The 100 pieces (including individual sonatina movements) in this anthology provide a valuable resource for pianists and piano teachers as well as piano pedagogy faculty and students.
Students tend to love romantic style repertoire, but many of them have a difficult time achieving the necessary musical elements that create a convincing performance. Over the years, Dennis Alexander has received hundreds of questions from piano teachers at workshops, conventions, and through correspondence. DENNIS ALEXANDER has earned an international reputation as one of North America's most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students at all levels. In his session, Powell will stress the value of helping students utilize their right brain in learning at the piano.
Did any of your teachers with whom you studied piano tell you that you were not successful at a particular skill and yet they offered no specific way to help you improve that problem? This session provides a broader understanding of the psychological and emotional aspects of music performance. This session provides specific strategies and exercises for integrating performance psychology into your studio classes and individual lessons. What are some of the theories of motivation and excellence, and what makes our students tick?
What is the magic behind Haydn’s keyboard music, and what are some movements and musical passages permeated with his unique imagination, humor and sense of surprise?
BARBARA FAST, Keyboard Area Chair and Professor of Piano Pedagogy, coordinates the group piano program and teaches graduate and undergraduate piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. EDWARD GATES, Frieda Derdeyn Bambas Professor of Piano at the University of Oklahoma, teaches undergraduate and graduate piano performance as well as graduate seminars in piano literature.
The many sets of theme and variations in the classical repertoire present a wealth of artistic challenges contained within one work.
KAREN BERES recently completed her ninth year on the keyboard faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she coordinates the group piano program and teaches piano pedagogy and secondary piano. The pedagogical duet and duo literature offers many avenues for developing sight reading, musicianship, performance, and ensemble skills. STEVE BETTS is Professor and Chair of the School of Music at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK. Connections exist in the piano world between the great composers and pianists of the past, and ties are passed from teacher to student. STEPHANIE LEON SHAMES joined the University of Oklahoma School of Music Piano Faculty in 2005 teaching chamber music and collaborating in performances with faculty and students. This session explores techniques for solving musical and technical problems inherent in romantic repertoire for late elementary through intermediate level students.
This session will highlight numerous questions that deal with technique, motivation, repertoire, sight reading, rhythm, artistry, memorization, teaching adults, stage fright, and other issues that every teacher must deal with, regardless of the level of the student.
Professor Alexander retired from his position at the University of Montana in May 1996where he taught piano and piano pedagogy for 24 years. Topics will include the parental role in instruction, the use of good psychology, the importance of the beginning of instruction, emphasis on proper use of the body, ear development and the importance of listening to music.


Creative ideas will be given for working with areas such as dynamics, tone, phrasing, tempi, and voicing, as well as concepts of the character of the music. Recently retired from the Conservatory of Music facultyof Capital University, she has taught piano at both the college and preparatory levels for almost fifty years.
Although mental skills make up just one part of the whole performance picture, they are often the part least understood and yet may be the most important in playing your best when it counts. BILL MOORE is a performance psychology consultant working with musicians, athletes, performing artists, and business professional helping both individuals and groups perform at optimal levels when it counts. In this session we investigate various aspects of motivation, unpredictability, creativity, personal truths, and our art. Review performance practice considerations and discuss various sonata movements and other works for teaching and performance. Her book The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature has become a classic reference work for pianists throughout the country. She co-founded the biennial Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy (GP3) National Forum, meeting in 2010 for the sixth conference. Hailed as "a splendid pianist" by The New York Times, he has performed in solo recitals and chamber concerts in the United States, China, and Britain. Explore the pedagogical possibilities for use with your students along with an overview of selected variation sets for use in the piano studio. She was one of six campus-wide recipients of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching award at UNCSA. This session explores these possibilities using repertoire from all ten levels of the Magrath Guide. He has served on the faculties of Louisiana State University and Wichita State University and for fifteen years operated an independent piano studio in Wichita, Kansas. This presentation explores geographic “schools” of piano of the past and the influence of prominent teachers who have made major contributions to the piano field. Her published articles this year include American Music Teacher, the Piano Pedagogy Forum, and the CMS Newsletter.
Ham’s program celebrates over 200 years of Chopin and will feature well-loved works of Chopin by professional and amateur alike. She has performed in Europe, Asia, and the United States and currently is on the piano faculty at the University of Oklahoma. Repertoire was chosen from all style periods and each piece includes suggestions for fingering and pedaling.
Upon moving to California, he has taught privately in addition to serving on the faculties of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge.
DVDs of children’s lessons will be used for demonstration of a number of the areas discussed. Her international reputation as a Suzuki teacher has given her extensive invitations throughout the world to train teachers and teach children.
She currently has more than thirty-five volumes published with Alfred Publishing, and her music editions are used widely throughout the U.S.


Specific suggestions for efficient practicing and memorizing based on a synthesis of current research in music education, music psychology, sports psychology and music cognition will be presented. He has given workshops and master classes across the United States and in Taiwan and the Peoples Republic of China. Currently he is a managing editor for Clavier Companion magazine and has presented at national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association and Music Educators National Conference.
The “royal” lines of piano that connect to the great composers and pianists such as Beethoven and Liszt will be explored and displayed through a computer genealogy program. She has performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of North Texas.
All selections are in their original form (no arrangements, simplifications, or other adaptations). Alexander will share numerous "solutions" to these questions through an interactive powerpoint presentation that will include input from members of the audience.
He currently lives in Albuquerque, NM where he maintains an active composing and touring schedule for Alfred Publishing Company. Beres, a member of the CanAm Piano Duo, remains active in chamber music performance and workshop presentations across North America. His articles have appeared in Clavier Companion, The American Music Teacher, The Journal of Research in Music Education, and Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Nicole teaches applied, group, and piano pedagogy at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Powell is author of Focus on Suzuki Piano and contributed to another book entitled Teaching Suzuki Piano. Moore’s unique blend of experiences as a professional tennis player, intercollegiate coach, and performance psychology specialist has help to develop his reputation as a leading authority in his field. Frequently in demand as a clinician and teacher, during the last twenty years she has performed and given presentations in over forty states including Alaska, and on three continents. Recent projects include a commissioned work for duo piano and percussion by David Maslanka which she has performed throughout the country. He is the lead author of the Time to Begin Activities Book and co-author of other publications for The Music Tree, part of The Frances Clark Library. Currently she serves as the chairman of the International Suzuki Piano Committee which recently finished revising and re-editing all the Suzuki piano books. Magrath is Regents’ Professor and holds the Grant Endowed Chair at the University of Oklahoma where she is Director of Piano Pedagogy.



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