I have the privilege of being the Guest Clinician for the Oklahoma MTA State Conference next weekend. I’ll be giving two very different presentations on topics that I love. That’s one of the great things about being a piano teacher, there are so many niches and different directions we can go in our teaching and our research! My presentations are:
Piano Music of Africa: Exploring a New Idiom for the Traditional Piano Student. Friday, May 31 at 2:00. African drums ensembles, pennywhistle music, traditional modes, asymmetrical meters, and folksongs are all elements incorporated into William Chapman Nyaho’s collection Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora. This lecture recital will explore pieces ranging from early intermediate through advanced levels from Chapman Nyaho’s collection and additional resources. The variety in sound and style of the works from this culturally diverse continent provide an opportunity to expand the repertoire of any pianist.
Adult RMM Students: More Than Just a 30-Minute Lesson. Saturday, June 1 at 1:30. What do adults really want when they enroll in music lessons? With video testimonials from real students, this session explores how you can create community among your adult students and impact lives far beyond the studio.
You can learn more about the conference on the Oklahoma MTA website. Will you be there? I’d love to meet you!