2018 MTNA National Conference
Pedagogy Saturday: RMM Track
8:00-9:00am – Coffee and Conversations
Rebecca Bellelo, Ruby Chou, Emily McGree, Nan Richerson, & Richard Rejino
Start your morning with a cup of coffee and the conversation of your choice. Join one of four round table discussions: marketing, materials, adults, or kids & teens.
9:15-10:15 – So You Want to Play the Piano
Have you ever contemplated offering classes to beginning adults, to ever-sparkling silver-haired seniors – you would be surprised how many piano wannabes there are out there. We’ll have a little presentation, a little demonstration, a little Q&A, and hopefully a lot of information on the sheer pleasure in being a groupie!
10:30-11:30 – All for One and One for All
Courtney Crappell & Mario Ajero
One of the group piano teacher’s greatest challenges is to engage individual students while also focusing on the group as a whole. This session will introduce planning and teaching techniques that help teachers adapt their lesson plans to groups of students with varying levels of skill, and will outline classroom activities and management strategies that help make lesson segments meaningful to individual students while also exploiting the advantages and strengths of learning piano in groups.
11:30-1:00 – Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 – Teaching Adults
Amanda Schlegel & Nan Richerson
The pedagogical approach for teaching adults differs from teaching children and teens. This session will address research that focuses on adult teaching and learning, and will also provide practical applications for teaching fundamental skills to adult learners.
2:15-3:15 – Engaging Group Piano: Ideas to Enrich & Supplement the Group Lesson
Rebecca Bellelo & Ruby Chou & Josh Straub
Group piano requires activities beyond piano instructing, such as parties, games, camps, and workshops. A wide variety of topics will be discussed to make your group piano program successful and fun for all.
3:30-4:30 – Best Ideas
Kevin Cranley & RMM Scholarship Recipients
In what has become an RMM track favorite, this rapid-fire session will give you ideas that you can immediately use in your teaching. Hosted, by the charismatic Kevin Cranley, President of Willis Music, you don’t want to miss this session!
4:30-5:00 – Expanding the Future of Music Making
Those who can create new music makers are the most influential members of the music teaching profession. Brian Chung will explain why this skill and philosophy are so critical to the future of music making.