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[...] I want to remind you that MTNA is here to support you in your work today and every day. Since 1876, MTNA has become the undisputed leader in empowering the music- teaching professional.
American Music Teacher Volume 58, Number 3 Dear Reader Publisher Gary L. Ingle Managing Editor Marcie Gerrietts Lindsey Assistant Editor Kristina Feldkamp MTNA Membership Graphic Designer The Best Investment You Can Make Brian Pieper Advertising Sales Representative Chad Schwalbach 2007–2009 Editorial Committee William Westney Jessica Johnson are living in Weunprecedented economic times. that gift in others. As music teachers, you have the great opportunity to be the catalyst to inspire enthusiasm and Chair Madison, Wisconsin Lubbock, Texas Jim Litzelman Despite the doom confidence, especially during difficult Jean Barr, NCTM Arlington, Virginia and gloom, a few times like we experience now. Rochester, New York days after the stock Finally, I want to remind you that Serena Mackey Ann Collins, NCTM Boise, Idaho market’s nearly 800- MTNA is here to support you in your Macomb, Illinois Patricia Plude point collapse, a com- work today and every day. Since 1876, Scott Conklin San Francisco, California Iowa City, Iowa mentator on CNBC injected a bit of MTNA has become the undisputed Patricia Powell William DeVan West Chester, humor into the otherwise bleak con- leader in empowering the music-teach- Birmingham, Alabama Pennsylvania versation. When asked to give advice ing professional. As an organization Amy Greer, NCTM Dylan Savage to viewers as to the best positions to be and a profession, we have survived two Albuquerque, New Charlotte, North Carolina in to cope with the stock market’s pre- World Wars, the stock market collapse Mexico Caroline Smith, NCTM cipitous decline, his immediate of 1929, the Great Depression and Bloomington, Indiana response was “cash and fetal.” myriad other challenges like the cur- Indeed, it is a scary time. And you, rent turmoil. Throughout it all, our Music Teachers National Association is a member of the as music teachers, are being impacted mission remains to advance the value National Music Council. The National Music Council was founded in 1940 to provide a forum for the discussion of by the volatile economy like everyone of music study and music making to this country’s national music affairs, to act as a clearing- else. You are coping with increasing society and to support the profession- house for the joint opinion and decisions of its members, and to work as a force to strengthen the importance of prices, decreasing portfolios and the alism of independent and collegiate music in our society and culture. Operating under a char- general loss of confidence in the mar- studio music teachers. ter from Congress in 1956, the council has a membership of some fifty national music organizations encompassing kets, as well as the government’s ability In this economic climate, member- every form of prof
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