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Committee on Wellness for the Pianist
Vanessa Cornett, Chair, Gail Berenson, Linda Cockey, Carol Leone, Barbara Lister-Sink, Julie Jaffee Nagel, Kathleen Riley, Lois Svard, and Brenda Wristen


Musical Excellence: Mind, Body, and Artistry
Pre-Conference Seminar, Wednesday, July 26


2:15-3:45: Healthy Problem-Solving in the Piano Studio
Despite our best efforts, the road to pianistic success is often physically challenging. This interactive panel discussion will offer problem solving techniques for real-world teaching scenarios submitted by NCKP attendees.  These challenges may include physical differences or limitations, technical challenges or weaknesses, injury recovery, and unhealthy or unproductive practice techniques.  We expect a lively discussion in response to the vivid and realistic teaching situations presented.

Gail Berenson

Gail Berenson, Professor Emerita of Piano at Ohio University, is a long time passionate advocate for educating musicians on musician health issues. A past president of MTNA, recipient of the 2015 MTNA Distinguished Service Award and Ohio University’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award, she has performed and lectured in over thirty states and eleven countries.

 

 

CockeyLindaLinda Cockey teaches at Salisbury University where she is professor of piano. She is a member of the MTNA eJournal Editorial Board and the CMS Committee on Musicians’ Health in Education. Author of MTNA’s Annotated Bibliography on Wellness Resources, she team teaches a course titled Wellness in Performance.

 

 

CornettVanessaDr. Vanessa Cornett is the Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where she teaches piano performance and pedagogy.  She has published and presented widely ontopics of mindfulness practice, performance anxiety management, holistic teaching, and mental skills for musicians.

 

 

Wristen Brenda

Dr. Brenda Wristen is Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has presented and published widely on topics of musician health and the biomechanics of piano technique. She is co-author of the book Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists, published by Oxford University Press.

 


3:50-4:50: How Loose is Too Loose? What Keyboard Teachers Need to Know About Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
Joint hypermobility syndrome, or “double-jointedness,” is a genetic condition that can have a profoundly negative effect on the keyboardist’s ability to develop technically and musically, and potentially create a cascading effect of various physical and even emotional disorders. This presentation will help teachers recognize joint hypermobility and understand its risks and implications in students’ training. It will also outline treatment options and offer helpful pedagogical strategies for teaching keyboard students with joint hypermobility.

ListerSinkBarbaraDr. Barbara Lister-Sink, an internationally acclaimed pianist and acknowledged specialist in injury-preventive keyboard technique, is Director of the School of Music and Graduate Music Program at Salem College where she also teaches a Certificate Program in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique. Her DVD Freeing the Caged Bird won the 2002 MTNA-Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy award.

 

 


4:55-5:55: What Does Mental Health Have to do with Teaching Music? (Answer: Everything!)
This program will focus on music teachers’ most pressing questions about student psychological health.  Julie Jaffee Nagel will share her hybrid background and experience as a pianist and as a psychologist.  Come help create a lively discussion about puzzling, difficult, and important situations that can develop in the teacher/student relationship, issues about performance anxiety, dealing with parents, and understanding (and using) your own reactions to help your students.

NagelJulie

Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D. is in demand as a presenter, author, and psychotherapist.  She holds degrees in piano from Juilliard and in psychology/social work from the University of Michigan.  Her book, Melodies of the Mind, has received wide acclaim.  Her forthcoming book is A Comprehensive Guide to Performance Anxiety for Music Teachers.

 

 

6:00-7:30 Dinner Break


7:30-9:00: Size is Key: The Alternatively-Sized Keyboard A Piano Recital and Panel Discussion
The size of the piano keyboard was standardized in the late 19th century to suit European male virtuosos and the mass production of pianos, but acoustic pianos with narrower keys are now opening up new frontiers for pianists with small hand spans who desire powerful, pain-free performance.  Drs. Carol Leone and Barbara Lister-Sink will moderate a session comprised of a piano recital followed by a panel discussion. Recital participants will include several respected pianists, professors, and pedagogues.

LeoneCarol

Dr. Carol Leone chairs the Department of Piano Studies at The Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. She has been the acknowledged leading performer, author, and lecturer on ergonomically scaled piano keyboards since 2000 and has most recently released the solo recording Change of Keys on the MSR Classics label.

 

 

ListerSinkBarbaraDr. Barbara Lister-Sink, an internationally acclaimed pianist and acknowledged specialist in injury-preventive keyboard technique, is Director of the School of Music and Graduate Music Program at Salem College where she also teaches a Certificate Program in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique. Her DVD Freeing the Caged Bird won the 2002 MTNA-Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy award.


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