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In the fall of 1963, a group of piano teachers who shared a deep sense of responsibility for the artistic growth of their students formed the Kalamazoo Area Music Teachers Association (KAMTA).In time the group affiliated with the Michigan Music Teachers Association (MMTA -- http://www.michiganmusicteachers.org) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA -- http://www.mtna.org).Since its inception, KAMTA has sponsored a wide variety of valuable and informative programs by state and nationally recognized teachers.
As music educators, KAMTA members desire to promote and support the artistic development of music teachers in the greater Kalamazoo and southwest Michigan areas and to support parents and students alike in the pursuit of musical appreciation and development..
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from September through May except for the month of December when there is no meeting. Meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. on the stage of Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus at Western Michigan University.A short business meeting is followed by a program which features a guest speaker or performer.Please refer to the “Upcoming Events” page of this website for the most accurate and up-to-date information about programs dates, times, and locations.(Dates may be changed to accommodate university schedule conflicts or speaker availability.)Anyone who wishes to attend KAMTA meetings may do so at no cost for one program year.If more information is needed about attending meetings, please contact the KAMTA president.(Refer to the Officers/Chairs page for contact information.)
Directions to Western Michigan University’s Dalton Center Building:
From I-94 Eastbound: At exit #74, turn north onto U.S. 131, go 2.8 miles, then follow the directions listed below for U.S. 131.
From I-94 Westbound: At exit #74, turn north onto U.S. 131, go 2.8 miles, then follow the directions listed below for U.S. 131.
From U.S. 131: At exit #36, turn east onto Stadium Drive. Proceed on Stadium Drive to Howard Street and turn left. Turn right at the 2nd drive after crossing the railroad tracks. Stop and turn left onto Western Avenue (you should see the parking structure ahead of you and slightly to the right).Turn right onto Auditorium Drive (the parking structure is now to the left). Turn Left at the parking structure entrance.Meters accept only quarters and change machines are located on each level.
From Downtown Kalamazoo via Stadium Drive: Take Stadium Drive west to Howard Street and turn right. Turn right at the 2nd drive after crossing the railroad tracks. Stop and turn left onto Western Avenue (you should see the parking structure ahead of you and slightly to the right).Turn Right onto Auditorium Drive and the parking structure should now be on the left. Turn Left at the parking structure entrance. Meters accept only quarters and change machines are located on each level.
From the parking structure, go across the courtyard keeping the fountain on your right.The Dorothy U. Dalton building should be just ahead.Enter the building at the recital hall entrance, and there should be an easel or a music stand with directions for the KAMTA meeting location.
Student Achievement Testing (SAT):
Achievement Testing is an MMTA program which is administered locally by KAMTA in the spring.Students who choose to participate in Achievement Testing do so by learning three memorized pieces which they play for a judge.In addition to the performance requirement, students take tests in theory, aural awareness, technique, and sight reading.Locally, SAT is non-competitive, but if a student receives a high enough score, he/she is eligible to play at the MMTA state semi-finals at which winners are chosen, and those winners go on to play at the state finals.
The Ensemble Festival is a program organized by KAMTA.Students of all levels play in ensembles (most often duets, but any combination of instruments or voices is encouraged).The event is non-competitive, but students do play for a judge who makes written evaluative comments.The day is structured in a series of mini-recitals.
Super Solo Saturday:
Super Solo Saturday is planned by the WMU student chapter of MMTA.Students play two memorized pieces for a judge in the morning, and outstanding performers are chosen for an honors recital held in the afternoon.