Here are results of the 2016 Composition Competition: Primary (P) Winners: 1st place: The Raven’s Secret, by Fiona Gehrke (P7) — Alla Artemyeva Honorable mention: Wake Up, It’s Christmas Morn!, by Callie Giessel (P3) — Connie McFarlane Junior/Senior (Jr/Sr) Winners:
These programs focus on helping students maximize control in their playing through the use of practice techniques that strengthen what physiologists call “inhibition.” The full range of levels from beginning to advanced pianists is discussed. See the chart of concepts
This highly entertaining and informative program covers teaching strategies and techniques, supported by recent and older videos of Berr’s teaching. These capture special moments that teachers really appreciate. It also acts as a springboard for discussing basic and not-so-basic pedagogy.
Jennifer Merry, presenter What is the best age for a child to start piano lessons? If you have wondered about this question or have never felt totally at ease with young beginners, this program will help to generate ideas and
This program explores how to help pre-college and university piano students play more expressively by feeling the emotional implications of specific forms and structures—small and large. Music from elementary to advanced levels is used.
Dr. Berr will perform some of his currently published educational piano music, and will also reveal how the music has been composed to purposefully provide the teacher with opportunities to reinforce specific technical or musical ideas.
Each student will present two pieces: one performance-ready, the other new and in-progress—having been introduced no earlier than two weeks before the event. This will afford Dr. Berr the opportunity to demonstrate two kinds of instruction that are important in
Winners of the AMTA/AKTA Composition Competition will present their winning compositions. Dr. Berr will discuss the merits of each composition.