PART 1: TOWARD ADVANCED PLAYING: TECHNIQUE: Intermediate – Advance levels
Anita King, NCTM
CONNECTING THE PART TO THE WHOLE: ENHANCING FREEDOM AND SUPPORT FOR THE ARMS
Focusing on the relationship of the arms to the torso and legs, this session explores the means for optimal coordination of the arms in practice and performance. Making a comparison to musical structure, where notes and rhythms are organized in relation to the music’s slower elements, the movements of the arm structure are organized and supported in relation to the body’s core.
1) Securing whole-body participation in every moment with various parts of the body moving simultaneously at different speeds
2) Exploring the benefits of thinking like a quadruped
3) Putting movement choices on a sound anatomical foundation
4) Exploring the role of sequential movement in coordinating arms, legs and torso
5) Developing the tactile sense to clarify one’s boundary with the instrument
Session format is presentation and short performance demonstrations at the piano. Participants will also explore a range of arm, torso and whole-body movements and engage in awareness-building exercises related to the tactile and kinesthetic senses. Non-pianists are encouraged to bring their instrument and pianists will find a surface with which to engage like a table, notepad, or music stand.
EMBODY RHYTHM ~ FROM THE INSIDE OUT
As educators, we must become more aware of the body’s role in learning. Research now proves that movement profoundly improves learning, creativity, and health. It helps maintain clear thought, memory, and vitality. Thinking, learning and making music is a full body experience. When we experience music through movement, we awaken and activate our mental capacities.
When we integrate and anchor new information through movement, music becomes part of us. We do our students a great service by teaching them to “be rhythm” as they learn. In this session, teachers will explore, and experience how the body integrates through rhythm. They will learn how to begin movement and embody rhythm at lesson one, and how to make it an integral part of every lesson at all levels. They will learn how to get their students more physically involved in the learning process, how to incorporate rhythmical audiation in the learning process, and how to teach polyrhythms with the whole body as the instrument. At the end of this session, teachers will leave with concrete techniques and ready-made exercises for enhancing their students’ musical experiences through embodying rhythm.
Rose Freeman, NCTM (WA) and Monica Sanders, NCTM (OR)
PRESERVING PROFESSIONALISM – MTNA CERTIFICATION 101
How do you maintain professionalism in your studio? Our professional organization, MTNA, has worked diligently to provide us with the best program to become Nationally Certified. The five project Certification process gives each teacher a unique opportunity to answer questions specific to their studio and grow as educators. Whether you’ve been teaching for two years or twenty, pursuing National Certification adds an additional layer that speaks to your credibility as a teacher and sets a standard for private music education across the nation. Those who attend this workshop will leave with an understanding of the application process, the five profile projects, and how MTNA Certification will preserve and re-inspire your teaching as a Professional Music Educator!
Monica Ohuchi and Kenji Bunch
THE SECRET DIARY OF “MONICA’S NOTEBOOK”: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF CREATING NEW REPERTOIRE FOR PIANO
Discussions about the collaborative process of commissioning, composing, recording and performing brand new works and touch on details such as gradations of technical difficulty, recording production and promotion and editing.
Yelena Balabanova, NCTM
WHEN PRACTICE IS NOT ENOUGH
In this dynamic, entertaining, and inspirational presentation, audience members will learn how to motivate students to practice, how to make sure that students follow teachers’ directions, and how to teach students to practice efficiently.
In the first part, Dr.Balabanova explores main factors that prevent students from regular practice besides common opinion of an “overscheduled” student. Does the sub consciousness play a role? What qualities can predict if a student will practice? In the second part, Dr. Balabanova offers unexpected twist on practice schedule and organization for students and parents. How to make sure that a student is following directions? Why some students spend time at their instrument and make a very slow or no progress?
In the third part, Dr. Balabanova offers methods and tips for efficient, goal-oriented practice that produces exciting results and motivation for future learning. The presentation is based on 34 years of her teaching experience. 20 years of coaching teachers, and many years of adjudicating.
Michelle Mielke, NCTM
FREE STUFF ON THE INTERNET!
This presentation will offer sources for a variety of free materials pertinent to music teachers, including worksheets, teaching aids, music scores, listening files, educational webinars, composition tools, websites appropriate for students, and a list of free apps.
Joann Richardson, NCTM and Martha Natiuk (Off-site location)
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE ORGAN MUSIC
After many years of playing organ for various churches, certain pieces of music become tattered from frequent use. We will share some of our favorite well-worn organ music that is of easy to moderate difficulty. Suggestions for registration will also be included.