9:00 AM Depart Walter Hall Rotunda Parking Lot for the Hocking Hills
10:00 AM Old Man's Cave Hike
12:00 PM Lunch at Ash Cave Picnic Area Bring your own lunch or purchase a box lunch in advance when registering.
12:30 PM Ash Cave Hike
2:00 PM Depart for Athens, Ohio/Walter Hall Rotunda Parking Lot
Afternoon to Explore Athens
Dinner on Your Own
6:00 PM Piano Safari: The Journey Begins | Katherine Fisher, clinician Are you interested in learning more about what sets Piano Safari apart from other methods? Join co- author and internationally respected pedagogue Katherine Fisher as she provides an overview of this highly acclaimed piano series that is revolutionizing piano teaching and learning around the world.
7:30 PM Welcome Reception Featuring the Ohio University Faculty Jazz Trio Enjoy conversation with colleagues while enjoying some fantastic jazz music by the Ohio University Faculty Jazz Trio. Light refreshments and beverages (cash bar will be available) will be served.
Friday, June 14, 2024
8:30-8:50 Coffee and Pastries Sponsored by Alfred Music
8:00-5:00 Exhibits Open
8:50-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00-10:00 Group and Games: Teaching Ideas for Beginning Level Pianists | Katherine Fisher, clinician Join presenter Katherine Fisher as she shares her experiences with teaching group classes for beginning students between the ages of 4-10. Discussion will center around the structure of each class, activities, games, and strategies that will make teaching early ages both fun and successful.
10:15-11:15 Practice that Sticks and Transfers Better to the Stage | Noa Kageyama, clinician Olympic diving coach Jeff Huber once remarked that he had two goals for his athletes. One, was to help them learn how to dive better. The other, was to help them learn how to dive better in competition. Indeed, it turns out that learning a skill and being able to perform that skill under pressure are unique challenges, requiring different methods of preparation. In this session, we will explore the research on practice that "sticks," and practice strategies that elite performers use to avoid “but it sounded better at home” syndrome.
11:30-12:00 Building a Bridge: Creating Synergy Between Piano Teachers and School Music Educators Christopher Fisher, clinician and round table moderator It is assumed that piano teachers and public school music educators are all on the same team, yet it often seems we go about our separate paths with little intentional collaboration. Dr. Fisher will share the initial results of a current research study he is part of that is examining whether independent piano teachers and public school music educators collaborate and if so, what are best practices and examples of successful collaborations. Attendees will then participate in break-out groups to discuss further ideas for greater collaboration in order to have a more substantive impact on engaging current and future generations with the transformative power of music. .
12:00-12:30 Luncheon Tickets must be purchased in advance.
12:30-1:00 Keynote Address
1:00-1:45 Collegiate Poster Presentations, Exhibits, and Stretch
1:45-2:45 Beating Performance Anxiety and Experiencing More Joy on Stage | Noa Kageyama, clinician Elite athletes and coaches have known for decades that physical preparation alone is not enough to perform optimally under pressure. And increasingly, musicians too are engaging in mental skills training and ways of practicing and preparing which can lead to more consistent, inspired, and engaged performances. In this session, we'll explore the two components of performance anxiety and experiment with several strategies designed to help your students perform up to their full abilities when it counts.
3:00-4:00 The Parental Role in Piano Study | Gary McPherson and Christopher Fisher, clinicians Parents play a vital role in their children’s musical education. This presentation will outline a framework for understanding parent–child interactions and will demonstrate how parents' goals and aspirations impact the styles and practices they adopt during their interactions with their children. At the heart of this presentation will be practical suggestions for how parents can help motivate their child, enrich their musical education, and foster the type of intrinsic motivation that allows a child to cope with the challenges of learning while becoming passionately engaged pianist.
4:15-5:15 Presentation TBA
5:15-5:30 Visit Exhibits
5:30-7:00 Dinner on Your Own
7:00-8:30 Featured Artist Recital | Kate Liu, piano
8:30-9:30 Post-Concert Reception | Sponsored by Solich Pianos and the Yamaha Corporation of America
Saturday, June 15, 2024
8:15-9:15 The RCM Certificate Program: A Pathway to Musical Excellence | Janet Lopinski, clinician Join us to explore The RCM Piano Syllabus, your roadmap for teaching and learning. Discover new programs, opportunities and resources that support teachers and students, and observe a remote exam with the opportunity to participate in the evaluation experience.
9:30-10:30 Fostering Collaboration: Chamber Music for Young Pianists | Emely Phelps, clinician One of the greatest joys for musicians is playing with others. The spark of inspiration can be much more active and present when someone else is sharing in the music-making process. And yet for many students, the opportunity to be a collaborative partner is often not extended until after many years of lessons. What are the ways in which chamber music, whether it be a duo or octet or anything in between, shapes us as musicians and individuals and how can we make sure to provide these opportunities to students, whatever their age and level? This presentation will survey examples of intermediate-level chamber music literature and will illuminate chamber music skills and rehearsal techniques we can teach in individual lessons, with or without other musicians present.
10:30-12:00 Featured Artist Master Class | Kate Liu, piano
12:00-1:00 Luncheon Tickets must be purchased in advance.
1:00-1:30 Professional Piano Teaching: A Town Hall Meeting | Christopher Fisher, moderator Participants will have the opportunity to ask pedagogical questions and receive advice from panelists and participants during the lively, interactive session.