If you’re heading (or are already there) to the Windy City for the 2014 MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) National Conference, here are some key details and schedules that you will need to know:

Where: The 2014 MTNA National Conference will be hosted at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.  The conference will be attended by close to 2,000 music teachers, students, and music industry experts on March 22nd to March 26th.

Who: Here are just some highlights who will be in attendance: Pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse, Spencer Myer, Byron Janis and John Perry.

Schedule: Here is the schedule for the rest of the remaining days of the MTNA National Conference:

MONDAY

7:15–7:45 a.m.
Simply Stretch
★ Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Exhibitor Showcases
★ Alpha Major; JoyTunes Ltd.; MakeMusic, Inc.; Willis Music Company

8:00 a.m.
National Finals: MTNA Young Artist Performance Competitions

9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

9:15–10:15 a.m.
A Conversation With Byron Janis
★ Byron Janis

10:30–11:30 a.m.
MTNA Certification Open Meeting

One For All Open Meeting

Building From The Sound Up: Practice Strategies Focused On Enhancing Expression
★ Courtney Crappell, NCTM

Classical Style: To Pedal Or Not To Pedal
★ Susan Tang

The First Lesson On The Anna Magdalena Notebook
★ Jane Bastien, NCTM

Frequently Asked Questions About Facilitating A Recreational Music Making Program
★ Debra Perez

Improvisation For Church Musicians; Interpreting & Improvising From Chord Charts
★ Jan Rowen Music, NCTM

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Time

12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.
Poster Sessions

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Showcases
★ Hal Leonard Corporation; Neil A. Kjos Music Company; MerrieNan Melodies; QuaverMusic.com

2:15–3:15 p.m.
Independent Music Teachers Forum Meeting

MTNA Distinguished Composer Of The Year Recital

Wellness Forum Meeting

Dave Brubeck’s Classical Piano Music
★ John Salmon; Stephanie Schmidt

Imagery And Artistry: Photography And Chicago Architecture As Inspirations For Music Teaching
★ Susan R. Osborn

String Basics For Pianists
★Anna Cromwell; Mira Frisch

3:30–5:00 p.m.
Winners Concert: National Winners Of The MTNA Senior Performance And Composition Competitions Winners

5:00–6:00 p.m.
Announcement Of Young Artist Performance Competitions Winners

6:00 p.m.
Conference Gala

TUESDAY

7:15–7:45 a.m.
Simply Stretch
★ Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Exhibitor Showcases
★ Alfred Music; Entrada Piano Technique; Stipes Publishing LLC; The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program

9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

9:15–10:45 a.m.
Advanced Piano Master Class
★ Spencer Myer

11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Competitions Open Meeting

Composer Commissioning Open Meeting

Amazing Uses Of The iPad And Other Mobile Devices
★ Mario Ajero, NCTM; Shana Kirk; George Litterst

Brushes With Greatness
★ Matthew Hill; Peter Miyamoto; Alberto Rafols

From Blueprint To Punch List: Preparing My Adult Students For Performance
★ Michelle Conda

Getting Organized: Essential Studio Policies And Procedures
★ Karen Thickstun, NCTM

Introducing Sonatinas
★ Marvin Blickenstaff, NCTM

12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Time

Poster Sessions

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Annual Business Meeting Of The Association

Exhibitor Showcases
★ Alfred Music; Novus Via Music Group, Inc.; Schott; Yamaha Corporation of America

2:15–3:15 p.m.
Collaborative Performance Forum Meeting

Local Associations Forum

Writing For MTNA

Diane Hidy’s Piano Teaching Tips
★ Diane Hidy

The First Lesson On Burgmüller, Heller And Schumann
★ Jane Magrath, NCTM

Lecture And Clinic: Basic Technical Principles/Troubleshooting The Problems Right Away
★ Theresa Bogard, NCTM

Preparing For The “Tempest”—Beethoven’s Sonata In D Minor Op. 3, No. 2
★ Douglas Humpherys

Student Practice Behaviors: What Are They Really Doing?
★ Brenda Wristen, NCTM

YouTube In Your Studio: The University Of Iowa Piano Pedagogy Project
★ Alan Huckleberry; Jason Sifford, NCTM

3:30–5:00 p.m.
Winners Concert: National Winners Of The MTNA Young Artist Performance And Composition Competitions Winners

5:00–6:00 p.m.
Certification Reception

8:00 p.m.
Recital
★ Spencer Myer

WEDNESDAY

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Fairy Godmothers, Mysterious Rites, And Irresistible Fruit: Russian 20th Century Ballet Music
★ Svetlana Belsky

Musical “App”titude
★ Melissa Johansen, NCTM

Pedagogical Truths & Consequences— From The Teachings Of Frances Clark
★ Craig Sale, NCTM

Practicing: What The Experts Say
★ Barbara Fast, NCTM

9:15–10:15 a.m.
Crash Course In Vocal Pedagogy For Piano Teachers
★ Martha Brewer, NCTM

Inspired Ideas For Online Teaching: Making The Most Of The Modern Medium
★ Rebecca Bellelo, NCTM; Melissa Falb; Sarah Lyngra; Stella Sick, NCTM

Meaningful Assessment: Honing Effective Adjudication Skills And Methodologies
★ Jennifer Snow

Seekin’ Haydn
★ Paul Sheftel

10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Awards Brunch

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