Workshops on Technology

Each registrant for the main conference will have the opportunity to attend up to five workshops on technology presented by these leading experts. You may indicate your preference for workshops on the registration form. Each of the workshops on this page will be presented once during the conference. For those that want to "have it all," each of these sessions will also be presented in the Technology Track of the Pre-conference Seminars.

Susan Capestro and Kathleen Theisen
Instructional Videos - Featuring You!

Create and upload presentations that your students can access anytime! Using simple tools, capture yourself, your piano, your hands and your computer screen. Many musical concepts, including those related to technique, theory, and repertoire, become more entertaining and lasting when introduced or reinforced via video.

Susan Capestro

Susan Capestro, composer of commissioned and commercial music, performs with symphony players and swing bands, and has recorded a jazz CD. Her pedagogical specialty is blending jazz/pop with piano classics. Having first created corporate videos at Witcom Productions, she now produces tutorials for, an educational website she founded.

Kathleen Theisen

Kathleen Ann Theisen has presented workshops on jazz piano, music technology, web design, studio entrepreneurship, and music for life at MTNA, ATMI and NCKP. Currently Assistant Professor at Western Connecticut State University, she has taught piano and voice in her own studio for 21 years and made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus in 2003.

Stella Sick, George Litterst, Shana Kirk, Mario Ajero
Your Student Recitals, Live on the Internet!

It is customary for teachers to post photos, audio clips, and even videos of their own or their student recitals on the Internet. This session will show you how you can use accessible and affordable tools to stream your concerts live to distance audiences!

Stella Sick

Stella Branzburg Sick holds BM and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the DMA degree from the University of Minnesota. She teaches at Hamline University, works for Zenph Sound Innovations as a Performance Analyst, and is a Managing Director of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition.

George Litterst

George Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classically-trained pianist, he is also co-author of the intelligent music display and accompaniment software program Home Concert Xtreme, the musical presentation program Classroom Maestro, and the long distance teaching program Internet MIDI.

Shana Kirk

Shana Kirk is a pianist, teacher, technology consultant, and arts advocate in Denver, CO. Focusing on teaching and performing technologies, she presents performances and workshops at music and music education events and conferences nationwide. She is also a contributor to publications such as American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion.

Mario Ajero

Mario Ajero is Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Stephen F. Austin State University. Dr. Ajero has written articles and technology reviews for American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion, and presented at national conferences such as MTNA and CMS/ATMI. He hosts The Piano Podcast, which serves close to 10,000 subscribers worldwide.

Lori Frazer
How to Apply Traditional Piano Technique to Multitimbral Keyboards

Modern digital pianos offer an amazing array of real-time performance features, such as hundreds of sounds, splits, layers, registrations, aftertouch, and special pedal applications. Find out how a traditionally trained pianist can harness this digital power for creative purposes.

Lori Frazer
Lori Frazer, a musician and consultant to Yamaha, enjoys sharing the marvels of digital piano technology with everyone and brings the amazement and wellness benefits of music making to people who never thought it possible to play an instrument.

Courtney Crappell and Steven Hall
Accessible Audio Recording Techniques

Recording a lesson or a recital can mean anything from using a digital pocket recording device to setting up professional microphones. This session will demystify the issues surrounding the capture of great sounding piano recordings and will illustrate how to go from microphone to computer to CD, DVD, mobile listening device, or web. Simple and free sounding editing options will be included.

Courtney Crappell

Courtney Crappell is Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he teaches piano, piano pedagogy, and coordinates class piano. Dr. Crappell has been featured at international and national conferences and has published articles and reviews in American Music Teacher and the online journal, Piano Pedagogy Forum.

Steven Hall
Steven Hall, pianist, teacher and clinician, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Taiwan. President of BPC Recording and co-founder of Brandeis Piano Conservatory in Richardson, TX, Dr. Hall is principal CD/DVD reviewer for Clavier Companion.

Gay Garard-Brewer and Rebecca Bellelo
You CAN Teach Long Distance!

Private teachers and college faculty can teach students who live anywhere in the country and even the world. No more missed lessons due to problems of distance, weather, schedule, sickness, or disability. Join this interactive session and learn how to use these affordable tools!

Gay Garard-Brewer

Gay Garard-Brewer, DMA, NCTM, is an independent piano teacher and full-time faculty member at the University of Montana-Western. In addition to her college teaching responsibilities, her private students range from Kindergarten through adult. Dr. Garard-Brewer, her husband Albert Brewer, DMA, NCTM and daughter Martha, MM, NCTM, have been involved with online teaching since the advent of Internet MIDI.

Rebecca C. Bellelo
Rebecca C. Bellelo holds degrees from Delta State University and Louisiana State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in music education at Louisiana State University. She teaches group piano courses and maintains a private studio of traditional and distance lesson environments. Ms. Bellelo has presented research at MTNA and NCKP. Her doctoral dissertation is an investigation of musical achievement and attitude of beginning students receiving distance lessons.