Winter Pedagogy Conference Information

Here is some information on the Winter Pedagogy conference coming up:

And here is the final program for this year’s Pedagogy Conference on Saturday, February 4. We hope you are able to join us in Greaves Hall at the Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts. The Conference is co-sponsored by NKMTA, OhioMTA-Southwest and the NKU School of the Arts. There are no registration fees for this event so feel free to bring your friends

9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Refreshments

9:30 Welcome and Introduction to the Conference: Richard Van Dyke

9:35 – 10:30 Beethoven’s Gift Part I: Dr. Gregory Partain
Passing the Torch: “Our Obligation to Make His Music Known and Heard”
A rationale for teaching and playing Beethoven’s sonatas; inspiration for introducing students to the music’s historical context and their own place in our pianistic tradition; an introduction to helpful texts and resources in the Beethoven literature.

10:40 – 11:40 Beethoven’s Gift Part II: Dr. Gregory Partain
Digging In: “Performance Issues in Representative Early Period Masterworks”
An exploration of practical and interpretive challenges in several commonly taught Beethoven sonatas, opp. 2 through 27.

11:50 – 1:00 Lunch on your own, a list of restaurants will be provided

1:00 – 1:30 Less Talking, More Doing: Creative Approaches to Teaching Private and Group Piano Lessons: Adam Mayon, Eunhye Grace Lee, San Sung Aum, Hyun Ji Oh
This presentation, prepared by the CCM MTNA Student Chapter provides a range of organizational tools and activities as creative options to the lecture mode of teaching. By replacing excessive speech with action, teachers can create learning environments that prevent fleeting attention spans and encourage effective and engaging collaboration.

1:35 – 2:10 Gypsy Spirit in Joaquín Turina’s Opera 55 and 84: Dr.Sophie Wang
Much of Turina’s writing is influenced by impressionism, though his four movements each from Danzas Gitanas opera 55 and 84 capture the essence of Spanish dances. This presentation highlights the Spanish characteristics and folk elements, in addition to exploring the pedagogical possibilities and values through Turnia’s idiomatic writing in its rhythm, texture, melody, and harmony. The focus will be put on more accessible movements for teaching purpose.

2:15 – 2:45 Exploring the Mazurkas of Frederic Chopin: Natasha Pence
The mazurkas of Frederic Chopin hold an important place in the modern body of piano literature. This presentation provides an overview of the historical origin and three styles of the mazurka dance, the inspiration behind Chopin’s fifty-nine mazurkas, and how this knowledge influences our teaching.

3:00 – 3:45 Solo and Collaborative Music Recital

3:45 Conference Adjourns

-Bernardo Scarambone