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Hear from many amazing presenters and be re-inspired, motivated, and learn new tips and techniques to make your students shine! You will have the opportunity to network with other teachers, both private and schools to gain new ideas from others and build friendships that last a lifetime. Visit the exhibit hall and learn about new products and services and conference promotions! View sessions here.
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MusicEdConnect.com live conference is just two weeks away, February 1-4, 2017! What a fantastic line up of presenters and sessions there are this year including Kevin Olson, Scott McBride Smith, Fred Karpoff, George Litterst, Shana Kirk, Linda Christensen, Thomas Lanners, Carol Matz, Jennifer Foxx, Bradley Sowash, Charlene Shelzi Jarvis and many more!
If you haven’t registered yet, it isn’t too late. Use coupon code 1017 for $10 off through January 21, 2017.
Please note: Full Access Members must register before January 30, 2017 to have access on the first day of the conference. Replay pass members may register at any time.
I can’t wait to see you at MEC this year!
Mark your calendars for the 2017 MusicEdConnect.com conference, live February 1-4, 2017 or anytime after on-demand. Your favorite presenters are all returning along with new presenters Kevin Olson, Carol Matz, Paul Sheftel, Charlene Shelzi and more! The session line up is amazing!
Don’t Just Be a Good Teacher … Be a GREAT Teacher! Find out how from all of the following presenters at MusicEdConnect.com.
What sessions are you most looking forward to this year? All of your favorite presenters are coming to you soon! The live online conference will take place February 2-6, 2016 with an all new TECH TUESDAY! Register now with code MEC16 and save $10 through January 27, 2016 on a full access pass or replay pass.
Keynote: The Road Ahead: Piano Study for the Next Generations
Presented by Pete Jutras, Ph.D, NCTM
Is piano study declining or thriving? We see a world of accomplished pianists who can perform difficult repertoire with ease. At the same time we note declining concert attendance, slumping piano sales, and an increasing need to justify arts education. Meanwhile, a new generation of students is entering our studios—a generation that has already witnessed unprecedented change. The primary agents of this change (think smartphones, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) did not exist ten years ago, yet they have radically altered the way students learn, gather information, and interact with the world. Will piano teaching and piano study remain an important part of this future world, or are we headed for obsolescence? What is the best way to teach the next generation effectively?
Developing Listening and Rhythmic Skills with Popular Music
Presented by Mario Ajero
Mario will cover the merits of teaching popular music to students in order to develop their listening and rhythmic skills in fun and engaging ways. He will show how to utilize popular music to develop students’ aural vocabulary that will translate into making them more well-rounded musicians. Effective uses of digital audio recordings, apps, and other technologies will also be demonstrated so that students have a foundation to excel in music of various genres.
How To: Broadcast Your Recitals Live on the Internet
Presented by Mario Ajero
The 21st century is all about technologies that connect people and their activities together. Family and friends often live in different communities. Music teachers are often challenged to assemble an audience for their students in one location. Today, we have access to convenient and inexpensive resources to stream recitals live over the Internet to audiences around the world. In this session, Mario Ajero will show you how to broadcast your students’ recitals so that they can be enjoyed by anyone on their mobile phone, tablet, computer, or their home television sets.
Presented by Sara Ernst
The Question, the Statement, and the Assessment: skillful use of these three powerful modes of communication is a cornerstone of great teaching. Music teachers are encouraged to limit verbal instructions in favor of demonstration and discovery, and to talk less and play more during the lesson. Teachers are therefore faced with the task of choosing their few words carefully. Each mode of communication is examined through analysis of common lesson scenarios, and best practices and common pitfalls of teaching will be identified. Discover how to immediately improve the delivery and clarity of your instruction.
Presented by Dr. Pamela Pike
The ability to read music at sight is a critical skill for beginning and intermediate musicians. Dr. Pike will discuss effective strategies that teachers can use to enable students to recognize musical patterns, develop motor skills, and hone reading skills.
Technology on a Shoestring
Presented by Shana Kirk
Great tools for pedagogy and studio business aren’t limited to expensive subscriptions and the latest gadgets. Join Shana to explore free and low-cost technology solutions to everyday needs, including business tools, flashcards, notation, music history, and listening libraries, as well as ways to get the most out of whatever devices you already own!
Presented by Jennifer Foxx
Engaged learning is the process in which students actively participate in their learning. In this presentation Jennifer will share how to identify and assess learning styles, understand how the ear, eye, hand and mind play an important role in the music learning cycle, understand how to influence motivation, build confidence and promote competence, and apply practical tools to engage learning. This presentation will conclude with specific activities and resources teachers can use to check for understanding and create a more engaged learning environment.
Understanding Chord Symbols
Presented by Bradley Sowash
One of the biggest challenges beginning pop/jazz improvisers face is learning to construct and interpret chord symbols. This session provides a straightforward explanation of the principles, common practices and variations found in contemporary chord nomenclature.
How To: Extend Your Screen
Presented by Linda Christensen
Coping with Parents
Presented by Dr. Scott McBride Smith
“I can always work with the students,” said one well-known teacher. “It’s the parents who give me fits.” Do you feel a little fit-full yourself? Running a successful independent studio requires expertise in dealing with difficult people. Handled correctly, complainers can turn into your biggest supporters. Join Scott McBride Smith for a hands-on session full of practical techniques and ideas for managing those important, and sometimes annoying, parents.
A Quick Guide to the Most Popular Piano Classics Students Love to Play
Presented by Elizabeth Gutierrez
Having a hard time deciding which piano classics you should teach and when? Do you wonder whether your students will like your selections? Elizabeth will help you narrow down the sea of choices to create a well-rounded, balanced repertoire for students of all abilities and especially those with discerning tastes.
Presented by Fred Karpoff
When healthy biomechanics are integrated into beginning piano lessons, a solid foundation is established for accelerated learning. By applying whole-body methods similar to those required for dance and martial arts, our students will gain better coordination and progress more rapidly. This sets the stage for better problem-solving and lessons that feature more teaching and less correcting. Fred will focus on ten basic movements for beginners to acquire from the earliest lessons–no matter what age–including the Quiet Hand, Vibrato, Rebound, In and Out, and other three-dimensional concepts.
Presented by Dr. Thomas Lanners
Studio classes are akin to private lessons, but require a higher level of engaging communication and a distinct teaching approach. Thomas will show how to create valuable and enjoyable educational experiences through periodic studio classses to supplement weekly lessons. Learn how to share valuable information with everyone present by projecting your voice, utilizing inclusive body language and gestures, asking questions and opinions of all, and addressing musical and technical issues that resonate with all students, regardless of their current playing level.
Garage Band 101
Presented by David Love
Unlock the potential of one of the iPad’s most powerful music-making apps, GarageBand. In this live session you will learn the ins and outs of the multi-tracking app that will excite and inspire young composers. View the second half on your own time to discover how you can take GarageBand to the next level by helping a student turn a lead sheet into a stellar background track for a unique performance experience at their next recital.
Marketing Magic to Make your Studio Sparkle
Presented by David Love
Still putting up 8.5×11” flyers advertising your studio with the same old cursive font and removable phone number tabs at the bottom? In this session, we will explore practical marketing tips from this generation for the independent music teacher. Learn how to maximize your efforts in everything from social media to good old fashioned word of mouth.
Presented by Alejandro Cremaschi
During this step-by-step session, learn the process of video recording a performance with your tablet, spiffing it up with iMovie for iPad or iPhone, and publishing it to YouTube, a free online video service. No previous knowledge required! Alejandro will discuss and answer your questions about the tools used in this presentation, including video and media formats, editing programs, and video websites.
Developing a Sense for Rhythm and Timing
with Latin American Piano Pieces
Latin American music is ideal to help students develop a broad understanding of rhythm and timing. Several Latin American composers created attractive piano pieces, often inspired in folk traditions, where rhythm is the primary element.
During this presentation Alejandro will introduce Latin American intermediate and advanced pieces that contain rhythmic and timing challenges, and will demonstrate practical techniques to help students develop a better understanding of rhythm, timing and direction. Some of these challenges include rubato, syncopation, hemiolas, cross-rhythms, irregular rhythms and rhythmic groupings, and toccata-style rhythmic writing. The goal is to help students learn how to feel music “beyond the beats,” to help them develop better rhythmic control, and more efficient and musical ways of organizing phrases based on a sense of embodied rhythmic flow and macrobeat. The lecture will feature sample performances of the repertoire.
Wires No More!
Presented by George Litterst
During the last 2 decades, there have been many advances in the area of music technology. To take full advantage of the teaching opportunities provided by these technologies, it has been necessary to confront a plethora of wires: cables for audio, Internet, MIDI, USB peripherals, and more. With more recent advances in wireless communications, it is possible to replace most of the spaghetti in your studio. Join this session and learn how to neaten your studio by taking command of Bluetooth, Airplay, wi-fi, and other wireless technologies.
Presented by Nathan Smith
For kids especially, there are few things more addicting than video games. Ever wondered why? Join this session to uncover some of the secrets used by game designers. You’ll see some of the psychology and content organization behind this medium and how it differs from traditional instruction. You’ll also see some ideas of how to use these concepts in your own studios – with or without technology.
Presented by Tim Topham
Tim refutes the idea that pop is the “junk food” of piano lessons and instead helps teachers understand how it can be used both to motivate and teach the fundamentals of music: theory, harmony, form and structure in a way that engages students 100%. He demonstrates how to approach pop in the modern piano lesson, how to make connections between pop and other forms of music and how to gain the greatest pedagogical impact, including with the use of technology.
Teaching Uphill: Making Progress when Your Students are Over-connected, Over-scheduled, and Exhausted.
Presented by Sarah Lyngra
Do you have students who are interested in piano but over-scheduled and don’t have time to practice? In Teaching Uphill you will learn some basics about how the brain works, how students learn, and how to use this to make the best use of your time in the lessons.
Presented by Michelle Sisler
Discover how to easily incorporate your iPad in your teaching. Learn how teachers are creatively using mobile apps to engage their students to learn theory, compose music, play games, create digital ensembles, learn online, record and provide feedback, teach in groups, teach music history, practice and use paperless worksheets. Make your teaching more fun and effective!
Presented by Sally Ritchie
Teaching music concepts off the bench is a great way to learn and strengthen critical theory skills such as note reading, rhythm, key signatures and intervals. Whirligig games are the perfect way to do this in a fun, interactive way in private lessons, group lessons or during summer camps. Don’t get caught up with spending your lesson time on practice sessions. Use your lesson time effectively by identifying areas where students need improvement, play a Whirligig game focusing on that concept, and watch students improve their skills in a matter of minutes.
Musical Scores Have Gone Digital! Have You? (Showcase)
Presented by George Litterst
At long last, there is now a way to collect, organize, view, annotate, and musically interact with digital scores on a mobile device. Introducing… SuperScore! SuperScore is the first and only score-reader that provides:
• Liquid Music Notation™ that enables you to select a viewing size that is comfortable for you
• high resolution musical layout that reformats automatically when you rotate your mobile device
• scores that include embedded musical performances
• option to show and hide instrumental and vocal parts
• score-following features that respond to you when you play the music on a MIDI instrument
• page-turning by swipe, wireless Bluetooth pedal, or automatically during score-following
• markups that can be applied to any score and even shared with students and colleagues
SuperScore music files, on the other hand, literally leap off the page and engage the viewer. SuperScore functions as your personal music librarian, enabling you to keep all of your scores—SuperScores, MusicXML scores (that you create with a music notation program), and PDFs—in one place, at your finger tips.
Join this session and see the latest, cutting-edge product from the folks you brought you Home Concert Xtreme, Classroom Maestro, and Internet MIDI.
The 2016 MusicEdConnect.com on-line conference has another amazing line up of 26 new sessions with your favorite presenters and new this year, TECH TUESDAY! To get the most out of this conference, join us live online from February 2-6, 2016 for 5 full days of sessions and networking. The best part is that you don’t have to choose between 2 good sessions! If you prefer, you can also purchase a reply only pass and watch the sessions anytime on demand until December 31, 2016.
See the session schedule at www.musicedconnect.com. See you there!
Keys to Imagination LLC and MusicEdConnect.com
Looking to add technology to your studio on a budget? Great tools for pedagogy and studio business aren’t limited to expensive subscriptions and the latest gadgets. Join Shana Kirk for Technology on a Shoestring at MusicEdConnect.com online conference to explore free and low-cost technology solutions to everyday needs, including business tools, flashcards, notation, music history, and listening libraries, as well as ways to get the most out of whatever devices you already own!
Register now for MusicEdConnect.com 2016! Save $10 when you use the coupon code 1010 through December 10, 2015.
New this year — we have added Tech Tuesday, an entire extra day of tech tips at beginning and advanced levels! All live sessions include the ability to interact with presenters and network with attendees in real time! Can’t attend live? No problem! Purchase a replay pass and see all of the sessions on-demand until December 31, 2016.
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We are excited that MusicEdConnect.com starts this week! Don’t miss the opportunity to join us live starting this Wednesday, February 4 through Saturday, February 7, or purchase a replay pass to watch all the sessions on-demand until December 31, 2015.
The 2015 MusicEdConnect.com live conference is coming soon, February 4-7, 2015! Join us for the interactive, live sessions, networking, and on demand videos with a full access pass, or purchase a replay pass to watch the on-demand videos on your own schedule.
You won’t want to miss these sessions:
- Everyday Technology for Every Lesson – Shana Kirk
- Creating a Studio Policy and Sticking to It! – Jennifer Foxx
- Why Teaching Creativity Matters – Bradley Sowash
- So You Teach in Groups? There’s an App for That! – Linda Christensen
- From Inspiration to Publication: Spark Creativity with Today’s Hottest Apps – Leila Viss
- Memorization-Psychological Data and Some Practical Tips – Dr. Scott McBride Smith
- The Trouble with Transfers: Tips for Transitioning Without Tears or Fears – Elizabeth Gutierrez
- Effortless Trills and Tremolos – Fred Karpoff
- iPad-Keyboard Combos: The Next Frontier – Susan Ogilvy and Dennis Mauricio
- Understanding the Mind’s Role in Natural, Healthy Movement and Musical Interpretation – Dr. Thomas Lanners
- “Why didn’t someone tell me before?” Adventures in Online Teaching – Sarah Lyngra
- Google’s Best Kept Secret: Google Forms – Sarah Lyngra
- Electronic Scores and the Contemporary Musician – George Litterst
- The Making of a Music Superhero (Showcase) – Sally Ritchie and Michelle Sisler
- Piano Maestro: Your partner for Increased Student Motivation and Engagement! (Showcase) – David Love
PLUS, attendees get special offers and freebies from the exhibitors in the conference book. Visit the exhibit hall here!
We are excited about MusicEdConnect.com coming up again in February! You won’t want to miss your favorite presenters from last year such as Scott Smith, Bradley Sowash, Fred Karpoff, Sarah Lyngra, Leila Viss, Linda Christensen, Jennifer Foxx, Thomas Lanners and Elizabeth Guiterrez and NEW presenters George Litterst, Susan Ogilvy, Dennis Mauricio and Shana Kirk!
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The sessions for MusicEdConnect.com 2015 are now available on our website, www.musicedconnect.com! We have a fantastic line up of nationally-known presenters with awesome ideas to share. Learn from the best. You won’t want to miss this!