Stay tuned for more information on the 2013/2014 Seminar Schedule in December!
|9:00-10:30 am||Pedagogical Session A|
|10:45 am - 12:15 pm||Pedagogical Session B|
|1:00-2:30 pm||Pedagogical Session C|
|2:30-3:00 pm||Reflection and Summary|
Pedagogical Session Descriptions
Fostering student motivation and identity
Building a sense of ownership and personal connection with music is one of the essential tasks of music teachers, and the key to student success. By using a wide range of creative approaches to develop and increase student engagement, teachers can instill and nurture a life-long passion for music. This session will explore innovative ideas on how to increase motivation, inspire effective practicing, and encourage self-directed learning. Ideas on how to engage parental support and inspire student ownership will also be highlighted.
Building a healthy technique and body awareness
At the core of successful and satisfying music making is the challenge of creating an effective and comfortable physical approach to the instrument. This interactive session will include activities with “hands-on” solutions to the most significant technical challenges faced by developing pianists. Areas to be covered include building a healthy technique from the beginning, understanding individual biomechanics, and practical approaches to achieving control of sound quality and fluency. With a well-coordinated technique students are free to engage their musical sensitivities, explore new ideas and concepts, and expand their musical horizons.
Engaging adult learners
There is a growing appreciation for the value and benefits of music study for mature students. In this session, discover effective strategies and methods for working with adult learners and explore approaches to support adult learning styles. Learn more about how to facilitate the needs of adult students with setting appropriate goals, overcoming technical challenges, engaging individual motivation and exploring diverse teaching material. Experience creative activities for successfully engaging and inspiring adult learners who are part of the largest growing market of music students.
Working with students with special needs
Excellence in teaching is attained by approaching each student as a unique individual, and adapting strategies and approaches to meet each student’s special needs. In some cases, special needs may arise from physical challenges, such as problems with vision, hearing loss, physical structure or lack of coordination. In other cases, special needs may arise from issues relating to cognition, concentration or focus. This informative session will discuss a range of teaching strategies, materials, and approaches to reach individual learners successfully. Practical approaches to support students with conditions in the autism spectrum, attention deficit, or cognitive processing will be demonstrated and explored. Learn more about building a positive educational experience for students with special needs, and explore strategies for nurturing a wide range of students to fully develop their musical potential.
Inspiring individual artistry
One of our primary goals as music teachers is to engage students’ imagination and develop their creativity through performing and understanding music. This inspiring session explores ways of encouraging student artistry through teaching the music of the masters. Discover how to incorporate theory and history alongside repertoire study to build deeper connections for students. Practical approaches to building stylistic awareness, engaging individual personal expression and exploring colouristic sound production at the piano will be discussed and demonstrated.
|Jennifer Snow||Christopher Hahn|
|Scott Price||James Anagnoson|
|Pete Jutras||Tom Green|
|Janet Lopinski||Linda Kundert-Stoll|
|Christine Vanderkooy||Kent McWilliams|
|Dianne Werner||Susan Telner|