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Grant Event-Lions and Tigers and…PARENTS!…Oh My!: Constructive Communication with Parents

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Zoom, to obtain the Zoom meeting link, please contact Deborah Butler.
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Presenter: Rebekah Carter, NCTM Read Presenter Bio

Rebekah Carter, NCTM, maintains a full-time piano studio in eastern Oregon and has taught for over 14 years. She also teaches and accompanies as an adjunct instructor at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, OR. Her college studies took her to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA where she studied with Dr. Peter Mack. In addition to teaching, Ms. Carter serves on the OMTA State Board as Certification Chair and OMTA Blue Mountain District as Secretary and chairs festivals at the district and state level. Ms. Carter presented at the 2020 OMTA Virtual Conference from Florence, OR. She is a regular presenter and competition adjudicator in eastern Oregon/western Idaho. In 2016-2018, she was a Tholen Fellow through Portland Piano International.

Program Description: Teachers of all instruments can relate to stories of “that” parent…you know…that one. However, parents are a determining factor in a student’s success and a necessary part of our daily work as music teachers.Read More

So how can we develop a constructive and positive relationship with them? Research shows that communication is the key. This lecture will use humor and interactive activities as well as practical tools and help, and includes: a handout of useful phrases for common “sticky situations,” interactive role-playing, exploration of your studio’s communication style, other not-so-obvious forms of communication you use every day, helpful apps, and a practical look at the MTNA Code of Ethics for professional guidance.


February 5
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Deborah Butler