Join us for the Third Annual ASU/ASMTA Piano Pedagogy Day

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The Next Annual ASU/ASMTA Piano Pedagogy Day will be held in October 2023.

Schedule (Subject to change)

9 a.m. The Role of the Teacher in Keeping Our Students Healthy with Ms. Gail Berenson
Like athletes, musicians are using their bodies as they practice and perform, spending hours preparing for their moment in the spotlight. Teachers are the first line of defense for a music student, helping to educate students in injury-preventive strategies and offering accurate and sound advice, should an injury occur. This presentation will focus on injury preventive techniques, productive practicing strategies, building a healthy teaching environment, and defining the role teachers play in helping their students remain healthy.  Attention will be given toward encouraging students to cultivate a resourceful and imaginative practicing attitude, learning essential time management skills for more efficient practicing and developing a thoughtful working agenda that will enhance their problem solving abilities, helping them become more independent learners.  This session will examine how teachers can help students liberate their practice in an effort to free their musicality.  In addition, it will also educate teachers about the specific role they play in assisting their students recover and return to performance level, should an injury occur.  With the support of a knowledgeable teacher, students can enjoy a lifetime of rewarding music making. 

10:30 a.m. Strategies for Coping with Performance Anxiety with Ms. Gail Berenson
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 Advice. This session will assist teachers and students in viewing performance anxiety as a positive element, not the enemy. 

Guest clinician and presenters

Ms. Gail Berenson,
Guest Clinician

Professor Emerita of Piano
Ohio University

Gail Berenson is a dedicated teacher, performer, author and knowledgeable authority on musician wellness issues. She is the recipient of the 2002 School of Music’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the School of Music’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award. She continues to be an active and passionate collaborative pianist, and has performed and lectured in over thirty states and eleven countries. A tireless advocate on musicians’ health issues, she serves as Co-Chair of the College Music Society’s Committee on Musicians’ Health and initiated both ISME’s Musicians’ Health and Wellness Special Interest Group and NCKP’s Committee on Pianists’ Wellness. She has been awarded one of the Frances Clark Center’s inaugural 2019 Outstanding Service Recognition Awards and has just been awarded the FCC's 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. Past President of Music Teachers National Association, an association of 23,000 members, she was the recipient of the 2015 MTNA Distinguished Service Award and an MTNA Fellow Award in 2007. Her students are performing and teaching in independent studios and on college faculties throughout the world.

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Prof. Hannah Creviston,

Director of Piano Pedagogy
Director of ASU Community Music School
Coordinator of Class Piano
Clinical Associate Professor of Music (Piano Pedagogy)
Arizona State University

Described as “impressive and expressive” (Fanfare Magazine) and "superb...[with] great dexterity, rhythm, and touch" (American Record Guide), Hannah Creviston is Clinical Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy, Director of the Music Prep Program and Coordinator of Class Piano at Arizona State University. She received her B.Mus. in Piano Performance and Music Education with a Piano Pedagogy concentration from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, studying with Eugenia Tsarov. A researcher and presenter on the effects of music on children with autism, she holds an M.M. in Piano Performance and an M.MuED in Early Childhood/Elementary Music Education from the University of South Carolina where she studied piano with Dr. Scott Price. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU in Fall 2012, Creviston was on the faculty at the Crane School of Music.

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ASMTA Member Students FREE

Non-ASMTA Member Students $5.00

ASMTA Member Teachers $15.00

Non-ASMTA Member Teachers $25.00