Today, I just wanted to share a little bit more regarding the retreat for piano teachers I’m planning in August 9-11, 2018.
The topic our retreat will be centered around is: Nurturing Piano Technique in Beginners.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always find it easy to help my beginner students form a happy, healthy technique. Sometimes, in those early years they play with physical awkwardness and too much tension. The tone they produce tends to be either weak-sounding or harsh. We want our students to play comfortably, without struggle, producing a beautiful sound. It takes time and patience to help them play with ease, naturalness, and a beautiful tone. Over time, I’ve developed some strategies for helping students with this. I’m sure you have, too!
Here’s a photo of my student, Robbie, playing his piece after we talked together about finding his “sit bones” and thinking about “head forward and up”. You can really see the difference in his shoulders!
I hope you’ll consider attending the retreat! During the experience, you’ll have the opportunity to share your own insights as we exchange tips and strategies. Through combining our knowledge and experiences, we will all benefit from the collective wisdom. I can’t wait!
Here’s the full description of the event:
Retreat at Piano Manor is a three-day experience for piano teachers to getaway in order to connect, ask questions, share, and become better teachers for our students. Together, we will explore how we can ensure our students each develop a healthy, happy piano technique from the beginning. Attendees will be expected to share their best tips and insights, and participate in group projects researching the various schools of thought when it comes to piano technique. A highlight of the retreat will be a session by guest speaker Nancy Crego disseminating the Alexander Technique. You’ll leave equipped with new perspectives and teaching strategies for not only avoiding playing-related injuries or discomfort down the road, but enabling even beginner students reach their fullest potential as pianists. While at “Piano Manor,” you’ll also enjoy relaxing downtime and deliciously healthy food planned by my foodie friend, Amy Chaplin of PianoPantry.com.
At the end of the three days, you will have knowledge of the schools of thought regarding piano technique and fresh strategies for helping your students play happily and healthily. You will know when and how to intervene with a student’s use of themselves at the piano, so your students develop musical skills without undue effort. You’ll be equipped with the confidence and strategies to help your students prevent discomfort and experience ease at the piano. Retreat at Piano Manor will leave you feeling inspired and connected, with newly formed friendships and fresh ideas for your teaching.
If you can’t attend the retreat this year, don’t worry: I’ll be sharing highlights in weeks ahead — of both the preparation process as well as the actual retreat activities. Watch my blog or instagram for updates!
Thanks for reading.
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