Louisiana Teachers Association
University of New Orleans
October 12-13, 2017
Local Hosts: North Shore Music Teachers Association

2017 LMTA Convention Hotel Information:

Country Inns & Suites
2713 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 835-4141 or 1-800-830-5222

Please call the hotel directly and ask for the Louisiana Music Teachers Convention 2017 group rate. Reservations must be made by September 11, 2017. Parking is free (one car per room).

  • $99/night - limited number of exterior access rooms (these rooms overlook a lovely courtyard; the hotel has secure, locked gates)
  • $139/night - deluxe interior rooms
  • $159/night - studio suites (bring the whole family and have a mini-vacation!)

2017 LMTA Convention Registration:

Form will be available in July. Check back again soon!

2017 LMTA Convention Clinicians:

(More session information will follow soon)

E. L. Lancaster

 Dr. E. L. Lancaster is Vice President and Keyboard Editor-in-Chief of Alfred Music Publishing. He draws upon his teaching experience, ranging from pre-school students through doctoral candidates, to direct the Alfred catalog. Dr. Lancaster holds degrees from Murray (KY) State University, the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

From 1979 until 1998, Dr. Lancaster was Professor of Music at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, where he taught courses in piano pedagogy and coordinated the group piano program. He taught pre-college students in the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program, combining group and private instruction. In addition, from 1981 to 1996, he and his wife, Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk, operated a large independent piano studio in Norman, Oklahoma.

Dr. Lancaster has presented workshops for teachers throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. He is the author or co-author of more than 350 publications designed for students of all ages. He now lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and their two children, Kelsey and Chase.

Gayle Kowalchyk

 As Keyboard Editor for Supplementary Piano Publications for Alfred Music Publishing, Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk selects and edits music for the supplementary piano catalog. She holds degrees from Ohio University (piano performance, 1977), Northwestern University (piano performance and pedagogy, 1979) and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University (piano pedagogy, 1989). Dr. Kowalchyk was formerly on the faculty of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, and the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

A frequent clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Kowalchyk has presented sessions for national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association and the Music Educators National Conference, as well as for the National Group Piano Symposium, the National Piano Teachers Institute, the International Pedagogy Workshops, the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. She is on the board of advisors for Clavier Companion magazine.

With her husband, Dr. E. L. Lancaster, she is the co-author of more than 275 educational piano books, including Alfred's Premier Piano Course. From 1981 until 1996 Dr. Kowalchyk and her husband taught students of all ages at their independent piano studio in Norman, Oklahoma. She now lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and two children, where she works full-time on writing and editing projects for Alfred.

Michelle Sisler

 At a very young age, Michelle discovered her talent and love for music. Through Michelle's creative and fun teaching style, she has effectively taught piano to many students (ages ranging from 6 to 83). Michelle's use of technology and creative teaching materials have gained her national recognition and a unique place at the forefront of music education. Her materials allow teachers to incorporate technology into music lessons. Michelle has presented sessions at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Music Teachers National Association conference, and various state conferences and local groups. She has written technology articles for Keyboard Companion, a series of technology articles in Clavier, and reviews in American Music Teacher. Michelle has co-authored Studio Makeover, Technology "Addition" Double Click Curriculum, Are We There Yet? A Music Journey Around the Globe, Road Trip: America the Beautiful, and Sebastian Sharp and the Case of the Missing Manuscript, all available from Keys to Imagination LLC.

2017 LMTA Convention Artist:

Elizabeth Moak

 Noted for her "sensitivity" and "generous imagination" (La Suisse, Geneva, Switzerland), pianist Elizabeth Moak's recent performances include Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Quebec. Winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition and several national competitions including the National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Auditions, Elizabeth has performed extensively in the United States and Europe. As soloist, she has also appeared on national television, radio, and with orchestras including the Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchatel, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to honors for her solo playing, she has received awards for her collaborative work from the Music Academy of the West and Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University (piano studies with Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, and Julian Martin).

Dr. Moak holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory and the Neuchatel Conservatory (Switzerland). For eight years Elizabeth served on the faculty of Millsaps College, where she was honored with the "Outstanding Young Faculty Award." In 2004, Elizabeth joined the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi.


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