2020 Off the Bench & Technology Path

Rosemarie Penner
Rosemarie Penner

Who Says You Need to Stay on the Bench?

We all know the best players are on the (piano) bench. But, getting students off the bench has many wonderful benefits! How do we stay pedagogically sound while getting off the bench? Brain research shows that approaching new concepts in many ways deepens learning. And we all have had students that wiggle on the bench. Getting off the bench can be as active or relaxed as you or your student needs. Get ready for a session sure to get you off your seat … and smiling as you learn!

Rosemarie Penner is an educator, boutique piano studio owner, clinician, writer & composer. She has a Bachelor of Education (with a focus on special needs education) & has been teaching for over a decade. Rosemarie believes as educators we never really stop learning or exploring new ideas. The Unfinished Lesson provides creative strategies & smart tech ideas – even for non-techie teachers – to solve the challenges of running a business while keeping students coming back for more! When Rosemarie isn’t teaching, writing or composing, she loves spending time with her family, reading copious amounts of novels, enjoying a cup of tea, and baking plant-based goodies!

Charlene Jarvis
Charlene Jarvis

Create Camaraderie with an ULTRA CHALLENGE (How To Concoct a Challenge Teens will go Wild for!)

In her decades of teaching piano, Charlene noticed many students’ interest and achievements began to wane in their adolescence. In an effort to inspire her teen piano students, she implemented a bi-annual program to encourage achievement of a specific, yet difficult goal. With an intentionally challenging goal, the reward is extra sweet – a trip to Disneyland! (or similar Adventure in your area) This session covers the logistics for creating a similar program for your studio.

Charlene Shelzi Jarvis is an Arizona independent piano teacher with a thriving studio, Club Piano. She is co-author of all TCW Resources Products now published by Kjos. She studied at BYU-I and Utah State University where she was faculty at the USU Youth Conservatory. She directed the prestigious Arizona Youth Piano Competition. She has held numerous positions in her local and state MTNA association, and is a favorite presenter at MTNA National conferences, MusicEdConnect, and at NCKP.

Nicole Douglas
Nicole Douglas at MusicEdConnect.com

Instilling Imagery that Inspires

Studies have shown that memory retention is higher when facts can be incorporated into stories that give students a multi-sensory image to picture. The more senses engaged, the better the memory. With only 30-60 minutes of lesson time per week, the more imagery a teacher can compact into those minutes, the more effective the practice at home can be. This talk will present imagery-filled metaphors for helping students grasp important piano techniques.

Nicole Douglas is the owner of Nicole Douglas Music Studio. Her business and marketing research background have helped shape her perspectives on teaching children and adults. Having been a stubborn teenage student growing up, she thought she would never want to be a teacher and tell students what to do. She is so glad she fell into teaching later in life. Studying how students learn and how the brain works have been a passion of hers for a long time. She recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Injury Preventive Keyboard Technique through Salem College, where she trained with Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink.

Rosemarie Penner
Rosemarie Penner

Incorporating Technology Into Lessons … Even if you aren’t tech savvy

Technology is all around us & it isn’t going anywhere. Our students don’t get excited about tech. They expect it because, for the majority of them, they have never known anything else. So, how do we incorporate tech into lessons & our studios in a thoughtful & meaningful way? Don’t use technology for technology’s sake! Learn how to choose the BEST apps that meet your student’s needs, when it’s better to use your device or your student’s, & plenty of ideas to get even the most non-tech savvy teacher going.

Rosemarie Penner is an educator, boutique piano studio owner, clinician, writer & composer. She has a Bachelor of Education (with a focus on special needs education) & has been teaching for over a decade. Rosemarie believes as educators we never really stop learning or exploring new ideas. The Unfinished Lesson provides creative strategies & smart tech ideas – even for non-techie teachers – to solve the challenges of running a business while keeping students coming back for more! When Rosemarie isn’t teaching, writing or composing, she loves spending time with her family, reading copious amounts of novels, enjoying a cup of tea, and baking plant-based goodies!

George Litterst
George Litterst

Technology for Inspired Teaching

Today’s best teaching practices take advantage of well-placed uses of technology . We can advance our pedagogical goals by using many tools we and our “digital native” students may already own: mobile devices, interactive resources, digital scores, and technology-equipped pianos. Join us as we explore eye-opening ways to engage students, both in our studios and throughout our global communities.

George Litterst is a well known music educator in the United States. A frequent clinician at national music educator conferences (such as Music Teachers National Association and National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy), he is an author, performer, and music software developer. A classically-trained pianist, he presents multimedia performances on technology-equipped acoustic pianos. For many years, he has been an associate editor for Clavier Companion and co-author of the Random Access column for American Music Teacher. As a music software developer, he is co-author of the intelligent music display app, SuperScore, and other software products from TimeWarp Technologies.

Penny Lazarus
Penny Lazarus

Teaching Expressive Communication Using Silent Movie Projects in the Music Studio!

Internet technology allows instant access to the forgotten art of accompanying silent movies, which is again gaining interest among musicians now that silents are re-mastered and easily available. Wonderful silent movie projects can be used with students of all ages and abilities to teach improvisation, performance skills and how music engages our imagination to tell a story.  We will look at music samples to use with students of all levels, cue sheets, and educational lesson plans.  Watch your students use their own music to create impressive movie sound scores to their delight and and fascination.

Penny Lazarus, NCTM, has a B.A. in Piano Performance, a B.S. in Psychology, an M.A. in Art History, and Teaching Certification in Secondary Education. She has undertaken Ph.D. work in the Philosophy of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. She maintains a unique project-based 45-student piano studio with a high retention rate in the seaside town of Newburyport, MA. Her multi-pronged educational background allows Penny to approach piano teaching with creativity and insight with silent movies, art, a social consciousness. Penny is a published writer in Keyboard Companion, Clavier Companion, The Piano Magazine and the National Association for Music Education, and has presented for her local MTNA, and NCKP.