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Committee on Technology
George Litterst, Chair, Mario Ajero, Joao Paulo Casarotti, Linda Christensen, Alejandro Cremaschi, Shana Kirk, Jennifer Snow, Stella Sick, Michelle Sisler, Kathleen Theisen.


Technology

Pre-Conference Seminar, Wednesday, July 26


2:15 PM Introduction to the Day                           

3:00 PM—Session 1A: Equipping Your Studio for 21st Century Teaching and Student Engagement
There are so many technology options available now, it can get overwhelming. What device should I buy? How much memory? What size? We will help you sort out the best options for any studio, including computers, iPads, tablets, and other devices, how to incorporate them into the studio, and which accessories you will need to connect to digital instruments. 

SickStellaStella 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, she is an adjunct assistant professor at Hamline University.

 

 

ChristensonLindaLinda Christensen earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. After over 20 years of teaching piano and music technology at the college level, she is now the Director of Education for JoyTunes. She is a frequent presenter for national and international conferences.

       

 


3:00 PM—Session 1B (lab): With the Right Tools Anyone Can Learn to Improvise
Bach did it. So did Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel, and just about every famous classical composer that you can think of. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, classical performers did it, too. Jazz players have to do it. Start with an acoustic or digital instrument, add MIDI playback software and appropriate MIDI files or play-along audio recordings. Then, sprinkle in some creative guidance from you - the teacher. This interactive session will cover strategies and materials that any teacher can use with students from beginners through high schoolers who aspire to play in the jazz band.

LitterstGeorgeGeorge Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classicallytrained 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.

 

 

TheisenKathleenAward-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.

 


4:15 PM—Session 2A: The Eyes Have It!
In recent years, the number of technology-based tools that support the teaching of sight-reading and music theory has grown exponentially. Learn how to identify and use the most effective tools—from simple, free apps to complete curricula—that are inspired by the current research into reading skill acquisition. We’ll provide you with specific ideas about how to incorporate these tools in your piano studio.

TheisenKathleen

Award-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.

 

 

CremaschiAlejandroDr. Alejandro Cremaschi, NCTM, is a frequent presenter in conferences, and has recorded for the labels Marco Polo and Meridian Records. He has published in Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher and other journals. He teaches piano and pedagogy at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

       

 


4:15 PM—Session 2B (lab): Collaborative Performance Is for Everyone
Music is especially fun when learned and performed in a group! Join this interactive session and experience ways to combine pianos and other devices to create exciting and varied ensembles for students at all levels.

ChristensonLindaLinda Christensen earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. After over 20 years of teaching piano and music technology at the college level, she is now the Director of Education for JoyTunes. She is a frequent presenter for national and international conferences.

 

 

SislerMichelleMichelle 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 PM—Session 3A: Removing Studio Walls and Engaging Students from a Distance
Technology is making distance learning a “clear and present” option for teachers. This session will present the challenges and many opportunities of distance-instruction, as well as the tools currently being used to deliver it. Our focus goes beyond “gizmos and tools,” as we will discuss how teachers can adapt their curriculum and manner for communication for this new medium of long-distance instruction.

CasarottiJoaoJoao Paulo Casarotti, pianist and pedagogue, is the Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy Coordinator of Keyboard studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Casarotti holds a D.M.A. from the Louisiana State University and maintains an active schedule as a performer, clinician, and researcher.

 

 

CremaschiAlejandroDr. Alejandro Cremaschi, NCTM, is a frequent presenter in conferences, and has recorded for the labels Marco Polo and Meridian Records. He has published in Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher and other journals. He teaches piano and pedagogy at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

 

 


5:30 PM—Session 3B (lab): Developing Musicianship with Virtual Ensembles
We all recognize the value of ensemble playing, yet we rarely have enough collaborative performance opportunities for our students. In this session, we’ll explore the many ways to use 21st century technology to build ensemble performance skills, using literature that covers all playing levels including piano concerti for intermediate-to-advanced students. Let’s offer ensemble opportunities to everyone!

SickStellaStella 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, she is an adjunct assistant professor at Hamline University.

 

 

KirkShanaShana Kirk is a Denverbased 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.

 

 

6:30 PM—Geektails and Dinner


8:00 PM—Session 4A: Students on the Global Stage: How to Stream Your Recitals to Audiences Worldwide
Yes, your students can perform in real time for a global audience. Image streaming your students’ recital performances to the homes of friends and family across town and even around the world! Regrettably, relatives and family friends often live in locations that are distant from the recital venue. Fortunately, affordable Internet technologies are now available that enable a teacher to stream audio and video to the Internet and thus share a student recital with remote audiences everywhere. Amazingly, this is not nearly as difficult as the dramatic and wonderful results would suggest.

LitterstGeorgeGeorge Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classicallytrained 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 MaestroInternet MIDI, and SuperScore.

 

 

SickStellaStella 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, she is an adjunct assistant professor at Hamline University.

 

 


8:00 PM—Session 4B (lab): Exciting and Novel Ways for Students to Engage Their Audiences
Fully engaging a student or family audience often requires more than just a stage and good musicians. This session will show how to use student and teacher-friendly tools to produce concerts with 21st Century style! We’ll explore interactive software for multimedia performances, including MIDI-driven tools to control the show right from the stage. 

KirkShanaShana Kirk is a Denverbased 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.

 

 

SislerMichelleMichelle 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.

 


9:00 PM—Concluding Session: Geeks on Stage!
Yes; even geeks play the piano! Enjoy a technology-exuberant and musically entertaining conclusion to the 2017 Technology Track! This event will inspire your planning for upcoming student recitals and personal concerts.

George Litterst, Stella Sick, Kathleen Theisen, Mario Ajero (Virtual), Linda Christensen, Joao Paulo Casarotti, Alejandro Cremaschi


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