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2015 Workshop with Irina Gorin of Tales of a Musical Journey

Last week, I attended a three-day workshop given by Irina Gorin in Fishers, Indiana (outside of Indianapolis) for her self-published piano method, Tales of a Musical Journey. If you aren’t already familiar with Irina’s work, you can read a bit about her in this written interview I conducted with her back in 2011. I’ve been an […]

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2015 FJH Workshop with Helen Marlais

Just a few quick photos today… There was a free piano teacher workshop with Helen Marlais at my local music store yesterday. She talked about FJH Publishing’s new All-In-One version of the Succeeding at the Piano method, among other things. Fun! Helen grew up here in the Toledo area. Here, she plays a duet with her childhood […]

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NCKP 2015 (4): Saturday, August 1

In continuation of my summaries of the happenings at the 2015 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, below are my notes from Friday, July 31. [In case you missed them, here are links to previous three days:] NCKP 2015 (1): Wednesday PreConference Seminars NCKP 2015 (2): Thursday, July 30 NCKP 2015 (3): Friday, July 31 8:00 Publisher […]

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NCKP 2015 (3): Friday, July 31

[In case you missed them, here are links to previous two days:] NCKP 2015 (1): Wednesday PreConference Seminars NCKP 2015 (2): Thursday, July 30 In continuation of my summaries of the happenings at the 2015 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, below are my notes from Friday, July 31. On Friday morning at 5:45am, we were awakened […]

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NCKP 2015 (2): Thursday, July 30

Yesterday’s pre-conference sessions at 2015 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy were outstanding, and the sessions on the official first day of the conference were just as great! Here is a summary of some of the events. 8:00 Publisher Showcase by Sekwang Music Publishing Company – Smart 8: An Integrated Art Program that Develops Multiple Intelligence and Musicianship First […]

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NCKP 2015 (1): Wednesday PreConference Seminars

Today, I traveled with my good friend Susan West to Lombard, Illinois to attend the 2015 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. When we arrived, we met up with our other roommate, Amy Chaplin. We attended the Independent Music Teachers track of the Pre Conference Seminars. 1:30: Marvin Blickenstaff – Keynote Address: The Many Faces of […]

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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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