September 11-12, 2010

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 3, 2010


Piano teachers - come join us for an exciting weekend of workshops, clinics, and master classes dealing with elementary, intermediate, and advanced students! Held concurrently with the Julia Crane International Piano Competition at The Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam, this conference will draw upon the expertise of the competition's guest judges, the Crane faculty, and visiting piano pedagogues.

Click here to meet the 2010 clinicians and presenters!

To reserve a place for this free conference, please contact Kathryn Koscho at 315-267-3230 or The deadline for registration is Friday, September 3rd, 2010.

Saturday, September 11

8:00-9:00AM Registration

9:00-10:00AM "The Perfect Fit: Assigning Your Students Material Appropriate for Their Stage of Development" Come and discover your student's perfect fit. Using the stages of development described by Jean Piaget, Jerome Bruner, Eric Erikson, and Jessica Baron Turner, this workshop discusses the material, resources, and literature most appropriate for students at the ages of 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 16. Dr. Rebekah Jordan-Miller - Shorter University, Rome, GA

10:00-10:25AM "Meaningful Music: Teaching Phrasing to Beginner and Elementary Pianists" Guide your students to more musical performances through dynamic shaping and breathing. Discover how to incorporate phrasing into your lessons from the start, and provide your students with the tools to make independent phrasing decisions. Prof. Heather Wheeler - The Crane School of Music

10:25-11:00AM Hospitality - Join us for coffee, tea, and light snacks.

11:00-11:25AM "The More, The Merrier! Ensemble Skills for Elementary Pianists" Playing duets in the early stages of piano study can help a student develop essential musicianship skills, such as steady pulse, voicing, and listening. Learn about the strongest collections and anthologies available and see how to incorporate these in the first five years of piano study. Dr. Kathryn Koscho and Prof. Julie Miller - The Crane School of Music

11:25AM-12:20PM "Speaking Their Language: Teaching the Child with Autism" At this panel discussion, you will learn about the autism spectrum, gain insight into potential learning styles, and explore teaching applications in your piano studio. Panelists will present viewpoints from numerous perspectives: researcher, teacher, therapist and parent. Prof. Hannah Gruber, Mrs. Victoria Jacobs, and Prof. Heather Wheeler -The Crane School of Music

12:20-2:00PM Lunch Break

2:00-3:00PM "Developing a Young Pianist's Artistry With a Musical Menagerie" Music written about animals is ideal for exploring artistry with young pianists at the elementary through early intermediate levels. The presenter will perform and discuss exemplary music by educational composers and teaching techniques for developing musicality. Ms. Sara Ernst - The New School for Music Study, Kingston, NJ

2:00-3:00PM " Perfecting Your Game: A Comprehensive Viewof Preparing for Auditions " Dr. Wyse will discuss with competitors not chosen for the final round of the competition the details of competing and taking auditions. Topics of interest include repertoire selection, memorization, preparation techniques, and stage presence. Dr. Paul Wyse - The Crane School of Music

3:00-4:00PM Elementary and Intermediate Master Class Dr. Rebekah Jordan-Miller - Shorter University, Rome, GA

4:00-5:00PM Elementary and Intermediate Master Class Ms. Sara Ernst - The New School for Music Study, Kingston NJ

Sunday, September 12


9:00-9:45AM "Performance Psychology for Musicians: A Twelve-Week Mental Skills Training Program" Discover new methods and resources to help overcome performance anxiety. Participants will be provided with exercises designed to strengthen focus and concentration, visualization skills, trust, confidence, and positive automatic responses during performance. This session provides participants with performance tools that will aid them in a lifetime of enjoyable performance experiences. Dr. Rebekah Jordan-Miller - Shorter University, Rome, GA

9:50-10:50AM "Improving Your Teaching Effectiveness Through Feedback" Effective teachers give honest and concise feedback to students regarding the success of their current performance task. Teachers can improve their effectiveness by analyzing and refining the feedback given to students. Video footage will be shared to illustrate these concepts. Ms. Sara Ernst - The New School for Music Study, Kingston, NJ

9:50 - 11:10AM Jury Workshops With Contestants, Snell Theater

Artistic Director Paul Wyse and Jury Chair Eugenia Tsarov will work intensively with competitors not passed to the finals on perfecting their performance in a group masterclass setting.

11:00-11:30AM Hospitality-Crane Commons

Join us for coffee, tea, and light snacks.

11:30AM-1:00PM Master Class for Intermediate and Advanced Students. Snell Theater

Marc Durand - University of Montreal. One of the world’s finest pedagogues will work with intermediate and advanced students.

1:00-3:00PM Lunch Break

3:00-7:00PM Piano Competition Final Round, Hosmer Hall

Come hear six brilliant young pianists share their artistry as they compete for cash and prizes.

7:00PM Final Awards Ceremony, hosmer hall

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Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference
Kathryn Koscho and Heather Wheeler, Co-Directors

Julia Crane International Piano Competition
Paul Wyse, Artistic Director

For questions regarding the conference or to register:
Contact Kathryn Koscho
Telephone: 315.267.3230

Lodging: Blocks of rooms are reserved at two local hotels for the conference weekend.

Meals: Meals may be purchased on campus during the conference.

Transportation: Please reference our information on regional maps and area airports here.

For questions regarding lodging and travel:
Contact Nancy Hess
Telephone: 315.267.2168 or 315.267.2538 Fax: 315.267.3350