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From the Artist Bench with Carol Leone: Chopin's Polonaise Fantasie: A Love Story Expressed Through Song and Dance (11/19/2021)

From the Artist Bench with Carol Leone: Chopin's Polonaise Fantasie: A Love Story Expressed Through Song and Dance (11/19/2021)

Carol Leone explores one of Chopin's musically rich and beloved masterworks in this lecture-recital presentation with Q&A.

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Teaching Demonstration with Marvin Blickenstaff (NCKP Rebroadcast) (11/12/2021)

Teaching Demonstration with Marvin Blickenstaff (NCKP Rebroadcast) (11/12/2021)

Marvin Blickenstaff engages in dialogue with Sara Ernst on teaching demonstration videos, which illustrate pedagogical goals such as fluid technqiue, phrasing, polishing a review piece, and more.

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Practicing and the Brain with Barbara Fast and Molly Gebrian (11/09/2021)

Practicing and the Brain with Barbara Fast and Molly Gebrian (11/09/2021)

Barbara Fast and Molly Gebrian discuss how the brain works in effective strategies for optimal practice.

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From the Artist Bench with Cicilia Yudha: GAME-Land (11/05/2021)

From the Artist Bench with Cicilia Yudha: GAME-Land (11/05/2021)

Cicilia Yudha presents a lecture and performance of Indonesian composer Slamt Abdul Sjukur's GAME-Land. This captivating contemporary work incorporates elements of gamelan music, percussion, and playing both traditionall as well as inside the piano.

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Hidden Gems: Four Centuries of Keyboard Literature by Women Composers with Annie Jeng, Brendan Jacklin, and Susan Yang (11/03/2021)

Hidden Gems: Four Centuries of Keyboard Literature by Women Composers with Annie Jeng, Brendan Jacklin, and Susan Yang (11/03/2021)

Annie Jeng, Brendan Jacklin, and Susan Yang present exemplary teaching and performance repertoire by lesser-known women composers from the Baroque through 20th-century periods.

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From the Artist Bench with Catherine Kautsky: Music and Nationhood (10/22/2021)

From the Artist Bench with Catherine Kautsky: Music and Nationhood (10/22/2021)

Catherine Kautsky discusses music's role in nationhood, which may be influenced by art, statues, and other cultural elements. She explores the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Clara Schumann as examples.

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Studio Policies for the 21st Century Music Teacher with Heather Smith and Deborah How (10/20/2021)

Studio Policies for the 21st Century Music Teacher with Heather Smith and Deborah How (10/20/2021)

Business experts and studio owners Heather Smith and Deborah How present guidelines on developing and implementing effective policies in your studio or music conservatory.

Enjoyed this webinar and want to learn more? Enroll in our online course, A Pianist's Guide to Studio Management!

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From the Artist Bench with Andrew Cooperstock: The Piano Music of George Walker (10/15/2021)

From the Artist Bench with Andrew Cooperstock: The Piano Music of George Walker (10/15/2021)

Join Andrew Cooperstock as he introduces repertoire by George Walker (1992-2018), an African American composer and pianist whose extensive career flourished throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

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International Perspectives: Music from Latin America with Luis Sanchez, Alejandro Cremaschi, Jessica Pacheco, and Walter Aparicio (10/13/2021)

International Perspectives: Music from Latin America with Luis Sanchez, Alejandro Cremaschi, Jessica Pacheco, and Walter Aparicio (10/13/2021)

Four leading scholars on Latin American piano music introduce elementary through early advanced solo and duet repertoire by composers from Brazil, Argentina, and more. Performance demonstrations, as well as pedagogical benefits and stylistic information is provided for each piece.

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From Idea to Research: A Panel of Mentors Discuss How to Plan, Develop and Conduct your Project with David Rickels, Carla Davis Cash, and Ann Marie Stanley(10/12/2021)

From Idea to Research: A Panel of Mentors Discuss How to Plan, Develop and Conduct your Project with David Rickels, Carla Davis Cash, and Ann Marie Stanley(10/12/2021)

Three research experts provide insights on how to hone a large-scale research idea into a defined, fruitful project.

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Effective Communication and Adaptive Facilitation: Helping Students who are Special Learners Thrive in the Music Lesson with Scott Price (10/06/2021)

Effective Communication and Adaptive Facilitation: Helping Students who are Special Learners Thrive in the Music Lesson with Scott Price (10/06/2021)

Renowned pedagogue Scott Price presents best practices for communicating with students with special needs through vocabulary, body language, reading and counting methods, and more.

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Around the World with Piano Duets with Luis Sanchez and Libby Vanatta (09/29/21)

Around the World with Piano Duets with Luis Sanchez and Libby Vanatta (09/29/21)

Explore scintillating piano duet repertoire from all corners of the globe - South Africa, Israel, Australia, Brazil, and more! - in this dynamic lecture recital presentation.

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Goals and Aspirations for My New Teaching Year with Marvin Blickenstaff (09/22/21)

Goals and Aspirations for My New Teaching Year with Marvin Blickenstaff (09/22/21)

Marvin Blickenstaff discusses setting long-term goals for the academic year, sharing inspiring, practical suggestions and pedagogical goals for your studio and teaching practice.

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NCKP 2021 Preview with Jennifer Snow and Sara Ernst (05-26-21)

NCKP 2021 Preview with Jennifer Snow and Sara Ernst (05-26-21)

This webinar highlights the wide variety of special events at the NCKP 2021 Piano Conference, including recitals by Anne-Marie McDermott, Garrick Ohlsson, Peter Dugan, and others; keynote presentations by Karen Zorn, Afa Dworkin, and others; and thirteen days of pre-conference deep-dive presentations on topics including Diversity, Teaching Adults, Young Musicians: Birth to Age 9, Wellness, and Technology.

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Unlocking the Window of Opportunity with Amy Rucker, Gregory Chase, Janna Olson, Linda Fields (05-19-21)

Unlocking the Window of Opportunity with Amy Rucker, Gregory Chase, Janna Olson, Linda Fields (05-19-21)

Ever unsure what to do next with your young students? Members of the NCKP Young Musicians: Birth to Age 9 Committee share movement activities, teaching insights, neurological research, and general advice for teaching young students in ways that help them meet their potential.

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Pedagogy Research: What's in it for Teachers and Students? (05-12-21)

Pedagogy Research: What's in it for Teachers and Students? (05-12-21)

In this foundational webinar, Diana Dumlavwalla and Charlene Ryan explain types of pedagogical research, how to find current research in the piano teaching field, and how to decipher research findings and apply findings to teaching.

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Around the World with Piano Duets with Luis Sanchez and Libby Vanatta (05-05-21)

Around the World with Piano Duets with Luis Sanchez and Libby Vanatta (05-05-21)

Take a tour of collaborative repertoire from Mexico, Argentina, France, Israel, and Australia in this engaging webinar. Luis Sanchez and Libby Vanatta provide teaching insights and expressive recordings of each of the pieces they present. The presenters highlight the works of Cellia Torrá, Cecile Chaminade, Mario Ruiz Armengol, Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Ross Edwards, and Manuel Ponce.

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Composer Conversation with Carol Matz (04-29-21)

Composer Conversation with Carol Matz (04-29-21)

Jennifer Snow interviews colorful Carol Matz in this inspiring Composer Conversation. Carol shares stories from her musical journey, three of her wonderful pieces, and her passion for her empowering teachers and students alike.

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Playing Solo Jazz Piano At Any Level with Jeremy Siskind

Playing Solo Jazz Piano At Any Level with Jeremy Siskind

Follow Jeremy Siskind through an energetic explanation of the fundamental considerations for playing solo jazz piano. Siskind provides applicable explanations of harmony, rhythm, and solo techniques used by jazz musicians, as well as helpful insights into how to listen to and practice jazz music.

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Latin American Composers Part II with Ana Maria Orduz, Bernardo Scarambone, Elizabeth Gutierrez, and Luis Sanchez

Latin American Composers Part II with Ana Maria Orduz, Bernardo Scarambone, Elizabeth Gutierrez, and Luis Sanchez

This webinar, along with its counterpart from February 2021, is a must-see for anyone looking to expand their teaching or performing repertoire by including music by Latin American composers. In this webinar, panelists share music by composers from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil.

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Designing Effective Learning Environments for Adult Students with Dr. Pamela Pike (04-07-21)

Designing Effective Learning Environments for Adult Students with Dr. Pamela Pike (04-07-21)

In this followup to her 2018 webinar, Dr. Pamela Pike illuminates ways to plan and sequence learning experiences with adult students while maintaining a collaborative learning environment. Dr. Pike highlights the importance of understanding adult learners' goals and tailoring learning experiences to address those goals.

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Composer Conversation with Wynn-Anne Rossi (03-24-21)

Composer Conversation with Wynn-Anne Rossi (03-24-21)

In this Composer Conversation, Wynn-Anne Rossi and Jennifer Snow discuss the importance of creativity and spontaneity in piano teaching and in life. Wynn-Anne provides insight into her compositional process, especially for the Música Latina series. Rossi also shares excerpts from Roger McVey's recording of one of her recent publications for advanced pianists, Theme and Ten Variations.

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From the Artist Bench with Thomas Lymenstull (03-10-21)

From the Artist Bench with Thomas Lymenstull (03-10-21)

In this From the Artist Bench, Thomas Lymenstull illuminates Alexander Scriabin's harmonic language in the Nocturne in D-flat Major for the Left Hand, Op. 9, No. 2. A must-see for anyone studying or teaching this piece, this webinar includes Lymenstull's answers to technical considerations for how to project the melody of this piece, as well as general tips for left hand repertoire.

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Young Pianists Power Up! Building Knowledge and Skill through Warm-ups with Dr. Sara Ernst (03-03-21)

Young Pianists Power Up! Building Knowledge and Skill through Warm-ups with Dr. Sara Ernst (03-03-21)

Young Pianists Power Up is filled with practical advice for how to thoughtfully incorperate technical drills and theory understanding into lessons with young students. Dr. Ernst shares invaluable considerations for how to organize a comprehensive approach to warm-ups that is ready to immediately apply to your teaching.

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The Kids are NOT All Right: Promoting Mental Health in the Music Lesson with Laura Amoriello, Leslsey McAllister, Paola Savvidou (02-24-21)

The Kids are NOT All Right: Promoting Mental Health in the Music Lesson with Laura Amoriello, Leslsey McAllister, Paola Savvidou (02-24-21)

In this insightful webinar, Paola Savvidou, Lesley McAllister, and Laura Amoriello share from their expertise about the challenges that students face during the pandemic, and many practical strategies for how music teachers can build mentally healthy activities into our lessons.

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Town Hall: Latin American Composers with Juan Pablo Andrade, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Angelica Sanchez, Luis Sanchez, and Bernardo Scarambone (02-17-21)

Town Hall: Latin American Composers with Juan Pablo Andrade, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Angelica Sanchez, Luis Sanchez, and Bernardo Scarambone (02-17-21)

Learn about and listen to repertoire by Latin American composers that you can incorperate into your teaching and playing. Each of the five panelists provides examples of wonderful music at a wide variety of levels, complete with performances.

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From the Artist Bench with Artina McCain (02-10-21)

From the Artist Bench with Artina McCain (02-10-21)

Artina McCain shares analysis and thrilling performances of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's Scherzo and Toccata. McCain includes a bonus performance of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child. Find performances of Perkinson's Scherzo and many other inspiring performances in Artina's 2020 album, Hertiage: An American Legacy.

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Impact and Investigation with Fen-Fang Chen, Leonidas Lagrimas, and Rachel Hahn (01-27-21)

Impact and Investigation with Fen-Fang Chen, Leonidas Lagrimas, and Rachel Hahn (01-27-21)

In this research webinar, Andrea McAlister hosts three guest researchers as they share their findings on the following topics:
Observation and Analysis of Undergraduate Applied Piano Lessons and Individual Practice Sessions,
A Demographic Study of Undergraduate Students Taking Group Piano Classes,
and Reaching Digital Native Music Majors: Pedagogy for Undergraduate Group Piano in the 21st Century.

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Composer Conversation with Catherine Rollin (01-13-21)

Composer Conversation with Catherine Rollin (01-13-21)

Catherine Rollin shares her background and inspiration as a teacher and composer in this installment of Composer Conversations. Catherine shares performances of pieces from multiple of her collections, including her 2020 publication, Museum Masterpieces.

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Inside the Online Lesson: Inclusive Teaching at Work during COVID-19 (01-6-21)

Inside the Online Lesson: Inclusive Teaching at Work during COVID-19 (01-6-21)

In this webinar, Scott Price shares an online lesson with a student with autism. Strategies for navigating the online experience will be explained, and video excerpts will demonstrate how to manage behaviors, how to adapt teaching procedures, and how to effectively use communication in the online teaching experience.

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From the Artist Bench with Carol Leone (12-9-20)

From the Artist Bench with Carol Leone (12-9-20)

In this From the Artist Bench, Carol Leone lays out eight logical layers of guidelines for determining tempo in the slow movements of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. Filled with performance examples throughout, this presentation may change how you listen to, teach, and perform slow movements by Beethoven.

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Foundational Piano Pedagogy with Craig Sale (12-2-20)

Foundational Piano Pedagogy with Craig Sale (12-2-20)

This session explores one of the most essential skills for effective teaching – the ability to “boil things down” to their core essence. Effective teachers simplify for their students rather than complicate. When this is done, teaching is more successful, and students are better prepared for future learning. When teaching students of any level, using our own deep understanding of the material can lead to increased accessibility for the student and improved diagnostic skills for the teacher. Examples discussed in the session will include dynamics, reading, rhythm, repertoire, technique, and theory.

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Composer Conversation with Christopher Norton (11-18-20)

Composer Conversation with Christopher Norton (11-18-20)

In this installment of Composer Conversations, Jennifer Snow interviews Christopher Norton regarding his publications and the inspiration behind his compositions. Enjoy Norton's performances of selected works, insights into his compositional inspiration, and stories from his musical journey.

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From the Artist Bench with Antonio Pompa-Baldi (11-11-20)

From the Artist Bench with Antonio Pompa-Baldi (11-11-20)

Antonio Pompa-Baldi discusses Cesar Franck's Prelude, Chorale and Fugue. Learn practice techniques, explore teaching strategies, and enjoy a performance of the work.

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Piano Music by Black Composers: Music for all Skill Levels  with Leah Claiborne (11-4-20)

Piano Music by Black Composers: Music for all Skill Levels with Leah Claiborne (11-4-20)

Leah Claiborne highlights piano music by Black composers for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. These selections will be featured in an exciting new course from the Frances Clark Center to be released later this year. Claiborne shares performances and teaching recommendations for these brilliant additions to the standard teaching repertoire.

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Composer Conversation with Chee-Hwa Tan (10-28-20)

Composer Conversation with Chee-Hwa Tan (10-28-20)

In this installment of Composer Conversations, Jennifer Snow interviews renowned composer and teacher, Chee-Hwa Tan. They explore her creative and pedagogical process, and the inspiration behind her music and writing. Chee-Hwa also shares beautiful performances of selected compositions.

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Outward Bound: From Social Media to Social Impact with Raul Dominguez, Alissa Freeman, Mark Irchai, Jonathan Kuuskoski, and Hillary Santoso (10-21-20)

Outward Bound: From Social Media to Social Impact with Raul Dominguez, Alissa Freeman, Mark Irchai, Jonathan Kuuskoski, and Hillary Santoso (10-21-20)

In this webinar, four intrepid young professionals share how they have leveraged social media platforms to deliver high-impact performance and educational programming. This town hall discussion, facilitated by Jonathan Kuuskoski, includes stories of how each presenter has made an impact in their community using common social media platforms.

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From the Artist Bench with Alejandro Cremaschi (10-14-20)

From the Artist Bench with Alejandro Cremaschi (10-14-20)

In this installment of From the Artist Bench, Alejandro Cremaschi shares Alberto Ginastera's 12 American Preludes. Dr. Cremaschi shines light on Ginastera's background, discusses the level and compositional approach for each of the Preludes, and performs each of the Preludes.

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Let's Talk About Practicing (10-7-20)

Let's Talk About Practicing (10-7-20)

Whether in times of quarantine or not, practicing can often become routine, mundane, and repetitive, empowering muscle memory to take the front seat in performance. Barbara Fast and Spencer Myer will discuss ideas for practicing -- some new, and some old-but-repurposed -- designed to keep the brain constantly engaged, enabling the brain to take that front seat and moving muscle memory to the back.

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Diversity in Music: a Town Hall Discussion, with Leah Claiborne, Desireé González-Miller, Leonard Hayes, Artina McCain, and William Chapman Nyaho. (9-23-20)

Diversity in Music: a Town Hall Discussion, with Leah Claiborne, Desireé González-Miller, Leonard Hayes, Artina McCain, and William Chapman Nyaho. (9-23-20)

In this interactive Town Hall, panelists discuss the importance of inclusivity and diversity in piano education from beginning levels through advanced degrees. During the webinar, presenters share several resources for expanding teaching repertoire. Each panelist skillfully answers questions about access to education, cultural appropriation, college audition repertoire, pursuing advanced degrees in music as an immigrant, and how to address problematic standards of the teaching repertoire.

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Composer Talks: A Conversation with Dennis Alexander (9-16-20)

Composer Talks: A Conversation with Dennis Alexander (9-16-20)

The first Composer Talks with Dennis Alexander interviewed by Jennifer Snow. Dennis shares stories of his past, performances of two of his Nocturnes, and insights into his compositional influences.

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Thoughts and Strategies for the New Teaching Year with Marvin Blickenstaff (9-9-20)

Thoughts and Strategies for the New Teaching Year with Marvin Blickenstaff (9-9-20)

Organizing a course of study for our students that includes a carefully planned approach to repertoire, technique, and theory can feel daunting. In this presentation, Marvin Blickenstaff provides invaluable insights and practical examples for how to prepare for the new year with your students. He shares how to keep track of your students' repertoire, how to think about preparing new concepts, technical warm ups for students at many different levels, and how to approach ear training from the very first lesson.

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Fostering Artistry and Healthy Playing Habits in Beginning Piano Lessons with Diana Dumlavwalla (3-11-20)

Fostering Artistry and Healthy Playing Habits in Beginning Piano Lessons with Diana Dumlavwalla (3-11-20)

Playing with a healthy physical approach is essential for all piano students striving for artistic performances. This webinar will address issues related to helping piano students acquire a natural and fluid technique right from their first lessons. A number of pedagogical strategies that can be incorporated in private and group lessons will be presented. The session will also review effective resources for piano teaching.

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Basic Tips for the Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in the Piano Studio with Beth Bauer (1-15-20)

Basic Tips for the Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in the Piano Studio with Beth Bauer (1-15-20)

In this webinar, Beth Bauer discusses salient features of the disability and learning styles for students with ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Down syndrome, and Learning Disabilities. Piano teachers are likely to encounter students with special needs, and these disability labels are the most prevalent in current special education research. Applications of the learning styles are specifically directed to accommodations and modifications for use in the piano studio. In addition to examples of modifications, suggestions for how to include students with special needs in a community music school program are also discussed.

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From OK to WOW: Making Competent Performances Exceptional (12-11-19)

From OK to WOW: Making Competent Performances Exceptional (12-11-19)

In this webinar, Professor Clarfield will explore the essential elements which should be incorporated into our teaching beyond the correct notes, rhythms, and other basic details in the score. Demonstration, video, as well as live student demonstrations will reveal how to teach these essential artistic elements. The session will include repertoire at all levels and will address such issues as rubato, voicing, pedaling, choreography, and characterization.

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Teaching to Video—A New Pedagogical Experience with David Cartledge (11-20-19)

Teaching to Video—A New Pedagogical Experience with David Cartledge (11-20-19)

In this presentation, we will discuss the challenges of being on-camera; strategies for video lesson planning, materials and approaches that are suitable for online delivery, and the copyright problems that exist when posting videos online. While technological matters will be briefly discussed, the primary focus will be placed on the challenges of pedagogy when the student is absent.

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Preparing for Sonatinas with Marvin Blickenstaff (11-6-19)

Preparing for Sonatinas with Marvin Blickenstaff (11-6-19)

Sonatinas lie at the heart of the intermediate and advancing repertoire we teach. For most students, sonatinas are the gateway to classical style. We assign a sonatina and work diligently to achieve accuracy of notes, rhythms, and fingerings. But for many students, the results are perfunctory and unconvincing. What is missing? One could generalize and suggest that the student is not adequately prepared technically and stylistically. This webinar will focus primarily on the steps which prepare students for convincing sonatina playing.

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Keep Your Cell Phone Out: Technology that Transforms Traditional Practicing and Teaching with Barbara Fast (10-9-19)

Keep Your Cell Phone Out: Technology that Transforms Traditional Practicing and Teaching with Barbara Fast (10-9-19)

Rather than telling students to put their cell phone away, this webinar presents easy to use functions within phones to assist teachers in their private lesson and group classroom teaching, and to assist students in their practicing. Specific assignments, useful in both group teaching and private lessons, are shared, as well as concrete suggestions for the practice room.

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Purposeful Approaches To Introducing Elementary Repertoire with Sara Ernst(9-18-19)

Purposeful Approaches To Introducing Elementary Repertoire with Sara Ernst(9-18-19)

Exemplary teaching of elementary piano repertoire has occurred when the student returns to the next lesson playing with enjoyment, accurately and musically. Beginning students must also incrementally develop autonomous processes for learning music, eventually not relying on others. In this webinar, teachers will learn how to introduce repertoire, to create immediate and lasting results with elementary students. The following six strategies will be examined and illustrated: rote, rote to note, partial work-out, complete work-out, play-discuss, and on-own. In order to purposefully use these strategies, teachers must carefully consider the interaction of student capabilities, traits and objectives of the music, practice assignments, and teaching processes.

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Bach Inventions: Prepare, Present, Perform with Marvin Blickenstaff (6-5-19)

Bach Inventions: Prepare, Present, Perform with Marvin Blickenstaff (6-5-19)

More than any other body of pedagogical material, the Bach Inventions remain the touchstone of our teaching repertoire. In this webinar, Marvin Blickenstaff discusses the challenges presented by the inventions, ways to foster student learning and practice, and guidelines for interpretation.

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The Interpretation of Articulation: The Long and the Short of It with Christopher Hahn (5-15-19)

The Interpretation of Articulation: The Long and the Short of It with Christopher Hahn (5-15-19)

The attack and release of the key is where sound begins and ends. It is necessary that pianists have a secure grasp on the relationship between touch and tone, as the physical aspect of playing is directly related to the musical result. If we develop a few basic movements, it will allow the student to translate notational patterns into motion patterns, the application of which produce sounds according to specifications of the written text. In this webinar, Dr. Christopher Hahn will present and demonstrate many examples of articulation from the piano literature across a variety of levels and styles in order to contrast and compare each in their respective contexts. By relating to the physical approach through a few basic movements that are common to all of the articulations, attendees will come away with a ready teaching technique for their students as they learn to understand the connection between the physical approach to the printed page in order to achieve the desired musical effect.

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Tone is Everything: Voice Usage and Vocabulary for Teaching Special Learners with Scott Price (4/24/19)

Tone is Everything: Voice Usage and Vocabulary for Teaching Special Learners with Scott Price (4/24/19)

In this webinar, Dr. Scott Price discusses the use of voice tone, facial expressions, body language, and vocabulary that are effective in working with special learners. This population of students often presents challenges in navigating social behaviors and social communication. Attendees will learn about what elements of our communication may be meaningless, irrelevant, or counterproductive for our students who are special learners, and modes of communication that may flip the learning situation to be meaningful, relevant, and productive for our special learners as they navigate their experiences in music making.

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5 Things Every Piano Teacher Needs to Know About Jazz with Jeremy Siskind (4-3-19)

5 Things Every Piano Teacher Needs to Know About Jazz with Jeremy Siskind (4-3-19)

Jazz is often a source of fear for piano teachers. These 5 “Need to Know” Jazz Essentials were created to help teachers be more confident and informed for their next jazz lesson. Learn the details of swing feel, keys to decoding chord symbols, exactly what “comping” is, how to teach beginning improvisation, and more.

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Concept Preparation with Craig Sale (2-13-19)

Concept Preparation with Craig Sale (2-13-19)

This webinar explores one of Frances Clark's most important teaching principles - students must be prepared for all new concepts before they are presented. This is easily applied to all teaching methods. Simple and clear ideas on how to successfully prepare students are presented for new learning in the following areas: rhythm/pulse, expressive markings, technique, practice, reading, and basic theory concepts. Just a few minutes in each lesson addressing this most basic cornerstone of good teaching will bring greater success to teachers of all methods.

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Colors in Debussy Preludes with Spencer Myer (1-16-19)

Colors in Debussy Preludes with Spencer Myer (1-16-19)

Claude Debussy was a master of utilizing the vast color palette of the piano to create vivid pictures in sound. The composer left little question of these intended colors through his detailed and specific markings of dynamics and articulation. This session will explore how we pianists can physically bring these colors to life, addressing such ideas as finger angle, varying speed of attack, and pedaling.

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Technical Routines for Busy Teachers with Marvin Blickenstaff (11-14-18)

Technical Routines for Busy Teachers with Marvin Blickenstaff (11-14-18)

Gone are the days when we practiced three or four hours daily in preparation for our senior recital or other performances. When we illustrate even rather simple passages or technical routines for our students, we often feel that we are not in the technical shape we once had accomplished. There are, however, basic routines that can help us maintain a fluent technique, even without those four hours of daily practice. A routine for busy teachers will be discussed and illustrated.

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Teaching with Technology: New Tools For the Piano Studio with Andrea McAlister (10-24-18)

Teaching with Technology: New Tools For the Piano Studio with Andrea McAlister (10-24-18)

Technology has transformed the ways in which we teach. This webinar will explore why our students are drawn to technology, its impact on neural development, and practical ways teachers can incorporate technology into their current curriculum.

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Best Practices in Teaching Piano to Adults of All Ages with Pamela Pike (10-3-18)

Best Practices in Teaching Piano to Adults of All Ages with Pamela Pike (10-3-18)

The musical and educational needs of adults may vary greatly among students, depending upon past learning experiences, musical interests, lifespan development, and typical changes associated with aging. This engaging session explores ideas for working with adult students aged 20 through 100+. Dr. Pike will highlight research on lifespan development theories and discuss cognition, vision, hearing, and motor skill changes that are typical during each decade of life.

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Off to a Great Start – Promoting Success in the New Teaching Year with Marvin Blickenstaff (9-12-18)

Off to a Great Start – Promoting Success in the New Teaching Year with Marvin Blickenstaff (9-12-18)

This webinar discusses ways to plan for the new teaching year with thoughts on curriculum, practice, and lesson structure. In September, we have the opportunity to plan for the success of the new teaching year for each and every student. Without our careful planning, student progress may be haphazard and filled with false starts and lacking in focus and direction.

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The Words We Speak: The Power of Language in Nurturing Confident Musicians with Vanessa Cornett (6-13-18)

The Words We Speak: The Power of Language in Nurturing Confident Musicians with Vanessa Cornett (6-13-18)

In this webinar, Dr. Vanessa Cornett explores strategies for choosing deliberate teaching language to develop objective, resilient musicians of all ages. With thoughtful intent, teachers can use verbal communication to help students work through challenges and failures, manage performance anxiety and self-doubt, develop candid and compassionate self-assessment skills, and – perhaps most importantly – become aware of the power of their own self-talk in determining the quality of their internal and external experiences.

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Teaching Little Ears to Hear with Marvin Blickenstaff (5-16-18)

Teaching Little Ears to Hear with Marvin Blickenstaff (5-16-18)

Elementary piano instruction focuses primarily on teaching little fingers to play and teaching little eyes to read. What is often missing in the curriculum is aural development. This webinar explores ways in which we teachers can stimulate and guide listening skills -- from the very first lesson.

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Yes, You Can! Breaking through student and teacher inhibitions to create meaningful learning through improvisation with Jeremy Siskind (4-25-18)

Yes, You Can! Breaking through student and teacher inhibitions to create meaningful learning through improvisation with Jeremy Siskind (4-25-18)

This presentation will be filled with specific exercises and teaching ideas that encourage improvisation by limiting the musical elements students need to generate at a time. Among the topics addressed will be rhythm, arpeggios, accompaniment styles, chord progressions, scales, and form.

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Tips for Teaching with Beginning Piano Methods with Sara Ernst (4-4-18)

Tips for Teaching with Beginning Piano Methods with Sara Ernst (4-4-18)

In this webinar, Dr. Sara Ernst presents best practices for developing motivated and confident young pianists in the first years of study. The pedagogical principles discussed will cover growth of musicianship, technique, and artistry, and aid teachers in individualizing a course of study to the young learner.

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Autism and Piano Study Part II with Scott Price (2-28-18)

Autism and Piano Study Part II with Scott Price (2-28-18)

This session will consist of video demonstrations of real students with varying special needs as they navigate their lessons and recital performances. Attendees will be able to watch progressive lesson segments with students in real learning situations as they learn repertoire, improvisation and composition, and prepare for their performances. Special attention will focus on different learning styles of students and on pedagogical applications that work for students with special needs and for traditional students.

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Pedagogy 101 with Marvin Blickenstaff (2-14-18)

Pedagogy 101 with Marvin Blickenstaff (2-14-18)

We all have our favorite ways to conduct a first lesson with a new student. But how do those first lesson experiences flower into concepts of reading, rhythm, technique, and creativity? This webinar will discuss the first lesson and ways in which that important time provides the platform for elementary instruction.

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Autism and Piano Study with Scott Price (1-31-18)

Autism and Piano Study with Scott Price (1-31-18)

This in-depth session will outline basic procedures for teaching piano in the world of students with autism. Subjects will include detailed routines useful and necessary for fostering learning and performance success. Specific teaching techniques will include emphasis on basic skills such as music reading, counting, fingering, etc., and how they can be adapted for child-specific learning situations leading to success on the recital platform.

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