Asian Influences: Exploring Performance Practices around Canadian Composer Alexina Louie's piano music
Olivia Adams

This workshop will explore the evolution of Alexina Louie's piano compositions and address the performance practices that surround her music to encourage all piano instructors to explore the works of this beloved Canadian composer.

 

The Transformative Power of Sound Connections in Art Song Performance and Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben
Catherine Fitch Bartlett and Emily Logan

This lecture-recital will explore the transformative power of sound in Chamisso's cycle Frauenliebe und Leben set by Schumann. We will explore how sound and music deeply transform both the performers and audience.

 

The Art of Communication: Nurturing Resourceful and Spirited Students
Gail Berenson

Through the use of movie clips, this presentation will engage everyone in a lively discussion that will include topics such as motivating students, offering constructive feedback and the significance of focusing on the whole person.

 

Healthy Relationships with Students: A Common Sense Guide
Amy Boyes

As music teachers, we must continually develop meaningful interactions with students, actively avoiding miscommunication or unresolved conflicts. Amy Boyes will present ten, common sense tips for maintaining healthy relationships with students.

 

Connecting Through the Cadenza Community Project
Jodie Compeau

Learn how to connect with your students in a new, innovative and efficient way. Cadenza allows work with students through media-sharing. Listen to their progress, help with problems, celebrate successes, boost confidence.

 

Everyone Has a Place:  Community, Collaboration, and Music
Larry Danielson

In Southern Manitoba, the Douglas Kuhl School of Music embraces a community-music vision, emphasizing participation that is inclusive, intergenerational and noncompetitive. DKSM students collaborate in diverse programs to bring music to their families and community.

 

Leveraging Technology: Learning Strategies for Deepening Musical Connections
Dr. Michael Dean and Dr. Terrie L. Manno

In this session we will unpack the science of distraction, rediscover our capacity to maintain focus, and infuse our pedagogies with technology to help students deepen their aural connections and practice more efficiently.

 

Inspiring the Next Generation of Collaborative Pianists
Megan Dufrat

Drawing on her experiences as a student, teacher and collaborative pianist, this presentation will discuss the pedagogical importance of collaborative music making, providing you with the tools to successfully integrate accompanying into your piano studio.

 

Connecting with Students Online: Characteristics of Expert Teachers Using the Video-Conferencing Format
Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla

This session will identify successful traits shared by online teachers and ascertain how they connect with students and nurture artistic musicians. Effective strategies will be outlined to keep online lessons engaging and student centered.

 

Classical Improvisation
Douglas Finch

In this workshop, Douglas will introduce concepts about classical improvisation, demonstrating some of the musical benefits of 'having a go'. It will include a few warm-up games and exercises for improvisers of any age or level. This workshop is open to all instrumentalists and singers. Bring your instrument with you!

 

Dalcroze Eurhythmics: Musical Connections through Movement
Dr. David Frego

Participants will engage in musical understanding through multiple learning modalities. Meaningful movement approaches will be used to explore pulse, beat, meter, phrasing and rhythm, both individually and within small groups.

 

I am a musician: Piano students' meaning and identity
Karen Gerelus

What does it mean to be a musician? This research challenges the standard definition of musician-as-performer, and suggests that establishing a musical identity with young students is a necessary component of them 'being' a musician.

 

Looking at Classical Music Through 21st Century Eyes
Linda Gould and Dave Paulson 

This session will explore the three primary ways that chords progress in music and use it to help us to understand the works of Chopin, Gershwin, and Beethoven. We will look at compositions from various eras, create lead sheets and our own chord voicings, then compare them with the masters and peer into their genius.

 

The Extraordinary Career of Canadian Pianist Marie-Aimee Varro
Dr. Thomas Green 

This presentation will explore the career of Canadian pianist Marie-Aimee Varro through an examination of documents in the Warrot Archives at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, and a consideration of Varro's legacy of recorded performances.

 

Pulling it all Together: Using Music Theory to Create Inspired Performances
Dr. Kayme Henkel 

This session will outline theoretical concepts and repertoire for beginning to early intermediate students. Focus will be on helping students use theory concepts to create more imaginative performances from very early musical study.

 

Technique from Opposite Perspectives
Dr. Ivan Hurd and Dr. Kasandra Keeling

Pianists Ivan Hurd (6'4") and Kasandra Keeling (4'11") explore some of the difficulties and strategies when teaching students who may have physical attributes that are opposite from their instructor.

 

Dr. Kasandra Keeling and Dr. Ivan Hurd - see under Dr. Ivan Hurd and Dr. Kasandra Keeling

 

Women Composers Side-by-side at the Keyboard
Dr. Joann Marie Kirchner and Carla Mariani

In an attempt to promote the contributions of women composers, both past and present, we will present piano duets down through the centuries, including four-handed literature by Canadian composers.

 

Sound Connections Part II:  Developing Musical Understanding Through Solfege
Dr. Midori Koga 

This workshop will demonstrate and discuss how Solfege can be a powerful link between whole-body listening, moving and singing, through the stages to playing, reading and understanding music in early piano lessons.

Note:  This workshop is a companion to Sound Connections Part I, presented by Dr. Lois Svard.

 

A New dawn for Art Song Performance: The Music of Ana Sokolovic
Dr. Laura Loewen, Co-ordinator

Part workshop, part performance, this session will feature Ana Sokolovic's work "dawn always begins in the bones" as a vehicle for collaboration and innovation. In this unique initiative, students and faculty from both the University of Manitoba and the University of Toronto will participate.

 

Emily Logan and Catherine Fitch Bartlett - see under Catherine Fitch Bartlett and Emily Logan

 

Dr. Terrie L. Manno and Dr. Michael Dean - see under Dr. Michael Dean and Dr. Terrie L. Manno

 

Carla Mariani and Dr. Joann Marie Kirchner - see under Dr. Joann Marie Kirchner and Carla Mariani

 

 

Connecting in the Musical Silence
Dr. Terry McRoberts 

How the performer, audience, and composer connect during musical silences will be explored in repertoire of all levels from Bober to Liszt. Tips for teaching musical silence and quotations will provide practical and theoretical ideas.

 

Dave Paulson and Linda Gould - see under Linda Gould and Dave Paulson

 

Wellness and Performance:  A Healthy Connection
Elizabeth Rotoff 

Music teachers and their students often feel over-extended, stressed out and exhausted. Learn about the connection of optimal health to peak performance in music making.

 

Sound Connections Part I:  Infants' Connection to the World Through Music
Dr. Lois Svard 

Infants are connected to the world through sound and are born with strong musical abilities. How can we adapt our pedagogy to make the learning of music a more natural process as it is for language?

Note:  This workshop is a companion to Sound Connections Part II, presented by Dr. Midori Koga.

 

The Young Beginner:  Laying a Sound Foundation with Students in the Early Years
Dr. Christine Tithecott and Elizabeth Tithecott 

Preschool, short attention spans and rote teaching ... oh my! This workshop will allow piano teachers to break down the barrier of unfamiliarity with teaching young beginners and leave with the tools to structure effective lesson plans.

 

Risk, Regroup, Rebound:  Stage Fright in Music Performance
Dr. Christine Vanderkooy

Some of the world's most formidable concert artists have described the psychological and physiological effects of Music Performance Anxiety as debilitating. This discussion on the commonplace realities of stage fright aims to diminish the taboo and outline coping strategies.

 

Undiscovered Gems of Canadian Pedagogical Piano Literature:  The Piano Works of Violet Archer, Jean Coulthard, and Barbara Pentland
Dr. Adrienne Wiley 

Three Canadian women made a profound impact on the music and composition scene in the early 20th century:  Violet Archer, Jean Coulthard, and Barbara Pentland. All three wrote quality educational pieces for young pianists. This lecture will highlight these works.

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