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