2019 Pre-Conference

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The Pre-Conference at NCKP 2019 will take place on July 24, 2019. There will be an opening keynote at 1:00pm and sessions will begin at 2:00pm. Click each track name below to display a listing of planned sessions.

Collegiate Pedagogy Pre-Conference Track
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Barbara Fast
The Voice!: The Value of Singing and Solfege for Beginning Pianists
Learning to read music and producing a fluent technic are frequently piano teachers biggest concerns with beginning students. Surprisingly, recent research has found that singing and solfege are one of the key elements in producing better sight-readers. Presenting concrete suggestions, teachers and students will gain practical suggestions for how their own voices, by means of singing and solfege, can be important and natural aids in learning to play the piano.
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Kenneth Williams
Piano Pedagogy in an Age of Student Mobility
This session will explore the challenges and opportunities that pedagogy instructors experience in adapting pedagogy courses and degree programs with international students in mind. The session will include an overview of current research on enrollment trends and demographics and ways in rich a diverse cohort of students enhances our understanding of piano study around the world
ZdechlikLisa 3:15-3:40 
Lisa Zdechlik 
Beyond Piano Centrism: Teaching for the Instrumental Diversity in the Group Piano Setting
Move beyond piano centric thinking and create a more inclusive learning environment for the diverse instrumentalists and vocalists in your university group piano classroom. This session explores ways to shift the focus of our instructional lens to bring an appreciation and understanding of other instruments to the study of keyboard skills. Critical listening projects, video and audio clips, instrumental and vocal ensembles, and the use of multi-timbral digital pianos will be presented.
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Vanessa Cornett

The Riddle of the Pianist’s Paradox
Our musical world is brimming with contradictions. When we perform, we simultaneously seek control and freedom, excitement and composure, power and grace, accomplishment and acceptance. This session explores the field of contemplative pedagogy as a foundation for understanding the dual mindsets of successful performers, in order to develop strong mental skills for both practice (training) and performance (trusting). Supplementing our teaching techniques, student activities, and assessment approaches can develop confident, resilient performers at any age.
 

4:15-5:00
Roundtable Discussions on "Bridging the Gap"

In this roundtable discussion, the attendees, comprised of invited collegiate pedagogy teachers, will explore the concepts presented in the four sessions above.

 

Creative Pre-Conference Track
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Bradley Sowash

Improve Your Groove
Deepen your students’ sense of time, awareness of phrase lengths, and ability to play with others by learning easy piano and hand percussion patterns to accompany your students, teaching syncopation with “rhythm boxes,” and replacing your metronome with the latest rhythm apps in this hands-on, interactive workshop.
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Jeremy Siskind 

From Scales to Melodies
Every piano teacher knows their scales, but when it comes time to make melodies, most piano teachers freeze up. This session will teach teachers how to use scales to create their own new melodies for improvisation and composition through hands-on practice.
Mortensen 4:00-5:00
John Mortensen
Six Rainy Day Activities for Learning Baroque Improvisation
In this pre-conference session, attendees will discover basic principles of historic improvisation through a series of "rainy day activities." These include learning simple figuration patterns typical of Bach and his sons, assembling basic chord progressions to use as a basis for improvisation, and learning the arpeggiated fantasia style.
5:00-6:30 Dinner Break
Tschida 6:30-7:20
Janet Tschida

Elementary Level Chording for Sing-Alongs and Accompanying
Learn how to quickly structure easy, impressive sounding chording arrangements for your elementary level students (equivalent to Faber Level 1 and up) so that they can experience the thrill of accompanying instrumentalists and playing for sing-alongs early in their music study. Additional benefits include developing aural skills, understanding chordal harmonization, thinking form, and weaving melodic motifs during the elementary level of piano instruction (repertoire will primarily be traditional and sacred tunes).
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Samantha Coates

Bargain Basement Boring Improv
This interactive keyboard session demonstrates a hands-on creative process which enables even the most reluctant student to improvise and compose. Teachers - especially the very conservative classically trained teachers like myself - will experience first-hand how empowering it is to have improvisation and composition at their fingertips, no matter how traditional their training.
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Jeremy Siskind, Bradley Sowash

Jam Session Prep
This session will help teachers "put it all together" in preparation for a casual jam session at the end of the day. Sowash and Siskind will review how to use rhythm and scales to make melodies, discuss how to stick to a form, touch on jam session etiquette, and provide several "next steps" for teachers who have attended morning sessions and are ready to go further. 
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Inclusive Teaching Pre-Conference Track
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Melissa Martiros
Pedagogical Strategies for Children with Special Needs: Some Considerations and Suggestions
Drawing from her extensive experience with special learners, the presenter will address factors that challenge piano teachers who operate inclusive studios. Concepts from piano pedagogy and special education will be combined to provide research-based strategies related to teaching, sequencing, behavior, and collaboration.
Room: Lilac A
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Beth Bauer

Legal Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Students with Special Needs
Presentation is designed to give attendees Do’s and Don’t in working in special education and the studio. These strategies will address addressing behaviors with parents, when is appropriate to ask sensitive questions, and how to work with a family when information has not been disclosed.
Room: Lilac A
  4:00-4:50
Panel Discussion: Meet the Speakers for the Inclusive Teaching Pre-Conference
Room: Lilac A
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Derek Kealii Polischuk

The Power of Mentoring: Transformational Piano Teaching
Imagine a world of piano teaching where anyone and everyone is welcome and included in the joy of playing the piano. The effective piano teacher, as someone who is more than music teacher, but also a powerful mentor, should seek to understand developmental approaches to working with a diverse set of students. Research-supported developmental approaches to three types of students will be presented, including gifted students, pianists with depression, and pianists with high-functioning autism.
Room: Magnolia A
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Kris Skaletski, Emily Skaletski 

Skills and Strategies for Inclusive Piano Teaching
The quantity of students with special needs seeking community engagement opportunities (such as piano lessons) is increasing. Occupational therapists are a critical member of the team for children with special needs, including those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD), and other developmental concerns. A pediatric occupational therapist and expert early childhood music educator collaborate to provide practical strategies and tools to address the learning needs for all students in your piano studio.
Room: Magnolia A
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Wendy Richards

Piano Lessons in the Dark
Teaching piano to a learner who is blind is an exciting yet daunting prospect! Blindness often brings with it social stereotypes of musical genius which subtly influence our expectations and teaching approach. Blindness also brings with it a learning opportunity to discover unique insights into alternative approaches to teaching. Join Wendy as she shares anecdotes and experiences which highlight both challenges and solutions to teaching piano in this setting.
Room: Magnolia A

Independent Music Teachers Pre-Conference Tracks

Track 1

2:00-2:50
The Successful Group Lesson: Working with Beginners
What are some ways to introduce young children to the wonderful world of learning, playing and creating music? How can music-learning activities be informed by the research and practice of early childhood music specialists? A panel of experts representing two committees (Music in Early Childhood and Independent Music Teachers) will discuss teaching young beginners in groups, addressing Musicianship, Creativity/improvisation, Musical play and Adaptation of group activities to private lessons, including video clips plus Q&A time.

 

Burns Elaina
Elaina Burns (Panelist)
 Lowe Marilyn
Marilyn Lowe (Panelist) 
Tschida
Janet Tschida (Panelist)
SteffenArlene
Arlene Steffen (Panelist)
Fields Linda
Linda Fields (Moderator) 
Stewart MooreJodi
Jodi Stewart-Moore (Support)


 
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Samantha Coates
From rote to reading: fast-tracking the sight reading process
This interactive session will show how using a hybrid approach of rote and notation-based teaching dramatically speeds up the process of sight reading. It will also demonstrate ways to help transfer students who have been taught by rote to increase their music literacy without losing enthusiasm. Attendees will leave with a fresh perspective on how rote teaching can enhance learning in any environment, and ultimately encourage creativity for all students.
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Joy Morin 
Piano Method Mining: Gems from Past and Present
Join us as we embark on a survey of piano method books from the past to present! We’ll begin with early European treatises and progress to contemporary American piano methods – including some of the best resources at our fingertips resulting from the new wave of self-published piano methods. You’ll leave inspired to try out a new method book or two or incorporate certain nearly-forgotten gems as supplements in your teaching.
  Dinner Break 4:20-6:30
SteffenArlene 6:30-7:20
Arlene Steffen

Smooth Transitions: Moving from Methods to Masters
Making the shift from method to masters calls for active planning that is both structured, flexible and creative. Bring your method books and first level literature books for a hands on guide to creating a successful path for your students.
7:30-8:45
Faculty from the New School for Music Study:
Marvin Blickenstaff, Kristin Cahill, Jason Gallagher, Amy Glennon, Esther Hayter, Angela Triandafillou Jones, Charl Louw, Margie Nelson, Rebecca Pennington, Allison Shinnick, and Trevor Thornton
Teaching the Bach Inventions: An In-depth Analysis and Practical Guidelines
Piano teachers understand the importance of the Bach Inventions and teach a few favorites to their advancing students. However, many of those treasures remain untouched and unknown. Seldom do we have opportunity to hear the entire set and evaluate their importance in the student's curriculum. The presenters will perform the complete two part inventions in approximate order of difficulty. The pedagogical value of each Invention will be discussed as well as performance practices and interpretation.

Track 2

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Barbara Fast
The Voice!: The Value of Singing and Solfege for Beginning Pianists
Learning to read music and producing a fluent technic are frequently piano teachers biggest concerns with beginning students. Surprisingly, recent research has found that singing and solfege are one of the key elements in producing better sight-readers. Presenting concrete suggestions, teachers and students will gain practical suggestions for how their own voices, by means of singing and solfege, can be important and natural aids in learning to play the piano.
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Lynnette Barney
The Magic of Mixing It Up: Effective Learning in Groups of Mixed Ages and Levels
It’s great when students in groups are similar ages and levels, but what can you do when they aren’t? When siblings come together or students pull ahead or lag behind, how do you keep everyone engaged and learning? Discover ideas, games, and activities for teaching and reviewing in groups of mixed ages and levels. Put these ideas right to use in group lessons, summer camps, and wherever students are learning and playing together.
Olson Janna 3:30-4:20
Janna Olson

Teach to Inspire: Lesson Strategies for Non-practicing Students
All our students have music aptitude but not all are motivated. Can a music lesson still be effective when students practice minimally? This session will explore practical techniques for building meaningful musical vocabularies regardless of student “talent” or work ethic, with goals of confidence, independence and life-long music participation. Explore inspiring strategies for avoiding lesson frustration by incorporating creativity and improvisation while developing deeper intrinsic motivation rooted in musical understanding.
  Dinner Break 4:20-6:30
CharleneJarvis 6:30-7:20
Charlene Shelzi Jarvis

Witches, Vampires, Bat, Oh My! A Practical Guide To Coaching Early Composition
Curious about what your students retain? Teach composition from the start and you will be surprised at what your little goblins have absorbed and can produce! Now is the perfect time to get started. Glean practical ideas for teaching composition, including a step-by-step guide using a theme (e.g. Halloween) for launching creative ideas.
sifford 7:30-8:20
Jason Sifford

Eyes, Ears, Arms, and Heart
Can a good ear fix a faulty hand shape? Can a technical exercise help with sight reading? During this presentation, we’ll explore ways in which teachers can devise lesson activities and practice plans that help students build those important connections between their eyes, ears, hands, and hearts. We’ll view teaching as a creative activity, tapping into our imaginations to dream up ways to help students become more mature, confident musicians regardless of ability level.
Music in Early Childhood Pre-Conference Track

2:00-2:50
The Successful Group Lesson: Working with Beginners
What are some ways to introduce young children to the wonderful world of learning, playing and creating music? How can music-learning activities be informed by the research and practice of early childhood music specialists? A panel of experts representing two committees (Music in Early Childhood and Independent Music Teachers) will discuss teaching young beginners in groups, addressing Musicianship, Creativity/improvisation, Musical play and Adaptation of group activities to private lessons, including video clips plus Q&A time.

 

Burns Elaina
Elaina Burns (Panelist)
Lowe Marilyn
Marilyn Lowe (Panelist)
Tschida
Janet Tschida (Panelist)
SteffenArlene
Arlene Steffen (Panelist)
Fields Linda
Linda Fields (Moderator) 
Stewart MooreJodi
Jodi Stewart-Moore (Support)



Tschida 3:05-3:30 
Janet Tschida

Pian-Orff—Piano Ensembles for Beginners
From the very first weeks of lessons, young beginners can participate in fun ensembles that develop their independence, interdependence, and creativity. These ensembles can be played at one piano and can be used during group or private lessons. No notational reading is involved, and the ensemble parts encourage proper hand technique. By applying key principles from the Orff Methodology, before the seminar is over you will know how to create and teach these engaging ensembles.
Lowe Marilyn 3:35-4:00
Marilyn Lowe

How to Think Music: The Pathway to Music Literacy for the Music/Piano Student
Neuroscience research provides insights into ways children learn music. From before birth through age nine, music aptitude can be nurtured similar to the language learning process: listen, imitate/speak, improvise/converse, read, and write. Resources and activities for providing music learning for young children will be discussed along with how to access developmental differences among children and the role that rote learning and improvisation play in music understanding.
Pratt 4:05-4:30
Clinton Pratt 
Music Moves Us . . . Literally! — Using Movement to Enhance Musicianship
Learn how to awaken and refine the inner musician in all your students, especially starting in early childhood, by using the whole body. Much more than just tapping beats, plant and nourish the seeds of rhythm, pulse, meter, phrasing, dynamics, expression, theory, improvisation and aural skills. In this active and engaging session you will learn by doing, and then take that back to your students. Come and have fun challenging your musical self!
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Sara Ernst and Louie Hehman

Reaching Young Children and Families: The Story of Babar by Poulenc and Other Works for Piano and Narrator
Babies, infants, and children of all ages welcome! A small, but unique repertoire of story-book music exists for solo pianist and narrator. These compositions provide the perfect combination of storytelling, imagery, and music making for inspiring young families. In this lecture-recital, the genre will be introduced, and example excerpts will be performed from Francis Poulenc’s setting of The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff.
LouieHehman

 

Students and Young Professionals Pre-Conference Track
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Eneida Larti and Sam Welsh

The Modern Piano Teacher: Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age
This session will provide concrete strategies for new teachers as they navigate the world of owning a small business. Incorporating, choosing a legal structure, using demographics will be discussed in addition to an overview of the most effective online advertising methods. It will provide answers to one of the most frequently asked questions by graduating music majors “How do I get started in the business of teaching and how do I promote myself?”
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2:35-3:30 
Build Your Dream Job! How Five Teachers from the Same Pedagogy Program Customized Their Careers

Not sure what direction to take your career? The sky’s the limit! Come learn from five professionals who started in the same pedagogy program but ended up with wildly different career paths. This open discussion panel will also give you a chance to ask questions and get practical advice from five successful teachers who customized their careers to suit their interests.

Panelists:

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Davis Dorrough 
Olivia Ellis
Olivia Ellis
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Marji Fint
Angela Marshall1
Angela Marshall
Jennifer Walschap1
Jennifer Walschap
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Jonathan Kuuskoski

From A to T: Preparing Your Students for the Challenges (and Opportunities) of Tomorrow
This presentation explores practical strategies that will help pre-college students fully leverage their music training to succeed in any academic career.
KOLAR 4:05-5:00
Mitzi Kolar, Lynn Worcester Jones, & Chris Madden

Apply for your Dream Job! Navigating the Academic Job Market
Panel discussion.
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ChrisMadden
5:00-6:30
Pizza Party, Intro to Mentorship Program and Resume Workshop

Jonathan Kuuskoski, facilitating 
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Andy Villamez

Play the Long Game: Common Pitfalls of Early-Career Teachers
Most teachers in the early stages of their careers fall victim to similar mistakes. They can identify aspects of their studios or teaching that need improvement such as student performance, parental involvement, etc., but they don’t know how to boost progress. In order to get to that next level, this session helps early-career teachers identify significant bad habits, integrate new methods in place of unproductive ones, and develop a long-term plan for growth and success.
 7:30-8:10
Special Topics for the Piano Studio:
Andrea Miller Profile 7:30-7:50
Andrea Miller

Let the Website Speak: Creating a More Effective Studio Website
Great studio websites don’t just answer the questions prospective students typically ask. They also answer the questions students don’t know how to ask. You’ll leave this interactive session knowing how to creatively answer both categories!
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Joseph Harkins

Professional Branding: Advance Your Studio Images
This presentation and mini-workshop will showcase the power of branding and website design for piano teachers. Topics covered in the presentation will include: how to form a brand and image, how to avoid the common mistakes of do-it-yourselfers, the basics of launching your own website, how to work with a graphic designer, and why hiring a graphic designer is the essential piece that brings together the entire branding process. 
Teaching Adults Pre-Conference Track
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Pamela Pike
Serious Learning – Serious Fun! Strategies for Making Music with Older Adults
Many older adults pursue piano study for the first time or return to formal piano instruction upon retirement. Teaching piano to a student over the age of 50 may present different challenges than working with younger adults or children. During this interactive session we will explore visual, aural, and cognitive changes that result from healthy aging. We’ll discover specific effective instructional strategies and play music that enables older adults to make music and learn effectively.
Michelle Conda 3:15-4:05 
Michelle Conda, Yeeseon Kwon, & Thomas Swenson
Teaching Demonstration: Adult Students and their Facilitators
Andragogy, pedagogy, what’s the difference? Come see and hear for yourself as adult students and their teacher/facilitators provide demonstrations of their collaborations.
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ThomasSwensonPhoto
4:15-5:00 
Michelle Conda, Yeeseon Kwon, & Thomas Swenson
Adult Students and their Facilitators, Unplugged
Dr. Conda, Dr. Kwon and Dr. Swenson with their students complete with the opportunity for audience interactions
5:00-6:30 Dinner Break
Perez 6:30-7:20
Debra Perez

Teaching Adult Beginners in Groups: How to Create Enjoyable Musical Experiences in Every Class
This interactive session will demonstrate how to incorporate Musical Wellness Exercises, Backing Tracks, Improvisation, Creativity, Ensembles, Chord Charts, Laughter and Encouragement in your adult classes. Sample lesson plans will be included to help you meet the needs of adult students who want to learn to play in a stress-free environment.
Mary.Sallee 7:30-8:20
Mary Sallee

What's the Game Plan? Practice Strategies for Adult Students
Adult students can feel ‘benched’ when their practice doesn't yield desirable results. Teaching students to set clear and attainable goals is vital if they are going to take an active role in assessing whether their practice is productive. By using the language of sports, teachers can show students how to become better 'coaches' of their own practice. This session will explore using sports analogies as practice strategies to ensure a musical win-each time!
ThomasSwensonPhoto 8:30-9:20
Thomas Swenson
Different Strokes for Different Folks: Assessments and Beyond for Adult Students

Adults choosing to enroll in keyboard lessons bring a bundle of unique experiences and expectations that are quite different from those of younger students. Effective assessment tools allow teachers to more quickly ascertain important aspects about each student’s profile, providing teachers with strategies for working with each individual student—from the environment to the lesson content. This session will equip teachers with assessment tools to guide a successful learning journey. 
Technology Pre-Conference Tracks

Track 1

Shana Kirk 2:00-2:50 
Shana Kirk and George Litterst 
Technology for Inspired Teaching
Today’s best teaching practices take advantage of well-placed uses of technology. We can advance our pedagogical goals by using many tools we and our “digital native” students may already own: mobile devices, interactive resources, digital scores, and technology-equipped pianos. Join us as we explore eye-opening ways to engage students, both in our studios and throughout our global communities.
George Litterst Photo
Casarotti Photo 3:00-3:25
João Casarotti and Stella Sick

Online Piano Instruction 101: Making Meaningful Connections
Discover the benefits, challenges and the practical applications of synchronous and asynchronous online piano instruction. 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.
Stella Sick 2017
D Dumlavwalla 3:30-3:55
Diana Dumlavwalla

Striving for Excellence in Online Pedagogy: Characteristics of Expert Teachers Using the Video-Conferencing Format
This session will identify successful traits shared by online teachers and ascertain how they successfully nurture artistic musicians. Effective strategies will be outlined to help ensure online lessons are engaging and student centered.
DavidCartledgePhoto 4:00-4:25
David Cartledge

Teaching to Video—A New Pedagogical Experience
The world of instruction is changing. Your students are buried in electronic devices—phones, tablets, computers. Their world is that of Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube: short, interesting videos, and on-demand availability. We will discuss the challenges of being on-camera; strategies for video lesson planning, materials and approaches that are suitable for online delivery, and copyright problems. Dealing briefly with technological matters, our primary focus will be on the challenges of supplemental, asynchronous piano pedagogy.
MichaelRector 4:30-4:55
Michael Rector

Flipping the Private Piano Studio
In classroom instruction, ‘flipping’ refers to the practice of delivering content outside of class, reserving class time for active learning. Private piano teachers can use this instructional model to increase the effectiveness of lessons and foster students’ engagement and sense of community. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to set up an online workspace, easily create their own content and activities, identify and link to useful third-party resources, and set up discussion forums.
  Dinner Break
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Kathleen Theisen

"Just the 2 of Me" (Engaging Piano Ensembles for 4-hands, 6-hands and 8-hands)
Need great ensembles? Need tips for coaching and rehearsing? Look no further! Kathleen Theisen will introduce you to great piano ensemble repertoire from beginner through artist level. Through the use of modern technology (Disklavier/AvantGrand), Ms. Theisen will perform all parts of the ensembles simultaneously.
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Lori Frazer

Orchestrated Backgrounds - Benefits and Beyond!
Teachers and students have many options for learning, teaching, and performing with orchestrated accompaniments. Find out where to find these accompaniments, how to use them, and even how to create your own. Come to this session to find out how to get maximum use in your studio with these wonderful tools!
George Litterst Photo 7:30-8:30
George Litterst, NCKP Technology Committee

Geeks on Stage!
Yes! Even geeks play the piano! Have you wondered how to use a technology-equipped piano in a recital? Have you considered coordinating multimedia elements with student performances? Are you intrigued by the idea of synchronizing a live performance with video or by performing with a duet partner over the Internet? Enjoy a technology-exuberant and musically entertaining conclusion to the 2019 Technology Track. This event will inspire your planning for upcoming student recitals and personal concerts.

Track 2

ChrisMadden 2:00-2:25 
Chris Madden
Small Business Apps for Musicians
Musicians can employ small business technology to simplify tasks such as tracking expenses, calculating mileage, and managing payments. Apps such as Expensify and Shoeboxed keep your receipts organized during tax season. MileIQ creates seamless mileage logs using your phone’s GPS. Google Wallet offers a no-fee option for sending/receiving money, and Venmo’s newsfeed provides your business with free advertising. Learn how these apps can save you time and money while digitizing your workflow.
Headshot Jennifer Stadler 2:30-2:55
Jennifer Stadler

How to Run a Successful Facebook Ad Campaign
With over two billion users, Facebook has become the number one social advertising platform in the world. In this session, you will learn how to leverage this platform to grow your piano studio. Whether you are starting a studio from scratch, relocating, or simply trying to fill some open slots, Facebook advertising can benefit you.
Michelle Sisler Photo 3:00-3:50
Michelle Sisler and Linda Christensen
Use Technology to Extend Learning During the Week
Flipped lesson activities can be an effective teaching tool between lessons. Learn steps for creating an instructional library of videos, independent assignments, quizzes, and projects and how students can send videos to teachers for evaluation.
LC MTNA photo
Coppola 4:00-4:55
Melissa Coppola

How can the piano compete with the iPhone? Creating Engaging Performance in the Age of Digital Media
How can live piano concerts remain viable, relevant, and engaging in the 21st century while screens are hogging audiences’ attention spans? In this session, attendees will learn how alternative performance presentation can help reclaim our relevance as pianists with audio visual synthesis, live feed projections, and incorporation of smartphone technology into the concert hall – as well as how incorporating these elements can help facilitate deeper understanding of musical interpretation at the collegiate level.
  Dinner Break
ChrisMadden 6:30-6:55
Chris Madden and Jennifer Stadler

Engaging Your Audience with Green Screen Technology
Imagine your student performing inside Sydney Opera House, at the top of Mount Fuji, or on the rings of Saturn. Seem impossible? It's not! Using green screen effects, you can transport your students to any place or time without leaving your home studio. All you need is green material, bright lights, a recording device, and video-editing software. In this session, you will learn how easy and affordable it is to create engaging green screen videos.
Headshot Jennifer Stadler
LC MTNA photo 7:00-7:25
Linda Christensen and Michelle Sisler

Deepen Learning through Project-Based Learning
Current research shows that project-based learning can help students understand through doing. In this session we will talk about ways to incorporate project-based learning into piano lessons, including ideas for making instruments and creating soundtracks.
Michelle Sisler Photo
George Litterst Photo 7:30-8:30
George Litterst, NCKP Technology Committee

Geeks on Stage!
Yes! Even geeks play the piano! Have you wondered how to use a technology-equipped piano in a recital? Have you considered coordinating multimedia elements with student performances? Are you intrigued by the idea of synchronizing a live performance with video or by performing with a duet partner over the Internet? Enjoy a technology-exuberant and musically entertaining conclusion to the 2019 Technology Track. This event will inspire your planning for upcoming student recitals and personal concerts.
Wellness Pre-Conference Track
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Joy Morin
Lessons for Piano Teachers from the Alexander Technique
Ever wondered what it’s like to take Alexander Technique lessons? Learn how AT lessons can help with finding ease, avoiding discomfort, and reaching full potential as a musician – not only for you, but for your students.
James Litzelman Photo  3:00-3:50
James Litzelman 
"Mirror, Mirror on the Piano": Using Symmetrical Inversion as a Practice Strategy
Practicing in symmetrical inversion, or mirror image, makes technical difficulties disappear—sometimes almost immediately. Learn which two notes are the mirrored-center of the keyboard and why using symmetrical inversion can be an effective practice strategy for all pianists, particularly those who may be dealing with injury.
artinaMccain 4:00-4:50
Artina McCain
Building Healthy Practice Techniques: From Injury to Prevention
As musicians we all know the importance of daily practice and the constant desire to perfect our craft. But what happens when the desire to practice is thwarted by nagging performance injuries? This session will explore ways to cultivate healthy practice techniques into everyday teaching. We will walk through techniques including foundational skills, exercises, time management and repertoire that can be used with students from beginning to advanced stages.
  5:00-6:30 Dinner Break 
Amoriello Headshot 6:30-6:55
Laura Amoriello
Meditation: The Teacher-Performer's Best-Kept Secret
What does meditation have to do with teaching, practicing, and performing? Everything. Scientific research reveals that meditation lowers stress reactivity in the brain, develops an improved ability to focus, and cultivates compassion for self and others. Who better than musicians to reap its benefits? This presentation will offer ideas for easily incorporating meditation techniques into our teaching, practicing, and performing. And, of course, we will try a brief meditation!
  7:10-7:50 Mind-Body Lightning Talks
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Heidi Williams
The Martial Arts Musician: How Tae Kwon Do Taught Me to Be a Better Pianist
What do martial arts and music have in common? More than you might think. Both require control, concentration, and repetitive movements to attain mastery. Discover how Tae Kwon Do’s tenets, physical movements, and philosophy can positively impact music teaching and performance.
Jing Chang photo 7:20-7:25
Jing Chang
Integrating Tai Chi Principles into Piano Playing
For generations pianists have endeavored to overcome the limitations of their bodies and mindset. The principle of Tai Chi address the physical and psychological problems of playing piano and interpreting music, through its Taoist root, internal flow of energy, circular motion system, breathing and meditation. This presentation will demonstrate the practical ways Tai Chi can help pianist to interpret music, regenerate energy, release tension, balance sound, and incorporate breathing and phrasing.
AnnaSiampani 7:30-7:35
Anna Siampani
Pianolates: From the Mat to the Bench! A Guide for Physical and Mental Warm- Ups
This interactive session will explore how the six core principles of Pilates relate to piano playing, cultivating greater somatic awareness, attaining better balance, improving the body-mind connection, and enhancing artistry.
Seths Headshot 7:40-7:45
Seth Quay, Casey Loudin, Annette Karges
Breathing and Mindfulness Exercises for Reinforcing Musical Concepts and Preparing for Performance
Through the use of voluntary breath control, teachers can both reduce stress and anxiety in their students as well as reinforce learning of musical concepts by matching the breath with the activity in the lesson. This presentation will include a demonstration of several breathing exercises to be incorporated with concepts (such as time signatures), as well as exercises for increasing awareness and reducing stress and anxiety in the lesson and prior to performance.
Casey Headshot
Annette Headshot
Savvidou headshot 8:00-8:50
Paola Savvidou and Kristen Schuyten
Translating Research into Action: Injury-Prevention Strategies for the Pre-Collegiate Pianist
Participants will learn how research data on pianists’ injuries can be translated into practical prevention of common musculoskeletal injuries. Tools such as daily warm-up and cool-down routines, postural corrections, and noticing warning signs will be discussed.
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Welsh headshot 9:00-9:25
Jessie Welsh
Between the Lines: Lasting Lessons from the Studio
Effective pedagogy is essential to teaching, but what of the interpersonal education -- subtle, lifelong lessons we impart? This session provides five ways we can holistically engage our students and promote healthy development in the studio. The goal of this session is to help teachers process their innate beliefs and subtle messages in order to equip our students to learn tenaciously, persevere bravely, embrace weaknesses, fail forward, and continually reach new personal and musical heights.