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Late Bloomers: Making Up for Lost Time by Victor Andzulis
Students who discover a passion for music later than what may be considered ideal can be challenging. They often have goals that seem lofty with limited time to reach them, and it can be difficult to balance encouraging their dreams and keeping them grounded in reality. This interactive presentation will begin by addressing some of the disadvantages and advantages that late bloomers face. It will then address seven areas that teachers can address in their teaching to help these late bloomers be more successful. These areas include pedagogy, motivation, repertoire, inspiration, technique, mindset, and encouragement. Teachers who attend this session should leave with several strategies for helping their late blooming students and with new insight into their unique needs and strengths.
Victor Andzulis, NCTM, serves at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL as the Director of Instrumental Music and the Music Studios at Olive. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Piano Studies at The University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. He holds the M.M. in Collaborative Keyboard from the University of South Alabama and the M.A. in Music and B.A. in Church Music from Pensacola Christian College. He also holds the Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands where he serves as Adjunct Instructor of Leadership Studies. He has been a dedicated member of the MTNA since 2010 and currently serves as President-Elect of the Pensacola Music Teachers Association.