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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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MTNA 2017 (2): Sunday, March 19

[Click here to go back to Day 1.] 9:15am NEW Pedagogy Pics: Video Clips of Students Caught In The Act of Being Themselves, by Bruce Berr. Bruce Berr (well-known for his wonderful column in the American Music Teacher magazine — an MTNA publication for its members) has been video recording his lessons for the past […]

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MTNA 2017 (1): Pedagogy Saturday

Attending the 2017 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conference in Baltimore was a fantastic experience. I look forward to sharing more details with you over the next few blog posts. My friend Amy Chaplin (of PianoPantry.com) and I decided to carpool and make it a roadtrip to the conference. She drove from her home in Indiana to my home in Ohio, […]

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MTNA 2017: App-Laudable Uses of Apps in Music Lessons

It was an honor to have the opportunity to present a session at the 2017 MTNA conference this year! My topic was App-Laudable Uses of Apps in Music Lessons. In my session, I addressed the responsible and effective incorporation of technology before launching into a demonstration of a variety of apps for music lessons. If […]

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MTNA 2017, Here I Come!

Baltimore, here I come! I am so excited to be traveling to the 2017 MTNA National Conference, taking place in Baltimore from March 18-22. This year, I’m roadtripping there with my friend Amy Chaplin, of Bluffton, Indiana. I’m sure I’ll be blogging about the conference, but you might also be interested in following more real-time photographic documentation […]

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2016 IndianaMTA Conference

Over the weekend, I attended the Indiana Music Teachers Association‘s annual state conference at Goshen College. I was honored to have the opportunity to give a presentation during their wonderful event. My session was called, Schumann’s Big Bang: The Ever-Expanding Universe of Piano Literature for Children. It was so fun to share my research and discuss […]

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2016 GIML Training (2): A Great First Week

[See previous post: 2015 GIML Training (1): The Adventure Begins] I’ve had a great first week in Boston for the Piano Certification Course training sponsored by the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML). Here is a photo of Amy and I standing in front of Brookline Music School, which is hosting the training.

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2016 GIML Training (1): The Adventure Begins

Today, an adventure begins: I am heading to Boston for two weeks to receive training in the Piano Certification Course sponsored by the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML). The training is being given by Marilyn Lowe, author of the Music Moves For Piano method, and Jennifer Fisher. This trip is possible thanks to an MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant. If you’ve been following […]

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2016 MTNA (5): Wednesday, April 6

Please enjoy my notes from Day 5 of the 2016 MTNA conference in San Antonio, Texas! Click here to go back to Day 4. On Wednesday, the final day of the conference, Susan Hong and I began our morning at Bakery Lorraine to enjoy coffee and some baked goods. I’m so thankful she invited me to stay with […]

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MTNA 2016 (4): Tuesday, April 5

Please enjoy my notes from Day 4 of the 2016 MTNA conference in San Antonio, Texas! Click here to go back to Day 3. 8:00am Exhibitor Showcase – The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program: Digital Resources To Support Teachers And Ensure Student Success, by Marvin Blickenstaff and Elaine Rusk.  In this session, I was excited […]

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