Piano Teacher Professional Development Day

Piano Teacher Professional Develoment Day

Sunday, 2 July 2017

MTAQ Auditorium, Taringa Centre, Level 1,

Suite 26, 200 Moggill Road, Taringa

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Communicating technique – Angela Turner
How do you develop an understanding of an appropriate hand position? How does one convey the concept of relaxation? A brief exploration of sources and discussions with piano teachers will reveal a multitude of possibilities in conveying these core technical concepts. Whether addressed via physical means, verbal description, visual and/or aural demonstration, using colourful metaphor, props, or a combination of these and other methods, there is rarely one ‘standard’ approach that works equally well for each individual. Indeed, it is often helpful to have numerous means to achieve and reinforce an understanding.

In this session, Angela will present a brief summary of historical approaches to piano technique, and discuss how these varying viewpoints have evolved to present day thought.  Drawing upon the teachings and writings of leading pianist pedagogues, multiple method books and other pedagogical texts, this will be a largely practical session discussing, comparing and demonstrating numerous ways of communicating concepts of technique. Fundamental aspects such as posture, seating, hand position, arm weight, relaxation, phrasing, development of touch, tone and coordination, etc. will be explored.  The discussed models can be successfully applied to young pianists undertaking initial lessons, but will also be of benefit when working with more advanced and adult students.  

11.00am – 12.00pm
Repertoire discoveries – Angela Turner
In researching for a new graded piano series for publisher Hal Leonard Australia, Angela has evaluated tens of thousands of early-intermediate level pieces over the last three years. In this session, she will share some of her favorite discoveries. Drawing from both new and older repertoire collections from a range of genres, countries, composers and publishers, solo and duet pieces will be discussed and excerpts performed. This session will focus upon repertoire covering approximately Grade 1 to 4 levels.


The 3P’s: Policy, Procedure and Planning – Carly McDonald 

How are you travelling with your business planning? Do you have a studio policy and procedures in place to help communicate your business practices with your clients? Quick and easy solutions for you to implement in your studio to streamline the administrative processes.


Cool Stuff for Young Students – Carly McDonald

Feeling a bit stuck for new ideas to make piano lessons fun whilst still covering all the fundamentals? We have creative activities for teaching young students in your studio.  A big dose of hands-on activities with a helping of different repertoire and a dash of technology! We have the whole smorgasbord.

Angela Turner

Angela Turner lectures across a range of practical and academic areas at the Queensland Conservatorium, and formerly at the School of Education & Professional Studies, Griffith University. Since 1998, Angela has been a specialist piano lecturer at the Young Conservatorium, where she is Coordinator of the Intermediate piano program. An AMEB Examiner, Angela also maintains an active performance profile as pianist in the international award-winning Lyrebird Trio.

Carly McDonald

Carly McDonald is the founder and publisher of Creative.Piano.Professional. She began her teaching career in 2002 with her teacher and mentor Glenyce Durdin. In 2005, Carly formally established the Novar Music Learning Centre, and has grown this to a Music School with 5 locations and 14 wonderful teachers offering voice, violin, guitar, piano, woodwind and music theory lessons. In 2013, Carly became an Australian Ambassador for the Piano Adventures series by Randall and Nancy Faber (www.pianoadventures.com.au) and has a special interest in early learning. Carly is a contributing writer for the Piano Teacher Magazine and teaches 43 students a week in addition to being the General Manager at Novar Music. She has a seven and eight year old, who help her keep the household noisy with their shenanigans and beautiful music. Carly is passionate about teaching and doing so with a little stylish flair!

Full Day Booking (no places left)

Note: Full day booking includes lunch

Morning session only (Angela Turner) (two places remain as at Friday 23 June)

Note: Morning session booking does not include lunch

Afternoon session only (Carly McDonald) (several places remain)

Note: Afternoon session bookings does not include lunch