Pocatello hosted the Idaho Music Teacher’s Association’s annual convention this weekend.
Dr. Kori Bond, Music Professor at Idaho State University said, “One of the reasons that this organization exists is to so that teachers can come and find a community of other people who are struggling with some of the same things that they are.”
The Idaho Music Teachers Association gathered in the Fine Arts building on Idaho State University’s campus, with teachers from all over the state becoming students again for a few days.
“It’s really important for all music teachers to see how other teachers teach. And so we try to share our teaching methods with other people to kind of advance piano technique and teaching throughout the country,” said University of Wyoming’s Chair of the Music Department and key speaker at the convention, Theresa Bogard.
The main focus of this year’s convention was on piano technique, with the key speaker being a well-known technician herself, piano teachers were able to learn some of her tips and tricks.
“They’re getting advice first of all on technical issues, I think at this particular convention there’s proportionally more ideas about technique than other convention just because our clinician is a master at technique,” said Dr. Bond.
It wasn’t just teachers in the audience, however, students from ISU and BYU-I attended to try to learn from a master as well.
Brett Friedman, a voice major at Idaho State said, “Whatever they offer to the other students in the master classes, there’s always something I can take away from it, and I did.”
No matter where in Idaho these piano teachers came from, they all left with something similar.
“Ideas,” said Dr. Bond, “about how to help their students solve problems with playing the piano, and they’ll get them here.”
This particular convention focused mostly on applied music teachers, public school music teachers have their convention shortly as well as a convention coming up in the middle of October addressing the business and financial side of teaching music privately.