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.