2013 Independent Music Teachers
Brought to you by the NCKP Committee on Independent Music Teaching, Arlene Steffen, Chair
Beauty and the Beast in the Piano Studio
As we train our students to become proficient young musicians, there are many topics and skills to cover. This presentation poses that the most long-lasting legacy we bequeath to our students is an appreciation of and ability to produce the beauty of music.
Marvin Blickenstaff teaches pre-college students and adults in his home studio in the greater Philadelphia area and at The New School for Music Study in Princeton, NJ. He is a recipient of the MTNA Achievement Award – the highest honor bestowed by the Music Teachers National Association.
Conducting the Transfer Student Interview
The NCKP Committtee for Independent Music Teachers discusses varied approaches to the transfer student interview. Some video examples will be included and attendees are welcome to participate in the discussion.
Linda M. Fields, NCTM earned her graduate degree in piano from The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Founder of “Musicians in the Making” studio in New Jersey, she is Level III certified by ECMMA.
Immanuela Gruenberg holds a DMA from the Manhattan School, and has appeared in concerts and lectures in the US, Argentina, Israel, and China. She has edited and recorded for Hal Leonard’s Schirmer Performance Edition, and serves on the Editorial Committee of American Music Teacher.
David Husser lives in Traverse City, MI, where he maintains a private piano studio, teaches group piano at Northwestern Michigan College, and collaborates with multiple ensembles and individuals. During the summer, he teaches at Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Gail Lew served as senior piano editor for Kjos Music and director of keyboard publications for Warner Bros. Music. She is currently Editor of the California Music Teacher and is adjunct professor at Las Positas College and teaches privately in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Elissa Milne is the composer of the Little Peppers and Pepperbox Jazz series and has taught the piano since she was fourteen. She writes a blog, mostly about piano teaching, and lives in Sydney, Australia.
Arlene Steffen teaches privately and also as adjunct instructor of piano and piano pedagogy at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA. She is chair of the NCKP committee for Independent Music Teachers and president of MTAC-Fresno County Branch.
Developing a Curriculum for the Intermediate Transfer Student
This session will outline suggestions for approaches to developing students’ curricula: what to include, and when to include it.
Jane Magrath is well known as an author, clinician, and pianist. Her book The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature has become a classic reference work for pianists throughout the country. Her well-known piano literature editions are published through Alfred Publishing. Magrath is on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma.
The Technique Behind Intermediate Repertoire: Laying the groundwork
Specific exercises and etudes for guiding intermediate students to higher technical levels will be demonstrated, along with the six basic technical patterns found in the piano literature. These skills and techniques will then be directly applied to intermediate masterworks.
Nancy Bachus taught more than 25 years at the college level and has authored Alfred Publishing’s Spirit and Exploring Piano Classics series. She has presented to piano teachers across North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
Holistic Learning: How to integrate the mind, body and spirit of the music you are teaching or playing
Addressing all aspects of a composition – notes, technique, artistry, memorization – from the very first stages of learning it, leads to faster learning, a more thorough understanding, more secure memory, and a better and more confident performance. Incorporating numerous musical examples, this presentation will demonstrate the process and the benefits of tackling all the elements of a musical work from day one.
Immanuela Gruenberg holds a DMA from the Manhattan School, and has appeared in concerts and lectures in the US, Argentina, Israel, and China. She edited and recorded for Hal Leonard’s Schirmer Performance Edition, and serves on the Editorial Committee of American Music Teacher.