September –“Gathering Great Gossip” We shall begin the new year with one of our famous Forum Round Table Discussions. YOU are a very important part of this program. Come join your colleagues and friends as we discuss our plans to infuse energy in our studios for 2019-2020. Won’t it be fun to pick the brains of some of Charlotte’s best teachers? Please come prepared to share your ideas. What are goals for your studio this year? How do you plan to grow personally and professionally? What is your favorite “Pupil Saver” piece?
October – “Unlocking the Secrets of Piano Festivals, Events, and Competitions” We’ll discuss the “What”, “Why”, “When”, and How of Competition Preparation.
November – “The Next Generation” Come learn how the “Next Generation” is “practicing” the piano profession. Also, discover how we can best serve them and attract them to our organization. And, hear some music from one of our Forum Graduates.
December – “Russian Technique and Tone” The Forums’s own Natalya Vorobyeva will discuss the secrets of the Russian Tone and Technique that piano competition judges seem to love. Irina Kornilova will join the discussion giving us an opportunity to hear what her musical education was like in Russia.
January - Baroque Style Lecture and Master Class Deborah Aitken will present a varied program pertaining to keyboard music of the Baroque period. She will make suggestions of repertoire which would go beyond the typical choices, and will discuss Baroque performance practices and how they relate to playing music of this period on our modern piano, illustrated by short performances of music of different composers, moods, tempi, etc. There also will be a Master Class featuring CPTF students of levels ranging from Elementary to Advanced.
February – “American Idol” – Piano Version Forum members Dr. Dylan Savage will offer musical insights to students of Forum members. These students will perform pieces from a variety of levels chosen from the NCMTA/Forum Auditions Repertoire list.
March – “Finish Strong” With competition and piano event season winding down, now what??? Dr. Michael Lehtinen and Bridget Goodwin are the presenters for this program and will be providing you with motivational ideas to keep students playing enthusiastically through May.
April – “’Practicing’- In Other Words, the ‘Not So Fun’ Parts of Playing the Piano” Katharine Boyes will lead an inter-active, thought provoking workshop on how students practice, why students practice, and what they are practicing when they leave your studio each week. Through the study of examples from standard literature, and recent competition repertoire, participants will compile new techniques to share with their students to enhance and maximize time spent practicing.
May – “How to ‘Concerto’” Two of our Forum members will perform excerpts of several concerti from various levels and style periods to help you choose which ones will best serve your students. The presenters will provide a list of “tried and true” concerti that will pedagogically enhance your students' educational journey.