Name: Steve Kornicki
- Workshop Title: Slow motion tone rows, non-melodic lines and fractal rhythms; music composition reflecting the natural world
- Workshop Description: Demonstration and discussion of compositional methods/process through the use of video scores (video of scores synchronized with music) and still images (fractal shapes and designs). Music inspired by mathematics and elements of the natural world. Exploration of composer’s use of found object sounds and instruments to create new electro-acoustic music harkening back to the “musique concrete” sounds of the first tape music from the 1950s - use of sampler software programs for actual recorded sounds vs. electronically-generated sounds.
Name: Fen-Fang Chen
- Workshop Title: Developing Efficient Technique in Beginning Piano Students
- Workshop Description: The purpose of the study may best be revealed in a question: How can we teach very young children to use their body efficiently in playing piano? Many pianists are trained how to use their body efficiently in playing piano only at intermediate or advanced levels of study. The teachers who rely on the piano method books often do not teach technique or use of the body to any great extent at earlier ages. These methods limit themselves to five-finger melodic patterns or scales and chords, and do not address the use of wrist, forearm, upper arm, weight, rotation, or the application of power for dynamic playing. As the result of inattention to the correct use of the body in playing the piano while the student is still young, injuries may occur later in life, resulting in tendinitis, repetitive stress syndrome, bursitis, etc. Experience tells us that if students are well trained in technique, they not only play more challenging piece and perform more musically, they also make more rapid progress and get more enjoyment from their piano study. In the presentation, the first part presents an extensive survey of relevant sources that relate to teaching young children the technique of playing the piano. The second part seeks to define technique by synthesizing definitions from different sources. The last part presents appropriate teaching repertoire that illustrates these essential techniques and a brief description of their use in the lesson.
Name: Scott Watkins - Download the Handout
- Workshop Title: Introducing Howard Hanson's Symphonic Rhapsody, Op. 14
- Workshop Description: Howard Hanson celebrated music of "his" time by organizing a Festival of American Music in San Jose, California where he was Dean of the Conservatory of Music from 1919 until 1922 and his appointment as a Juilliard Fellow at The American Academy in Rome. He created a long-lived Festival during his legendary tenure at Eastman between 1925 and 1964. Hanson composed his Symphonic Rhapsody in 1919 and played it often. In a review of one of his performances, Clarence Urmy, writing for the San Jose Mercury News, October 28, 1919, described the Rhapsody as a "tone poem that should be added to the repertoire of every advanced pianist. Spiritual beauty mingled with deft technique made the composition a gem of melodious fancy.” The manuscript of this important work has rested in the archives of the Sibley Music Library at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Dr. Watkins discovered the work while researching for a forthcoming book on Hanson's early career. It is presented in this performance for the first time in nearly 100 years. Some never-before-seen photos of Hanson, along with a copy of the manuscript, accompany the presentation.
Name: Dr. Andy Lagrimas
- Workshop Title: Beyond the Canon: Rethinking the Piano Recital for the 21st Century
- Workshop Description: How do students (and their teachers) select repertoire for their recitals? This interactive session looks at the various musical, social, and pedagogical factors that influence how recital repertoire is chosen for performance. We will be examining a number of basic principles that are used to put together a full-length recital program, with examples of pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and professional artist-level recitals serving as the basis for discussion. Participants will also be asked to construct their own examples of full-length recital programs in groups. This session concludes with a number of implications for piano teachers at all levels regarding recital repertoire selection in the 21st century, including the role of the artist, the inclusion of non-Western repertoire, and the recital format.
Name: Dan Berg - Central Florida Piano Technician's Guild
- Workshop Title: The Piano of Our Time and Beyond
- Workshop Description: An intriguing view of the piano as we have it today and why it works so well. Also a look into the future of the piano and acoustic keyboard instruments.
Name: Estibaliz Gastesi, D.M.A.
- Workshop Title: Expanding Middle School Piano Students Repertoire through Contemporary Music
- Workshop Description: Even the most advance middle school piano student has a pre-limited scope of piano repertoire, which is mostly drawn from the classical and romantic periods. As educators, it is our duty to expand the musical horizons of students. As piano director of Bak Middle School of the Arts, I have been fostering the interaction of local composers with my students. It is a unique opportunity for composers and students, and I hope this would bring live long curiosity for new repertoire. In this presentation I will discuss a project undertaken by my 7th grade class with two local composers Donald Waxman, and Marlene Woodward Cooper. I will discuss the challenges of learning contemporary repertoire, the process of interaction among students and composers, and the final rewarding results.
Name: Ayako Yonetani
- Workshop Title: Computer assisted violin performance and presentation
- Workshop Description: As a violinist, I have been exploring a way to reach out to the audience where no piano is available. We scan the music, by using a couple of softwares, we make computer assisted accompaniment; sometimes orchestra, organ or piano sound. rehearse and present. We use examples of a concerto by Korngold.
Name: Irena Kofman and Kevin Wilt
- Workshop Title: Beyond Dots on a Page:Benefits of the Composer/Performer Collaboration
- Workshop Description: For a composer, anticipating the obstacles your performers will encounter can be a guessing game. For a performer, getting past the notes in a score in order to decipher a composer’s intentions can too. Join Florida Atlantic University’s Irena Kofman, pianist, and Kevin Wilt, composer, to learn how rehearsing with a composer can enlighten, influence, and enrich a performance. Together, they will reflect on the composition of Wilt’s Temperamental Etudes for solo piano, the challenges of performing the work, and the advantages of a composer/performer collaboration during the rehearsal process.
Name: Jaime Garcia Bolao, NCTM
- Workshop Title: Vital Connections: Keeping Parents Involved in Music Lessons
- Workshop Description: Most educational activities can benefit from parent involvement; music education, even more so. This presentation will provide ideas and strategies developed and refined by the presenter over a time span of two decades, to get parents involved from the onset, and to keep them as the music teacher's allies for the long haul. These ideas are transferable to students of any instrument.
Name: Diana Dumlavwalla
- Workshop Title: Contemporary Canadian Piano Repertoire: Exploring Pedagogical Works North of the 49th Parallel - Download the Handout
- Workshop Description: For many years, our neighbor to the north, Canada, has produced a large and varied repertory of pedagogical works for piano students of all ages and levels. The country’s multi-cultural society helps to assure a musical language that is colorful, evocative and unique. In particular, the last two decades have seen the emergence of a rich variety of pedagogical repertoire that pushes artistic boundaries and adopts techniques from the standard contemporary piano literature. This workshop will focus on a selection of intermediate-level pieces by three living Canadian composers: Alexina Louie, Laryssa Kuzmenko, and Stephen Chatman. Using a wide range of compositional techniques, these individuals have written pieces in musical idioms that are contemporary and accessible. They expose students to ethnic influences, new notational symbols, improvisation, atonality and non-traditional playing techniques. We will explore the important pedagogical aspects of each piece and talk about how the repertoire can be incorporated as part of your students’ program of study. These pieces will appeal to teachers as they help to support students’ artistic and technical development. More importantly, these works will captivate the imagination of many young pianists. They have been carefully crafted by the composers and serve as effective performance material for developing musicians. The contemporary language used in this repertoire confirms that these pieces are truly “music of our time.”
Name: Jonathan Reed
- Workshop Title: Musical Interpolation: Filling in the Gaps
- Workshop Description: Musical Interpolation is the process of leaving out elements of music to be filled in by students. This interactive approach uses new or current repertoire to explore improvisation, memory, and other topics. This workshop presents case studies of students engaged in filling in musical gaps, and it shows how diverse conversations can result from this exploration. The workshop involves audience members playing examples, filling in gaps themselves. The workshop presents applications to rhythm, aural skills, group classes, and form. Musical Interpolation satisfies the cultural influence to create without being intimidated by totally blank space.
Name: Dr. Scott McBride-Smith
- Workshop Title: "Teaching vs. Correcting: Every Teachers' Dilemma" - Download the Handout
- Workshop Description: Most of us became music teachers because we love music and want to help young people. So why, too often, do we end up feeling like repairmen, endlessly fixing rather than creatively teaching? There is something you can do about it. Student motivation, musicianship and your own presentation all play a role. Scott McBride Smith will share his ideas on these and more in a practical, hands-on workshop
Name: Dr. Scott McBride-Smith
- Keynote Speaker Workshop Presentation: “Multifaceted Careers in the 21st Century”, sponsored by the Independent Teachers’ Forum
- Workshop Description: Multi-tasking, multi-dimensional, multi-national…these are the buzzwords of many successful careers in music today. Join Scott McBride Smith for a thought-provoking presentation and question-and-answer session that will help you plot the next multi-layered career steps for yourself and your students.
Name: Jeremy Siskind
- Hal Leonard Showcase Workshop Presentation: "Building Creativity Into Every Lesson."
- Workshop Description: Every lesson can be a creative one! Piano students are more motivated when they are encouraged to express their own ideas. Jeremy will share imaginative teaching tips, creative practice strategies, and ways to introduce improvisation using the best new music and resources from Hal Leonard.
Name: Dr. Keith Lay
- Invited Guest Composer Workshop Presentation: "Recent developments in composing tools"
- Workshop Description: Music sequencing is available to anyone with an internet connection. Is it changing the activity of music composition? Is the software accurate enough to replace professional musicians? This session will demonstrate software and sample libraries ranging from entry level to the composition professional to help you answer these questions.
Name: Dr. Carl MaultsBy
- Invited Guest Composer/Conductor/Organist Workshop Presentation: "The U. S. Slave Spiritual in Selective Piano/Organ Repertoire - Download the Handout
- Workshop Description: An examination of settings of U. S. slave spirituals by composers Maragret Bond, Calvin Taylor, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Fela Sowande, Eugene Hancock and Adolphus Hailstork."
Name: Mark Fischer - Director of Artistic Operations for Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
- Invited Guest Workshop: "Who works behind the curtain"
- Workshop Description: We all know that whether we are in a hospital, on a cruise ship or even gazing at a great skyscraper that many people are behind the scenes ensuring safety, providing fun, planning for smooth operations and so on. The music business and the professional orchestra world while vastly different than other commercial industries also depends on an army of professionals behind the curtain. This conversation will provide you with an understanding of the people and roles that are off stage without whom the music would cease to be performed.
Name: Collegiate Chapter Presentations & Posters, Dr. Erin Bennett, NCTM, Faculty Advisor
- Join Florida's collegiate members as they share their own original research. The hour will include time for questions and to meet the next generation of Florida music teachers.