School of Music

Piano Pedagogy Workshop 2020

Dennis Alexander, clinician

New for 2020: Two Alexander Technique sessions tailored to musicians and teachers with Alexander Technique specialist, Katie Fittipaldi

Dates: June 22-23, 2020

Location: School of Music, Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14618


Monday, June 22

1:00 - 2:30 pm: "Teaching the Romantics to Young Pianists" (90 minutes)

  • Students tend to love romantic style repertoire, but many of them have a difficult time achieving the necessary musical elements that create a convincing performance. This session explores techniques for solving musical and technical problems inherent in romantic repertoire for late elementary through intermediate level students.

2:30 – 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 – 4:15 pm: Alexander Technique session #1

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Master Class with 4 late elementary -- intermediate level students

Tuesday, June 23

9:00 - 12:00 pm: “Developing Artistry through Color, Choreography, and Characterization”

  • This stimulating presentation will cover techniques to help beginning through late-intermediate level students play more artistically and stylistically. Artistic concepts, many music examples, and use of body gestures will be incorporated to give teachers concrete ideas to share with their students.

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch - exhibits

1:00 – 2:15 pm: "Why Didn't I Think of That?" (75 minutes)

  • Over the years, Dennis Alexander has received hundreds of questions from piano teachers at workshops, conventions, and through correspondence. This session will highlight numerous questions that deal with technique, motivation, repertoire, sight reading, rhythm, business practices, memorization, teaching adults, stage fright, and other issues that every teacher must deal with, regardless of the level of the student. Mr. Alexander will share numerous "solutions" to these questions through an interactive PowerPoint presentation that will include input from members of the audience.

2:30 - 3:45  pm: Alexander Technique session #2

4:15 - 5:30 pm: “Alexander performs Alexander”

  • During this “lecture-recital” presentation, Mr. Alexander will perform and share many pedagogical tips for some of his popular works from various collections including the “24 Character Preludes”, "Nocturnes for Piano", "Toccatas for Piano" in addition to other motivational elementary - late intermediate level works.

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    Dennis Alexander
    Ingrid Clarfield
    Julie Knerr

    Past Presenters

    2019: Ingrid Clarfield

    2018: Julie Knerr

    2017: Jeanine Jacobson

    2016: Forrest Kinney

    2015: Wendy Stevens

    2013: Scott McBride Smith


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