**All Forum meetings are online for this year. If you would like to attend, please send your email to Forum President Brittany Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a personal invitation to the meeting.
September 11th – Hilda Ryan: “Nurturing Musical Independence” What abilities do we hope our students retain into adulthood? Does why we teach, inform how we teach? This presentation offering a discussion of the well-rounded piano diet, three overarching teaching goals, sequencing elementary concepts, and teaching style will be addressed with "zoom out" concepts and "zoom in" specifics.
October 2nd – Laura Stokes: “How to Engage Students with Hands-on Teaching Tools” Do you have students struggling to stay focused for the duration of an entire lesson? Are you still able to cover concepts like sight reading, theory, rhythm, or ear-training? Laura has decades of experience teaching both individual, partner, and group lessons using manipulative tools to introduce and reinforce foundational music skills and she is looking forward to sharing what she has learned. Laura Stokes Oct 2020.mp4
November 6th– Toni Skains and Friends: “Federation Music” Look forward to hearing highlights from the 2021 - 2024 Federation List.
Here is "Federation Music" recording. The video starts with the general meeting announcements, but skip 15 minutes ahead to start the performance of the pieces. November Festival Program.mp4
We had a splendid meeting with our very own Paul Nitsch! You can go straight to the Zoom recorded program and skip the General Meeting and Announcements by fast forwarding to the 13:20 mark on this link: Paul Nitsch.mp4
Attached is the recording for last month's program. It was delightful. So, if you missed it, be sure to give it a listen. It starts with the general meeting, but to go straight to the program, skip to the 9:25 mark. Dr. Manwarren.mp4
March 5th– Dr. Michael Lehtinen: “I Say 'Potato', You Say 'Portato'” Articulation marks: portato, staccato, stacatissimo, marcato, accent, tenuto, legato, and more! How do composers indicate the many and various articulation marks? How does one teach the sound of articulation, and the movements required to create the sound? How does articulation vary from one stylistic period to another? Come listen to ideas, and share your own thoughts. Dr. Lehtinen 2021.mov
April 9th– Dr. Katharine Boyes: “The What, How, and Why of Practicing: In Other Words, the 'Not-So-Fun' Parts of Playing 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.
April 16th– Sounding Board Zoom Gathering with Bridget Goodwin: “Musical Plans for Your Students This Summer” Group Discussion Topics: What fun and engaging things do you have planned for your summer students? Or do you schedule a break to come back refreshed?
Do you have a template that you use for creating a list of goals or resolutions for each student during the summer?
How do you implement these goals each week in your teaching?
Events, Recital Themes, Camps please share your ideas
How do you involve your student in the planning?Have you used a checklist for the student to check off their accomplishments?
How do you keep these goals at the forefront of your individual students? Is the format plan just understood or is it written down?
Please share materials that you use, or sources to share to help us become more efficient in goal settings.
Let’s make this a musical Summer that your students will never forget!
If you would like to attend please RSVP to Bridget Goodwin and you will be provided a link to this creative discussion. email@example.com
April 24th - The North Carolina Suzuki Association invites you to participate with us in an Interactive Journey through Art & Music! This virtual event will take place from 11AM-1PM and will feature renowned teacher Michele Horner!
IJAM will cover Western art and music history from the Renaissance through the Romantic eras in a fun and engaging workshop making connections between visual art and music blended with movement and innovative activities. Students will travel through the eras, learning how to identify music and art from each time period, all while having a great time!
Instrumentalists will make connections to help them relate to the context of their pieces translating into better performances. Non-instrumentalists will gain insight into and appreciation of art, music, and history. Great for all ages, all instruments, students, teachers, and parents! Check out this video- https://vimeo.com/453390569