2015 Teaching Demonstrations


A "Four Arts of Music" Demonstration Lesson, Saturday August 1, 9:30a-10:15a (Grand Ballroom EF)

Someone with a command of a language can talk, tell stories, read, and write. Likewise, a whole musician can improvise, arrange, interpret the works of others, and compose. These are the four Arts of Music. Forrest will demonstrate how we can teach these arts in a 45-minute lesson by teaching a lesson to an intermediate-level student. This will be followed by a question-and-answer session.


ForrestKinneyForrest Kinney, NCTM, is the author and composer of 19 books including the Pattern Play series on improvisation, the Chord Play series on arranging, and Creativity—Beyond Compare. He is a pianist who regularly gives concerts and presentations for music educators. His arrangements are now in over 40 publications.


Masterclass with 2015 MTNA Winners, Thursday July 30, 3:15p-4:45p (Grand Ballroom EF)

jPerryJohn Perry, distinguished artist and teacher, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Eastman School of Music, before receiving a Fullbright Scholarship and continuing his studies in Europe. He is professor at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, professor of piano at California State University Northridge in Los Angeles, visiting artist faculty at Boston University, Professor Emeritus of the USC Thornton School of Music and is artistic director at Southern California Music Institute in Los Angeles, which he founded. Perry has won many awards, including the highest prizes in both the Busoni and Viotti international piano competitions in Italy and special honors at the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris. He has performed throughout North America and Europe with some of the finest musicians in the world. He counts four students as winners of the MTNA National Student Competitions. His recordings are available on the Telefunken, Musical Heritage Society, CBC, ACA and Fox labels.

Learning Through Improvisation: Creativity for the Students with Special Needs, Friday July 31, 3:15p-4:00p (Grand Ballroom EF)

Join noted pedagogy teacher Scott Price for a session demonstrating how students with special needs can learn through the creative process. Video clips of improvisations and composition performances by students with autism and other special needs will show how all students may achieve high levels of spontaneous creativity and expression with the appropriate curriculum and teaching strategy. Attendees will witness results that many be used with all students regardless of needs.


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Scott Price, chairs the piano department at the University of South Carolina where he is Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy. Dr. Price is creator and editor-in-chief of the on-line journal, Piano Pedagogy Forum, which received the 2008 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award. His work with students with autism has been featured on national television (Dateline NBC) and at the national conventions of MTNA and NCKP.