Speaking

[Indiana MTA state conference, Vincennes, IN | 2015]

Hey, teacher friends!

Is your local or state MTA looking for some fresh topics for the upcoming year?

I tend to enjoy talking about topics that you don’t always see in our professional circles such as navigating the digital world, keeping yourself organized as a teacher, and applying basic principles of Music Learning Theory in the piano setting.

Whether you’re looking for an in-person session or a virtual session, I would love to share with your group!

Feel free to have a look at my current sessions below then contact me here to chat more about scheduling an engagement.

Let’s talk soon!

~Amy

 

Session Topics

[National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), 2019]

 

Taming the Jungle: Digital Management Strategies for the Independent Music Teacher

Learn invaluable time-saving strategies for managing information and communication as a music teacher and professional. Increase your ability to cull, absorb, and retrieve your most valued content using tools such as Evernote, Feedly, and more.

“Amy’s session was super helpful in understanding the multitude of tools available in the digital world. She really knows her stuff!”

-Rebekah Richards

“I just finished the session Taming the Jungle and I am very excited about all that I learned. I teach piano because it is a great joy to share music with others and using technology, not such a joy. This session made me feel a little more comfortable about using more tech. I immediately tried some of the recommendations and I am excited to try more. Please keep sending the blog postings, they are like getting an email from a friend. Look forward to more.”

-Virginia Blackstone

  • Western Reserve Music Teachers Association (May 2019)
  • Kansas City Music Teachers Association (April 2019)
  • Raleigh Piano Teachers Association (February 2019)
  • Kentucky Music Teachers Association Conference (September 2018)
  • Music Teachers National Association Conference (March 2018)
  • Louisville Music Teachers Association (February 2018)

 

Evernote for the Independent Music Teacher (5 or 15-minute lightning session)

Learn how Evernote can help manage the vast amount of information, communication, and content that comes to us on a daily basis as Independent Music Teachers and professionals.

Amy has solidified herself as an Organization Queen in the independent music teacher space. This lightening talk is an impressively-concise rundown of all Evernote has to offer our profession. Amy approaches this session in a way that is accessible for anyone new to Evernote, but even experienced users of the app will likely learn a few tricks from Amy’s clever tips.

-Christina Whitlock

Amy’s lightning session on Evernote was engaging, well-rehearsed, and perfectly executed! She made the most of every moment, packing her session with tons of great information.

-Joy Morin

  • National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy – Chicago, IL (July 2019)
  • Kentucky MTA State Conference – Lexington, KY (November 2017)
  • Ohio MTA State Conference -Van Wert, OH (October 2017)
  • Indiana MTA State Conference – Marion, IN (September 2017)

 

Teaching the Way We Learn: Applications of Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT)

Learn how Gordon’s groundbreaking Music Learning Theory can help teachers tap into the way our minds naturally learn music. Gain fun, fresh activities and practical strategies for enabling your students to aurally comprehend (“audiate”) the music they are learning.

(Optionally, co-presented with Joy Morin.)

  • Music Teachers National Association Conference (March 2019)
  • Indianapolis Piano Teachers Guild (September 2018)
  • Kentucky Music Teachers Association Conference (November 2017)
  • Indiana Music Teachers Association Conference (September 2017)
  • Ottawa Music Teachers Chapter (September 2017)

 

Connect and Engage: Online Professional Development Resources for the Independent Music Teacher

The information age has put an infinite amount of knowledge at our fingertips. Discover and explore over 135 available resources online (and some offline) for personal growth as a teacher. Discern the resources that best fit your needs as a teacher and discover tools and practices for engaging in online content without experiencing overwhelm.

Amy’s presentation was dynamic, energetic, fun and full of great material for the students to add to their knowledge. The detailed attention given for each resource was a tremendous help to my Piano Pedagogy students. She has given us the perfect package of resources to help us learn how to teach each student according to their abilities. Very well done!

-Kathryn Grile, retired Piano Pedagogy Teacher at Taylor University

At the Ohio Music Teachers conference a few years ago, I attended Amy’s session “Connect and engage: online professional development resources.” What a great talk it was! Amy has an immense store of knowledge, but the thing that makes her stand out is that she is able to communicate what she knows in a way that is as interesting as it is informative. As I was attending the session, I found myself wishing that all my current and former college students could hear her – entertaining, elegant as well as educational. Amy Chaplin is the real deal. I recommend her to everyone.

-Peter Mack

  • Taylor University Pedagogy Class (April 2018)
  • Ohio Music Teachers Association Conference (November 2016)
  • Indiana Music Teachers Association Conference (September 2015)

 

The Wild West of Marketing: How Do You Know What Really Works?

Follow the success of an independent studio from day one to a waiting list in two years. Utilizing over 40 diversified marketing strategies, Studio 88 tracked and analyzed what really works.

  • Webinar with Tim Topham (May 2016)
  • Music Teachers National Association Conference (April 2016)
  • Indiana Music Teachers Association State Conference (November 2014)
  • Ball State MTNA Collegiate Chapter (October 2014)

 

2020-2021

Reset and Refresh: Tidying Tips for the Independent Music Teacher

  • April 2021 | Music Teacher Turbo Boost with Nicola Cantan

 

2019 – 2020

Using Games in Online Lessons webinar with Francis Clark Center (May 2020)
-with Joy Morin, Christina Whitlock, Melissa Willis, and Nicola Cantan

 

2018 – 2019

[MTNA National Conference (2019), Spokane]

 

Teaching the Way We Learn: Applications of Gordon’s Music Learning Theory for Piano Teachers 

  • September 10 | Indianapolis Piano Teachers Guild (Indianapolis, IN)
  • March 20 | Music Teachers National Conference (Spokane, WA)
    [co-presented with Joy Morin]

Taming the Jungle: Digital Management Strategies for the Independent Music Teacher

  • September 15 | Kentucky MTA State Conference (Louisville, KY)
  • February 20 | Raleigh Music Teacher’s Association (via Zoom)
  • April 5 | Kansas City Music Teacher’s Association (Kansas City, MO)
  • May 3 | Western Reserve MTA (Boston Heights, OH)

Evernote for the Independent Music Teacher (Lightning Talk)

  • July | National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy (Lombard, IL)

 

2017 – 2018

[Indiana MTA Conference, 2017]

Teaching the Way We Learn: Applications of Gordon’s Music Learning Theory for Piano Teachers (with co-presenter Joy Morin)

  • September | Wood-Ottawa Counties MTA (Bowling Green, OH)
  • September | Indiana MTA State Conference (Marion, IN)
  • November | Kentucky MTA State Conference (Lexington, KY)

Evernote for the Independent Music Teacher (Lightning Talk)

  • September | Indiana MTA State Conference (Marion, IN)
  • October | Ohio MTA State Conference (Van Wert, OH)
  • November | Kentucky MTA State Conference (Lexington, KY)

Studio Management

  • November | Ball State University piano pedagogy class (Muncie, IN)

Taming the Jungle: Digital Management Strategies for the Independent Music Teacher

  • February  |  Louisville MTA local association meeting (Louisville, KY)
  • March  | MTNA National Conference (Orlando, FL)

Connect and Engage: Online Professional Development Resources for the Independent Music Teacher

  • April | Taylor University piano pedagogy class (Upland, IN)

 

2016 – 2017

[Wabash Valley Local MTA, Terre Haute, IN | 2016]

Taming the Jungle: Strategies for pursuing professional development in the information age

  • October | Wabash Valley MTA (Terre Haute, IN)
  • November | Ohio MTA State Conference (Kent, OH)

 

2015 – 2016

[MTNA National Session, San Antonio, TX | 2016]

Connect and Engage: Being a self-learner in an information-overloaded world

  • September | Indiana MTA State Conference (Vincennes, IN)
  • June | Ball State University MTNA Collegiate Chapter (Muncie, IN)

 

The Wild West of Marketing: How do you know what really works?

  • March | Butler University MTNA Collegiate Chapter (Indianapolis, IN
  • April | MTNA National Conference (San Antonio, TX)
  • May | Webinar with Tim Topham

 

2014 – 2015

45/45: Forty-five marketing ideas that grew my studio to 45 students in 30 months

  • October | Indiana MTA State Conference (Vincennes, IN)
  • November | Ball State MTNA Collegiate Chapter (Muncie, IN)

 

2011 – 2012

Methods for Adults and 4-5-Year-Olds

  • November | Northeast Indiana MTA (Fort Wayne, IN)

 


Contact Amy to inquire about scheduling an engagement.