March 2017 Presentations: Method Mining

Yesterday in Lima, Ohio; today was in Findlay, Ohio… I presented for piano teachers on “Method Mining: Uncovering Nuggets of Wisdom in Old Piano Methods.”

See those piles of books? I don’t travel light for this workshop. 🙂

I love doing this sort of thing. And this kind of informal presentation is especially special — where we together get to stick our noses in a variety of piano methods books, uncover nuggets of wisdom from each, recognize pedagogical trends across the decades, and share our insights and experiences with different methods.

Click here to view my other workshop topics.

Next appearance: I will be presenting at the upcoming MTNA national conference in Baltimore on Sunday, March 19, 2017. My topic is: “App-laudable Uses of Apps in Music Lessons.”

Will you be in Baltimore? I’d love to meet you!

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3 thoughts on “March 2017 Presentations: Method Mining”

  1. Hi, Joy! I’m a veteran teacher here- down-sizing my studio as my husband and I go into semi-retirement. Over the last 10-15 years or so, I became bored with the method I had used successfully for years, and began to experiment with the many new methods and technology based supplementary materials available. It was an interesting – but stressful- experiment. My comfort zone is the Alfred Basic Piano method that I used with great success for years. Sometimes I think that with most things in life, we begin to think we know too much, and throw out the tried and true for the new. Sooner or later, though, the pendulum swings back, and we say” that was a pretty good idea, after all!”

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