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					American Music Teacher
Volume 58, Number 5                                            Dear Reader
Gary L. Ingle
Managing Editor
Marcie Gerrietts Lindsey
Assistant Editor
Kristina Feldkamp
Graphic Designer
                                                               Now More Than Ever!
Brian Pieper
Advertising Sales Representative
Chad Schwalbach

         2007–2009 Editorial Committee
                                                               The fallout from the
                                                                  worsening U.S.
                                                               economy has forever
                                                                                                           rainbow” and see the excitement and
                                                                                                           adventure inherent in our own lives
                                                                                                           and careers as music teachers. We have
William Westney               Jessica Johnson
Chair                         Madison, Wisconsin
                                                               changed our priori-                         the potential to recognize that what we
Lubbock, Texas                Jim Litzelman
                                                               ties, psyche and sense                      may have been searching for elsewhere
Jean Barr, NCTM               Arlington, Virginia              of security. As music                       has been here all along.
Rochester, New York                                            teachers, you, like                            Over the course of our 133-year his-
                              Serena Mackey
Ann Collins, NCTM             Boise, Idaho                     everyone else, have                         tory, MTNA has weathered many
Macomb, Illinois              Patricia Plude                   been impacted by it personally and          recessions, as well as the Great
Scott Conklin                 San Francisco, California
Iowa City, Iowa                                                professionally. And I’m sure you too        Depression. It remains the undisputed
                              Patricia Powell
William DeVan                 West Chester,
                                                               have questions about what the future        leader in empowering the music-teach-
Birmingham, Alabama           Pennsylvania                     holds. Are our best days economically       ing professional like yourself. During
Amy Greer, NCTM               Dylan Savage                     behind us? Will music teaching remain       these challenging times, you will be
Albuquerque, New              Charlotte, North Carolina        a viable career in this economy?            faced with some difficult choices,
Mexico                        Caroline Smith, NCTM             Certainly, our challenges seem more         including the issue of continued mem-
                              Bloomington, Indiana
                                                               daunting than ever. So, the question is,    bership in MTNA. But in times like
                                                               how do we respond to the overwhelm-         these, MTNA membership is even
Music Teachers National Association is a member of the         ing issues we face?                         more important. As your association,
National Music Council. The National Music Council was
founded in 1940 to provide a forum for the discussion of          One of my favorite movies is The         MTNA remains committed to serving
this country’s national music affairs, to act as a clearing-   Wizard of Oz. The film is the story of      you and the music teaching profession
house for the joint opinion and decisions of its members,
and to work as a force to strengthen the importance of         a journey, complete with lessons about      at the highest level of excellence.
music in our society and culture. Operating under a char-      heart, courage, inclusion, self-determi-    Together we can, and will, meet the
ter from Congress in 1956, the council has a membership
of some fifty national music organizations encompassing        nation and the will to succeed in the       challenges. Yes, membership in
every form of professional and c
Description: [...] like the movie, where there was only black and white, there is now a Technicolor of adventure and opportunity. [...] these provide us the same opportunity to look "over the rainbow" and see the excitement and adventure inherent in our own lives and careers as music teachers.
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