Time Presenter Topic
8:00am – 9:00am Registration
9:00am – 9:15am Opening Address
9:15am – 9:30am Lionel & Edward Cranfield Introducing the Hybrid Novus 10 Kawai
9:30am – 10:30am Nick Peterson Teaching versus Educating
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Tea
11:00am – 12:00pm Simone Collins Demystifying the Web
12:00pm – 1:15pm Bernadette Harvey Master Class (grade 5 – 8)
1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch
2:15pm – 3:00pm Cecilia Sun Performance Practices of the Classical Era
3:00pm – 3:45pm Jocelyn Kotchie Colour Play – simplifying the reading process
3:45pm – 4:15pm Afternoon Tea
4:15pm – 4:45pm Paul Tunzi details to follow
4:45pm – 5:30pm Nick Peterson Mastering Rhythm Reading
5:45pm – 6:45pm Bernadette Harvey Recital
6:45pm – 8:00pm Sundowner and Close of Conference

Topic Overviews

‘Teaching Versus Educating’ – Nick Peterson
Was my piano tutor a teacher or an educator? What about me? Am I a piano teacher or a music educator? Examine diverse instructional approaches that shed light on our own pedagogical practices.

Demystifying the Web‘ – Simone Collins
Does putting together a website for your music teaching business seem too hard, too confusing, too expensive, and just not worth the effort? Delve into why a website is invaluable beyond it just being a marketing tool, learn what all the jargon means, and see a range of solutions suitable for teachers from the simplest and cheapest through to more customisable and professional.

Performance Practices of the Classical Era‘ – Cecilia Sun
This session will introduce participants to the late 18th-century fortepiano—the instrument for which Mozart, Haydn, and the young Beethoven wrote most of their keyboard music. We will discuss the distinctive characteristics of the 18th-century piano, the impact that had on the way composers wrote for the instrument, and what we can transfer when playing this repertoire on a modern piano.

Colour Play’ – Jocelyn (Jo) Kotchie 
Learning to read music is a complicated business – especially for young children – and as teachers we struggle to find ways to teach these skills in a way that makes sense for the child without overly stretching their cognitive abilities.  

Jo’s ‘Colour Play’ method allows the child to develop a consistent and reliable visual connection with the notes as they are learned, in a way that provides context for the child without detracting from the fun and joy that all children should be experiencing as they go about the business of music making.  

The process is simple, the results are quick and the child develops a healthy self confidence in being able to apply new found knowledge to her or his instrument.

Not just for young children, this is a method which can be applied effectively with all ages and with any type of music.

‘Mastering Rhythm Reading’ – Nick Peterson
Provide piano students with the ability to effortlessly read rhythms (even really difficult ones) perfectly and instantly, and discover how this ability can dramatically enhance all areas of musical progress.