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Archived Webinars 2019-2020

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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