AAMTA Water and Music Festival, July 2021

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The AAMTA Water and Music Festival was amazing! 😊

Hi there! I hope you had a fun and healthy Summer this year.

As for me, I blinked and the Summer was gone. It’s a busy time of year – very busy. Our Fall lessons and classes are starting up, and I’m especially thankful to have my trusty side-kick and amazing assistant, Joana. She reminded me not to forget to highlight one of our most FUN projects of this Summer. 

A number of our studio members participated in the AAMTA Water and Music Festival last July 17th, which was held the weekend after our July Summer workshop. The reason I love this Festival so much is that it gives everyone an opportunity to play for others informally, dress casually and earn a certificate (and photo op) for their hard work! 😊

The AAMTA (Anne Arundel Music Teachers Association) comprises professional music teachers and studios. Like our studio, the AAMTA is affiliated with the Maryland State Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. 

Every year the AAMTA organizes a music festival in which teachers invite their students to play in an informal recital. Students can use their music as they play, dress in shorts and t-shirts, and can invite their family members to attend as well. 

Typically, this is an in-person affair. But this year was different. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we held the festival via Zoom for the first time in it’s seventeen year history.

And guess what? I was also the chairperson for the first time! Wow, it’s been a while since I last organized a festival which is ohhhhhhhhhhh so much work…but definitely worth it!

The theme was Water and Nature, so everyone prepared a piece related to the sea, river, birds, or anything connected to the theme. Some featured pieces include Moon River, Selections from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, and Under The Sea.

We held two recitals, one for kids and one just for adults. Of course, the adults had more fun. My students played their pieces beautifully! After the AAMTA Water and Music Festival program, everyone took a group photo with their certificates. 

Eight adult in Zoom Meeting holding certificate

I could not have been more proud of each one of my students! All of their time and practice effort paid off. We came. We played. We conquered. I’m looking forward to next year already!

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