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St. Vladimir's Cultural Centre, 404 Meredith Road NE

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

For professional development; stay up-to-date and to keep up with trends

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Piano Pedagogy Topics

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Clinician for 2019 

Edwin Gnandt

With a career that has extended over 30 years, Edwin Gnandt has enjoyed a varied collaborative life in music. Performances have taken him to major centers such as St. Petersburg, Russia; Edinburgh, Scotland; New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, Indianapolis, Des Moines, Sioux Falls, Lincoln, University of Wisconsin, Grand Rapids, Denver, Charlottetown, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Brandon, Regina, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Recent presentations at international conferences include the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities (HICAH), the International Journal of Arts & Sciences Conference (IJAS) in Barcelona, Spain and in 2016, the IJAS Conference in Venice, Italy. His piano students have gone on to graduate studies at various prestigious institutions such as: Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, McGill University, University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa.

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From Our Participants

“...I came to the workshop after Alicia signed up all the piano teachers at the studio, and I am so glad I did. There was so much that was covered today that would not be found in my regular ways of studying pedagogy, such as through books and regular lessons. I truly found it delightful to have spent the day with such experienced and refined musicians and teachers.

I would love to attend any future workshops or seminars regarding piano. Thank you for the wonderful workshop held today."

- Katherine 

I really enjoyed the program, thanks so much for putting it on! It was great to hear the practical advice on how to be a better teacher.

- Denisha

Previous Pedagogy Programs

We keep a list of previous programs to help teachers see the variety and high quality of topics that we have provided in past years to assist you, the teacher, with ideas and skills that you can use in your own teaching.

2019 Edwin Gnandt An expert on FrederykChopin, Mr. Gnandt presented three sessions on Chopin, his legacy, the inner workings of his mind, especially his fears and anxieties, and his musical and performing style. Mr. Gnandt also discussed qualities that made 18th century pianists so great and showed how to blend those practices with 21st century pianistic ideas. 

2018 Dr. Jennifer Snow presented sessions on solutions to technical challenges faced by developing pianists, and a workshop to show how to develop students’ musical imagination and creative thinking using healthy technic, choreography for expressive performance, and practical approaches to achieving control of tone quality and fluency .

Dr. Andrew Hisey presented select RCM repertoire written in the last five decades to unlock secrets to present engaged and engaging performance,  and a session on how to address harmonic matters for beginning to advanced students leading to the understanding of the use of harmonic matters to connect to repertoire and improvisation.

2017 Dr. Laura Bell presented the My Life Teaching Music - and there’s no app for that! She shared her stories and gave practical guidelines and tools for teaching in these different areas. 

John Dupuis discussed analysis and its importance for memorizing classical sonatas. He talked about motivic links, illustrating the psychological relationships of the movements and discussed conservatory curricula, piano pedagogy and interdisciplinary arts appreciation.

2016 Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff discussed maintaining our commitment to teaching, music as part of contemporary culture, mentoring students for a life with music, the semantics of teaching, the emotion of sound and meaning of colour, the relationship between technique, choreographed gesture, and musical intent.

2015 Dr. Kent McWilliams and Dr. Christopher Hahn: Employing Effective Learning Strategies Through the Use of RCM Publications

2014 Edwin Gnandt: Understanding Chopin Style and The Soul of the Music: Gifts from the Golden Age of Piano
Willard Schultz: An Approach to Sequencing of Repertoire and Program Planning and Performance Preparation

2013 Elisabeth Pridonoff on the effects of music on our emotions, and  the interrelationship of sound and emotion then how to integrate a life of music with having a family. 
Eugene Pridonoff on why people want to play and listen to music and music’s greater purpose and on becoming aware of the difference between process oriented and goal oriented practising. 

2012 James Anagnoson: The Baroque Era and The Fundamentals of Tone Production
Dr. Janet Lopinski: Excellence in Teaching: Nurturing a Passion and The Muses Who Inspired the Master

2011 Edwin Gnandt on the Journey of the Piano Teacher, Dr. Michelle Bozynski on 20th Century Music, Gabriella Jonas on Humanism in Teaching and Joseph Fridman on The Missing Piece of the Puzzle: Imagination

2010 Dr. Faina Bryanskaya

2009 Paul Sheftel on enhancing teaching by using computer technology and Dr. Sara Sheftel on using interpersonal skills with students and parents. Go to his website for some background and links

2008 Ingrid Clarfield on Rubato and other musical elements and Lillian Livingston on teaching adults

2006 Nelita True on the role of teachers

2005 Robin Harrison discussing tone production and arm weight

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