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2015 Piano Pedagogy Seminar at Ohio University

Last weekend, I attended the 2015 Piano Pedagogy Seminar at Ohio University. It was a wonderful event that definitely helped recharge my teaching batteries! If you happen to live anywhere near Ohio University, I would encourage you to “like” their facebook page so you can receive information about this annual event. This year, the featured artists and […]

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MTNA 2015 (5): W March 25

The last day of the MTNA conference was Wednesday, March 25. 8:00–9:00 a.m.: Elementary Imagination, by Wynn-Anne Rossi In the morning, I attended part of the Elementary Imagination session by Wynn-Anna Rossi. Because I slipped into the room late, I did not hear the entire session but I did pick up a few ideas for when composing […]

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MTNA 2015 (4): Tuesday, March 23

MTNA 2015 conference notes continued… 8:00–9:00 a.m.: Exhibitor Showcase by The Royal Conservatory: Teaching Sight Reading, Improvising, Arranging and Interpreting–In Every Lesson! by Forrest Kinney Forrest Kinney is an engaging speaker with a great sense of humor! His session was a lot of fun. Forrest talked about his ChordPlay series, Pattern Play series, some of the 2015 RCM Syllabus changes, […]

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MTNA 2015 (3): March 21 and 22

On Sunday of the conference, I attended the Willis Music and the FJH Music showcases and spent some time browsing in the Exhibit Hall. It is always fun to see what is new in the publishing world for our piano students! As part of my responsibilities as the current VP of Membership for OhioMTA, I […]

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MTNA 2015 (2): Pedagogy Saturday, March 21

Pedagogy Saturday is usually my favorite day of the MTNA conference and this year was no different. It is always challenging to choose which sessions to attend. I started out attending the Advanced Piano/Teaching Artistry track, and then I switched over to the Young Professionals track after lunch. My own session, “Harnessing the Power of […]

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MTNA 2015 (1): Las Vegas

On Saturday, I returned from a trip to Las Vegas for the 2015 MTNA conference. It was wonderful: as usual, I learned so much and enjoyed connecting and reconnecting with fellow music teachers. There is nothing like attending a national-level conference to help refresh one’s inspiration and drive for teaching! In past years, I’ve shared […]

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MTNA 2015 in Las Vegas

The 2015 MTNA national conference begins tomorrow! I’m so excited to have the opportunity to attend. My flight leaves later today and I’ll be staying with a piano teacher friend in Las Vegas. I will be giving a presentation tomorrow, during the Young Professionals track of Pedagogy Saturday, at 2:15pm. My presentation is called: Harnessing The Power Of […]

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OhioMTA 2014 State Conference

Last weekend, I attended the state conference of Ohio Music Teachers Association (affiliated with MTNA).  Since moving to Ohio three years ago, I’ve attended the OhioMTA conference every year — and I have to say that this one was the most sensational! The setting this year was Wilmington College, which has a small and beautiful campus with […]

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Upcoming Programs in Ohio and Beyond

Some months back, I submitted a proposal to speak at the Ohio Music Teachers Association (affiliated with MTNA) 2014 state conference.  I was thrill to learn it was accepted!   If you live in Ohio, you may want to consider attending this conference even if you are not a member of OhioMTA / MTNA.  This year, […]

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MTNA 2014

Today is the last day to receive early-bird registration rate for the 2014 MTNA National Conference!  I have already registered and am excited about attending this conference March 22-26. The conference schedule and line-up of speakers and artists looks fantastic. I am very much looking forward to this! Maybe I’ll see you there?

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2013 OhioMTA Conference (4) — Summary

As you know, this week I have been blogging some of my notes highlighting a few sessions from the 2013 OhioMTA Conference.  In addition to lectures, there were also some fantastic masterclasses and recitals.  For example: A masterclass featuring elementary to intermediate level students, given by Dr. Michelle Conda.  This was fantastic!  It is not […]

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2013 OhioMTA Conference (3) — Technology on a Budget, by Andy Villemez

Technology on a Budget, by Andy Villemez and Dr. Michelle Conda Andy Villemez gave a great session about some of the best free (or near-free) resources available on the internet. 1. Office Suites Alternatives to the expensive Microsoft Office Suite: LibreOffice 4.1 (top pick) – very similar to Microsoft Word Apache OpenOffice (similar to LibreOffice) […]

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