The Alan Fraser Piano Institute, ages 9 and up, Cleveland Ohio July 10-15 $675, Holland Michigan July 5-9 $575, Amherst Massachusetts June 18-22 $785, Concord New Hampshire June 24-28 $685, Ogden Utah July 17-22 $824, Split Croatia August 10-20 $1275.
Alan Fraser has written four books linking Feldenkrais Method to piano technique. He teaches "skeletal" piano playing, synthesizing the best of the finger action, arm weight and rotation schools. Students report breakthroughs in their sound, their ability to phrase with feeling, their sense of agility, and their ability to learn music quickly. This approach also effectively addresses performance injury issues. The institute accepts pianists of all levels: concert artists, studio teachers, students and amateurs. Each day includes a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson, individual piano lessons (observed by all unless otherwise requested), and a lecture on aspects of technique such as the hand’s arches, the thumb, rotation, arm weight, octaves and chords, elasticity, phrasing and rhythmic inflection. The Alan Fraser Piano Institute will take your playing and teaching to the next level on the fine Steinway pianos of Clevland State University, the University of Massachusetts, Browning Arts Center at Weber State University, Concord Community Music School, Anderson-Werkman Performing Arts Center of Hope College, and Split, Croatia.
East/West International Piano Festival, ages 12-26, Weihai, China, July 17-29, 2017 $2600
The East/West International Piano Festival invites you to join us for its second successful season in the beautiful seaside resort city of Weihai, China, one of the easternmost cities of China.Embracing China’s extraordinarily scenic views and rich cultural heritage, this two-week international piano festival promises to be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Festival is open to outstanding pianists from throughout the world, and will include intensive private lesson and master class instruction from extraordinary international artist teachers. There will also be opportunities for all participants to perform in public concerts at the conclusion of the Festival. In addition, the artist faculty will participate in special concerts given for the participants.
Krakow Piano Summer, ages 14-adult, Krakow, Poland, July 25-August $1750
The Krakow Piano Summer provides an exciting opportunity for intensive study and performance for advanced pianists from age 14-adult. Active participants study with Dr. William Wellborn (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Adam Wibrowski (Paris Conservatory), and will have a minimum of 5-6 private lessons, in addition to masterclasses with guest faculty. Festival concerts featuring the participants are given at the Cultural Center in Krakow, the Paderewski Center in Kasna Dolna, the Sienkiewicz Museum in Oblegorek, and the Szymanowski Museum in Zakopane. In addition to these exciting performance opportunities, the program includes visits to important sites in and around Krakow, including the spectacular Wawel Castle, and the rare chance to view Chopin manuscripts at the Jagellonian Library. The program is also open to teachers and auditors and provides an excellent opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Krakow and absorb Polish culture to the fullest.
Calgary Arts Adult Piano Camp, Adults, Calgary, Alberta, Canada July 24-26, 2017 $395
Guys clinicians will offer sessions on topics relevant to the adult student. During master classes with the clinician and top-level teachers, participants will work on personally chosen solo repertoire piece and a pre-assigned ensemble work. At the end of the three day program there will be a concert open to the public.
Calgary Arts Jazz Keyboard Workshop, Ages 12 and up, Calgary, Canada, July 17-20, 2017 $375
This camp is focused on a combination of professional artist teachers with students' ages 12 and up who have completed a minimum of level 6 on their instruments. Jazz performance skilled are enhance through study of jazz theory, technique, and combo opportunities. The workshop finishes with a public performance.
88 Creative Keys, for teachers, Denver CO, 7/19 - 7/22, 2016 $450
Using studio-tested teaching techniques and recent advances in teaching technology, 88 Creative Keys has been opening the door to "off page" creativity and "off bench" creative teaching in workshops and webinars since 2013. Participants benefit by learning through two different perspectives. Bradley Sowash is a jazz-trained creative pianist, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, author, composer, and educator specializing in improvisation who also speaks the language of traditional piano pedagogy. Leila Viss is a classically-trained pianist, organist and innovative teacher who has learned to arrange and improvise. Both are passionate about helping pianists to play and teach more creatively. This year, we will be joined by special guests Tim Topham, an internationally-renowned music educator, piano teacher, writer and presenter and all four founding members of the Music Mentor Group who will offer a special business seminar to help participants distinguish and market themselves as creative music teachers.
National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, for teachers, Lombard, IL, July 26-29, Early registration $350, Pre-Conference $100, Students $100 for Main and Pre-con (full scholarships available)
The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) is a biennial meeting of keyboard music educators, researchers, and industry leaders representing all fifty states and over a dozen other nations. Celebrating 35 years of excellence and innovation in music education at the keyboard, the mission of NCKP is to enhance the quality of music-making throughout life and to educate teachers who are dedicated to nurturing lifelong involvement in music-making from the earliest to the most advanced levels. NCKP offers participants four inspiring, innovative, and challenging days at the splendid Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL.
Celebrating The Spectrum: A Festival of Music and Life, ages 12-22, East Lansing, MI, July 16-23, 2017, $1,000 for students (Full tuition scholarships available)
Celebrating The Spectrum is designed to give qualified advanced pre-College piano students on the Autism Spectrum a preview of a life in music. The daily schedule will reflect the life of a music major in a university setting culminating in two live performances. The first, a “house concert”, gives the students an intimate setting to try out their performances prior to the Grand Finale Concert in Cook Recital Hall. All students perform in master classes by College of Music piano faculty Professor Deborah Moriarty and Dr. Derek Polischuk. The classes will be devoted to solo repertoire and piano four hand repertoire with faculty and student interns. Lectures from Dr. Lauren Harris, Dr. Michael Thaut, and Dr. Scott Price are designed to give particpants a feel for the academic class component of a college education. A daily Pilates class introduces students to a “body awareness” approach to playing the piano.
Taubman Piano Festival, Age 9-Senior, Montclair, New Jersey, June 23-25, 2017 $220 and pro-rated
Dorothy Taubman’s Approach to the piano presents principles of coordinated motion that unburden the hands and unleash the spirit. Daily Lectures, Master Classes, mini-group Clinics, Pedagogy Workshops and Evening Recitals.
Montparker Summer Workshops, teens through adults, Huntington, Long Island, New York, June 20--- August 30, various cost according to size of group
Montparker Summertime Workshops, Huntington. Steinway Artist, pianist, lecturer and author, Carol Montparker, conducts her workshops, in her beautiful studio with two beautiful Steinway grands,concentrating on works-in-progress-- interpretation, technique, troubleshooting, music as literature: the entire "pianist's landscape"-- for teachers, serious piano students, piano groups, or associations, presented either in her Huntington studio (one hour East of NYC by train or car), or upon request at your locale--(limited to NY, CT, NJ, areas.) "These workshops have been highly successful and well-attended in Ms. Montparker’s series," - The Composer’s Landscape at The Steinway Piano Gallery of Long Island. Telephone 631-427-7556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Piano Pedagogy Workshop, Open to all ages, Rochester NY, June 19-20, 2017, Early registration: $85, After 5/29/2017: $95
The 2017 Piano Pedagogy Workshop at Nazareth College features clinician Jeanine Jacobson presenting a variety of stimulating and interactive pedagogy topics. The Piano Pedagogy Workshop is jointly presented by Nazareth College's Music Department, the Rochester Piano Teachers Guild, and NYSMTA District 12.
Rami's Rhapsody Piano Camp for Adults, for adults, Utica NY June 23-29, October 22-28 $700
Take a week off just to practice, learn, and perform with like minded music lovers. Join Rami Bar-Niv, international concert pianist, for a unique opportunity to spend a week in the country, surrounded by a special group of people who share the joys and challenges of being adult piano students, as well as gaining an up close and personal experience with a world class pianist. Camp is suitable for adult piano players of all levels, from complete beginners to professional performers and piano teachers. Teenagers are also welcome, accompanied by their teachers or their parents. You will have a one hour lesson each day with Rami, a class, lecture, or concert performance each evening with Rami and guest masters, and at least four hours of daily piano time. You will learn correct and injury free piano playing techniques as well as many other aspects of piano playing.
Keyboard Ensemble & Technology Seminar, for teachers, Edmond, Oklahoma, June 22-29, 2017 $570
KETS is a unique, power-packed week at the University of Central Oklahoma. The 7 day seminar (Sunday is a free day) includes in-depth study on the Yamaha CVP Clavinova, including teaching strategies (group and individual), keyboard ensemble, performance and related teaching applications. Uncommon music teachers who attend teach piano, general music (public school and university), other instruments, or are worship musicians. Daily sessions include keyboard technology, digital keyboard ensembles, apps, iPad Keyboard/Combos, improvisation, composition/software notation and much more. Everyone is welcome - entry level tech beginners to advanced. Please consider joining us to make new friends, be inspired and enjoy making music together!
Keyboard Wellness Seminar, ages 18 and over, Commerce TX, July 30-August 7, 2017, commuters $1000, students $850; housing and all meals $1475, students 1275
Welcome to the 18th Annual Keyboard Wellness Seminar founded and presented by pianist Sheila Paige. Ms. Paige has over 35 years of experience in the Taubman Approach and an extensive background in Alexander Technique. What sets this seminar apart and makes it unique from other conferences and festivals is the inclusion of many supportive and synergistic disciplines. Better use of the body helps all pianists to play with more ease, gain a better technique, and achieve the goal for which we all strive: a technique so comfortable that it leaves the performer free to think only about the music. Sessions given by Ms. Paige are based on her new innovative strategies that go way beyond the Taubman Approach. These sessions are complemented with Alexander Technique, BioFeeback, Developmental Fitness, and many other disciplines.
PianoTexas International Academy & Festival, Young Artists Performers: up to 27 years old. No age limits for all other programs. Fort Worth, Texas. Young Artists Performers (May 17-June 10), Young Artists Active and General Observers (May 20 - June 10), Teachers and Amateurs Session I (May 31-June 17), Session II (June 6 - 17), and Session III (June 11 - 17) Young Artists Performer: $350 (after $850 scholarship + complementary tickets given by The Cliburn); Young Artists Active Observer: $650; Young Artists General Observer: $450; Teachers & Amateurs Performer: Session I (May 31 - June 17) $700, Session II (June 6 - 17) $600, and Session III (June 11 - 17) $500; Teachers & Amateurs Active Observer: Session I (May 31 - June 17) $500, Session II (June 6 - 17) $400, and Session III (June 11 - 17) $300; and Teachers & Amateurs General Observer: Session I (May 31 - June 17) $400; Session II (June 6 - 17) $300; and Session III (June 11 - 17) $200.
PianoTexas International Academy & Festival seeks to provide a high-level educational opportunity for outstanding pre-college and college piano students, piano teachers, and adult amateurs from all over the world through public performances and interaction with renowned performing artists, instructors and other music professionals.
Windswept Creative Motion Conference and Camp, ages 12+, Ashland VA, July 16-21, 2017, $540 youth/college; $625 adult (includes room and board)
Explore the connection between energy and music and bring your artistry to life at Windswept, the Creative Motion Alliance’s annual summer conference and camp. Professional musicians, conductors, teachers, students, and amateur music enthusiasts discover the barriers that inhibit the free flow of energy and learn the secrets of inner-directed artistic music making. Classes include both general sessions, as well as breakout seminars for students and adults in special interest areas of piano, voice, instrumental music, music education, conducting, movement, and expressive arts. Through exercises, analysis of music and body responses, you’ll have fun, improve the mind/body connection, and free the body for expression. Learn to move and inspire your students and audiences at this energizing intergenerational conference. The 2017 location is Randolph-Macon University, near Richmond, VA. CEU’s and 3 Graduate Credits available.