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.
The session, Teaching the Way We Learn: Applications of Gordon’s Music Learning Theory for Piano Teachers, saw it’s premiere with the teachers of the Wood-Ottawa Counties MTA in Bowling Green, Ohio last September. Piggy-backing from there we were honored to get to present it for both Kentucky (pictured above) and Indiana (pictured below) state conferences.
We also just found out this session was accepted for presentation at the 2019 MTNA National Conference in Spokane, Washington!
If you’ve ever submitted a session to the national conference, then you know how on pins and needles you feel waiting to hear back whether or not you’ve been accepted. After getting this session rejected for the 2017 conference in Baltimore, we tweaked and revised and are looking forward to getting it out on the national level!
The moral of the story? We all get rejected – just keep on tweaking and improving and don’t give up. Also, don’t be afraid to ask a fellow colleague to help you polish your proposal. Been there – done that!
Evernote Lightning Sessions
At both the Kentucky and Indiana conferences, as well as the Ohio state conference, I was fortunate to get to present a lightning session Evernote for the Independent Music Teacher. (Both 5-7 minute and 15-20 minute versions of this session are available if you happen to be interested).
My friend told me she was puzzled going into it how in the world I would be able to cover all Evernote can do in 5-minutes. Needless to say, she was pleasantly surprised at how clear and concise it turned out!
Piano Pedagogy Class Guest Speaker
The last few years I’ve been speaking once or twice to the pedagogy classes at my alma mater, Ball State University. This past year our topics were studio management and how I use technology in my piano studio.
I even presented to an undergraduate piano pedagogy class at Taylor University with my session, Connect and Engage: Online Professional Development Resources for the Independent Music Teacher. Taking an in-depth look at the plethora of rich resources available at our fingertips as IMT’s, this session is especially wonderful for new teachers but really for anyone interested in learning!
Digital Management Strategies
Taming the Jungle: Digital Management Strategies for the Independent Music Teacher was actually a breakoff from my original session Connect and Engage: Online Professional Development Resources for the Independent Music Teacher.
The latter session made me realize that more than anything, teachers seem to be overwhelmed with how to manage the overabundance of tools, resources, and idea at our fingertips. This realization developed into a completely new session that I couldn’t have been happier with.
The teachers of Louisville MTA in Kentucky invited me to give the Taming the Jungle session in February 2018 to their group. (P.S. I’m looking forward to presenting this session for all my Kentucky friends again for the 2018 conference in Louisville in September!)
This session also made an appearance (pictured above) at the 2018 MTNA National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Like the Gordon session, it was also rejected once (maybe even twice?) before getting accepted!
That’s a wrap for 2017-2018 and I look forward to 2018-2019 and all it has in store!
If you’re interested in any of these sessions appearing at your local meetings or state conference, feel free to email me directly. Details on sessions and past engagements can be found on my speaking page.