An NCKP Goody

From My Pantry to Yours

The National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy starts tomorrow in Chicago. I’ll be making the 4-hour trek from my Northeast Indiana home with my friend, Joy Morin from Color in My Piano blog.

I look forward to meeting some of you and wanted to let you know I have a special treat to hand out at NCKP, but you have to ask me personally for one!

The only requirement is that you use the word “Pantry” when you ask.

Something along the lines of:

What’s in your Pantry?

or

Can I have something from your Pantry?

I have limited stock, but I’ll give you a clue that it’s something yummy and healthy. See you soon!

 

Recommended Reads

My 2016 Reading List

“I wish I had more time to read.”

Have you ever had this thought?

 

I do. All-the-time. If we’re being really honest here, I’ll probably always feel this way because as far as reading goes, I simply love it.

As we were closing out 2015 and about to enter 2016, I decided it was time to put a stop to my continual pining over this same thought.

“I wish I had more time to read.”

“I wish I had more time to read.”

“I wish I had more time to read.”

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NCKP Meet-Up with Amy and Tim

The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy is just around the corner. This biennial conference put on by The Francis Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is always held in Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

The 2015 event was my first NCKP experience and I was hooked. Being that I’m only a 3-4 hour drive away, I plan on attending every one from now on!

After my first Piano Pantry reader’s dinner at MTNA in Baltimore, I was excited to get the chance to offer something again at NCKP. This time I’m honored to team up with Tim Topham who’s making the trek all the way from Australia for this great conference.

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Retreat at Piano Manor

My friend, Joy Morin over at Color in My Piano has been wanting to do a retreat at her home for piano teachers for a long time and this is the year!

I’m excited to be a part of this 3-day retreat at her home in Northwestern Ohio this coming August as the official “food planner.” Yea!

This is the time of year everyone’s making plans for the summer months. Add this to your list!

For details visit Joy’s website.

Personal Teaching Tweaks

Recently, in an attempt to work on letting my students take more ownership of their lesson and learning, I’ve tried tweaking a few things with my teaching style. It’s nothing major but I thought it might be fun to share.

 

Ownership

As a very organized person who likes things neat and tidy, and wants to be as efficient with our short amount of time together, I found myself doing too many things for my students. Continue reading

Meet My Piano Pantry Dinner Guests!

What a delightful time we had at the first annual Piano Pantry reader’s dinner!

Our party of 20 met on Monday night of the 2017 MTNA Conference in Baltimore at Ten Ten American Bistro. I was pleased to find such a great restaurant a convenient 5-minute walk from the Marriott. The interior was fabulous and the food matched the quality of the chic atmosphere.

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2017 MTNA Conference, Baltimore

After months of anticipation, four days of our lives have come and quickly gone. Another conference is in the books, and as always we have a renewed spark for our profession, anticipation for trying something new, excitement in new friendships and connections, and joy in our own learning.

Held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, we had access to a beautiful view of the harbor and quick and easy access to amazing restaurants.

Making the 12-hour drive (with stops) with my travel buddy, Joy Morin, of Color In My Piano blog added to the adventure.

In this photo, we are joined by our friends Daniel Patterson (blogger at GrowYourMusicStudio.com) and Christina Whitlock (who authored the 3-part series here on Piano Pantry The Varsity Musician’s Playbook).

 

Highlights

I couldn’t have picked a better “kick-off” encounter than getting a chance to meet and chat with Wendy Stevens over lunch my first day.

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2017 MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant

On my 12-hour drive to the MTNA conference, I take a moment to check my email. I see an email from “MTNA Foundation Fund.”

“Oh my, this is it!” I think…”did I get it?”

The preview subject: “Dear Amy, The Teacher Enrichment Grant Committee has…”

Ah! The suspense. They’re going to make me OPEN the email to find out?!…

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5-Days of Giveaways | 05: MTNA Membership

The final day has arrived for the one-year anniversary celebration of Piano Pantry!

Thank you to everyone who entered Monday’s (day 4) giveaway! Congratulations to Elizabeth Poore (who has been notified via email) winner of a one-year subscription (Plus) for the Sproutbeat app! Thanks to all who entered.

Unlike the rest of the 24-hour giveaways, I’ve decided to extend the deadline for today’s giveaway to three days. It will close at 12:00 am on Friday, March 17. 

Why you ask?

Today’s sponsor is Music Teachers National Association. Thanks to their generosity, they agreed to sponsor the price of a National membership to a NEW member (someone who has never been a member). I want to allow plenty of time to get the word out! *(To further clarify, the award is the national level portion, not state or local).

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Conference “Management” 101 

Tips for using Evernote plus a free resource

It was the year 2000. While the world was rejoicing in making it successfully through Y2K without disaster, I was excited and rejoicing in the world – my new world, that is, as a budding music educator. In January 2000 I would have attended my first ever professional music educator conference as a freshman in college.

Yeah, I took piano lessons since the age of seven. Yeah, I had been both a band and a choir kid at one time or the other since 5th grade. Yeah, I played piano for my church ever since I was a kid  (despite running off the stage in tears the first time after messing up). Yeah, I helped teach parts in high school choir (because I could play piano) and student taught as a senior. That was all good, but my new role of learning to teach music rather than just do it myself was what I was focused on as I attended my first M.E.N.C. (Music Educators National Conference) at the turn of the millennia.

Conferences. Are. Awesome. I love every minute – I really do, and that’s what I want to talk about today.

Later this week I’ll be headed to the 2017 Music Teachers National Association Conference in Baltimore, MD, so the topic is fresh on my mind.

There are three things I want to cover with you today.

  1. Why you should attend a conference (especially in person).
  2. How I manage the wealth of knowledge I gain at conferences, so I don’t wake up three months later realizing I’ve not applied what I learned as much as I should.
  3. I have a free download of 22 Professional Development Resources including online and live conferences, workshops, courses, and webinars that an independent music teacher like myself might want to check out.

 

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