Our Toowoomba branch has the advantage of existing in the rich musical environment of one of the largest regional centres in Australia. Our members live and teach in areas from Kingaroy to the north, Stanthorpe to the south and Chinchilla to the west. The branch has around 40 members who teach music practice and theory on a range of instruments using a variety of techniques. We endeavour to foster musical development through workshops and student recitals. One of our permanent events is the “Charles & Motee Rogers Piano Competition” which is held annually.
1) The 'Charles & Motee Rogers Memorial Piano Competition’ will be held in Toowoomba on Sunday 27 August 2017.
Established in 1983 by the Music Teachers Association of Queensland Toowoomba & District Branch, the Charles & Motee Rogers Memorial Piano Competition is open to young pianists who are residents of (and/or currently study piano in) Toowoomba and surrounding districts including Warwick, Dalby, Oakey, Pittsworth, Stanthorpe and Kingaroy.
This year the competition has expanded to include sections from Grade 3 to Diploma level and also includes a broad range of repertoire from Classical to Contemporary styles.
2. Workshops are held whenever the need and opportunity arises. In June 2017, one of our members, Louise Buttsworth, presented a session on Teaching Piano via Skype and conducted an actual lesson with her student in London. In February 2015, we hosted two workshops: "Sight Reading for Advanced Pianists, presented by Dr Katie Zhukov of the UQ School of Music, and "The Noble Art of Accompanying" presented by Mrs Lorraine Fuller, one of our own local teachers. In 2012, we hosted the Alan Lane Memorial Workshops which provided quite a variety of topics for professional development. Other past workshops have included Composing, and Teaching Theory and Aural Work. Members also have the opportunity to participate in MTAQ workshops in Brisbane through webinars.
3. Student Concerts are often scheduled prior to exams or the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. These concerts are held in an encouraging non-judgemental atmosphere to assist students in honing their performance skills.
We have three meetings per year where teachers can socialise and share teaching strategies. There are also a number of informal social gatherings arranged throughout the year. The formal meetings are usually held on Thursday nights, 7.30pm at the McDonalds City Centre Function Room, Margaret St, Toowoomba.
Thurs 2nd February AGM and General Meetings
Thursday 25/5/17 General Meeting - Jilly's Cafe 7.15pm
Thurs 10th June - Professional Development - Teaching via Skype
Thurs 17th August General Meeting 7.30pm McDonalds Function Room City Centre
Sunday 27th August Charles and Motee Rogers Piano Competition. Entries Close 11/8/17
November: Christmas Party - to be advised.
Feb 2018: AGM and General Meetings
2017 Committee Members:
President: Paula Melville-Clark, Vice Presidents: Lorraine Fuller and Cheryl Joyce, Secretary: Jan Snook, Treasurer: Marie Haak,
Members: Paul Fuller, Ann Dawson.