PMTA 2015 Conference Call for Clinicians

Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association state conference planning committee is now accepting submissions for clinicians for the PMTA State Conference, with the theme “Movement”, being held June 12-14, 2015 at the Pennsylvania State University. For consideration, please e-mail the following to co-conference chairs Mary Lynne Bennett and Elaine Friedlander at and

  • A one-page proposal outlining the proposed session.
  • A 100-word or less description of the proposed session.
  • A one-page biography and 35-word biography of each of the proposed presenter(s).
  • A color photo of each proposed presenter.

The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2015. Sessions submitted after this date will not be considered for selection for the 2015 conference, but may be considered for future events.


Beethoven Masterworks with Steven Smith


STEVEN SMITH is pleased to announce the release of PIANO MASTERWORKS OF BEETHOVEN, a set of eleven CD’s on the Soundwaves label and available via It includes all the complete 32 Sonatas, plus much more: nine variation sets including the Diabelli and the Eroica/Prometheus, the Rondos Opus 51, and the Bagatelles Opus 126. Most of the familiar teaching repertoire is part of this set: the Opus 49 Sonatas of course, and the Sonatine Opus 79, the Six Easy Variations, the Nel Cor più non mi sento as well as the celebrated Pathétique, Moonlight, Waldstein, Appassionata, and Tempest Sonatas and all the famous late works. The set was recorded in the course of my recital series (also Piano Masterworks of Beethoven) performed at Penn State 2009-2012, and it’s an approximately chronological tour of almost everything he wrote for the piano from Opus 2 in 1795 to the middle and late periods ending in 1824. Disc 12 is a DVD containing downloadable audio files of all the music, plus complete program notes. The Amazon price of the set is $88 plus shipping and handling.