2017 Conference – November 9 – 10 – 11


Plans are under way for the 2017 Music and Wellness Symposium on Friday, November 10 at the Albuquerque Sheraton Uptown, headquarters for the PMTNM State conference. Based on last year’s success, another day of exploring the gifts offered through collaboration between body and brain is offered. With the assistance of Dr. Patricia Repar, Associate Professor, UNM Departments of Music and Internal Medicine, the following topics will be covered by presenters of exceptional professional quality.

Please mark your calendar for this unique opportunity to expand your mind and consequently your teaching ability.

Symposium: Arts and Medicine: Music and Healing

Friday, November 10, 2017
Open to the Public by Reservation
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE • Albuquerque

Friday, November 10—

Symposium Moderator,  Charles Pribyl, M.D. NM Orthopedics (retired)

8:30am Opening Greeting Jan King, NCTM – PMTNM President

8:45am Why music and wellness? Dr. Patricia Repar, UNM School of Medicine & Dept. of Music

9-10am Every Child is Special: the neuroscience of music for children with special needs Dr. Melanie Tidman, DHSc, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist UNM Hospital

10:30am Power Brain Yoga (for Kids and Adults) Bette Castoria, Certified Brain Education Trainer
–– students as participants ––

–– Lunch on your own ––
12pm Optional Session:
“Caring for Hand Problems in Musicians”
Join Dr. Pribyl and Linda Carroll, Hand Therapist, for a brief discussion
plus a Question & Answer time

1:30pm From Eye to Ear: the visual science of making music John J. Brinkley, M.D., Neuro-Ophthalmologist Eye Associates of NM

3:00pm Does Music Heal the Mind and Heart? Dr. Gary Ingle, MTNA Executive Director & CEO

6:30pm Conference Banquet with Closing Remarks Charles Pribyl, M.D. NM Orthopedics (retired)

Entertainment by Strawberry Jam, a band including Dr. Pribyl and Linda Carroll

If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Grealish (figaro1226@gmail.com) or Sharon Kunitz (slkunitz@aol.com).

The Albuquerque Academy, (AA), 6400 Wyoming Blvd.NE, Albuquerque 87109-3899.

Saturday, November 11 — Albuquerque Academy All sessions will be held in the Music Building. (Room numbers will be in the conference book.)

8:00 Conference Registrations, Jeanne Grealish, NCTM

8:00-11:00 Coffee, Tea, Lobby (Albuquerque Music Teachers, Host)

8:00-12:00 Piano Honors Auditions, Performance Hall, Larry Blind, Chairman

9:00-4:00 Exhibits in Lobby

9:00-10:15 Piano Master Class, Chorus Room, Ferrell Roberts, Host

Clinician: Marina Magazinnik

10:15-5:00 White Elephant “Treasures” Sale — Charlene Cox-Clifton, chairman

10:30-11:45 Teacher’s RoundTable Discussion. Choir Room. Dr. Gary Ingle, Presenter, CEO MTNA Benefits of MTNA membership/ question/answer session of relevant teacher problems,

11:45-1:00 Lunch on your own

1:00-2:30 Music Bowl Theory Competition, Choir Room Terri Reck, Chairman

1:00-4:00 Non-Piano Honors Auditions, Performance Hall, Larry Blind, Chairman

2:30-4:30 Ensemble Recital, Choir Room, Melissa Toedtman, Chairman

4:30-5:00 Last chance to purchase items at the White Elephant “Treasures” Sale.

5:00-7:00 Dinner on your own

7:00-10:00 MTNA and PMTNM Honors Winner’s Recital, Performance Hall

Reception for families, friends and performers immediately following recital.

Hosted by: Albuquerque Music Teachers Association.

Download Conference Forms Below

Student Form

Adult Form

Hotel Reservation Information

Ensemble Recital

2017 Presenters

Dr. Melanie Tidman
The Neuroscience of Music for Children with Special Needs

  • Participants will be able to identify areas of the Brain responsible for assimilation of music via both visual and auditory channels
  • Participants learn about neural connections for the music-movement pathway
  • Much more

Read Dr. Tidman’s Bio

Bette Castoria
Power Brain Yoga 

Power Brain Training utilizes an exciting combination of physical, emotional and cognitive exercises to tap into our infinite brain potential. In this mini-workshop we will do fun body and brain exercises to improve focus, confidence, memory, and creativity while reducing stress and anxiety. Learn how to develop your brain power to create a healthier, happier, and more peaceful life.

Read Bette Castoria’s Bio

Dr. Charles Pribyl
Symposium Moderater and Co
-Presenter of Rediscovering the Hand–Caring for the hand problems of musicians

Born and raised in Owatonna, Minnesota, Chuck Pribyl was recruited to play ice hockey at the United States Air Force Academy. He attended medical school and did an Orthopaedic residency at Tulane University in New Orleans.  After his military commitment at Kirtland Air Force Base, he completed a Hand and Microvascular Surgery fellowship and the University of New Mexico.

Read Dr. Pribyl’s Bio

Linda Carroll
Rediscovering the Hand–Caring for the hand  problems of musicians

Linda Carroll, Certified Hand Therapist, will give a talk on how to care for the musician’s hand. A native New Mexican, Linda Carroll, MA, OTR/L, CHT, earned her undergraduate degree at UNM and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1974. For the last 27 years she has owned and operated Carroll Hand Therapy which is a private practice facility that specializes in the treatment of upper extremity injuries.

Read Linda Carroll’s Bio

Dr. John J. Brinkley
From eye to ear: the visual science of making music 

Normal vision is not required to make great music, but it plays an important role for most musicians. In this session, we will learn how light enters the eye and makes the journey to the visual processing centers of the brain. We will also review a variety of common eye conditions that disrupt vision.

Read Dr. Brinkley’s Bio

Dr. Gary Ingle
Does Music Heal the Mind and Heart? 

This concluding presentation focuses on the enriching relationship between music and wellness. Music has a remarkable ability to improve and elevate the quality and value of life. As musicians and music teachers, we have been given the gift of music and the responsibility to enhance that gift in others.

Read Dr. Ingle’s Bio