Monthly Meetings and Programs
The third Wednesday of every month, FMTA meets at Rockley’s Music Center, located at 8555 W. Colfax Ave. in Lakewood, CO. at 9:15 a.m. for a brief business meeting, social time for networking and fellowship, followed by a workshop led by various teachers/clinicians to stimulate our professional growth as educators and musicians. You are always welcome to join us!
The second Friday of each month (except for December and January), teachers gather together to share performances of music they are currently working on. You can even just come and enjoy if you don’t have something ready to share. The meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. in various members homes. Please RSVP to the host a few days in advance if you plan to attend and confirm the time and the place of the meeting.
PRP (Professional Reading Program)
The Professional Reading Program is a membership service sponsored by CSMTA. It is designed to afford a means of communication, dialogue, and discussion among teachers by extending the parameters of knowledge through the reading of a variety of preselected books. FMTA members interested in participating in PRP will meet three times throughout the year at the home of Arlyce Black, where we will meet to discuss these books, utilizing the interest, expertise, and experience of the teachers who attend. See the full details of the PRP program on the CSMTA website including how you can earn points towards renewal of your MTNA Professional Certification.
Come join us and share your knowledge and interest in discussing the following books:
1. Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) This book offers invaluable, often counterintuitive advice on setting goals, getting feedback, identifying patterns, and motivating yourself. Ericsson’s methods can show you how to improve almost any skill that matters to you – tapping into the enormous potential we all possess.
2. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success [updated edition] by Carol S. Dweck (NY: Random House, 2006) Carol Dweck explores the difference between growth mindset (the idea that abilities can be developed) vs. fixed mindset (abilities are fixed, e.g. talent). Using the ideas presented in this book can help us foster outstanding achievement in our students.
3. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth (NY: Scribner, 2016). Finally, after we have read about methods to improve our skills (Peak) and the mindset that will help us produce outstanding results (Mindset), we will read about grit and what it takes to persevere and persist in our search for excellence.
For more information and additional supplemental reading titles, please see the CSMTA Professional Reading Program on their website.