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.



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.