7:30-8:30 Collegiate Chapters/Young Professionals Networking Event Sponsored by Piano Safari
Friday, June 26, 2020
8:30-8:50 Coffee and Pastries
8:50-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00-9:50 Lost Gems of the Teaching Repertoire | Dr. Julie Knerr Hague, clinician This session will present pieces that until now have been lost to history. Teachers will be inspired to expand their teaching repertoire as they hear some superb pieces by lesser known composers. While continuing to teach the standard greats by Bach and Beethoven, students can also study great works by Battmann, Bonis, Boëly, and Birkedal-Barfod. The session will focus on repertoire at the elementary through early advanced levels. During this session, Dr. Hague will debut a prototype of her new searchable piano repertoire database, pianorep.com, which will officially launch in 2021.
9:55-10:45 The Connected Pianist: Practical Suggestions and Activities to Help Pianists of All Levels Connect to Their Inner Musician | Dr. Sally Cathcart, clinician This will be an interactive presentation looking at the evidence from brain science that highlights the importance of including improvisation, memorization, and audition in piano lessons. Starting with a skills and concept-based approach, this session will cover a range of activities, from beginners to advanced level, that will provide teachers with practical steps for connecting students with their inner musicians.
10:45-11:15 Collegiate Poster Presentations, Exhibits, and Stretch
11:15-12:00 Grass-Roots Music and Arts Advocacy: Expanding our Impact Independent Music Teachers Forum | Annette Hoverman, moderator College Faculty Forum | Dr. Jenny Cruz, moderator Collegiate Chapter Forum | Dr. Christopher Fisher, moderator
12:00-12:25 Luncheon Tickets must be purchased in advance.
12:25-12:45 Keynote Address: Dr. Matthew Shaftel, Dean, Ohio University College of Fine Arts Arts Advocacy
12:45-1:00 Brief Break, Stretch, Exhibits
1:00-1:50 The Versatile Pianist | Andrew Higgins, clinician In this workshop, the clinician will demonstrate methods of teaching that bring all the disparate musical attributes into the same lesson, so multi-faceted learning is the norm not the exception. This approach takes the basis of notation and music theory and exploits its strengths and weaknesses to explore how it can be manipulated, interpreted, and expanded, and how it can then be used to create new ideas through improvisation and composition. This all helps us better understand a composer's intentions so that performances escape the grip of notation and become naturally musical.
1:55-2:45 Go Home & Practice! | Nancy O'Neill Breth, clinician A lecture-demonstration that shows how to help students get the greatest rewards from practicing. Explores how to make practicing more stimulating and enjoyable and how teachers can guide students to shoulder increasing responsibility for practicing effectively. Examples at the piano of down-to-earth tips - what works best, how, when, and why - from Nancy's publications and videos on practicing.
2:45-3:00 Brief Break and Stretch; Visit Exhibits
3:00-3:50 Nurturing Mindful Musicians: Mental Skills for Performance Anxiety Management Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, clinician Performance anxiety is a universal, often misunderstood, and extremely complex phenomenon that affects musicians of all ages and levels of ability. Although there exists no quick or easy solution to stage fright, anxiety management skills can begin in the practice room and in the teaching studio at any stage of development. This session explores current research in the fields of mindfulness-based and sport psychology in order to help teachers and students cultivate the mental skills necessary to manage performance anxiety and encourage successful and gratifying musical experiences.
4:45-5:30 Student Recital | "Inner Reflections" by Jeanine Yeager dedicated to the Ohio Music Teachers Association, in memory of Karen Campo, NCTM
4:45-5:30 Visit Exhibits
5:30-7:00 Dinner on Your Own
7:00-8:30 Featured Artist Recital | George Li, piano
8:30-9:30 Post-Concert Reception | Sponsored by Solich Pianos and the Yamaha Corporation of America
Saturday, June 27, 2020
8:30-9:25 The RCM Certificate Program: The Perfect Pedagogical Tool | Dr. Stephen Pierce, clinician Learn how the RCM supports the art of teaching and the music teaching profession! This session will explore the complete RCM program that includes student curricula, teacher professional development and advanced certification, and a national awards program. Those unfamiliar with the RCM Certificate Program will have a complete program overview including program content and components, publication, digital apps, courses, and more! Those already familiar with the RCM Certificate Program will learn about the new teacher portal, certification opportunities, new digital offerings, and how participating in the RCM Certificate Program supports OhioMTA.
9:30-10:25 Implicit Grammar and Instinctive Musicality | Emely Phelps, clinician What do we really mean when we describe a performance as being "musical"? While most musicians would agree that vivid interpretations balance fidelity to the composer's intentions with individual instincts, how exactly are those instincts formed? Looking beneath the layers of a musical score, this workshop will explore the inherent grammar of music, simple in its essence yet incredibly nuanced in its expression. Focusing on rhythm (how meters create hierarchies of beats, characterizations of dance forms, hyper meter, etc.) and harmony (what it actually means to experience tension and release, how chords express functions through voice leading, etc.), we'll look at how these basic building blocks are manifested in a variety of musical examples, and discuss how students can be guided to experience these elements in meaningful, personal - and ultimately - musical ways.
10:30-12:00 Featured Artist Master Class | George Li, piano
12:00-1:00 Luncheon Tickets must be purchased in advance.
1:00-1:30 OhioMTA Commissioned Composer of the Year Premiere Featuring a new work for piano solo by Ellen Harrison, composer
1:30-2:30 Professional Piano Teaching: A Town Hall Meeting | Dr. Christopher Fisher, moderator Participants will have the opportunity to ask pedagogical questions and receive advice from panelists and participants during the lively, interactive session.