2015 Frequently Asked Questions

How much does NCKP cost? 

Main Conference Teachers   Students
By April 15 $300 $100
By June 15 $350 $150
After June 15 $375 $175
Single Day Registration $175 $75
Pre-Conference Seminar   $100


*Students that register for the Main Conference can attend the Pre-Conference Seminars for FREE.

Optional Charges

$100** Fee for NCKP Banquet

**$25 of your ticket price will be contributed to the NCKP Scholarship Fund.

NCKP 2015 T-shirts will be available through the registration form and at the conference (in limited quantities)

2015 Conference Proceedings (Print Version) will be available approximately six months after the conference on Amazon.com, availability of the proceedings will be communicated via social media and email blast

How do I register for NCKP?  Registration will open March 1. A link will appear here when it is open. We will accept all major credit cards, mail registrations will also be accepted.

When will I receive my registration confirmation?
  You will receive an automated email confirmation with receipt of your payment immediately upon submitting your form online. Mail registrations will be confirmed from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I have completed my NCKP registration. What do I do next?  Your registration does not include hotel reservations or airfare, so please make those arrangements as soon as possible.  You will receive NCKP updates by email with important information about the conference, including any changes to the schedule. Follow our pages Twitter and Facebook too!

How do I make hotel reservations?  Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center by clicking on this link OR by calling toll-free 888.627.9031. We are offering the exact same hotel conference rates that we did for NCKP 2013.

To insure that a room is available at the hotel conference rate, you must make your reservation before July 5, 2015. Earlier registration is strongly advised. Be sure to specify that you are attending the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy 2013 when you make your reservation—even if you are using reward points. It is best if you use our full name when making hotel reservations by phone rather than the abbreviation NCKP.

Which airport should I use?  There are two International airports that serve the Chicago area.  O’Hare International Airport is about 15 miles from the Westin Hotel, and Chicago Midway Airport is about 25 miles from the hotel.

What about ground transportation?  The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center does not provide airport transportation but the concierge can assist you with options and reservations. We recommend the following commercial services for transportation between O'Hare, Midway, and the Westin. Fares and services are for reference only and are not guaranteed by NCKP.


American Taxi
, www.americantaxi.com, 847-673-1000


Continental Airport Express
, www.airportexpress.com, 888-284-3826

Windy City Limo, www.windycitylimos.com, 847-916-9300

What if I am driving to NCKP?  Customized driving directions can be found on the Westin Hotel Website: Driving Directions

How can I find a roommate?  Check out this event page, created by NCKP, to help attendees coordinate with others who would like to share a room: https://www.facebook.com/events/1549348581993793 Please note that NCKP assumes no liability for providing roommates. Compatible arrangements are the sole responsibility of individuals.

Can I attend a Pre-Conference Seminar without registering for the conference?  Yes you can.

I forgot to make reservations for a Pre-Conference Seminar, the Banquet, etc.  What do I do?If you registered online, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your additions and we will make the changes. Otherwise, download the mail-in registration form, complete the missing information, and mail the form and payment to the address given on the form.

Can I bring my family member or friend to NCKP?  Family members and friends are welcome to attend NCKP sessions and visit the Exhibit Hall if they are registered participants.  Exceptions are granted for those that have family and friends playing in  recitals and masterclasses.  Evening recitals are free and open to the public. Your NCKP 2015 badge must be displayed to enter all sessions and areas of the hotel where sessions are being held.

Can I get a refund if I can’t attend the conference?  Cancellation of registration, submitted in writing to NCKP and postmarked or emailed on or before July 1, 2015, will be honored with a full refund less a $50 processing fee.  Prorated refunds for cancellations after July 1, 2015 may be made at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

When I arrive at the conference what should I do?  Please check in at the NCKP registration booth, where you will receive your program book, name badge, and other registration materials.

How can I access the conference schedule?  A link to the conference schedule will be posted here when it is available. 

What assistance do you provide for persons with disabilities?  The Westin provides full accessibility for disabled persons.  For more details, please visit the Westin Hotel Website. NCKP is unable to provide assistance for the hearing impaired and sight impaired.

Is parking free at the Westin?  Yes, parking is free at the Westin, whether you are a guest of the hotel or not.  The only charge for parking is if you choose to use the valet parking services.

What is the weather like in Lombard?  You can access the 5-day local weather forecast through the Westin Hotel Website by clicking here.

What dining options are nearby?  The Westin features two restaurants, Holy Mackerell and Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse. The Yorktown Center: The Shops on Butterfield, a short 5-minute walk from the Westin, has several restaurants, from casual options to fine dining experiences. Visit http://www.yorktowncenter.com/dine for more information.

Is it easy to get to Chicago for some sightseeing?  Yes!  The Westin offers a free shuttle service to the Lombard Metra Station, where you can catch a train into downtown Chicago.


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