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NCKP 2017 (4): Saturday

[Click here to go back to Day 3.] 8am Kjos Publisher Showcase: Bastien New Traditions: Inspiring the Next Generation of Beginning Pianists, by Lori and Jane Bastien. You probably know the Bastien name from the variety of method series (remember the iconic cover of the Bastien Piano Basics method?) and supplemental materials that were popular […]

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NCKP 2017 (3): Friday

[Click here to go back to Day 2.] First thing this morning, I joined Tim Topham live on Facebook to rundown of the previous day's events. Check out our fun video here! 9:00am Effective Communication of Practice Expectations: Send them Home with the Tools for Success, by Scott Donald Scott completed a survey recently exploring […]

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NCKP 2017 (2): Thursday

[Click here to go back to Day 1.] 8:00am Hal Leonard Showcase: Recent Classical Piano Publications from Hal Leonard During this showcase sessions by Hal Leonard publishers, we were informed about a variety of new publications available. Of special interest are the new "At The Piano" books from Henle Verlag. These books contain original pieces […]

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NCKP 2017 (1): Wednesday Pre-Conference Seminars

Weeeeee! I'm blogging from here at the NCKP — the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy occurring in Lombard, Illinois. Amy Chaplin and I drove a five-ish hour trip to to get here and have been enjoying some wonderfully informative and inspiring sessions so far. The first day of NCKP was the optional day of pre-conference […]

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2017 NCKP and Other Upcoming Events

Hello, friends! Any of you heading to the 2017 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Lombard, IL? I’m heading out tomorrow and am looking forward to long weekend full of fun and learning. I will be participating during a session as one of the panelists on a session called “Carving Out Your Career Path” at […]

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Video: Let’s Talk about John Thompson’s “Teaching Little Fingers To Play”

Hi there! Earlier today, I went live on Facebook to talk about one of my favorite old piano method books: the classic John Thompson’s Modern Course for the Piano. I have to admit certain bias for the “Teaching Little Fingers to Play” book. It was my first piano book when I was all of age […]

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2017 Retreat: Schedule Now Posted

Just a quick post today to let you know that the Retreat at Piano Manor schedule has been posted on the retreat website here. By the way: From now on, I’ll be sending registration information to the separate retreat email list instead of here on the blog. So, if you plan to attend, please be sure to join […]

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2017 Retreat | Piano Method Mining: Uncovering Nuggets of Wisdom From Method Books.

Hi there! Today, I just wanted to share a little bit more regarding the retreat for piano teachers I’m planning in August 17-19, 2017. The topic our retreat will be centered around is: Piano Method Mining: Uncovering Nuggets of Wisdom From Method Books. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE looking through piano method books — both […]

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Announcing: Piano Teacher Retreat, August 17-19, 2017

Hello, friends! I’m very excited to invite you to attend a retreat for piano teachers taking place at my home studio this summer. Retreat at Piano Manor is a three-day getaway for piano teachers to connect, recharge, share, and learn from each another. During this unique experience, you will have opportunity to contribute and benefit from collective wisdom during group […]

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MTNA 2017 (5): Wednesday, March 22

[Click here to go back to Day 4.] 8:00am The More the Merrier: Creating Collaborative Experiences for Students of All Ages, by Sarah Alexander, Whitney Hawker, and Spring Seals.  Sarah, Whitney, and Spring presented an informative session about simple ways to incorporate collaborative experiences into the piano lesson experience, from using duets for sight-reading or […]

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MTNA 2017 (4): Tuesday, March 21

[Click here to go back to Day 3.] 8:00am Showcase: Willis Music Company: Happy Birthday Mr. Gillock! The Willis Piano Music showcase session celebrated the music of composer William Gillock and highlighted some new publications. One of the books I found interesting was the Accent on Two Pianos for 2 pianos, 4 hands, by William […]

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MTNA 2017 (3): Monday, March 20

[Click here to go back to Day 2.] 8:00am Faber Piano Adventures: The Power Of Technique & Artistry, by Randall Faber. The Piano Adventures showcase session was excellent as always. Randy covered some new publications and helpful thoughts about teaching technique. Attendees received a free copy of Hanon-Faber: The New Virtuoso Pianist, the Adult Piano […]

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