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Angela Marshall
Angela Marshall
Davis Dorrough
Davis Dorrough

Staying Alive: How to Survive and Thrive as a Modern Music Teacher

Modern culture has changed what parents want and how students learn in music lessons. Despite this, teachers can build a dream job if they are armed with the right information and willing to adapt. Music teachers may believe they are dealing with one generation, but they are actually dealing with three: Millennials, Generation Z, and Generation Alpha. Discover how these three very different generations learn and parent, and how that affects the teaching business in today’s economy.

Angela Marshall is a composer, author, pianist, and teacher who loves finding creative ways to energize her students. She holds a Master of Music Education Degree from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. in Music (Piano) from East Central University. Angela has performed and presented across the United States and Europe. She has completed commissioned compositions for choirs, piano ensembles, and soloists and published numerous piano solos, including Romanza which won the 2013 Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Award.  

Davis Dorrough is co-founder of Lakeside Piano Studios in Edmond, OK where he has taught since 2013. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in piano from Arkansas Tech University, and is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. He has given a variety of presentations for MTNA, NCKP, OMTA, and pedagogy programs across the nation. In addition to piano teaching, Davis also has a strong background in website design, graphic design, and business marketing.

Jennifer Foxx
Jennifer Foxx

Administration Frustration: Simple Strategies for Common Teacher Problems

Do you spend too much time addressing issues such as late tuition payments or having students show up too early or not at all? Do families quit without notice? Wish you could motivate students to practice more? In this session Jennifer will not only address common frustrations but help us better understand parent concerns and how to properly resolve miscommunications and confrontations. Where there is a problem, there is always a strategy to resolve it.

Jennifer Foxx is nationally recognized from her teacher resource blog, MusicEducatorResources.com. She runs a successful piano studio in AZ, and enjoys presenting and creating music resources and curriculum for teachers to use in their studios.

Sarah Lyngra
Sarah Lyngra

How to find Awesome Online Students

Learn how to find online students from an expert in teaching online.

Sarah Lyngra, founder of Yellow Cat Publishing, LLC is an online educator and piano teacher who helps teachers develop their online teaching businesses. Her experience as an ex-pat helps her give great insights about the needs of students in the overseas online piano teaching markets. In addition, Sarah has created programs to help students learn pieces quickly and efficiently – Couch to Concert Hall. For students with learning disabilities- she has created a color coded piano method with Sarah and Nikolai and their friends in Musicland.