Guest Presenter: Gail Berenson
January 28, 2017 | 9:00-4:00pm
$100 (includes lunch)
$25 off for MTAC, MTNA, and CAMPT Members
9:00-10:15 AM | Healthy Practicing Strategies: An Injury-Preventive Prescription
Practicing — it’s something we all do — young beginners and veteran professionals, alike. Yet, it is too often viewed as tedious drudgery. Efficient, healthy practicing strategies are the key to a lifetime of joyous, injury-free performing. With pianists spending anywhere from three to as many as twenty-eight, or more, hours per week at the piano, we need to ensure that each student has cultivated a resourceful and imaginative attitude, has access to a healthy practice environment and has developed a thoughtful working agenda. This session will examine the role of the teacher in helping students liberate their practice in an effort to free their musicality. It will also address how to handle and recover from a playing-related or non playing-related injury, should it occur.
10:30-12:00 PM | The Art of Communication: Nurturing Resourceful and Spirited Students
What is the magic spark that serves as the impetus that encourages a student to strive for a higher level of musicianship? Although much of our focus is on teaching students a specific skill, helping them reach their musical potential, technical mastery is only a small portion of what we teach. As a result of cumulative lesson experiences, students develop attitudes and beliefs about music, learning and themselves. Teachers who are perceptive and skillful communicators are those most likely to succeed in instilling a love of music, building their students’ independence and self-confidence and helping them achieve their goals. This presentation will attempt to engage those in attendance in a lively discussion that will include topics such as motivating students, offering constructive feedback and the significance of focusing on the whole person. We will also view several fascinating film clips from the movie, “The Visitor” (2007) and discuss the various teaching styles represented in the movie.
12:00-1:00 PM | LUNCH
1:00-2:15 PM | Not Your Momma’s Music Lessons
Piano instruction in the 21st Century
“We teach as we were taught” is an old adage that may have been true in the past, but no longer holds true in the 21st century. Pedagogical changes in the last half century in the areas of teaching approach, lesson content, technique and technology are revolutionizing piano instruction, as we knew it. This lecture will highlight some of the more recent changes and its affect on both students and teachers. Today’s teachers and students are a reflection of today’s society.
2:30-4:00 PM | Strategies for Coping with Performance Anxiety
Some students perceive even their weekly lessons as a frightening performance. For those students, excessive performance anxiety can stand in the way of their achieving their potential. This session will address the issue of performance anxiety, presenting a wide range of options, enabling the teacher and/or the performer to determine which combination of approaches might be most helpful. The strategies to be discussed will include: 1. Breath control and Fitness; 2. Muscle relaxation; 3. Cognitive thinking; 4. Imagery; 5. Desensitization; 6. Medical advances; and 7. Practical advise. This session will assist teachers and students in viewing performance anxiety as a positive element, not the enemy.
Gail Berenson, Ohio University Professor Emerita of Piano, is a dedicated teacher, performer, author, noted expert on musician wellness issues, and the recipient of the 2002 Ohio University School of Music’s Distinguished Teaching Award and its 2016 Distinguished Service Award. A powerful advocate on musicians’ health issues, she serves as Chair of the College Music Society’s Committee on Musicians’ Health, Chair of ISME’s Musicians’ Health and Wellness Special Interest Group and the founding chair and continuing member of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy’s Committee on Pianists’ Wellness. She also serves as a member of the ISME Forum on Instrumental and Vocal Teaching. Ms. Berenson is one of the co-authors of A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop Mind and Body for Optimal Performance and has authored three chapters for the fourth edition of the Lyke, Haydon, Rollin book, Creative Piano Teaching, published in spring 2011. She continues to be an active and passionate collaborative pianist, and has performed and lectured across the U.S. and in ten countries. Past President of Music Teachers National Association, an association of 23,000 members, she was the recipient of its 2015 MTNA Distinguished Service Award. More information can be found at www.gailberenson.com.
Thursday, SEPTEMBER 8th from 7:00-9:00pm
Little School of Music
28306 Constellation Rd.
Valencia, CA 91355
Join us for a special “Back to School Celebration!” event at Little School of Music!
• Meet LSM Teachers!
• Performances by LSM Teachers!
• Hear about NEW LSM Programs!
• Instrument Petting Zoo – Try New Instruments!
• Musical Ladder Achievement Program Launch!
• Door Prizes and more!…
Bring a friend and be entered to win a FREE instrument!
Little School of Music offers many Musical Achievement Programs to help motivate students and get them practicing! Participation by students in these programs will lead to more successful music lessons. Students will become more focused, be motivated to practice at home, and will enjoy their music lessons as they are recognized for their efforts! Students may participate in as many of these programs as they’d like.
Royal Conservatory of Music Assessments
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.
The Music Development Program inspires excellence through individual student examinations and allows students to celebrate accomplishment and track their progress with others across the country. It also supports teachers with high-quality and innovative resources.
All students deserve the opportunity to celebrate their musical achievements nationally. Join the growing community of teachers, students, and families who are discovering the benefits of the Music Development Program as it enriches their lives.
Music Money Rewards Program
At Little School of Music, students can earn music money for their efforts and participation. Students love the colorful bills featuring famous composers! As students take lessons month to month, they learn to earn their music money, how to save it, and even share it with their friends and siblings.
Students can buy selected items from the LSM store with their music money, or wait until the end of the year to get something BIG! There is no extra charge for participating in the program, all you have to do is keep on practicing!
Little School of Music Recitals
Little School of Music offers FREE school recitals about every 2-3 months for all instruments and levels. Once a student is prepared for a Recital and have their Teacher’s approval, they may sign up to perform! Additional performance opportunities are offered throughout the year. For more information about School Recitals and Performance opportunities please Contact Us.
Musical Ladder System for Student Achievement!
Another feature that is unique to Little School of Music is the Musical Ladder System. This system encourages student practice so they can earn colorful wristbands, certificates, and trophies as they progress. Similar to the karate belt system, our students are given challenges based on what they are studying. This is a wonderful way to not only keep students interested and motivated, but also reward and recognize their hard work. Little School of Music is the only music school in Valencia that provides this opportunity for students to earn these special awards. Kids and teens love them!
At Little School of Music, we strive to inspire and help each student reach their own individual musical goals. These full color, cool “Musical Ladder” wristbands, certificates, and trophies are a great way for students to celebrate their success and share their musical achievements with friends! More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only participate in the Musical Ladder System here! Little School of Music offers music lessons for adults who may also participate in the Musical Ladder System. For more information on the Musical Ladder System please Contact Us.
Enter the world of Film Scoring and Songwriting with Max Mueller and Daniel Zaitchik. The Introduction Session will include information and activities to help you learn how to get started composing and how to match your music to moving picture. Max and Daniel will help aspiring composers and songwriters find their voice using words and music through writing exercises and analysis. If you have always wondered how to compose music, come to this session! Music from the Introduction Session will be performed at the 6:00pm Concert. Students and Teachers are welcome to attend (ages 7-adult)
Jenni Olson is an active recording, orchestral and chamber music performer in the Los Angeles area. As a recording artist, Jenni can be heard on over 100 TV and film soundtracks including the recent films, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Good Dinosaur, The Walk and Creed. She has recorded six solo albums, one of which,The Dreams of Birds, is on the Delos label and is distributed by Naxos. She is currently principal flute with the Stockton Symphony and second flute with the Long Beach Symphony and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. As a freelance musician, Jenni has performed with prestigious groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera and Pacific Symphony. Jenni received her MM and DMA from University of Southern California where she studied with Jim Walker. For more information on attending the Master Class and Recital, please contact Little School of Music: 661-222-2239