2010 Teachers

Performers (June 19 - 25)

Observers - Workshop (June 22 - 24)


Guest Artists/Techers:

  Tamás Ungár  


PIANOTEXAS’ TEACHERS PROGRAM was established in 1991 in response to the needs of teachers, both in private studio or university, who wish to keep up and to improve their skills. Through the years young university faculty members have participated in this program to focus on their own forthcoming recital programs as well as teachers who, after their busy teaching schedule, feel the need to return to practicing and performing. Many testimonials have proven that all of us teach better when we keep learning and playing. PianoTexas is unique in that, besides the highly informative series of lectures and presentations, it offers a special program for teachers who wish to advance as performers. We cater for all levels, private or college. Participants have a choice of attending as General Observers, Active Observers or Performers. In PianoTexas we have the program that is just right for you.


Performers (June 19 - 25):

Every performing teacher plays in one master class and receives two 50-minute private lessons, each with a different artist/teacher. They are also encouraged to perform in recital that is open to the public. The minimum repertoire requirement for the performing participants is one work from the standard repertoire, between 8 to 12 minutes, for playing in master class. They may use the same repertoire for the private lessons and recital, or they may play difference pieces as they wish. Playing from memory is optional. The Executive Director is responsible for allocating the master classes and private lessons, and his decision is final. Within the duration of the Teachers Program all participants have free access all other events listed in the Festival’s general schedule.


Active Observers (June 19 - 25):

Understandably, there are teachers who have not performed for a long time, who would love to advance their skills at the piano, but who are somewhat anxious by the idea of performing in public. If you have never joined this program as a performer and want to take lessons but wish only to observe the performers before taking a big step on stage yourself, the status of Active Observer is ideal for you. Active Observers receive two private lessons with a different artist/teacher. Playing from memory is optional and the repertoire is entirely free choice. Pieces presented in each lesson may be the same or different. The Executive Director is responsible for allocating the private lessons, and his decision is final. Within the duration of the Teachers Program all participants have free access all other events listed in the Festival’s general schedule.


General Observers (June 19 - 25 or June 22 - 24):

This status is not restricted to piano teachers alone. Anyone interested in the music is invited to apply and join us. During the program, General Observers are welcome to approach any artist/teacher of their choice for private lessons at additional cost.


Features Guest Artists for workshop (June 22 - 24):

PianoTexas is pleased to announce that Barbara Lister-Sink will be our featured guest for the Teachers Program. One of the most popular presenters, Professor Lister-Sink will focus on “Developing Well-Coordinated, Injury-Preventive Piano Technique” and other related subjects. She will be joined by other teacher/artists including Alexander Kobrin and Armen Babakhanian in presenting different areas of our teaching profession. At the end of each presentation there will be a questions-and-answers session as well as opportunities to meet our guest artists in social settings.


Practice Facilities:

Practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to each performing teacher. Active Observers may also have access to these practice rooms. Upright pianos are also available to everyone, including general observers, on a first-come-first-served basis. All practice rooms are open 24 hours a day.



PianoTexas will utilize two TCU dormitories this summer. Waits Hall, conveniently located right

next to the music building, is newly renovated offering spacious bedrooms with semi-private baths, comfortable lounges, large common kitchens and laundry facilities. All rooms are equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, and phone jacks. Carter Hall, is conveniently located in the newly constructed campus commons area, and is a short walk from the music building. Bedrooms are suite-style with shared living/lounge areas and are furnished with a full-sized bed, semi-private bathrooms, and a refrigerator and microwave oven in the living area. There are large comfortable lounges and laundry facilities on site. Wireless internet access is available, but must be requested prior to arrival. Participants are responsible for bringing their own laptops/computers and other computer equipment to access the internet. There are several restaurants and a grocery store within walking distance, along with a limited number of on-campus dining options located in the newly constructed University Union. The cost of single rooms (per person per night) will be $45

and includes all linens. A limited number of double rate rooms are available only to married

couples and those participants staying with a family member (parent or sibling.) Please contact

Mrs. Kristen Queen to coordinate reservations and payments for double rate rooms. For more details on dormitory accommodations and facilities please visit TCU Residential Services.


Program Fees:

  • Performers - $500
  • Active Observers - $400
  • General Observers (June 19-25) - $280
  • General Observers (June 22-24) - $200

              MTNA Members only $150 for the workshop + $45 application fee

              access "APPLICATION" for enrollment


              Students in Pedagogy undergraduate or graduate programs:
              $80.00 plus application fee $45.00 - access "APPLICATION" for enrollment

Application Deadlines:

  • Performers: March 1, 2010 postmarked (U.S.A. and all other countries)
  • Active Observers: April 19, 2010 postmarked
  • General Observers: May 24, 2010 postmarked