MusicEdConnect is an opportunity for teachers to attend a national conference online, without travel expenses. Since sessions are live, attendees can connect with the presenter to ask questions, just as a conference. Want to watch a session again? No problem. View video archives online. In addition, connect and network with teachers who were also in the session to find out how they applied the ideas from the session. Is your favorite part of a convention the showcases and exhibits? No problem! We have those, too. Best of all, you don’t have to leave home and can sit in your most comfortable chair in your pajamas, if you wish.
At a very young age, Michelle discovered her talent and love for music. Through Michelle’s creative and fun teaching style, she has effectively taught piano to many students (ages ranging from 6 to 83). Michelle’s use of technology and creative teaching materials have gained her national recognition and a unique place at the forefront of music education. Her materials allow teachers to incorporate technology into music lessons. Michelle has presented sessions at The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Music Teachers National Association conference, and various state conferences and local groups. She has written technology articles for Keyboard Companion, a series of technology articles in Clavier, and reviews in American Music Teacher. Michelle has co-authored Studio Makeover, Technology “Addition”®, Double Click Curriculum®, Are We There Yet? A Musical Journey Around the Globe®, Road Trip: America the Beautiful, and Sebastian Sharp and the Case of the Missing Manuscript, all available from Keys to Imagination LLC.
Linda Christensen teaches applied piano, group piano, and music technology at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. She is in high demand as a clinician, and has presented numerous national and international workshops focusing on integration of technology into music teaching.
Sarah Lyngra is an American who has been teaching piano since 1994, and since 1997 she has taught in the expatriate communities in Denmark and the Middle East. She has studied with Madelyn Trible for 5 years in Louisiana, and while in Denmark she studied with Jose Ribera, of the Royal Danish Music Conservatory. She is currently studying Jazz Improv over the internet with Dave Frank, who is in New York City. She has a Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering, and though she doesn’t teach fluid mechanics to her students, the engineering background has been very useful in assessing how students learn, trying new ideas on teaching and creating a systematic approach to both teaching and learning.
In Denmark she started working with children with severe learning disabilities. Her son, Nikolai was diagnosed with a vision related learning disability when he was in first grade. These experiences along with advances in music notational software and a lot of research lead her to creating a color coded piano method which was originally designed for young beginners.
In Saudi Arabia, where Sarah is currently living, there are very few piano teachers. This has been a wonderful opportunity because it has made her learn the mechanics of online teaching and piano lessons through Skype. Due to the lack of teachers, Sarah created a teen-mentorship program where her teenaged students are required to have beginning piano students themselves. In order to support these fledgling teachers, Sarah has created a complete getting started program for these teachers, and concrete systematic ways to teach students how to practice, assess pieces and make progress both for themselves and their own students. Saudi Arabia has limited music resources, so Sarah creates a large percentage of the materials she uses to teach, which are available on her websites.