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2024 NDMTA Conference: August 7-8 at Popplers Music Store in Grand Forks

The NDMTA Conference is the time to relax, learn, and to make new and renew friendships with other teachers of music. It’s a time to chat with your peers about teaching music over lunch, go to amazing recitals, and learn new ideas/ways of teaching from the famous teachers/composers. Put the dates on your calendar and plan to attend the NDMTA State Conference!

2024 NDMTA Conference in Grand Forks


NDMTA Conference: August 7-8, 2024 at Popplers Music Store in Grand Forks. All sessions and recitals will be held at Popplers Music.

Hosted by the Greater Grand Forks Music Teachers Association.

The Popplers Competition will take place at the conference at 2:00 pm,  Wednesday, Aug. 7th. Use this link to see information and registration: https://ndmta.org/student-events/popplers-music-competitions/

Opening Concert Wed. Aug. 7th, at 7:00 pm at Popplers Music: •Enjoy the  premiere of the piece by Isaac Lovdahl, the NDMTA Commissioned Composer; •Popplers Music Competition entrants will perform one of their pieces and winners will be awarded.

Lisa Bastien will present two sessions on Thurs., Aug. 8th, 9:00-11:30 and 12:45-2:00. Lunch between sessions will be catered by Popplers Music

IMTF Session: The Independent Music Teachers Forum will be held at 3:15-4:30 pm on Wed. Minot is in charge and details will come later.


Registration can be done two ways: Online with PayPal payment by clicking on "Register Online" below or by downloading the registration form below and mailing it in. The registration form is also found in the April Newsletter.

Conference Hotel: La Quinta Inn and Suites, Grand Forks, ND

•La Quinta Inn and Suites, 4051 Garden View Drive, Grand. Forks, ND 58201

•NDMTA Block Rate: $107 plus tax Tues. Aug. 6th, and Wed. Aug. 7th.; $137 plus tax Thurs., Aug. 8th.

•For reservations, call (701) 314-1106. Select option for hotel front desk agent/operator and mention 08062024 ND Music Teachers Association room block.

•Reservations must be made by 11:59 pm July 15th, 2024.

Conference Presenter: Lisa Bastien

Lisa Bastein headshot

Lisa Bastien maintains a piano studio in New York City where her home serves as a place where students of diverse ages, abilities and interests experience the joy of learning music.

Lisa comes from a family of composers and writers. Her mom and dad, Jane and James Bastien and her sister, Lori are well known for their piano teaching series and pieces. Lisa has co-authored over 100 piano books with her family.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Drake U., and her Master's degree in Piano pedagogy from Arizona State U.  She travels to present at workshops and conventions worldwide. But it is her passion for excellence as a teacher and her dedication to her students that define her.  We are excited to visit with Lisa and discover what is new in the Bastien publications.


IMTF Luncheon

Presented by Minot MTA

Conference Recital:

Details: Wednesday, August 7th, 7:00 pm, at Popplers Music Store

The opening concert for the 2024 NDMTA Conference will feature  the Popplers Music Competition Winners and the premier of the piece composed by Issac Lovdahl as part of the MTNA Commissioned Composer Competition.

Information about Issac Lovdahl can be viewed through this link : https://ndmta.org/student-events/commissioned-composers/ and on his website issaclovdahl.com

Conference Schedule

Use the link below to download and print the Conference Schedule

NDMTA Conference 2024


NDMTA Conference Contact

Lisa Schuler


NDMTA Conference Host Rotation: 2022-2023 Badlands MTA; 2023-2024 Greater Grand Forks MTA

IMTF (Independent Music Teachers Forum) Luncheon Rotation: 2022-2023 Langdon Area MTA; 2024-2025 Minot MTA; 2026-2027 Upper Valley MTA

Past NDMTA Conferences

2024August 7-8Grand Forks
2023June 7-9Dickinson at DSU
2022June 1-3Fargo at NDSU Reineke Hall
2021June 2-4Virtual Conference hosted by Minot MTA
2020June 3-5Fargo
2019June 19-21Grand Forks
2018June 13-15Dickinson
2017June 7-9Fargo
2016June 15-17Bismarck
2015June 24-26Grand Forks
2014June 18-20Dickinson
2013June 19-21Fargo
2012June 21-23Bismarck State College
2011June 15-17Grand Forks
2010October 28-30Dickinson State University
2009June 10-12Fargo
2008June 11-13Bismarck State College
2007June 6-8Williston State College
2006June 9-10Grand Forks
2004October 29-31Concordia College
2003 October 31-November 2Bismarck State College
2002October 25-27Valley City Music Teachers