2018 Conference Workshops

Managing Musical Performance Anxiety

Presented by Dr. Joann Kirchner

Have you ever wondered how to overcome those butterflies in your stomach when performing? This workshop will examine coping strategies in dealing with musical performance anxiety and will offer techniques to break the anxiety cycle. 

21st-Century Musicians Are Thriving. Our Music Students Can, Too!

Presented by Keynote Speaker Dr. Susan Tusing

Today's musicians enjoy viable and interesting careers, many of which were unimagined only a generation ago. In this session, we will look at some of these career models as well as how university music schools are now providing meaningful career development resources for their students. We will discuss different - and perhaps new - ways of thinking about musicians' careers that can lead to new discussions with our own students (and their parents!) about college music study and their future as musicians.  

Classical Sonata Form - A Fabulous Journey for the Pianist's Brain, Ears, and Heart, featuring the 1st movement of W.A. Mozart's Sonata in F Major, K. 332

Presented by Dr. Gerald Lee

This masterful movement by Mozart provides an excellent example of sonata form, particularly as it pertains the Classical period. Following a brief introduction of 18th-century, Classical style, we will examine various ways of understanding sonata form, including a logical model, a story-line model, and analytical mapping of the structure. We will hear and see cohesive, musical relationships in this movement, with examples given at the piano. We will explore Classical topics in this movement - that is, commonly understood rhetorical and musical styles. Finally, with view to performance, we will explore memorization strategies. My goal is to present Classical sonata form as a richly satisfying journey - intellectually, musically, and emotionally. 

A Fresh Look into Teaching Scales for Piano Teachers

Presented by Dr. Jacob Womack


A method of teaching scales from a topographical approach to the piano, rather than a theoretical viewpoint, will be presented. This method yields quick results, accurate notes and fingering, and fluent playing. 

50 Tips and Tricks for Teaching the Piano on All Levels

Presented by Dr. Henning Vauth


50-plus short epithets, analogies, metaphors, images, exercises, and principles that help teaching students on all levels to express themselves on the piano. Some of them are my own inventions, some of them stem from my teachers, and some I learned from my students!

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