project and arranged to have it set up and taken down each day. Joy Lippert hosted our September meeting and we welcomed Janna Baigent back for another term as president. There was a short discussion about using computers as a teaching tool. It was decided that we would set aside some time at our October meeting to discuss iPad apps and computer music programs. Everyone is encouraged to bring a laptop. A Hallowe’en recital is being planned for the 28th of October. Students are welcome to wear costumes for their performances. Two other recitals will be held this term. November 18th is

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From the Branches the Canada Music Week recital where we honour Canadian composers and recognize students who attained high marks in their examinations. The Christmas meeting will be a breakfast meeting at the Quality Inn on December 9th and at 7:30pm that evening we will hold our Christmas recital. Everyone is excited to be back after a summer break. We look forward to another rewarding year of teaching.

Everyone attending donates a Toonie which then goes directly to ORMTAsponsored scholarships during our local Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts. We will be hosting a Pedagogy Conference with guest presenter Evgueni Tchougounov of Lakehead University. Many of our young students enjoy composing so members Dianne Potts and Kathy Schmidt are going to bring their studio composers together for a workshop and “show and play” event.

– Mary Mackesy


At our fall dinner meeting pictured in this photo we met to make plans for the 2013-2014 year. Following this meeting we attended a piano performance by Evgueni Tchougounov at Hilldale Lutheran Church. Many exciting events will be coming up beginning with 3 Halloween recitals where students, parents and teachers get in costume for fun, ghoulish performances.

We are extremely pleased to have Sean Kim, formally of London, in our branch and he has agreed to compose some pieces of varying levels for our students to learn. We will then host a “meet the composer” workshop and camp for the students. Sean has also planned a summer camp for students interested in learning the organ. Another member, Derek Oger has begun a recreational music-making group on Saturdays where all of our students can have an opportunity to come together and play ensembles in various contemporary styles. When our Local Music Festival takes place, we plan to host a workshop with performer, adjudicator, accompanist, clinician Mr. Fred LaCroix. So it looks like an exciting year for us as a branch and we hope all these events will be an encouragement to members old and new. – Kathy Schmidt

TIMMINS Greetings from the Timmins Branch! We have had a busy month of September! On September 11, the Timmins Branch was represented at our annual Welcome to Timmins Night – a showcase of community groups, clubs and services that are available to newcomers to the city. Ron Spadafore and I distributed plenty of Branch directories and general information about music lessons to the many folks who stopped by the ORMTA booth. September 21 saw the Timmins Branch hosting the North East Zone Convention with clinician Michael Lewis and his topic, Building Children’s Self-Esteem and the Confidence to Learn! Mr. Lewis is an exceptional public speaker and we highly recommend him to any ORMTA Branch. On that same evening we welcomed the 2013 ORMTA Provincial Young Artist Tabitha Johnson, who gave a thrilling performance. Tabitha has a very bright future ahead of her, and is very grateful for the touring and performing experience that the Young Artist Tour affords. Now we look forward to the 74th annual Porcupine Music Festival de Musique in February 2014, a Spring Branch concert and conservatory exams interspersed throughout the teaching year. Happy teaching, – Audrey Jean Wells


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Shellie Marie Broddy Remembering

by Janis Mitchell, Newmarket & Area Branch

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Shellie Broddy on August 18, 2013, after a brave and lengthy battle with cancer. She was a longtime member of ORMTA, first affiliated with North York and finally the Newmarket and Area Branch when it began in 2004. Shellie grew up in B.C. and her fondest memories as a youth were the summers she spent at the Banff School of Fine Arts which nurtured her love of music. She received her post-secondary degrees in music at the University of British Columbia and in Colorado. I remember receiving a call from Shellie when she first moved

from Scarborough to Sharon, a small community just north of Newmarket, in 1992. At that time she was a member of the ORMTA Scarborough branch and was given my name from a colleague with whom I went to university. She had three small children and wanted me to start teaching piano to two of them; later, I taught the third child.

As a piano teacher herself, she was active in our branch, sending students in for auditions and participating in recitals. She was also passionately involved as a teacher at a Montessori school in Aurora. In addition to her already busy schedule, Shellie was an organist in her community church for many years.

Shellie had a contagious smile and a wonderful sense of humour, and many times after her kids’ lessons, we would chat and subsequently laugh about them quarreling in the back seat of her van!

Shellie leaves behind her husband Bill, and her three adult children, Kenzie, Alexandra, and Stephen. She will be missed by her friends at the Newmarket & Area Branch.

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The 2013 Provincial Competitions were held on July 20 in the Stage West Theatre at the Ramada Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel in Mississauga. The performances were outstanding and our adjudicators, Carolynne Davy Godin, Christina Petrowska Quilico and Ella Poret, found it quite a challenge to select the winners. The results are as follows:

Young Artist Competition

2nd place (Music for Young Children Scholarship): Soprano Emily Grignon of the Central Zone (teacher: Marion Samuel-Stevens – KitchenerWaterloo Branch)

1st place (Yamaha Canada Scholarship): Pianist Tabitha Johnson of the North Central Zone (teacher: Cheryl Graham – Barrie Branch) 2nd place (Provincial Council Members’ Alumni Scholarship, ORMTA Scholarship): Pianist Lilian Jin of the GTA Zone (teacher: Tanya Tkachenko – Central Toronto Branch)

1st place (Hugheen Ferguson Scholarship): Pianist Alden Chen of the Ottawa Region Zone (teacher: Chunson Park – Ottawa Region) 2nd place (Piano Technician’s Guild – Toronto Chapter):

Provincial Student Vocal Competition

Pianist Hannah Song of the Southern Zone (teacher: Francine McIsaac – Hamilton-Halton Branch)

1st place (Court Stone Memorial Scholarship, ORMTA Scholarship):


Soprano Mikaela Bennett of the Ottawa Region Zone (teacher: Lauren Richardson – Ottawa Region)


Provincial Student Instrumental Competition

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The Esther Su Memorial Scholarship, kindly donated by Sherman Su and Carrie Hagerman, is awarded to a performer who demonstrates special potential. This year the award was presented to Violinist Gregory Lewis of the North West Zone (teacher: Olga Medvedeva - Thunder Bay Branch).

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The stage is set ‌

Provincial Instrumental 2013 (L to R) Carolynne Davy Godin (adjudicator), Hannah Song (runner-up), Christina Petrowska Quilico (adjudicator), Cecilia Lee, Ella Poret (adjudicator), Alden Chen (winner), Pamela Cioroch, Tiger Yang, Matthew Knights, Anneli Loepp Thiessen.

Provincial Vocal 2013 (L to R) Ella Poret (adjudicator), Christina Petrowska Quilico (adjudicator), Emily Grignon (runner-up), Mikaela Bennett (winner), Alina Jade Barnett, Carolynne Davy Godin (adjudicator).

Young Artist 2013 Winner; Tabitha Johnson (seated), (L to R) Lilian Jin (runner-up), Ryan Hum and Gregory Lewis.

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As a not-for-profit association, ORMTA relies greatly on the generosity of individuals and organizations to fulfill its mandate of facilitating quality music education initiatives.

Your donation helps…

• support performance competitions providing opportunities for talented young musicians. • reward gifted composers-in-training.


my gift to: -

• fund educational workshops that provide training to music educators and students alike. • aid the activities of local ORMTA branches and zones. | Complete and mail this form

Here is my gift of $ ______________ Please designate

Your donation helps…

My cheque is enclosed (payable to ORMTA)

Provincial Performance Competition Scholarships

Music Writing Competition Scholarships

Professional Development

Video Workshop

First Name: ____________________________

Specific Branch or Zone:


Last Name: _______________________________

Mailing Address: ________________________________________________________________________ Email: ____________________________


Please return this form and your payment to: Nancy Dale, ORMTA Provincial Treasurer, Box 1639, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S 1J0 Tax receipts are issued for all online donations and mailed donations of $50 or more. Charitable Registration #: 104001771RR0001

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Updating your profile at

Frequently Asked Questions How come people can’t see my information in the Find-a-Teacher Directory even though I filled in and saved the info in my profile? Most likely, the reason the public can’t access your profile in the finda-teacher directory is because some or all of your privacy settings have been set to “No access”. To adjust this, please log into your ORMTA profile, click on “View Profile” in the top right corner, click on “Privacy” and then the “Edit profile” button. Proceed to edit the individual items to ensure that your settings are to your preference and then click the “Save” button. I live right on the border of Toronto and Mississauga and I have students from both cities. How can my profile reflect that I’m available to teach students in either location? If you live right on the border between two communities or the community you live in is known by

more than one name (ex: Nepean

they’re registered to teach. If you

and Ottawa), you have the option

would like to add subjects to your

of including the name of more

profile you must file an application,

than one city or community in your

along with a $10 fee and copies

online ORMTA profile so it’s easier

of your credentials related to

for members of the public using

those subjects. This can all be

ORMTA’s Find-a-Teacher Directory

done online at

to find your information. Here’s


what you do....

add-subjects. As this section is in the “Members Only” section

1. Log into your profile at

of, make sure you’re logged in to access this web page.

2. Click the orange “View Profile” link in the top right corner of the page

My email address has changed,

3. Click the “Edit Profile” button

how do I update my profile?

4. Under “Teaching Address”, include in the “City” field

To update your email, log into the

the names of any cities, towns,

site using your old email address.

communities that reflect where

Click the orange “View Profile” link

you teach. Leave one space

in the top right corner of the page.

between each name ... no need

Click the “Edit Profile” button.

for a comma.

Under “E-mail” replace your old

5. Click the “Save” button

email address with your new one.

6. Click the “Privacy” link in your

Click the “Save” button. From this

profile to check that the “City”

point on, anytime you log into the

field has been set to “Anybody”.

site, always use your new email address to do so.

I would like to add a subject taught to my profile but I can’t do

Take the same steps anytime to

this myself, how come?

update other bits of contact or bio information that need updating.

All ORMTA members must provide credentials for the specific subjects

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will win the


YOU win?

Young Artist Tour

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The Middle Years: Rebooting Student Progress and Interest after 2 or 3 Years of Lessons By Margaret Macpherson

Abstract The middle years: we as teachers recognize them - the excitement, fun and easy progress of the beginning stages of learning music has cooled. Some students cope fine with this, but others are not on track. They are still struggling with the basics, such as reading and rhythm. Their progress is stalling, and attempts to find more appealing repertoire and incentives to practice more are having only minimal results. These students are encountering stumbling blocks: inadequate practice, flagging motivation and skills deficits. Despite their slowdown in progress, many of these students say that they like their music lessons. I believe that 90 percent of them will later regret it if they quit at this stage of their training. How can we develop strategies so that these students carry forward some skill and a love of music? Finding ways to engage and retain these students goes right to the heart of our mandate as music educators. Margaret Macpherson, member of ORMTA, Ottawa branch. You can request a full copy of this paper by emailing Margaret at:

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Meg Freer

Should your Student take a Written Harmony or Keyboard Harmony exam? Many teachers of students studying at the RCM Grade 9 level or above wonder whether their students should take written harmony exams or keyboard harmony exams. Sometimes students who don’t receive very good marks on written harmony exams become frustrated and reluctant to continue their studies. For some students, switching to

People also often reflect more than

piano, like to compose, and easily

keyboard harmony can boost

one personality type.

play back tunes they hear on the

their grade by 10 points or more.

radio. If you give them a new piece,

I have prepared students for both

The written exam is a good fit for

they want to hear what the music

types of exam and have found the

“Visual” and “Analytical” learners.

sounds like before trying to play it

following guidelines to be useful in

These students like to see what

themselves. Once they have started

determining a student’s aptitude for

the music looks like and analyze it,

to learn the notes, they don’t look

one type of exam or the other. To

and they ask “why” questions. For

at the music much while playing

use these guidelines, you will need

example, they may want to know

and prefer to hear rather than see

to think a bit about the student’s

why chords have certain shapes on

whether the notes are correct or not.

learning style, personality and how

paper and how they create patterns

These students love to hear out loud

they handle lessons and recitals.

in sequences. They often respond

from you how well they are doing!

You might have to ask parents, the

better to written rather than verbal

student’s other teachers, and the

instruction and their minds seem to

It would seem that “Kinesthetic”

student him/herself for some more

wander when you are trying to tell

learners would be best suited to

information to help you out.

them something. They don’t always

keyboard harmony. But there are

perform well because they aren’t

some cases when they would be

The four types of learning styles I

listening while they play to how the

better off with written harmony: if

will examine are Visual, Analytical,

music sounds or feels.

they tend to get too distracted by

Auditory, and Kinesthetic. The four


the way the keys feel depending on

pairs of personality types I have

The keyboard harmony exam, in

whether their hands are cold or warm

used are: Introverted/Extroverted,

contrast, is good for “Auditory”

or clammy; if they need to memorize

Judging/Perceiving, Thinking/

learners. These students perhaps

music by playing it over and over

Feeling, and Sensing/Intuitive.

didn’t sit still when they were little

again; if they generally like to walk

Remember: my guidelines are only

and are always playing something

their way through situations first to

generalizations and people tend to

even when you are talking. They

see how they feel; and if they tend to

use more than one learning style.

talk to themselves, improvise at the

talk slowly.

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In terms of personality types, the first

are also other considerations to take

harmony to those students with a

of each pair mentioned above is also

into account. In general, it’s best to

strong aptitude for it. If you teach

usually best matched to the written

steer students toward the type of

and play advanced repertoire that

harmony exam. Here are just a few

exam for which they show the most

utilizes the concepts taught in

examples of how these personality

aptitude, because they only have

keyboard harmony, you are capable

types might relate to the study of

weeks or months to study for an

of teaching it. You yourself don’t

music. “Introverted” students like

exam. Those with little aptitude for

have to be interested in or good at

to work on the music at home first

one or the other type of harmony

composition or improvisation. If your

rather than trying it in the lesson.

will need longer than that to work

student is the type who will naturally

The “Judging” type likes work to be

on counteracting what comes

be good at keyboard harmony, it will

predictable and orderly and needs

naturally to them. But maybe you

be a fun course of study for both of

structure. “Thinking” types need

have a student who needs to step


logic and prefer form to aesthetics.

out of their comfort zone and study

“Sensing” types want to know exactly

harmony in a more challenging way.

Meg Freer lives with her husband

what’s expected, are careful and

Or a particular type of harmony study

and three children in Kingston,

thorough, and like to work in a linear

may reinforce what you as a teacher

Ontario, where she is a member of


are already focusing on in lessons.

ORMTA, a piano teacher and

Sometimes, despite a student’s

accompanist. She teaches all levels

The personality types who tend

aptitude for keyboard harmony, it

of RCM Harmony, Counterpoint,

to prefer keyboard harmony

would be good for them to start with

Analysis and History. She has also

exams are the second of each pair.

basic written harmony as a solid base

worked in scholarly book publishing

“Extroverted” students are the

from which to branch out to keyboard

and has freelanced as an editor

ones who play first and think later.


and proofreader for Alfred Music

“Perceiving” types are spontaneous

and Frederick Harris. She holds

and flexible and need variety,

Additionally, there may be other

an Honours Degree with a Major

especially in practice routines.

practical concerns that will determine

in Music from Carleton College,

“Feeling” types like to create

your choice. RCM Keyboard

Minnesota, a Master of Fine Arts

narratives and make extra-musical

Harmony exams are only offered

in Musicology from Princeton

connections with the pieces they play.

in June during the practical exam

University, New Jersey, and the RCM

“Intuitive” students are inventive and

session. Would that coordinate or

Teacher’s ARCT diploma. Other

make their own decisions and they

conflict with other RCM and school

instruments she has studied include

often need an agreement with the

exams? What are the student’s future

recorder, organ, harpsichord, violin

teacher to get things done. They

goals and school plans and would a

and viola. Her goals as a teacher are

typically don’t like practicing for long-

certain type of harmony study better

to prepare students in an enjoyable

term goals.

fulfill those goals?

way for their RCM exams, or simply to help them enjoy playing the

I have to stress that these are only

Lastly, I would like to encourage

generalizations and there is much

all teachers who only teach written

overlap between categories. There

harmony to try teaching keyboard


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Annual General Meeting Saturday July 20, 2013 – MINUTES Call to Order The President called the meeting to order at 9:38 a.m. She welcomed the 37 members present. A full Treasurer’s Report was distributed to each member attending the Annual General Meeting. Introduction of Council Members The President introduced each of the Council members. Reading of the Minutes from the last Annual Meeting (July 2012) The Minutes of the July 2012 Annual General Meeting held in Burlington, Ontario were read by the Secretary-Registrar. BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE MINUTES OF THE JULY 2012 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING BE ACCEPTED AS CIRCULATED. MOVED BY CAROL DITNER WILSON, KITCHENERWATERLOO BRANCH AND SECONDED BY NELSON MCCLINCHEY, BRANTFORD BRANCH. APPROVED. Matters for Voting The Matters for voting were read by the Secretary Registrar. It was noted that the motion submitted by the Niagara Falls Branch was removed from the Ballot. The Casting of Ballots was done. Betty Harris, Ottawa Region Branch and Ann Babin, Ottawa Region Branch were introduced as the scrutineers for this year. Election of Zone Representatives Zone Representatives are still needed for the Eastern Zone, GTA Zone and the North West Zone. It was stated that Provincial Council is actively seeking out Zone Representatives for each of these listed Zones.


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President’s Report The President gave the 2013 President’s Report. Good morning everyone: It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we were enjoying ourselves at the ORMTA convention in Burlington, but it has been. ORMTA Provincial Council has been very busy with the launch of our new website, our first online billing, our new e-newsletter, Grace Notes, working on the CFMTA bylaws update and planning our convention for 2014. On Thursday we were given a tour of the Westin Prince Hotel, the venue for next year’s convention. It sits on a lovely wooded property complete with swimming pool, tennis courts, gym and an outdoor walkway. It will be a lovely place for us to get together next year. As we discovered in our survey following last year’s convention, people would like to see a convention that takes place over a weekend, so that is what we will be doing next year. Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 will be two action-packed days! Watch your Notes for more information. We are saying good-bye to Mimi Spencer who will be finishing her term as GTA Zone Representative with this meeting. Mimi started out as Funding Convenor, but has spent the last two years convening the Young Artist Tour. We thank her for all her work and we will miss her on Council. I am happy to report that ORMTA is financially sound, many thanks to Nancy Dale, who takes such good care of our finances. For more details, of course, you can look at the financial reports in the Spring issue of Notes. Charline, Frank and I enjoyed the CFMTA Convention in Halifax a couple of weeks ago along with several other ORMTA members. The opening concert featured performances by Isabel Bayrakdarian, Catherine Chi, Mary Lou Fallis, Janina Fialkowska, Andre Laplante, Richard Margison and some excellent local talent. It was an absolutely amazing evening. We are proud to say that ORMTA’s Tzeitel Abrego (from the Ottawa Region Branch) placed third in the National Vocal Competitions. She and her family were very pleased and we are very proud of her. As far as the CFMTA meetings went, we didn’t get everything we wanted as far as the bylaws and resolutions are concerned, but we did make some significant progress and I believe we are moving forward in a good way. Past President Darlene Brigidear even commented on the air of cordiality amongst the members after a long and tedious bylaws discussion. We will be receiving an updated version of the Articles of Continuance and Bylaws by September 1 to present to our members. Any changes etc. must be submitted by November 10, there will be an e-vote on November 15 with a planned submission to the government on November 30. I want to personally thank the Bylaws Committee: Frank Horvat, Ron Spadafore, Nancy Dale, Past Presidents Doranne Minotti, Nancy Hughes and Judy Home who endured my endless emails – thanks especially to Judy Home, who loves to dig into bylaws. She was instrumental in shaping our presentation of ORMTA’s amendments to the proposed Articles of Continuance and Bylaws. The highlight of the CFMTA meetings, of course, was the passing of the gavel to our own Charline Farrell at the AGM. On behalf of ORMTA Provincial Council I would like to wish her much success over the next two years as CFMTA President. Thank you very much.

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OPEN FORUM Sandra Pisani - EtobicokeMississauga Branch Sandra was wondering why our Province had not donated to the CFMTA Convention program. The President stated that Ontario had inadvertently missed the email that was sent out by CFMTA. Kamara Hennessy - HamiltonHalton Branch Kamara stated that some of their branch members were confused regarding the Branch levy. The Treasurer stated that the Province is working on this problem. She stated that there were limitations with respect to the online system but that this problem should be rectified soon. Liselotte Jongedijk - Central Toronto Branch Liselotte asked when the Branches would receive the Branch levy. The Treasurer stated that each Branch should receive everything by midAugust. Liselotte also asked what happens if someone pays only the Provincial portion of the fee. The Treasurer stated that she will be keeping track of this and send a list to the respective Branches. Dr. Joan Heels - Hamilton-Halton Branch Joan was concerned that if the list came out in mid-August, Branches might not be able to get out their local directories.

Alice Dearden - Central Toronto Branch With respect to the report submitted by the Provincial Treasurer, Alice asked what had happened to honorary members. The Treasurer stated that she was using the new site as a reference point. Due to this fact, some names were not included. The Treasurer is working on revising this procedure and this problem should not happen again. Judy Home - Oshawa and District Branch Judy asked if a member must belong to a branch. It was reported that all members must belong to a Branch unless they live more than 50 miles (80 km) away from a Branch. She also suggested that the Branch levy and the other fees be lumped together. Judy also asked where the Special Project fee would be directed for this year. It was reported that this fee will be directed to the 2014 Provincial Convention.

Results of Voting as Presented by Scrutineers The results of the voting were announced. The item on the Ballot was approved. The Secretary-Registrar made note that many of the Branches did not return their Ballot for this year. Out of our 33 ORMTA Branches, 15 Branches returned their Ballots. For next year, the Secretary will send the Notice for Delegates and the Ballot to each member of the Branch Executive. Moved by Dr. Joan Heels, HamiltonHalton Branch and seconded by Sandra Pisani, EtobicokeMississauga Branch that the Ballots be destroyed. Approved.

Announcements On behalf of Provincial Council, flowers were presented to incoming CFMTA President, Charline Farrell. CONGRATULATIONS CHARLINE! Moved by Jill Kelman at 10:20 a.m., that the meeting be adjourned. Respectfully submitted, Ron Spadafore

Sheila McLean - Hamilton-Halton Branch Sheila asked where would the 2014 Convention be held. It was reported that the 2014 Provincial Convention would be held at the Toronto Westin Prince Hotel.

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WARREN NICHOLSON ORMTA Hamilton-Halton Branch member, Warren Nicholson, releases his debut CD of solo guitar music entitled “Latin American Guitar Favourites”, featuring works by Villa-Lobos, Brouwer, Cardoso and Barrios Mangore. Warren Nicholson is a graduate of McMaster University (B Mus) and the Manhattan School of Music (MMus), studying under Peter McAllister, Norbert Kraft and Marc Delpriora. In 1997 Nicholson won the 1997 Artists International Auditions, giving his Weill Recital Hall solo debut concert in 1998. Warren has given solo recitals across Canada & the US and has collaborated with many chamber groups & orchestras, including Absolute Ensemble, Etobicoke Philharmonic and the Oakville Symphony. He has also performed at CAMI Hall NYC, sponsored by the Canadian Consulate, Bache Miller Theater/ Columbia University, Weill Recital Hall, et al.

Warren is a member of the Hamilton-Halton Branch and has kindly donated sales of this CD to the branch scholarship fund.


MARINA ATAHLIAN ORMTA Hamilton-Halton Branch member, Marina Atahlian, releases her new CD, Serenity. Music has been an integral part of Marina Atahlian’s life since her childhood. Marina is a pianist, musicologist and music educator. She began piano lessons at the age of six and holds a Bachelor of Music, Masters in Musicology and Master of Music in Piano Performance. She also studied Orff pedagogy and Music and Movement in Education and Therapy in Germany. Marina is a “Special needs” specialist and holds a Baccalaureate in Education. Marina’s new CD Serenity is dedicated to her mother who taught her the love of music, beauty and perfection. Serenity is available at L’Atelier Grigorian music store, 210 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville. You can also contact Marina Atahlian at


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ORMTA Central Toronto Branch Junior Scholarship Recital, Spring 2013

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ORMTA Member Happenings

Did you or your student receive a prestigious award or scholarship? Have you written a paper or article on some pedagogical topic? Did you perform a concert or release a CD? We want to hear from you! You’re invited to submit interesting goings on in your musical life. Email NOTES editor, Patrick McCormick, your name, ORMTA branch, text (20 words or less) and a picture (optional). Your news could be included in a future issue of NOTES Magazine.


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Dr. Elaine Keillor, Ottawa Region Branch, received on June 7th at the Congress in Victoria, BC, the 2013 SOCAN Foundation/ Canadian University for Music Society Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music.

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CFMTA Student Composition Competition Results 2013 Congratulations to Anika-France and Peter Bedford, who were chosen as winners in the 2013 CFMTA Student Composition Competition. This competition is the national event for our own ORMTA competition.

Anika-France and her teacher Colin Mack.

Peter Bedford and his teacher Philip Corke.

Anika-France was awarded first place in category B2, 15 years and under. Inspired by life, nature and literature, this talented 14-year-old singer/songwriter has been playing the piano since the age of six. She enjoys composing for various genres, including film. Prize-winning Une vie was written to honour her grandfather’s life, shortly before his passing. Having sung in several productions at the National Arts Centre, including Puccini’s La Bohème and Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings, and having won many awards in various piano, voice and composition competitions with diverse musical styles, she is steadily exploring her musical options. She was recently invited to be a guest artist with L’écho d’un peuple, and was given a scholarship as an emerging artist by De La Salle High School’s Centre d’excellence artistique.

Currently working on a new “Ave Maria” for voice and eight instruments, Anika-France continues to perfect her art with the help of her vocal instructor Doretha L. Murphy and composer Colin Mack. Peter Bedford received first place in the 19 years and under, category C Class. He also received the Helen Dahlstrom Award ($250) for best composition. Peter lives in Burlington, Ontario and is entering his senior year of high school. He was first introduced to music on the keyboard and became interested in learning guitar after a few years of piano lessons. Peter then started studying both guitar and piano, but eventually focused more on guitar and composition as he entered high school. In the past year Peter has completed the Basic Harmony exam and written and recorded many pieces for guitar,



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while also playing the drum kit in the school band, studying music history and broadening his musical tastes. In writing his Guitar Octet, Peter was influenced by a varied group of artists ranging from western and eastern classical and modern minimalist composers to more recent folk, rock and hip-hop acts. Peter has been playing guitar and writing original music for four years and continues to do both. He is currently working toward completing a music history exam under his long-time teacher, Philip Corke. Recordings of Peter’s performances can be found at soundcloud. com/pbedford. Many thanks to the students and teachers for all their work at the provincial competition. Looking forward to your submissions for the ORMTA Music Writing Competition 2014. Naomi Morrison CMW Convener.

Details and a explanation of the process will be posted at For more information, please contact ORMTA Music Writing Competition Convener, Naomi Morrison.

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Canada Music Week

2014 ORMTA Music Writing Competition Rules 1. A students may enter more than one composition and more than one class, but only one prize will be awarded per class. 2. The contestant must be eligible in his/her chosen age group as of June 1, 2014. 3. Each entry is assumed to be the original work of the individual whose name appears on the entry form attached to the manuscript. Any infraction of this regulation will result in nullification of the offending entry. 4. A student shall not submit a specific composition more than once. However, a reorchestration of a previously submitted composition is acceptable. 5. All competitors will receive a written adjudication of their work. 6. All rights to his/her original work will be retained by the competitor, but winning compositions may be displayed or employed by the ORMTA and CFMTA for publicity purposes. 7. Manuscripts should reach the Ontario Chairperson (as indicated on the entry form) no later than March 15, 2014. Only first place winning manuscripts at the provincial level will be forwarded to CFMTA for national adjudication to reach there no later than June 1, 2014 for Canada-wide judging. 8. Students can only submit compositions that have been approved by their teacher, an ORMTA member in good standing. If a student submits a work that is later rejected by their teacher, then the composition will not be included in the competition and the application fee will not be refunded. 9. All manuscripts should be neat and legibly written in black ink on 8-1/2 x 11 manuscript paper and should include all necessary details of dynamics, editing and tempi, with every tenth bar numbered. Manuscripts printed by computers are permitted, as are good quality photocopies of original manuscripts. It is advisable to retain the original copy of your submitted work. The student’s name must be included on each composition. The teacher’s name must not appear on the composition. A recording of the composition may be included if desired. Please mark recordings with student’s name and class entered. 10. The adjudicator’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into after final judging. The Following adjudication standards will be applied: FIRST Place - minimum mark of 90, SECOND Place - minimum mark of 85, THIRD Place - minimum mark of 80. 11. All entrants who move after July 1 must advise their ORMTA Music Writing Competition Chairperson of their change of address, including postal code. 12. Winners’ cheques must be cashed within thirty days of issue.

13. An entry fee is required for the Ontario Level Competition. Please refer to the entry form for fees per class. This fee includes the $10 subsequently submitted to the CFMTA with winning and meritorious entries. Competitors may submit provincial entries in the categories listed below.

CLASSES AVAILABLE For classes P-1 through A-2, the music must be composed entirely by the child, but may be written down by an adult. CLASS P-1

8 YEARS AND UNDER An original composition for solo instrument or any combination of instruments.


8 YEARS AND UNDER An original composition for voice(s) with or without accompaniment.

CLASS A-1 11 YEARS AND UNDER An original composition for solo instrument or any combination of instruments. CLASS A-2 11 YEARS AND UNDER An original composition for voice(s) with or without accompaniment. For classes B-1 through D, the music must be composed and scored entirely by the student. CLASS B-1 15 YEARS AND UNDER An original composition for solo instrument or any combination of instruments. CLASS B-2 15 YEARS AND UNDER An original composition for voice(s) with or without accompaniment. CLASS C

19 YEARS AND UNDER An original composition for any instrument or combination instruments, voice(s) or combination of voice(s) and instrument with accompaniment when accompaniment is required for performance.


OPEN Any original composition for any instrument or combination of instruments, or voice(s) or combination of voice(s) and instruments with accompaniment when accompaniment is required for performance.

NOTE: Please be advised that Class E (Electronic Music) is no longer offered.

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Nelson McClinchey:

Continuing to Teach and Inspire By Shawn Fournier

Author Jim Rohn once said “All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine”. For ORMTA Brantford & Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch member Nelson McClinchey, that legacy lives within the bond he shares with his students. While teaching advanced piano and theory up to the degree level to both teenagers and adults alike for around thirty years, McClinchey has done so much more for his pupils than simply reinforce note names and music terminology. He gives them a love of music and an appreciation for it in all its forms, regardless of genre. After studying at Wilfred Laurier

into degree work. His teaching

really took this mentality to heart,

University, McClinchey received

doesn’t just stop there, however,

throughout his entire ordeal battling

two degrees from the Royal

as he further assists them to enter

cancer, he only took a single week

Conservatory of Music. Following

festivals, competitions, recitals and


that he has performed not only

work toward not just achieving high

with the Brantford Symphony

marks, but to really reach for the

Such is the case with many teaching

Orchestra but has accompanied

stars when it comes to performing

positions, there are some that

concert violinists, choirs and even

at piano.

believed McClinchey shouldn’t

performed as an organist and

mention his cancer to his students,

choir director playing music for the

In no way did the C-word halt

but after months of treatment and


or even slow the musical efforts

some lessons interrupted by his

of Nelson McClinchey. As he

illness, a decision was made that

Following a cancer diagnosis,

underwent months of therapy for

they had the right and deserved

after a lifetime of performing and

his cancer, he continued to teach

to know. The secret was out.

creating a multitude of different

his students, making the same

Nelson’s students were more than

music, McClinchey now focuses

effort both before and after his

understanding and continue to be

on his new personal goal: to help

diagnosis. “I decided that I had

taught by him even to this day.

each and every student of his to

these students that depend on

achieve the highest potential they

me, that needed me to go through

When asked about the topic of

possibly can. Many of his students

grades and exams. Even through

legacy, McClinchey’s goals were

continue training up to their grade

my treatments, I continued to give

based all around growth and

ten in piano and proceed further

them the best I’ve got.” Nelson

inspiration for the students he Continued on page 30


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Nelson McClinchey (far right) with his ORMTA colleagues at this past year’s ORMTA Annual General Meeting in Mississauga.

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teaches, many of whom grew up

on him, and vice versa, while he

A teacher, a mentor and an

learning piano under his wing for

explained: “The legacy I have left

inspiration: Nelson McClinchey’s

almost twelve years, starting at

behind is to create a love of music

piano music will continue on

seven and continuing until nineteen

and an appreciation of all genres

through the bonds he share with his

toward their musical degree. It

which will help my students become

many students.

became obvious how much of an

better people from what I have

impact both Nelson’s students had

helped them gain in life.”

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Dear Teaching Colleague Do you need advice on overcoming a tricky teaching situation? Have you exhausted all techniques in trying to help that student and nothing seems to work? You’re invited to email your story and question to NOTES editor, Patrick McCormick, and he’ll have a colleague provide suggestions in a future issue of NOTES Magazine. You and your students names will remain confidential.


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Dear Teaching Colleague I have a piano student who is 11 years old and playing at a grade 5 level. I have taught him since he was 6 years old. The student has an average technique but he’s above average in playing expressively. He often sways to the music and adds subtle rubato without any coaxing from me. He’s a sensitive soul with obvious artistry. My issue with him is that sometimes he breaks down crying in his lesson. It usually has to do with him getting frustrated with himself, not being able to play something perfectly. He was like this when he was younger but he still has these episodes from time to time. I find that I’m always on pins and needles when teaching him, not wanting to say anything that might make him cry. This makes me feel that I’m not delivering as quality instruction as I could. Other than these episodes, he has an obvious love to play the piano. Any suggestions on how to deal with this student? Signed, Frustrated Teacher

This young man has high goals. While he is playing he may be thinking back to how his practicing progressed – and perhaps at practice time his playing was flawless in his opinion. As a teacher I would encourage him to think “in the present” – and only where he is and perhaps a little ahead in the music. The “inner voices” can really derail a performer, However, if he is playing to try to “please” his teacher, this could also cause tears as he may think his teacher’s expectations are very high. The teacher could use the “sandwich” approach or first saying what is excellent about his presentation, then saying what in his/her opinion could be improved, and ending with a positive comment. The teacher needs to be truthful with the student in order for him to improve, and perhaps she/he needs to say that – be open – with the student. Since the teacher has taught him for many years the student knows the teacher well too (!) and can actually manipulate the teacher into what he wants her to say or not say! This doesn’t lead to improved performance and understanding. I always tell my students that there’s nothing wrong with tears, when they are for a good reason. Sometimes they happen because the student is tired, overstressed with school projects or perhaps hasn’t practiced as much as they usually do…and then he/she is not playing at their usual “best”. I’ve had tears too, as a student and as a teacher. They can be cleansing and a time for a new “start” – to examine why they happened and move along. Tears too often need an explanation – and this student and teacher could be “friends” after these years – so they could talk about it. My opinion! Frances Mae Balodis

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Teaching Funnies Kids will say the darndest things!! If your students have uttered some unforgettable off-the-cuff, unintentional one-liners, please share it! Email NOTES editor, Patrick McCormick, your name, ORMTA branch and text (100 words or less) describing the funniest moment in your teaching studio. Your “funny� could be included in a future issue of NOTES Magazine.


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From the Registrar’s Desk

Welcome to our new members... KATHLEEN GAHAGAN - LONDON BRANCH




























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Branch lists and branch portion cheques have been sent to the Branch Treasurers and the follow-up cheques will be issued in January 2014 to include any membership fees received after September 2013. Thank you to the efficient Branch Treasurers for confirmations, advice and incredible patience. FAQ’s from summer column plus a few additions: Payment Options: 1. Credit Card (PayPal online) 2. Interac E-transfer (Please email the Provincial Treasurer for more details.) 3. Cheque or money order. Payment may be sent to me at the address below this column Website login: the new website is designed so that each member may update their own data. Please login (top right corner) to the site with your email address. If you have forgotten your password, click “forgot password” and you will be prompted to select a new one. After logging in, you may click on “My Profile” on the ORMTA homepage directly above the logout area (top right corner). This will take you to your information. Under My Profile, click “Edit Profile”. Please keep your contact data updated/ORMTA’s lists are generated from this site. It’s all quite user-friendly once you become accustomed to the process. NOTES hard copy: All members with email addresses are automatically listed as viewing the digital issue of NOTES online. The subscription fee for hard copy NOTES is $12.00 and is not included in the electronic invoice. If you change your mind at any time (prefer the hard copy delivered), please inform us and the annual subscription fee of $12 will be applied. In an effort to lower postage expenses, hard copy invoices/receipts are no longer issued. Exception: members without electronic devices.

Nancy Dale, Provincial Treasurer

Insurance: Some members, who have declined the Insurance option in the past, have understandably questioned its inclusion in the invoices. Insurance is still optional and the required proof is the completed waiver as always. Please read the opt-out process below: All ORMTA members (except Retired & Auxiliary) will be invoiced for insurance annually and must respond each year. This is a result of the CFMTA ruling that all members must participate in the insurance program unless they sign a waiver each year and provide proof that they are already sufficiently insured (on form: Independent coverage verification information). You may send me the insurance waiver electronically or through the mail. I will adjust the site and issue a corrected invoice once the waiver is received. If you click on your profile, then on view/pay invoice, you will see this info (above in quotes) and a link to the waiver at the bottom of the page. Branch levies: SOME 2013-14 invoices include the branch levy. 13 Branches accepted the courtesy offer from the Province to collect the Branch levy: Ajax-Pickering, Central Toronto, Hamilton-Halton, Kingston, MarkhamStouffville, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, North Toronto, Ottawa Region, Oshawa District, Oxford CountyWoodstock, Peterborough and Timmins. Due to the field limitations of the site, our tech wizard, Frank Horvat, rolled together the Branch levy and the Branch portion (invoiced every year) since both these fees will be returned to the Branch. You may print your invoice from the site or your email and you are most welcome to continue paying through regular mail as stated on the invoice. The Special Projects fee is also mandatory. It is a portion of the Provincial fee designated for a specific project or event. The chosen 2013-14 Special Project: ORMTA Convention 2014.

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ORMTA Provincial Council 2013-2014 Executive PRESIDENT

Sue Jones - 259 Crocus Ave., Ottawa, K1H 6E7; Phone: 613-523-5317 E Mail: Grant Applications; Fundraising; CFMTA Delegate


Frank Horvat - 24 Louisa St., Toronto, M8V 2K6; Phone: 416-354-2633 E Mail: Finance; Special Projects; Communications; CFMTA Delegate


Elizabeth Tithecott – 34 Gladstone Ave., Chatham, N7L 2C1; Phone: 519-351-6387 E Mail: Affiliate Teacher Liaison


Charline Farrell - 4 Home Place; Chatham; N7L 5P4; Phone: 519-354-4380 E Mail: Professional Development


Nancy Dale - Box 1639; (58 Shakespeare Ave.); Niagara – on – the - Lake; L0S 1J0 Phone: 905-468-5639 E Mail: NOTES Advertising


Ron Spadafore - Box 635 Timmins, P4N 7G2; Phone: 705-267-1224 Fax: 705-264-0978 E Mail: Office Hours - Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Zone Representatives CENTRAL

(year 3) Naomi Morrison - 276 German School Road; Paris; N3L 3E1 Phone: 519-448-1291 E Mail: Canada Music Week & Music Writing Competitions


(year 1) Judy Home - 14-110 Mary St. West; Whitby; L1N 8M5 Phone: 905-665-8484; 905-903-8484; E Mail: Bylaws


(year 6) Frank Horvat - 24 Louisa St., Toronto, M8V 2K6; Phone: 416-354-2633 E Mail: Finance; Special Projects; Communications; CFMTA Delegate


(year 2) Tracy Lai - 2754 Dempster Ave., Innisfil; L9S 1C1; Phone: 705-436-2236 E Mail: Membership


(year 3) Audrey Jean Wells - 661 Eyre Blvd.; Timmins; P4N 4Z3; Phone: 705-264-0066 E Mail: Young Artist Tour


(year 1) Kathy Schmidt - 588 Riverview Dr.; Thunder Bay; P7C 1R7; Phone: 807-577-6999 E Mail: Professional Development


(year 3) Ann Empey - 66 Hawley Cres.; Kanata; K2M 1T6; Phone: 613-592-1252 E Mail: Competitions (year 2) Sandra Menard - 6023 Meadowglen Drive, Ottawa, K1C 5V4; Phone: 613-834-3052 E Mail: ORMTA Pedagogy Award



(year 3) Doranne Minotti - 3529 Yale Crescent; Niagara Falls: L2J 3C4; Phone: 905-354-1842 E Mail: “The ORMTA Contribution to Teaching Award” (formerly Special Teacher Award)


(year 5) Elizabeth Tithecott - 34 Gladstone Ave., Chatham, N7L 2C1; Phone: 519-351-6387 E Mail: Affiliate Teacher Liaison


(year 1) Ian Green: - 214 Huxley Ave. South; Hamilton; L8K 2R3; Phone: 905-483-2776 Email: Communications


Nancy Hughes, Derek Oger, Frances Balodis

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