This past year I was blessed to get the chance to present for several local associations and state and national conferences. Up until about three years ago, I found the idea of presenting terrifying, intimidating, and completely out of my reach.
Luckily, my inner drive, curiosity, and motivation didn’t let those feelings of fear and inadequacy stop me from giving it a shot. In return, I have realized speaking to other teachers is more rewarding than intimidating, more energizing than terrifying, and more within reach to those who persevere (and continually polish those proposals LOL).
Psst…If you’re interested in what I’ve learned along my presenting journey then check out the post Tips for Presenting: Tools, Resources, and a Pep Talk.
Let’s take a quick peek at those of you I was able to be with this past year!
First Applications of Music Learning Theory
My friend, Joy Morin, and I have been excited to get our first duo session out there. It’s exciting not only because it’s a session we put together and can present together, but because we’re able to share what we’ve been learning about applying Music Learning Theory in piano lessons.
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that MTNA is holding some upcoming webinars that I know will be especially excellent.
The first series is by a fellow Indiana colleague and friend, Karen Thickstun. I first shared about Karen in a post leading up to the 2017 MTNA Elections as she was a nominee for President against Martha Hilley (who can beat Texas, you know? LOL).
Karen is highly dedicated to IMTA and MTNA and has been a valuable asset to the Indiana Board of Directors for years serving in many capacities, including President.
Her first webinar is THIS FRIDAY at 12:00 E.S.T.
The second set of webinars is from a session put on at the MTNA Conference in Orlando. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the session, so I’m excited for the chance to see it!
I first met the presenters, Sarah Alexander, Whitney Hawker, and Spring Seals in Baltimore at my Piano Pantry dinner. The presented a session in Baltimore and it was very well done. They also write a blog for piano teachers called 4D Piano Teaching.
As an MTNA member, these are resources included in your membership. Visit the Members Only area of the MTNA Website to register.
M.I.C.K.E.Y – M.O.U.S.E.
That’s all I have to say and now it’s stuck in your head, right?! 😉
Well, another MTNA Conference is in the books. This year’s conference was held at the Coronado Springs Resort at Disney World in Orlando.
Regularly attending live conferences is one of the best choices I’ve ever made as a teacher. Why? Sam Holland stated it best in one of his Questions and Answers articles in Clavier Companion.
We are social animals. We learn from one another in direct exchanges… A live conference is an IMMERSIVE experience in which you leave the regular workday world behind and immerse yourself morning, noon, and night.
I always feel a little lull in my energy for teaching this time of year. The moment I get to the conference, that all starts to slowly melt away. I always walk away feeling renewed and energized to make it through the end of the school year.
I have to say I didn’t take nearly the number of photos I do at conferences, but that’s OK because the ones I did get are highly memorable. Today I’m not going to share a listing of all the sessions I attended or notes, just the “social animal” part. 🙂
I’m corny, I know! LOL.
Surely my title at least made you smile, didn’t it? See, goal accomplished. 😉
Interested in getting some professional development in this year but can’t afford an expensive conference? Would you love a few days away from everything in a relaxed country home with plenty of good food you don’t have to cook? Your opportunity has arrived!
Joy Morin’s piano retreat last year was such a success she’s organizing another!
Everyone’s tummies were apparently happy enough to have me back as the official “caterer.” Yea! Feeding people makes me happy. 🙂
Check out more details over on Joy’s website ColorInMyPiano.com
Hope to see you there to EAT food, MEET people, and RETREAT away! 🙂
The 2018 MTNA National Conference in Orlando, Florida is just around the corner!
Attending the national conferences is always something to look forward to (besides the expense of course! :-). There’s always so much going on and new and exciting things to check out. More than anything I look forward to meeting all of you face to face who I only get to see online otherwise!
My roomie, Joy Morin and I are planning on arriving on Friday the 16th. Even though it was a great time, I’m not planning a Piano Pantry dinner like I did in Baltimore (2017). Disney is just too crazy of a place to organize a formal meet-up!
We wanted a chance to hang out with ya’ll though, so we are planning on being at the Laguna Bar at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (the Conference Hotel) on Friday evening around 8:00 pm.
If you haven’t already scoped it out online, the outdoor area at Coronado Springs looks pretty cool. I hope we have good weather!
No need to RSVP, just plan on coming by if you can. If you’d like to drop me a message, feel free to contact me here or comment on this post.
Hope to see you there!
Don’t Leave too Early!
I’m also looking forward to presenting a session at the conference! It will be my second time ever at a National Conference. Yea! The first time was at 2016 MTNA in San Antonio.
If you’re still around Wednesday morning, catch me bright and early at the very first session at 8 am.
My session is called Taming the Jungle: Digital Management Strategies for the Independent Music Teacher.
It was a privilege to get the chance to present the same session to all the wonderful teachers of Louisville MTA in Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend.
If you’re not too tired by then or already heading to the airport, I hope to see you there!
Dear Piano Teacher,
OK, OK, I’m a total copycat! I admit it. This is not an original idea. Last year, Leila Viss wrote a post called 40 Trendsetting Piano Teaching Resources that she compiled along with her friend Marie Lee (which included Friday Finds B.T.W. 🙂 and I absolutely loved it.
So, I started making a list of items that impacted me this past year and the list just started flowing. As the list evolved, it started to include not just specific events, items, and products that impacted me, or that I “discovered,” but items and happenings that I would consider “big news” in piano teacher world.
In alphabetical order…
In Piano Teacher News
Big changes at The Francis Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy
There’s lots going on at The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy! Not only did they hire a new Full-Time Executive Director in October 2017 (Dr. Jennifer Snow), but in December 2017 they appointed Ryan Greene as the new Director of NCKP (National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy).
Carol Matz’s inter@ctive Piano Method
Composer Carol Matz wrote and published a new method that has online interactive materials.
Colourful Keys Quick Clips
After attending NCKP this summer and seeing all the wonderful teaching demonstrations, Irish piano teacher Nicola Canton began posting short clips of her own teaching on her blog Colourfulkeys.ie.
Several weeks ago, I was lucky to get to participate in playing hostess to a wonderful group of piano teachers during Joy Morin’s Piano Teacher Retreat, “Retreat at Piano Manor,“ where I got to play the role of foodie/caterer!
I thought it would be fun to share the weekend with you from my perspective including meals and recipes I used (links to those available online).
Keepin’ it Healthy
Knowing that we had a gluten-free guest, I decided it was easier to keep that in mind for the whole shebang. Needless to say, I think we ate pretty healthy! Now THAT’S the kind of grocery cart I could aspire to every week. Color and real food.
(Two) Breakfasts Included
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Raspberry Orange Almond Muffins with Sprouted Wheat Flour
Maple Candied Bacon
Honey Vanilla Yogurt
Unfortunately, I missed getting photos of my breakfast tables!
This year is going to be chock-full of opportunities for me to share with teachers at both the local, state, and national levels.
Let me know if you’ll be attending any of these and we can be sure and meet up. Feel free to contact me if you need details. I’m excited to connect with more of you in person and learn together!
I’ve also created a permanent page here on Piano Pantry listing all these upcoming events as well as my previous events and topics. Find it here.
Friday, September 8, 2017
Teaching the Way We Learn: Applications of Gordon’s Music Learning Theory for Piano Teachers (with co-presenter Joy Morin)
Location: Wood-Ottawa Counties MTA (Bowling Green, OH)
Friday, September 29, 2017
Teaching the Way We Learn: First Applications of Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (with co-presenter Joy Morin)
Evernote for the Independent Music Teacher (Lightning Talk)
Location: Indiana MTA state conference (Marion, IN) Continue reading
Following the 2017 NCKP Conference in Chicago, my travel buddy, Joy Morin and I had a few days to explore Chicago. It was great having a little brain break anyway!
I’m going to first share with you a little of our 3-day P.T. vacay followed by some of the great things I attended at the GIML (Gordon Institute for Music Learning) Conference. If you’re not familiar, the conference focuses on teaching inspired by Music Learning Theory (MLT).
Joy and I did a two-week training course in MLT and its practical application for piano in Boston, August 2016 so this was the perfect follow-up.
Chicago Food and Fun
In Laverne and Shirley style, we took to bikes and did the 10 mile(ish) lake shore bike track – we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.