Teaching Demonstrations

Nelita True
Master Class with 2011 MTNA Winners

Join the internationally celebrated teacher and pianist Nelita True as she conducts a master class with the three winners of the 2011 MTNA Piano Competitions.

Described in Clavier Companion magazine as "One of the world's most sought after and beloved pianist-teachers," Nelita True has given recitals, master classes, and lectures on five continents and in all 50 states. She has recorded over 100 works and has served on the juries of many international competitions. Formerly Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland , Ms. True is currently Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music. She was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching at Eastman, the 2002 Achievement Award from the Music Teachers' National Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education from the University of Rochester, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (USA).


Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield
The Road to Artistry---Easier Sonatina to Advanced Sonata

Sonatinas contain the same musical elements for artistic performance as do sonatas. Many of the technical and musical challenges students will encounter in advanced sonatas by Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven first need to be addressed during their learning of sonatinas by Clementi, Kuhlau, Diabelli and other composers. This teaching demonstration will include performances of:

  1. an easier sonatina
  2. an intermediate-level sonata, and
  3. an advanced sonata.
Professor Clarfield will guide students to achieving an artistic performance addressing the similar stylistic and interpretive issues that occur in the music at all three levels. The road to an artistic "Waldstein" begins with an artistic Clementi, Op. 36!

Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, nationally recognized teacher, clinician, pianist, and author is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. Ms. Clarfield has given lecture-recitals, workshops and master classes in more than a hundred cities across North America, including presentations at State and National conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, the TCU/Van Cliburn Institute, the National Piano Teachers Institute, the Music Teachers Association of California, and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference.


Marvin Blickenstaff
Repertoire Class for Elementary and Intermediate Students

Teaching a student is a unique opportunity. Teaching a group of students doubles the pleasure! The challenge for the teacher is to provide a learning experience for all of the students ... at all times. In this teaching demonstration, Marvin Blickenstaff will work with several elementary and early intermediate students, simulating a class lesson similar to the ones he teaches at The New School for Music Study.

Marvin Blickenstaff teaches at The New School for Music Study in Kingston, NJ and in his home studio in Pennsylvania. Blickenstaff's teaching career is associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and with Goshen College. In 2007, Piano Pedagogy Forum published tributes to Blickenstaff honoring his contribution to piano teaching in America. In that same year he was named Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music at Toronto. In 2009, the MTNA selected him for their highest honor, the Achievement Award.