It’s been a busy week at the studio & I am really looking forward to looking at more sessions today with you from the MusicEdConnect conference!  There is something about re-looking at all the amazing information shared by the presenters that gets my creative flow going.

If this is your first post, I encourage you to check out Part 1 & Part 2 for even more great info!

Another great day of geeking out!

Conducting Engaging Studio Classes

Even though holding studio classes is not in the cards right now, I think that many of Dr. Lanners’ comments hold true for studios offering in-home lessons as well.  We can create a “We’re all in this together” mindset through Facebook announcements & sharing solutions other student have discovered when a student is struggling.  A reminder that, as teachers we should moderate by asking open-ended questions & always give well-deserved compliments, even when time is rushed.

Developing Listening & Rhythmic Skills with Popular Music

Students typically hate metronomes, or at least in my experience.  But, developing a strong sense of internal beat is an integral part of succeeding in playing songs.  Mario showed us several apps that allow students to read music digitally, add notes, & play with backing tracks (in several cases).  He pointed out that it lets students “experience the music that they can’t read yet & make symbolic connection(s) afterward.”  One of the apps he demonstrated was Piano Maestro … an app we are using this we to learn scales & chords for our technique challenge.  After all, it’s WAY more fun to play technique with a cool backing track.

Quick Guide to Popular Piano Classics

This really was a whirlwind of repertoire!  Elizabeth is creating a database of repertoire & was kind enough to share late elementary, early intermediate, & intermediate songs that students love to play.  While some of the pieces were familiar, some were new to me as well.  For teachers using the Royal Conservatory of Music program, you will notice some cross-over.  I am looking forward to adding some of this repertoire to my students’ programming!

Sight Reading Strategies

I had to miss the last part of this presentation, but Pamela was a wealth of information!  Not only did we learn some of the research behind how our minds process information, but also specific strategies (i.e.chunking, flashes) how to help our students sight read more efficiently.  I especially liked how Pamela broke down each strategy into step by step instructions of how she teaches her students.  A full page of resources is listed in the handout which will be helpful when adding to my studio library.

What were your favourite sessions?

Or if you did not attend the conference, what are the struggles in your studio that you would like more information on?

Tomorrow, I will be posting the last installment of this MEC recap.  I hope you enjoy!


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