Mid-Columbia Music Teachers is a unique group of teachers from The Columbia River Gorge. Teachers from Oregon and Washington make up this amazing organization.
MCMT began in the Mid 70’s when Jeanine Jacobson, best known for her book “ Professional Piano Teaching”, moved to The Gorge. Through her dedication and guidance she brought music teachers from small rural communities together to form a chapter of Oregon Music Teachers. Teachers, once isolated, were now in a strong support group for the purpose of improving Music Teachers and student performance.
Today the Mid-Columbia OMTA provides two workshops a year for our teachers: Ensemble Festival in the fall and Baroque Festival in the winter for Students. Baroque Festival is very special to us because students are given the opportunity to perform on a piano, pipe organ, and a harpsichord from the 17th century! It is quite a unique experience! Students can perform for fun or compete to move on to State recitals.
OMTA also provides a teaching program with leveled repertoire and theory called Syllabus. This is a very valuable program for teachers and students. A conference is held every Summer for continued teacher enrichment. Keeping us current and connected!
We are also members of Oregon Federation of Music Clubs. We call it Festival in our district. Festival is committed to the joy of music and performance of contemporary American music. Students perform two memorized selections for an adjudicator, receive encouraging comments on their performance, and earn points toward trophies.
Our strength is in the diversity of the teachers in our rural towns and our commitment to each other and our students. We continue to grow as performers through our Collaborative Music Night, where we perform for each other and also occassionly for the community! We strive to build each other up as teachers, performers and composers. We invite new ideas and teachers to join us! The art of music is important to us. We wish to share it with our students, their families, and our communities!