Spring Workshop

OMTA will be hosting our Spring Workshop on March 8, 2024 at Schmitt Music from 10:00-12:00 p.m.

The Music Teachers’ Little Guide to Big Motivation Workshop by Ruth Meints

The Music Teachers’ Little Guide to Big Motivation Workshop gives practical suggestions for improving engagement with every student in the private studio or classroom setting. Participants in this workshop will learn about the 8 motivational styles and how to incorporate each style into
the learning environment. Teachers will learn about their own motivational styles and how these can impact their own teaching strategies, as well as deepen their understanding of what motivates a person.

For those interested in learning more, The Music Teachers’ Little Guide to Big Motivation book by Ruth Meints is available on Amazon and copies will be available for purchase at the workshop.

About our presenter……

Ruth Meints received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Suzuki pedagogy from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with John Kendall, pioneer in bringing the Suzuki philosophy to the United States. Ruth has served as head of the string department at Azusa Pacific University and on the faculty at Biola University in the Los Angeles area, as well as faculty at San Jose Talent Education, Omaha Talent Education and Artist Faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. She has developed many music education programs, such as OCM’s Summer Institutes, Winter Festival Orchestra, a full music program at the St. Augustine Indian Mission School, as well as the Inside the Mind of the Artist recital and master class series.

Ruth currently teaches violin and viola at Omaha Conservatory of Music and conducts various workshops around the country in violin/viola pedagogy and music education, integrating current neuroscience findings into music teaching. In 2016 Ruth was given the Governor’s Arts Award for excellence in arts education sponsored by Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment. In 2019 she presented a TedXOmaha talk entitled, “Music, Preschoolers, and Poverty.”

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