Unless otherwise announced, HOSPITALITY begins at 9:30 a.m. and MEETINGS begin at 10:00 a.m.
LOCATIONS vary, so please see below.

September 13, 2019

"What does RVMTA offer to teachers?"

Business Meeting
NOTE: This first meeting will be held at Greene Memorial Methodist Church, 402 2nd St., Roanoke, VA.

October 11, 2019

"Off the Bench Matters" by Leila Viss

What happens OFF the bench directly impacts what happens on the bench. As teachers it's our job to introduce and explain concepts, but getting students to master them can be tricky. Studies show that things stick when teachers use engaging tools and concrete experiences wrapped up in fun. Add a long and colorful list of off-bench activities and strategies to your teaching toolbox which are guaranteed to reinforce learning and motivate your students to stay on the bench for a lifetime.
Roanoke Higher Education Center, Room 403
108 North Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24016
9:30-11:00 PROGRAM


Leila Viss, MA
, graduated from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music in 1990 with a Masters of Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Upon graduating she opened an independent piano studio in Centennial, Colorado.

In 2012, Ms. Viss started a blog at 88pianokeys.me. Her site includes a comprehensive music app directory, dynamic teaching tips and original arrangements. Her fascination with the iPad and apps resulted in her book called The iPad Piano Studio: Keys to Unlocking the Power of Apps, now distributed by Alfred Music. She frequently writes for the nationally-recognized piano magazine Clavier Companion.

With Bradley Sowash, she co-founded 88 Creative Keys which provides online clinics and workshops devoted to teaching teachers how to teach improvisation and composition at the keys.

Ms. Viss helped with planning the 2013, 2014 MTNA Jazz/Pop Tracks and served as chair of the Creative Pianist Track for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in 2015.

Ms. Viss holds a full-time church position as organist and accompanist, frequently adjudicates piano and composition competitions and regularly presents at conferences around the country. She and her husband of 30 years have three grown sons and one daughter-in-law.


January 10, 2020

Home of Bittsy Hall

February 14, 2020

The Happiest Piano Teacher in Town: Empowering Teachers to Inspire Students by Doreen M. Hall
Order book here: https://www.amazon.com/Happiest-Piano-Teacher-Town-Empowering/dp/1798877333/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Location: Home of Donna Boles
9:30 AM - Refreshments
10:00 AM - Book Discussion

March 6, 2020

Location: New Life Presbyterian Church
101 Keesling Ave., Salem, VA 24153
9:30 AM - Refreshments
10:00 AM - Workshop

What motivates your students? How do you keep your students engaged at the piano despite the many other extracurricular activities competing for their time and attention? This presentation will discuss the psychology behind self-motivation, ways to make piano practice more engaging, and specific repertoire, games, and activities designed to best motivate each student in your studio.

Chrissy Ricker 
is a pianist, teacher, and composer from North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), Chrissy is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and Raleigh Piano Teachers Association. Chrissy maintains a private piano studio where she focuses on sharing her love of all types of music with her students.

Chrissy's works are published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company, Piano Pronto Publishing, and SMP Press. Chrissy enjoys composing music in a variety of styles, from contemporary classical to rock. To date, she has published twenty collections of piano solo and duet music for students. Her piano music has been featured on the contest lists of many teaching organizations, including the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, the North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and the Iowa Music Teachers Association.

​Chrissy has also written a variety of chamber music for voice, brass, woodwinds, and strings. Her chamber works have been premiered by the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, the Triangle Chamber Music Collective, and the Vida Strings quartet. 

​In addition to teaching and composing, Chrissy enjoys writing about topics related to piano pedagogy. Her articles on teaching have appeared in American Music Teacher magazine, and she has been a frequent clinician for teacher groups in the North Carolina area, presenting on topics ranging from practice skills and motivational techniques to incorporating improvisation and composition into piano lessons.


May 8, 2020


  • Business Meeting
  • Program chairs and officers submit their annual reports
  • Installation of new officers

Location: New Life Presbyterian Church