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All Sessions Are Held In The Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall, Room 1200, Unless Noted


✴✴✴✴✴✴Friday, January 13, 2017✴✴✴✴✴✴

6:30–8:30 P.M.
Fine Arts Center Lobby



✴✴✴✴✴✴Saturday, January 14, 2017✴✴✴✴✴✴


8:00–8:45 A.M.
Fine Arts Center Lobby



8:45–9:00 A.M.


9:00–9:35 A.M.
Demystifying 20th- And 21st-Century Pedagogical Repertoire For Piano

This presentation breaks down 20th- and 21st-century pedagogical repertoire into categories by discussing and demonstrating pieces that feature tonal alternatives (for example, whole tone scale), extended techniques, atonality, modern approaches to tonality and aleatorism.
✴✴ University of Southern California: Michael Krikorian, Daniel Linder, Eva Schaumkell, Alexander Zhu


9:40–10:15 A.M.
Beyond The Hand Position: Teaching Principles Of Injury Preventive Piano Technique To Young Students

This interactive presentation will provide case studies and strategies based on the Barbara Lister-Sink Method to introduce and demonstrate proper body mapping and alignment at the piano for young beginning piano students.
✴✴ James Madison University: Natalie Doughty; Scarlette Harris


10:15–10:25 A.M.


10:25–10:30 A.M.


10:30–10:55 A.M.
Room 2412
A Guide To Community Arts Engagement

Ohio University MTA has created an outreach guide designed to infuse and engage our community with the arts. The series of four initiatives is modeled after the successes of several orchestra’s community engagement programs.
✴✴ Ohio University: Tony Bruno, Eunmi Kang, Ying Li, Belinda Sterling


Meditation And The Mindful Pianist
Room 2411

This session will acquaint attendees with the basic principles of mindfulness and the benefits of meditation. Attendees will learn helpful meditative techniques and experience mindfulness through a visual PowerPoint presentation, a detailed handout and an interactive demonstration.
✴✴Adam Salas, Southern Methodist University


Old School Tips For New Performance Tricks
Room 2403

Incorporating “Old School” pedagogical techniques of 18th-century masters can lead to a fluency in improvisation and compositional output. Here’s the what, where and how to apply them at home and with your students.
✴✴ Monique Arar, University of Nevada Las Vegas


What’s Next? A Roadmap For Post-Graduate Life
Room 1200

After years focused on practice, juries and writing papers, you finally have that degree! But now what? This session will offer real-life examples and creative solutions to navigating post-graduate life as a pianist.
✴✴ Allison Shinnick, The New School for Music Study; Trevor Thornton, University of Missouri-Kansas City


11:05–11:30 A.M.
Room 1200
Multimedia Music: Understanding A 21st Century Genre

The rise of multimedia music embraces technology in an unprecedented manner. Learning to understand this new genre can be difficult. This presentation explores the technology behind the music and examines numerous works in this genre.
✴✴ Brendan Jacklin, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music


Musician’s Guide To Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Room 2412

This session provides an overview of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome from the point of view of a pianist turned chiropractic student. Brief anatomy and mechanics behind the condition, signs and symptoms, and exercises for prevention will be discussed.
✴✴ Anna-Marie Schmidt, Life University


Teaching Sight-Reading With Confidence
Room 2411

Many classical pianists grow up without becoming truly fluent at their instrument. An exploration into the different methods of teaching sight-reading at the piano will help both teachers and students develop into stronger musicians.
✴✴ Brigham Young University: Hyrum Arnesen; Spencer Hodgson, Kaden Larson, Anna Nielsen, Laura Packer


Working With ASD Students In Higher Education: Piecing The Puzzle Together
Room 2403

Through an assessment of the experiences of an ASD graduate student, we aim to shed light on the experience of being student with ASD in higher education, and ways to better accommodate those with functioning diversities.
✴✴ Florida State University: Emily Charlson; Iris Cheng, Yuan Jiang, Juny Kim, Christy Groot Nibbelink, Dotan Nitzberg, Sarah Quek, Chad Spears, Manuel Vizurraga


11:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Lunch (provided)
Osprey Commons, Building 16

Talon Room (4th Floor)


1:00–2:15 P.M.
Teaching Master Class

This is no ordinary master class! Instead of coaching a performance, our clinician will critique the teaching of two collegiate members. Witness the “master class of a master class.”
✴✴ Judith Jain, New Tampa Piano and Pedagogy Academy


2:20–2:45 P.M.
Kodály In Group Piano: How To Adapt The Kodály Method To Promote Kinesthetic Learning In Collegiate Group Classes

The Kodály Method can be a creative way to quickly improve efficiency through kinesthetic learning. This presentation will discuss how to implement this method into college-level lessons and group classes.
✴✴ Megan Rich, University of Idaho


No-Fear Dalcroze—Simple Ways To Incorporate Movement Into The Private Piano Studio
Teaching children tricky rhythms is often difficult. Musical activities involving natural and easy body movement can help students internalize rhythm and improve musicality.
✴✴ Mercy Young, University of Northern Colorado


Technique For Big Hands
Big hands are not typically thought of as a problem for a pianist. This presentation will bring awareness to some of the technical problems associated with having big hands and how to fix them.
✴✴ Tyler Sass, University of Idaho


Tobias Matthay’s Principles In Practice
Tobias Matthay’s pedagogical legacy still influences some of the best pianists of our current day. Concepts of “arm-off” and strategies of avoiding “key bedding” assist all pianists, from beginners to professionals. Healthy technique creates beautiful music.
✴✴ Monica Schultz, University of Alabama


2:50–3:30 P.M.

✴✴ The University of North Florida Music Teachers Association


3:30–4:15 P.M.
Fine Arts Center Lobby

A Guide To Franz Liszt’s Piano Transcriptions Of Franz Schubert’s Songs
✴✴ Ah Young Kim, University of North Texas
Early American Piano Methods
✴✴ Chloe Danitz, Central Michigan University
Scales! I’m Loving It!
✴✴ Michigan State University: Igor Filipe Do Amaral, Pui Kei Lau, Lisa Summers, Zhao Wang
Serving Through Music, Growing Through Serving
✴✴ Northwestern State University: Matthew Aguilera, Ronald Rodriguez, Natalia Zapata Yonoff
Sight-Reading Proficiency In Group Piano
✴✴ Chad Spears, Florida State University
Who Cares About Program Notes?
✴✴ Sunjoo Lee, University of South Carolina


4:15–4:50 P.M.
Strategies For Learning And Polishing Repertoire

What happens when four pianists approach the same repertoire using different strategies? Learn the answer to this question and gain some helpful tips for your individual practice and the practice of your students here!
✴✴ University of Missouri-Kansas City: April Kim, Trevor Thornton, Xiangyu Zhao


4:55–5:30 P.M.
Opening Minds: The Pedagogical And Cultural Benefits Of Using Folk Music In Teaching

We encourage the use of folk music from around the world in teaching. Accessibility and memorability of folk songs can help internalize basic concepts such as intervals and rhythm. Performing music with folk influences promotes awareness and understanding of different cultures.
✴✴ University of Texas at Austin: Jae Eun Baek, Ruby Chou, Kosumo Morishita, Peir-Shiuan Tang, Farshad Zadeh


5:30–5:40 P.M.


7:45–10:00 P.M.

Fine Arts Center Lobby and Recital Hall
Return to UNF for dessert and a screening of the 2013 thriller “Grand Piano” starring Elijah Wood.


✴✴✴✴✴✴SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017✴✴✴✴✴✴


9:00–9:35 A.M.
Teachers Without Borders: Our Musical Journey To Kenya

Join us on our journey to Kenya as we show you how we navigated the obstacles of online piano lessons, integrated different cultures and created lifelong connections across the world through the power of music!
✴✴University of Georgia: Mackenzie Marr, Yoonsook Song, Crystal Wu


9:40–10:15 A.M.
Engaging Pedagogical Composers Of Today

This presentation highlights our project interviewing living pedagogical composers to gain greater insight to their personal inspirations and compositional styles.
✴✴ University of Idaho: Melanie Hawkins, Morgan Kline, Andrew Maurer, Melody Morrison, Megan Rich, Tyler Sass


10:15–10:25 A.M.


10:25–10:35 A.M.

10:35–11:00 A.M.
Gigging 101: How To Be A “Professional” Professional

✴✴ University of North Florida: Nina Eustaquio, Julia Sedloff
Look Before You Teach
✴✴ Sarah Hartley, University of North Florida
The Importance Of Theory
✴✴ The University of Alabama at Huntsville: Matthew Gardner, Alexandra Griffin, Andrea Tiffany
To Be Or Not To Be?: The Piano Duet And Piano Duo In A Chamber Music Context
✴✴ Emily Trapp, independent music teacher

Video Self-Evaluation Of Basic Piano Skills By Music Major Novice Keyboard Players
✴✴ Gianne Ge Zhu, James Madison University


11:05–11:30 A.M.
MTNA And You!

Find out what MTNA programs and services are available to support your career and offer insight into how MTNA can continue to be an indispensable resource for today’s young professional.
✴✴ Christopher Hahn, NCTM, MTNA Northwest Division Director/Collegiate Chapters Forum Chair; Rebecca Grooms Johnson, NCTM, MTNA President; Karen Thickstun, NCMT, MTNA Vice President


11:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Lunch (provided)
Osprey Commons, Building 16

Talon Room (4th Floor)


1:00–2:00 P.M.
Teaching Demonstration

✴✴ Andy Lagrimas, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College; Stephanie Neeman, Valdosta State University


2:10–2:35 P.M.
Exploring Artistry: 24 Simple Pieces For Piano By M. Tariverdiev
Room 2411

Discovering new repertoire without established interpretational clichés opens up endless artistic possibilities. The unique sonorities of the Moods by M. Tariverdiev, appealing psychological content and distinctive compositional style encourage students to cultivate their artistic talents.
✴✴ Oxana Khramova, University of Wisconsin at Madison


Music, Memory And Dementia: Discovering The Impact Of Music On The Aging Brain
Room 2412
Two of the most popular and fastest growing research topics in piano pedagogy today are andragogy and neuromusicology. Combining these two areas has opened several doors for understanding and ultimately helping patients with dementia.
✴✴ Cynthia Graeler, independent music teacher


Teaching By Rote And Improvising To Enhance Musical Creativity And Comprehension
Room 1200
Come to this session to explore how rote teaching and improvisation can help students internalize and convey musical ideas, deepen comprehension, memorize melodic patterns, lay a reading foundation and play piano right from the start.

✴✴ University of South Carolina: Hye Jee Jang, Xu Khuc


The Challenges And Joys Of Music Outreach In Elementary Schools
Room 2403
Teaching piano to a class of elementary school students presents many difficulties, but also provides tremendous reward. Discover classroom management procedures that make activities musical and flow from one to the next.
✴✴ University of Houston: Nathanael Gross, Joanna Reeder


2:45–3:10 P.M.
Effectively Utilizing Technology In Lessons, Version 2.1
Room 1200

This lecture delves deep into the technology that is available at your fingertips. We will demonstrate practical tools to enhance your studio, apps that inspire improvisation and creativity, games that engage young students and more.
✴✴ The University of Alabama at Huntsville: Matthew Gardner, Alexandra Griffin, Andrea Tiffany


Get A Clue: The Benefits Of Hosting A Children’s Festival
Room 2412
Young students thrive in group settings, learning in ways not always possible during the typical private lesson. “Children’s Fest,” an event hosted by Butler’s MTA chapter, provides an example of such a setting for students.
✴✴ Butler University: Meghan Bartsch, Louie Hehman, Emily Yoo


Kids And Counterpoint: Teaching Off The Bench
Room 2403
Teaching 5–12 year olds to play counterpoint accurately is a challenge. By using off-the-bench exercises, we can help students concentrate on multiple things simultaneously, which will benefit their musical development and their understanding of polyphony.
✴✴ Morgan Kline, University of Idaho


“You Do It On The 2 And 4”: An Insider’s Guide To Musical Theater Accompanying
Room 2411
Do you love Broadway show tunes? Do you want to get involved in musical theater but are scared of sight-reading non-classical material? Join us to learn the tricks of the trade in musical theater accompanying!
✴✴ Rose Van Dyne, University of Northern Colorado


3:10–3:55 P.M.
Fine Arts Center Lobby

Alchemy Of Artistry And Practicality: Neuhaus’s Philosophy And Pedagogical Legacy
✴✴ Christine Hilbert, Virginia Commonwealth University
Essential Skills Of A Collaborative Pianist
✴✴ University of Missouri-Kansas City: April Kim, Trevor Thornton
French Solfège Method: Formation Musicale, And Its Application To Standard Teaching Repertoire
✴✴ Natsumi Takai, University of South Carolina
Less Talking, More Doing
✴✴ University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music: San Sung Aum, Xinyuan Li, Zi Liang, Adam Mayon
Music Performance Anxiety
✴✴ Sasha Bainson, Royal College of Music
Near And Far Effects Of Early Musical Training
✴✴Shelby Nord, Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Why Can’t We Be Friends: Using Supplemental Class Piano Repertoire To Reinforce Theoretical Concepts
✴✴ Jesse Pierson, University of Northern Colorado


4:05–4:40 P.M.
Technique Tricks Using Body Mechanics

This presentation demonstrates how to use body and keyboard physics to problem-solve difficult passages quickly and to play music most efficiently. The brain is freed to focus on the music.
✴✴ University of Texas at Tyler: Tim Allen, Madison Fowler, Emily Hoover, Cory McCurry, Radiance Williams


4:45–5:20 P.M.
Popular Music In Functional Piano Skills

Can you really learn something from popular music? This session will explore several different ways to incorporate pop music into group piano, including activities for sight-reading, harmonization, rhythm and aural skills.
✴✴ University of Michigan: Kate Acone, Alissa Freeman, Annie Jeng, Susan Yang


5:20–5:30 P.M.