Pre-Conference Seminars

Our NCKP Committees have planned 7 Pre-Conference Seminars packed with practical content for teachers.

 

2015 The Creative Pianist

Pre-Conference Track, Wednesday July 29


A Sampler To Please Those with a Taste for Creativity

Brought to you by the NCKP Committee for The Creative Pianist: Leila Viss, Chair, Bradley Sowash, Forrest Kinney.



Wednesday, July 29

1:30-2:00 Pre-Conference Keynote Address (Grand Ballroom EF)

2:15-2:30 Plenary Orientation: Chew on This (Magnolia A)

Directions on how the day will be packaged. There's a large assortment of ways to teach creativity at the keys so we've narrowed it down to a few golden nuggets that will immediately enhance your playing and your teaching.

LeilaVissLeila Viss owns a creative-based, tech-savvy piano studio. She’s an organist, accompanist, blogs at 88pianokeys.me, writes for Clavier Companion and authored The iPad Piano Studio. With Bradley Sowash she cofounded 88 Creative Keys Camp.


2:30-3:15 Keyboard Labs (Magnolia B & C)

Harmonic Sampler - Understanding Chord Symbols - Magnolia B (Milk Chocolate group)

Like a box of chocolates with no printed guide, one of the biggest challenges beginning improvisers face is interpreting the chord symbols found in pop/jazz/rock lead sheets and chord charts. Learn about the variations found in contemporary chord nomenclature and then sample some sweet progressions specifically designed to foster chord fluency.

BradleySowashComposer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and educator Bradley Sowash is known for his creative music-making instructional books published by Kjos Music and as the co-founder of 88 Creative Keys improvisation camps for piano students and teachers. 

 

 

The Flavors and Styles of Chords (Foundations of Arranging) -  Magnolia C (Dark Chocolate group)
Learn a simple system for playing and teaching add-2 chords and various 7th chords all the way up to 13th chords as you taste the distinct flavor of each chord along the way. Some are sweet, some are bitter! Then learn to play these chords in various basic styles to create both arrangements for popular melodies and foundations for improvisations.

ForrestKinneyForrest Kinney, NCTM, is the author and composer of 19 books including the Pattern Play series on improvisation, the Chord Play series on arranging, and Creativity—Beyond Compare. He is a pianist who regularly gives concerts and presentations for music educators. His arrangements are now in over 40 publications.


3:30-4:15 Keyboard Lab Rooms A and B 

Harmonic Sampler - Understanding Chord Symbols - Magnolia B (Dark Chocolate group)

Same as 2:30 session.

The Flavors and Styles of Chords (Foundations of Arranging) - Magnolia C (Milk Chocolate group)

Same as 2:30 session.


4:15-4:45 Latte Break


4:45-5:30 Keyboard Labs (Magnolia B & C)

Let Them Eat Cake - Going Further with Lead Sheets - Magnolia B (Dark Chocolate group)

So you can already play the melody and chord symbols found in lead sheets…now what? You can have your cake and eat it too! Grab a handful of tricks and treats used by professional keyboard improvisers. Learn to help your students sweeten their tunes by embellishing melodies while you improvise duets using "stock" accompaniments.

BradleySowashComposer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and educator Bradley Sowash is known for his creative music-making instructional books published by Kjos Music and as the co-founder of 88 Creative Keys improvisation camps for piano students and teachers. 

 

 

From No to Flow:  Enabling Anyone (Including Yourself) to Improvise - Magnolia C (Milk Chocolate group)

Learn how you can help all your students become able to “talk with tones” and enjoy it. At the keyboard, we will explore approaches and techniques that help students get a successful start in a duet setting before gradually learning to play solo. The focus will be on learning in such a way that musical ideas are not stuck in our heads but flow intuitively into our hands.

ForrestKinneyForrest Kinney, NCTM, is the author and composer of 19 books including the Pattern Play series on improvisation, the Chord Play series on arranging, and Creativity—Beyond Compare. He is a pianist who regularly gives concerts and presentations for music educators. His arrangements are now in over 40 publications.


5:45-6:30 Keyboard Labs (Magnolia B & C)

Let Them Eat Cake - Going Further with Lead Sheets - Magnolia B (Milk Chocolate group)

Same as 4:45 session.

From No to Flow:  Enabling Anyone (Including Yourself) to Improvise - Magnolia C (Dark Chocolate group)

Same as 4:45 session.


6:30-8:15 Dinner Break 


8:15-8:45 Morsels for Whipping Up Musical Imaginations (Magnolia A)

Hand-picked, bite-sized nuggets to trigger creativity in the already jam-packed traditional lesson.

LeilaVissLeila Viss owns a creative-based, tech-savvy piano studio. She’s an organist, accompanist, blogs at 88pianokeys.me, writes for Clavier Companion and authored The iPad Piano Studio. With Bradley Sowash she cofounded 88 Creative Keys Camp.


8:45-9:30 Plenary Jam Session: An Assortment of Musical Decadence (Magnolia A)

Indulge in the luxury of creative music making with fellow attendees.

 

2015 Teaching Students with Special Needs

Pre-Conference Track, Wednesday July 29


Brought to you by the NCKP Committee on Teaching Students with Special Needs: Beth Bauer, Chair, Scott Price, Richard Simensen, Lisa Zdechlik.


Wednesday, July 29

1:30-2:00 Pre-Conference Keynote Address

3:00-4:00 You can do it! The Inclusion of Students with Autism in the Piano Studio (Grand Ballroom C)

This session will discuss practical teaching suggestions for teaching students with autism in the piano studio.  These practical solutions will help teachers as they work with this population and be very applicable to teaching all types of students.  Attendees will be given handouts with lesson ideas as well as a detailed bibliography of useful sources.  One special highlight will be live performances by Dr. Bauer’s students.

BethBauerBeth Bauer is pedagogy instructor at the Wheaton College Conservatory. She is the founder of Beethoven’s Buddies, a music program for students with developmental delays. Her work is nationally recognized for work with students with disabilities.

 


4:00-5:00 Dyslexia and the Keyboard: Recognizing the Invisible and How Teachers Can Help (Grand Ballroom C)
This session describes symptoms and issues dyslexic students face, recent neurological discoveries concerning dyslexia, and “outside the box” compensation techniques teachers may use with students who demonstrate reading issues.

036 maloyLynn Godfriaux Maloy, MM, NCTM, is an active performer, teacher, adjudicator, and author.  She received her degrees in piano from the University of Oklahoma.  She lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 


5:00-6:00 Do You Hear What I Hear? Teaching Students with Hearing Loss (Grand Ballroom C)
This session will broaden your awareness about hearing loss, show you communication tips for working with students with hearing loss, offer strategies for playing the piano and selecting repertoire and inspire you to develop your teaching skills for including hearing impaired students in your studio. Come find out how improvement in hearing technology will impact music teachers in the future as more late deafened adults and others with noise induced hearing loss will seek music instruction.

CherisseMillerCherisse Miller is a hearing impaired pianist and independent piano teacher in Columbia, SC. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (M.M. and D.M.A.) She has articles in Piano Pedagogy Forum and Hearing Review and editor of Making Music with a Hearing Loss: Strategies and Stories.

 


6:00-7:00 Dinner Break


7:00-8:00 Creating OpporTUNEity: Service-Learning, Collaboration, and the Development of High-Impact Community Programs for At-Risk Youth and Children with Special Needs in South Central Tennessee (Grand Ballroom C)
The majority of this presentation will be devoted to OpporTUNEity: a highly successful co-curricular service-learning project that provides children with special needs and at-risk youth in Pulaski, TN with piano lessons and mentoring from undergraduate students in a supervised, one-on-one setting. With an 80% poverty rate, Pulaski continues to work towards shedding its’ history as the birthplace of the KKK and heal the longstanding impact of racial segregation. This program works to positively change all of above through the emphasis on inclusion, diversity, and community collaboration.

Martiros HeadshotMelissa Martiros has a DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and a MS in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Service-Learning Coordinator at Martin Methodist College. An advocate for inclusion in music, she is the founder of OpporTUNEity, a community piano program for at-risk youth and children with special needs in Pulaski, TN.


8:00-9:00 Q&A Panel Discussion (Grand Ballroom C)

 

2015 Students and Young Professionals

Pre-Conference Track, Wednesday July 29


Community + Collaboration = Arts Advocacy

Brought to you by the NCKP Committee on the Pedagogy Student: Lesley McAllister, Chair, Michael Benson, Michelle Conda, Kellie Cunningham, Grace Choi, Scott Donald, Sara Ernst, Margaret Young.


Wednesday, July 29

1:30-2:00 Pre-Conference Keynote Address (Grand Ballroom EF)

2:30-3:00 Clavinova Connection: The Beginning of the RMM Movement (Grand Ballroom G)

Clavinova Connection is a protocol developed by Yamaha in the early 2000's that launched the beginning of the current RMM (recreational music making) movement. Using peer reviewed research and evidence, Clavinova Connection has continued to develop and serve many more populations than was first thought possible. This session will cover these different populations, such a wounded warriors, special needs adults and children, as well as the senior market. Discussion will cover the protocol and parts that can be used by private teachers outside Clavinova Connection. In addition, time will be spent on where to find these emerging markets.

LoriFrazerLori Frazer enjoys sharing her love of the marvels of electronic keyboard instruments with everyone. With this passion, Lori has been able to build and oversee Yamaha Clavinova Festival since her start with Yamaha in 1997. Also a consultant to the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, Lori enjoys bringing the amazement and wellness benefits of music making to many who never thought it was even possible to play an instrument.


3:00-3:30 Musical Angels (Grand Ballroom G)
Dr. Tolosa will share how he started Musical Angels, Inc., a non profit organization that brings piano lessons to hospitalized children in at-risk conditions. He will present a short story of how Musical Angels started and how it grew from offering lessons in one hospital to four hospitals in only three years. Dr. Tolosa will describe techniques he uses to teach children with many special needs and will present several success stories. He will also present the steps necessary to start a Musical Angels in any city and how to make it a successful community outreach program. For more information please visit www.MusicalAngels.org.

GustavoTolosaDr. Gustavo Tolosa holds a DMA in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Barry Snyder. He has presented concerts and master classes in the USA, Latin America, Europe, China and Thailand. Dr. Tolosa is the founder and Executive Director of Musical Angels, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide music lessons to hospitalized children in life-threatening situations. Dr. Tolosa is also the founder and president of the Dallas Music Academy. In 2013 Dr. Tolosa founded the Dallas Chamber Players and released a CD recording entitled “Greetings from Argentina” with music by Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Guastavino.


3:30-4:15 Panel Discussion by Young Professionals: Reaching Out to the Underprivileged and Underserved in the Community (Grand Ballroom G)

Ruby Chou squareRuby Chou is currently pursuing a DMA in Music & Human Learning at UT Austin. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a MM in piano performance. Ms. Chou held a fellowship at MSM’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship where she worked alongside Angela Myles Beeching, author of Beyond Talent.

  

Peyer

Erin Peyer is a private and group piano teacher in Oshkosh, WI. While a graduate student in Piano Pedagogy at Butler University, Erin received the National Piano Foundation’s Recreational Music Making Fellowship and served as president of Butler’s Collegiate Chapter of MTNA, which presented at both local and national conferences.

 


WestJennifer West has completed both her Elementary and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificates, receiving First Class Honours in 2009 and 2014, respectively, while studying piano pedagogy with John Wiebe at the West Point Grey School of Music . Since then, she has been teaching Elementary French Immersion full time in BC public schools and teaching piano privately. Currently, Ms. West is continuing her piano studies with Bernard Duerksen at the VSO School of Music and Professor Mark Anderson of the UBC School of Music.

TheresaCamilliDr. Theresa Chardos Camilli is the Coordinator of University of Northern Iowa’s Graduate Piano Pedagogy program. Theresa has articles appearing in MTNA E-Journal, Clavier Companion, American Music Teacher, and Music Educators Journal. She is President of Iowa's Northeast Area Music Teachers Association, and is Editor of the IMTA State Magazine.

 

Abigail Huston is a junior at Butler University, pursuing a degree in piano performance with an emphasis in piano pedagogy. She has taught piano since high school and is currently a Teaching Fellow with the Butler Community Arts School. She is vice-president of the Butler MTNA Collegiate Chapter.

Ohio University

Sarah Welch is a senior studying piano performance in the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University under Dr. Christopher Fisher. She is a dedicated teacher and performer, and serves as president of the Ohio University MTNA Collegiate Chapter. She has presented her research and scholarly activities at several state and national conferences.

Malissa Tong earned a B.M. degree in Music Education with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy at The Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam. A certified K‐12 music educator of New York, she is pursuing a M.M. degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Ohio University under Dr. Christopher Fisher.

Chloe Reis is a junior studying Instrumental Music Education at Ohio University. In addition to piano, she performs in several ensembles on euphonium, flute, and in the choral department. She is a member of the Ohio University MTNA Collegiate Chapter, involved in the Collegiate National Association for Music Education, and serves on the executive board of the Ohio University Women’s Ensemble.

Holly Kessis is a graduate student at Ohio University, studying piano performance and pedagogy with Dr. Christopher Fisher. She is an alumna of the Ohio State University, and presented a talk with her chapter at the 2012 MTNA Collegiate Chapter Symposium, titled “The Golden Ratio and its Manifestation in Glenn Gould’s Recordings of Mozart”.


4:30-5:00 MusicLink Makes a Difference – One Student at a Time (Grand Ballroom G)
MusicLink begins with the simple idea of linking eager students in financial need with caring professional teachers who agree to teach these students for whatever they can pay for as long as they want to learn. The MusicLink Foundation networks to create these links and assists with music, instruments, camp scholarships, and teacher reimbursement for event fees, music, and materials. Learn how you can join us to “create musicians, one student at a time.”.

JoanneHaroutounanJoanne Haroutounian oversees the piano pedagogy program at George Mason University and is author of over 25 books across the fields of music, pedagogy, and gifted/talented arts education.  Dr. Haroutounian is founder and Executive Director of the MusicLink Foundation, which has reached over 6,000 students across the United States and Canada.

 

 NewhallPeggy Newhall, a MusicLink teacher and coordinator, has beeninvolved in the MusicLink Foundation for 16 years. She received herher NCTM at the age of 80 and has taught piano for over 25 years after a career in public schools..

 

 


5:00-6:00 Small Group Discussions (Grand Ballroom G)


6:00-7:00 Dinner Break


7:00-8:00 Arts Advocacy as Viewed through the Lens of Social Justice (Grand Ballroom G)
Research and studies show that arts education helps improve outcomes for all students, but particularly impacts those from low socio-economic backgrounds.  Arts advocacy is especially important from a social justice perspective since these new reports indicate that the arts opportunity gap is widest for children in high-poverty schools.  This is absolutely an equity issue and a civil rights issue.

LuciaUnrauPhotoutubeDr. Lucia Unrau, a pianist and performing artist is passionate about arts education and arts advocacy. A past-president of Ohio Music Teachers Association, she is Keyboard Coordinator at the Interlochen Arts Camp and Professor of Music and chair of the Communication and Fine Arts division at Bluffton University.

 

2015 Independent Music Teachers

Pre-Conference Track, Wednesday July 29


Brought to you by the NCKP Committee on Independent Music Teachers: Arlene Steffen, Chair, Immanuela Gruenberg, David Husser, Gail Lew, Elissa Milne, Jason Sifford.


Wednesday, July 29

1:30-2:00 Pre-Conference Keynote Address (Grand Ballroom EF)

2:15-2:50 What Are We Really Teaching? (Grand Ballroom IJ)
Technique, reading, expression, theory, ear-training, sight-reading, improvisation, history, etc. Most of believe these things and more define "musicianship," but a fractured approach to these subjects seems to leave us with little time to focus on anything.  What is our ultimate goal as teachers, and how can we teach musicianship without losing sight of the "Big Picture"?

Jutras MTNA Photo 2009Pete Jutras, Ph.D., NCTM, is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia and Editor-in-Chief of Clavier Companion. His writings and research have been published in numerous journals, and he is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. In 2015 he received UGA’s Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


3:00-3:50 Puzzle Pieces: Efficient and Effective Lesson Planning (Grand Ballroom IJ)
This session will take the long view at creating and executing lesson plans. Participants will learn ways to cover multiple areas of musicianship, technique, repertoire and theory to help students develop their skills comprehensively.

ArleneSteffen head shotArlene Steffen maintains an active private piano studio and teaches piano and piano pedagogy at Fresno Pacific University. She serves as chair of the Independent Music Teachers committee of the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy and has served as president of MTAC Fresno County Branch from 2012-2015.

Mrs. Steffen studied piano, piano pedagogy and music education at Goshen (Ind.) College with renowned pianist and pedagogue Marvin Blickenstaff and completed the M.M. in piano at Wichita State University with Andrew Trechak. She has been on the faculties of Goshen College and Hesston College and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Additionally, she has published articles in Clavier Companion, Keyboard Companion, and Pacific Journal.


4:00-4:50 Five Guiding Principles for the Technical Development of the Advancing Pianist (Grand Ballroom IJ)
Five progressive principles that are common among many of the greatest pianists include the Principle of Touch (the physical mechanics, hand position and posture), Sound (creating a beautiful tone, articulation and dynamic contrast), Pulse (Rhythm, Tempo and Phrasing), Facility (Fluidity, Speed and Navigating the Keyboard) and Balance (Analysis, Voicing and Control). Video Clips of Musical examples will be incorporated to demonstrate points of discussion focusing on developing technique for the advancing pianist.

RVanDykeDr. Richard Van Dyke teaches piano at the Cincinnati Music Academy and at Northern Kentucky University. An active performer and pedagogue, he has presented topics at local, state and national venues that focus on the advancing pianist. His studio motto “Practice to Prosper” encourages his students to achieve their greatest potential.


5:00-6:15 Repertoire Recipes (Grand Ballroom IJ)
The repertoire we use in our lessons is our teaching pantry, a vast array of musical ingredients which can be combined in different ways to provide a potentially endless variety of learning experiences.This session explores how you can bake up a teaching/learning storm in your studio using your favorite teaching pieces as the basis for (literally) off-the-chart creative engagement, enhanced performance fluency and the development of exceptional keyboard musicianship skills.

ElissaMilneElissa Milne is an Australian composer, teacher, writer, speaker and pianist. She is the composer of the highly anthologized Little Peppers and Pepperbox Jazz compositions, and has compiled and edited two multi-volume series of repertoire collections. Elissa has pioneered ground-breaking innovations in piano pedagogy in Australia and has given seminars and keynote speeches for ISME, EPTA (Europe), APPCA, VMTA, WAMTA and other music education conferences over the past 10 years, and has regularly given lectures as part of the Sydney Conservatorium’s Piano Teacher Festival program.


6:15-7:30 Dinner Break


7:30-9:00 Manipulation Stations (Grand Ballroom IJ)
Manipulatives have long been used in mathematics to make abstract concepts come alive. Objects are used to engage students in developmentally appropriate activities that put them in charge of their own learning. In this session, teachers will learn how to use simple objects found around the house to help students grasp the often difficult concepts of pitch, rhythm, technique, and listening skills in fun and engaging ways.

sifford300Dr. Jason Sifford is a freelance pianist, teacher, clinician, and composer with a wide range of abilities and interests. He maintains an independent teaching studio in Iowa City and and is an active composer of teaching literature. His music is published by the FJH Music Company. www.jasonsifford.com.

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Technology

Pre-Conference Track, Wednesday July 29


Staying Ahead of the Curve: Bringing Your Studio into the 21st Century

An Interactive Pre-Conference Technology Track

Brought to you by the NCKP Committee on Technology: George Litterst, Chair, Mario Ajero, Joao Paulo Casarotti, Linda Christensen, Alejandro Cremaschi, Shana Kirk, Stella Sick, Michelle Sisler, Jennifer Snow, and Kathleen Theisen.


Wednesday, July 29

1:30-2:00 Pre-Conference Keynote Address

2:15-3:00 I Must Be Dreaming—It’s Now the 21st Century! (Lilac BD)

What used to be science fiction is now science fact. If you have a wild and crazy idea for your studio, there are technologies that can make your dreams come true. Join the interactive 2015 Technology Track and learn out how to make bring on the magic!

George LitterstGeorge Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classically-trained pianist, he is also a multimedia musician who works extensively with high-tech pianos in his performing and teaching. He is the co-author of Home Concert Xtreme, Classroom Maestro, Internet MIDI, and SuperScore.


3:00-4:00 Beyond the Screen: Taking the iPad and Android Tablets to the Next Level (Lilac BD)
I know how to turn it on - Now what? Learn how to use your tablet in different ways: use voice recognition, connect to AirPlay devices, make and edit movies and audio recordings, and connect to a MIDI keyboard. Bring your devices and join the fun! Additional musical and non-musical surprises await!

Stella SickDr. Stella Sick holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Minnesota. She is a Managing Director of the International Piano-e-Competition. Dr. Sick teaches piano locally and nationwide. An active performer, Stella is an adjunct assistant professor at Hamline University.

 


3:00-4:00, 8:00-9:00 Exploring the Flipped Music Studio: Maximizing the Educational Benefits of YouTube (Lilac BD)
Don’t flip out! Discover the educational benefits of the flipped studio model. Join Dr. Jennifer Snow for an interactive, workshop session that explores exciting and creative ways to integrate YouTube and other videos into your independent studio. Ideas focus on student-centered learning through reference recordings, interdisciplinary connections, peer collaborations, creativity and reflection.

JenniferSnowDr. Jennifer Snow is the Vice President of Teacher Education at the Royal Conservatory. She is an established educator and performer who has presented, performed, and adjudicated at the international, national, and state levels.

 


4:15-5:15 Electronic Scores for Modern Musicians: the New Frontier (Lilac BD)
Wondering how to migrate your music library to an iPad or an Android tablet? Confused by competing file formats? Wishing that electronic scores were easier to read or more interactive? Ready to publish your own material? All will be revealed!

Shana KirkShana Kirk is a Denver, CO-based pianist, teacher, and music industry consultant. Recognized for her expertise in teaching and performing technologies, she presents workshops across the US and Canada, contributes frequently to American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion, and serves as the senior editor for SimpleTec magazine.

 

Stella SickDr. Stella Sick holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Minnesota. She is a Managing Director of the International Piano-e-Competition. Dr. Sick teaches piano locally and nationwide. An active performer, Stella is an adjunct assistant professor at Hamline University.

 

 George LitterstGeorge Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classically-trained pianist, he is also a multimedia musician who works extensively with high-tech pianos in his performing and teaching. He is the co-author of Home Concert Xtreme, Classroom Maestro, Internet MIDI, and SuperScore.


4:15-5:15 iPad iDeas: Mobile Apps to Engage Your Students (Lilac BD)
Discover how to incorporate your iPad or Android device easily in your teaching. Learn how teachers are creatively using mobile apps to engage their students, address multiple learning styles, and make their teaching more effective.

Michelle SislerMichelle Sisler is best known for her innovative approach bringing technology, motivation, and creativity into music lessons. As the founder of Keys to Imagination LLC and MusicEdConnect.com, she frequently presents workshops throughout the world. Michelle is an active author of music games, motivation programs, curriculum and articles for music teacher magazines. 


5:30-6:30 Abacus No More! Technologies to Streamline Your Studio Business (Lilac BD)
Does the business side of your studio make you feel like a hamster in a spinning wheel? Tired of repeating the same emails, phone calls, and calendar tasks? We'll show you how to save time on bookkeeping, billing, advertising, and communication with some of our favorite time-saving tech tools. We'll even tap into HIDDEN powers of many of the services you already use!

Michelle SislerMichelle Sisler is best known for her innovative approach bringing technology, motivation, and creativity into music lessons. As the founder of Keys to Imagination LLC and MusicEdConnect.com, she frequently presents workshops throughout the world. Michelle is an active author of music games, motivation programs, curriculum and articles for music teacher magazines.

Kathleen TheisenAward-winning soprano, pianist and teacher, Kathleen Theisen, NCTM, has presented workshops on music business, technology and online teaching at MTNA, NCKP, CMS/ATMI and state conferences.  An active performer, she is also Minister of Music at Darien UMC, teaches in the Darien Public Schools and runs an independent voice/piano studio. www.KathleenTheisen.com.

Shana KirkShana Kirk is a Denver, CO-based pianist, teacher, and music industry consultant. Recognized for her expertise in teaching and performing technologies, she presents workshops across the US and Canada, contributes frequently to American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion, and serves as the senior editor for SimpleTec magazine.



5:30-6:30 Online Piano Lessons: Making Meaningful Connections (Lilac BD)
Discover effective strategies for successful online piano instruction. Learn how to set up your studio with the right tools to teach students across town or across the globe! Attendees will learn how to establish basic connections with mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads and also create more elaborate setups including multiple camera angles and technology to connect pianos over the Internet. This session is intended for both novices and advanced technology users.

Mario AjeroMario Ajero, Associate Professor of Piano at Stephen F. Austin State University, is internationally recognized for his incorporation of technology in piano pedagogy and music education. Recent engagements include presenting at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and the Royal Conservatory Summer Summit. He hosts The Piano Podcast with over 10,000 subscribers worldwide.

Joao Paulo CasarottiJoao Paulo Casarotti, pianist and pedagogue, is the Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Keyboard studies at Southern University. Mr. Casarotti holds a DMA from the Louisiana State University and maintains an active schedule as a performer, clinician, and researcher.


8:00-9:00 Mobile Virtuoso: 25 Tricks You Didn't Know Your Phone or Tablet Could Do (Lilac BD)
Tap your device's potential! This session will reveal 25 tricks that help simplify your mobile life and make the most of today's technology in your piano studio. Get ready to learn some well-hidden tricks that can help you open the door to your mobile device's lesser-known capabilities. BYOD (or, for the novice, Bring Your Own Device to the session!).

Kathleen TheisenAward-winning soprano, pianist and teacher, Kathleen Theisen, NCTM, has presented workshops on music business, technology and online teaching at MTNA, NCKP, CMS/ATMI and state conferences.  An active performer, she is also Minister of Music at Darien UMC, teaches in the Darien Public Schools and runs an independent voice/piano studio. www.KathleenTheisen.com  


9:00-9:30 Geeks on Stage! (Lilac BD)
Yes; even geeks play the piano! Enjoy a technology-exuberant and musically entertaining conclusion to the 2015 Technology Track!

Stella SickDr. Stella Sick holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Minnesota. She is a Managing Director of the International Piano-e-Competition. Dr. Sick teaches piano locally and nationwide. An active performer, Stella is an adjunct assistant professor at Hamline University.

 

Mario AjeroMario Ajero, Associate Professor of Piano at Stephen F. Austin State University, is internationally recognized for his incorporation of technology in piano pedagogy and music education. Recent engagements include presenting at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and the Royal Conservatory Summer Summit. He hosts The Piano Podcast with over 10,000 subscribers worldwide.

Joao Paulo CasarottiJoao Paulo Casarotti, pianist and pedagogue, is the Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Keyboard studies at Southern University. Mr. Casarotti holds a DMA from the Louisiana State University and maintains an active schedule as a performer, clinician, and researcher.

 

George LitterstGeorge Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classically-trained pianist, he is also a multimedia musician who works extensively with high-tech pianos in his performing and teaching. He is the co-author of Home Concert Xtreme, Classroom Maestro, Internet MIDI, and SuperScore.