**The September - December Forum meetings will be online. If you would like to attend, please send your email to Forum President Brittany Smith at email@example.com 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.
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
December 3rd– Dr. Paul Nitsch: “Musings on Speaking Music” This presentation will cover the art of phrasing, pedaling, and expression.
January 8th– Dr. Matthew Manwarren: “A Master Class with an Overview of Classical Style” If you would like your student to participate in this master class, please contact Pamela Mullins.
February 5th– Dr. Kent Lyman: “A Master Class for NCMTA Performance Literature” This master class will showcase Forum students performing repertoire from NCMTA Piano Performance Festival List for Junior B, Senior A, and Senior B. If you would like for your student to participate, please contact Pamela Mullins.
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.
April 8th– 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.
May 6th – Randy Jones: “How to Concerto” Randy and his assistant will present some exciting, age graded concerti for use in your studios for students of all ages.