2019 State Conference

The 2019 State Conference this year is hosted by the Fairfield Chapter.

All CSMTA members are welcome to attend! We hope you will join us for this exciting afternoon event.

Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019. 12:30 – 5:30

Location: Suzuki Music School of Westport, 246 Post Road East, Westport, CT

CSMTA 2019 Conference Registration Form

Questions? Fairfieldcountymusicteachers@gmail.com


12:40 – 1:00 Registration

1:00 – 1:10 Opening Remarks

1:10 – 2:40 “Beating Nerves – Why We Choke Under Pressure” Presented by Dr. Noa Kageyama

2:40 – 3:00 Break and light refreshments

3:00 – 4:00 “How to Optimize Practice for Performance” Presented by Dr. Noa Kageyama

4:00 – 4:15 Business Meeting

4:15 – 5:15 “Finding and Nurturing a Voice in Composition – My Journey and Advice to Music Teachers” by Prof. Eric Nathan


Dr. Noa Kageyama

Born in Marysville, Ohio, performance psychologist Noa Kageyama is on the faculty at Juilliard and is the performance psychology coach for the New World Symphony. Kageyama has degrees from Oberlin (BA, psychology) and Juilliard (MM, violin performance) and studied with Stephen Clapp, Ronald Copes, Franco Gulli, Paul Kantor, Masao Kawasaki, Roland and Almita Vamos, and Donald Weilerstein before making the leap to psychology. He received his MS and PhD in counseling and counseling psychology from Indiana University.
Kageyama specializes in teaching performing artists how to utilize sports psychology principles to more consistently demonstrate their full abilities under pressure. He has conducted workshops at institutions including Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, Peabody, Eastman, and the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music. He has taught at programs such as the Starling-DeLay Symposium, the Perlman Music Program, and the National Orchestral Institute, and for organizations like the Music Teachers’ National Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Kageyama has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Musical America, Strings Magazine, Strad, and Lifehacker. He maintains a private coaching practice and writes a performance psychology blog, The Bulletproof Musician, which has more than 100,000 monthly readers.

Eric Nathan

Eric Nathan’s (b. 1983) music has been called “as diverse as it is arresting” with a “constant vein of ingenuity and expressive depth” (San Francisco Chronicle), “thoughtful and inventive” (The New Yorker), and “clear, consistently logical no matter how surprising the direction, and emotionally expressive without being simplistic or sentimental” (New York Classical Review). Nathan is a 2013 Rome Prize Fellow and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and has garnered acclaim internationally through performances by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, soprano Dawn Upshaw, violinist Jennifer Koh, at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 and 2016 Biennials, and at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Aldeburgh, Cabrillo, Yellow Barn and MATA festivals. Nathan currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music in Composition-Theory at the Brown University Department of Music.
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