June 25 - 29
Please see the calender for all the events!
Admission: $10.00 per session
Place: Choir Room, School of Music

In 2008 we are entering the 17th year of the annual Teachers Program. A companion to the performance component of the program are the presentations and teaching demonstrations. These allow teachers to share and to delve into a large variety of music topics such as style, technique, methods and the art of teaching. Each year a highly respected and eminent guest teacher is invited - in 2008 we are proud to present Jane Magrath.

Thursday, June 26 at 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Presenter: Malcolm Bilson (Biography)
Title: "Are We Reading Beethoven's Notation Correctly?  Does an 'Urtext' Help?"
Description: “Do we really know how to read urtext editions, and how can this lead to expressive, even passionate performance?” This presentation will look into the behind the scene exploration of Beethoven's notation, showing clearly that there is far more expressive information than is usually presumed. Many of these ideas will certainly make you re-think all your ideas that you thought you knew.


Thursday, June 26 at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Presenter: Ann Gipson (Biography)
Title: Impressions of Music: Developing Skills to Play Impressionist Pieces
         Through Sequenced Literature
Description: Impressionistic piano music is beautiful to listen to but is usually reserved for the early advanced to advanced pianist.  With numerous recent publications of impressionistic teaching literature,  students can begin to develop the skills and sounds for playing impressionistic piano literature at a much earlier level of study.  This session will focus on three types of impressionistic pieces, consider music from new collections as well as standard favorites for each type, and evaluate the musical and technical difficulties of select works.


Friday, June 27 at 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Presenter: Jane Magrath (Biography)
Title: Teaching Literature for Piano: Outside the Box. 
Description: This workshop session will present unusual, effective teaching literature for various levels. Enliven and refresh your lessons with this material, and learn new ways to present the pieces. 

Friday, June 27 at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Jane Magrath
Title: Video Performances: The Intermediate Student as Transfer.  
Description: This session is presented with the aid of a video presentation of piano students performing. Student performances discussed exhibit typical (but not-so-easy to fix) technical problems and musical problems. Potential solutions and ramifications of the problems will also be discussed


2007 Teaching Demonstration with
Yoheved Kaplinsky

Saturday, June 28 - Teaching Demonstrations

Description: Selected students from the Fort Worth Music Teachers Association.
Utilizing different levels (for example 2nd or 3rd grader; or a 5th grader; 7th or 8th grader
and perhaps a high school student) will allow for many pedagogical ideas to be exchanged
between teachers. Students will be asked to bring pieces that are “work in progress”.
Enrolled teachers will be notified of the repertoire that will be used.  

9 – 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Jane Magrath
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Ann Gipson


Saturday, June 28 at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Presenters: Jane Magrath
Title: Sequencing Romantic Piano Literature for Teaching.
Description: Discussion and performance of literature that has been carefully sequenced to build skills for progression from the easiest romantic literature to the standard works. Emphasis is on the discovery of appropriate romantic teaching literature, much of it little known, yet effective in performance. An additional focus is on teaching stylistic performance from the beginning, and on building skills through the great literature. A detailed handout is provided. 

  Sunday, June 29 at 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Moderator: Tamás Ungár
Presenters: Jane Magrath and Ann Gipson and special guest?
Title: Summary, Question and Answer Session