School of Music

2021 Virtual Piano Pedagogy Workshop 

Marvin Blickenstaff, clinician

All sessions will take place live through Zoom, allowing for interaction and

New for 2021: Two Alexander Technique sessions tailored to musicians and teachers with Alexander Technique specialist, Katie Fittipaldi

Dates: June 21-22, 2021
Registration: To register (online)
                       Early Bird (register by May 24) - $65
                       After May 24 - $75
                       Student: $15
                       Deadline for registration: June 14


MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2021

1:00pm – 2:15pm
Interpretation Rules of Thumb
Students often think that the interpretation of each piece involves a unique set of rules and guidelines.  They fail to realize that the same rules of interpretation that govern a Mozart sonata also apply to a Chopin Nocturne.  This session will articulate general rules about phrasing, dynamics, harmony and form that apply universally in the literature we teach and study.

2:30pm – 4:00pm
Alexander Technique Session (Katie Fittipaldi)

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021 

9:00am – 10:15am
In the Beginning ....
Thoughts, goals, and procedures governing the first weeks and months of instruction.

10:30am – 11:45am
Warm-Ups for Students and Teachers
Technical warm-ups are an important part of each practice period and lesson.  Students often think a quick C major scale is sufficient warm-up.  Think again!

11:45am – 12:45pm
Lunch Break

12:45pm – 2:00pm
Bach's Two-part Inventions:  Why? When? How?
The Inventions are the piano student's Mt. Everest -- a challenge to conquer.  But they are so important in the repertoire and development of our students.  This session is focused on making the Inventions accessible and enjoyable to each piano student.

2:15pm – 3:45pm
Alexander Technique Session (Katie Fittipaldi)

4:00pm – 5:15pm
What do you do when the magic stops?
Most students are excited to start lessons and learn to play pieces at the piano.  But as the demands of regular practice and the discipline of correct playing set in, the "magic" of the new learning experience wears thin.  This session examines ways to keep that "magic" burning brightly.


    Dennis Alexander
    Ingrid Clarfield
    Julie Knerr
    Marvin Blickenstaff

    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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