Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
Time: 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Suzanne Schons presents
The Brain & Music: Piano Teaching & Practice Strategies to Maximize Student LearningDrawing from research in psychology, education, music education, and the rapidly evolving field of neuroscience, there is a great deal of information that piano teachers can use to help their students learn to their fullest potential. This session will provide a brief overview of how the brain learns, stores, and recalls information, and how a child’s brain works differently from an adult’s. Extensive teaching and practice tips will be provided, on areas such as helping students direct their attention and avoid distractions, presenting concepts in a way that will create relevance and meaning for students, optimal timing of practice, strategies for motor skill development, and mental practice.
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Vanessa Cornett presents
Crush the Jitters! Strategies for Performance Anxiety ManagementCold hands, fluttering stomach, self-doubt: these are only a few of the symptoms which can afflict performers, regardless of their age or level of ability. In this session we will examine the body’s acute stress response before discussing a variety of ways in which anxiety can be addressed depending on the performer’s age, personality, and degree of stress. Solutions include a variety of movement and breathing exercises to coax the body and mind to a naturally relaxed alpha-brainwave state, biofeedback techniques to warm the hands, creative visualization methods to bring about a positive physical response and silence “mind chatter,” and a variety of healthy psychological strategies. With practice, these become powerful performance tools to quiet the body and mind.
11:45 a.m. Questions & Wrap-Up
12:00 p.m. Lunch (Sandwich or Salad from Subway)
12:45 p.m. Breakout sessions with Suzanne and Vanessa
Fees: $35 MAPTA members, $45 Non-MAPTA members, $5 lunch optional