Our chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) at the University of Idaho is one of the most active collegiate chapters in the region. We are a group of undergraduate and graduate students that have a shared love for piano and piano teaching, and contribute our time and talents to research, service, and outreach activities. Our chapter has conducted research on innovative projects, presented research at conferences, performed, and competed at MTNA sponsored events across the country.
Through active and extensive involvement in MTNA, our chapter at UI serves as a representative and ambassador of the University at local and national levels, in addition to gaining networking and professional development opportunities. In a conference comprised of distinguished music educators from across the nation, it is invaluable for our chapter represent the University of Idaho and the ground-breaking work we do here. For our chapter members personally, this experience also allows us to gain a resumé builder, networking opportunities that will benefit us for years to come, and unique and memorable learning experiences in the field we love.
We have most recently been selected to present our current research project, #postmillenialpianists – Connecting with the iGeneration at the MTNA National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Factors such as technology and increased information processing cause younger students to learn in a whole new style than the pre-millennial generations, and our goal is to provide creative ways to approach post-millennial students and to bridge this generational gap. This conference is a wonderful opportunity to present this innovative topic, to gain invaluable networking with colleagues and teachers in our field from across the country, and to represent the University of Idaho at a national level.