School of Music

Piano Pedagogy Workshop 2022 

Dennis Alexander, clinician

Dates: June 27-28, 2022
Registration: To register
                       Early Bird (register by June 1):
                       In-Person/Virtual: $95
                       Virtual Only: $85

                       After June 1:
                       In-Person/Virtual: $115
                       Virtual Only: $105

                       Student: $15
                       Lunch: $15

                       Deadline for registration: June 20

Call for Masterclass Participants
                      Ages 5-18, all levels and repertoire accepted
                      Form due: June 1, 2022
                      To Register for Masterclass
                      Participants will be chosen by Dennis Alexander based on
                      a variety of repertoire, ages/levels



1:00—2:30 p.m.: “Why Didn’t I Think of That”?
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, artistry, 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 power-point presentation that will include input from members of the audience.

2:30—2:50 p.m.: BREAK

2:50 – 4:30 p.m.:  “Pedagogical Tips for Teaching “24 Character Preludes” by Dennis Alexander
Numerous states now include this collection on their syllabi, and this session explores many aspects of technique and interpretation while using the music from these colorful preludes that are written for the late intermediate to early advanced level student. The preludes are purposely short, and written in romantic, impressionistic, and contemporary styles. This unique presentation gives teachers and students a unique insight into teaching and performing these preludes in all major and minor keys. (A power-point presentation.)

4:30---5:00 p.m.:  “Question and Answer Session”


9:00—10:45 a.m.:  “Developing Artistry through Color, Choreography, and Characterization” (this is about an entire morning’s session, so we’ll take a break, & then continue)._

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. (A power-point presentation)

10:45—11:10 p.m.:  BREAK

11:10—12:00 p.m.:  Continuation of same lecture

12:00—1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:00—2:00 p.m.:  “Practical, Purposeful, and Plentiful” – the music of Dennis Alexander
Dennis Alexander has written music for every level, and in this entertaining session, Mr. Alexander will share some of his favorite teaching pieces at each level. Teachers will discover repertoire for festivals, competitions, motivation, "plays easy, sounds hard" -----there's something for everybody in this session!

2:00---3:15 p.m.: “Breaking Barriers with Teenagers”—Alternative Teaching Strategies to Help Motivate and Inspire!”
This session will focus on ways to motivate, inspire, and keep those intermediate students practicing instead of becoming another sad statistic in the ever growing pool of “I wish I hadn’t quit taking piano lessons!” (A power-point presentation)

3:15—3:30 p.m.: BREAK

3:30—4:45 p.m.: Masterclass with various levels of students

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.: “Question and Answer Session”


Pedagogy Workshops

    Dennis Alexander
    Ingrid Clarfield
    Julie Knerr
    Marvin Blickenstaff

    Past Presenters

    2022: Dennis Alexander

    2021: Marvin Blickenstaff

    2019: Ingrid Clarfield

    2018: Julie Knerr

    2017: Jeanine Jacobson

    2016: Forrest Kinney

    2015: Wendy Stevens

    2013: Scott McBride Smith


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