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5 Days of Inspiration and Connection

Join me and an amazing line up of guest speakers for five incredible days from March 29th to April 2nd of community and learning to hit the refresh button on your teaching life.

Ideas

Presentations from the best piano teaching experts to provide you with inspiration and actionable ideas.

Connection

Get together with other attendees in our daily huddles to discuss the sessions and make action plans.

Fun

It wouldn’t be a Vibrant Music Teaching event without lots of fun surprises all through the week too!

Schedule

One thing we learned in 2020 was the power of connection, even when we’re far apart. On day 1, we’ll be considering how to strengthen connections with our teaching community, our students and music.


3:00 pm (10:00 am ET): Welcome Warmup

This quick welcome session will get you set up for success for the week ahead. We’ll go through tips on making the most of each session, the schedule for the event and how to access everything you need.

3:15 pm (10:15 am NY): Secure Your Studio Spiderweb

Your music teaching business can be stronger and have a greater impact if you use the power of the community. Learn ways to strengthen ties within your studio and how to embrace the collective power of our global teaching tribe in this session.


4:00 pm (11:00 am NY): Guest Speakers

Rosemarie Penner: Why not?

“Why not?” It’s a simple question that kids love. And, as teachers & studio owners, this question has the power to transform our teaching, business & life. Rosemarie will share how these two words increase creativity, create balance & add laughter to your life!

Jennifer Foxx: Strengthen the Triangle

Most of us are familiar with the parent, student, teacher triangle. But yet, without even realizing it, that triangle can become weak. In this session, Jennifer Foxx will be sharing some quick tips to help strengthen that connection with both your parents and students.

Mike Grande: Your “One Inch”

There are hundreds of thousands of music teachers all over the world. Now that Virtual Music Lessons have become more popular, competing for students will be harder. Music educators can now offer virtual lessons to students in your area, something that was not a ‘thing’ prior to COVID-19! How will you stand out against your competitors?


5:00 pm (12:00 pm NY): Attendee Huddles

Get together with your fellow attendees to discuss what you learnt and make plans for moving forward. We’ll be using breakout rooms to make sure everyone gets the chance to brainstorm in a small group of peers. I’ll provide guidance to structure these sessions so that you can leave each day feeling balanced, refreshed and ready to take action.


 

You can’t get anywhere if you’re stuck in a rut. Day 2 is all about throwing the doors and windows wide open and letting the spring air (and fresh musical ideas) come flooding in.


3:00 pm (10:00 am NY): Welcome Warmup

This quick welcome session is not to be missed so arrive on time! We’ll be getting the musical muscles going and starting the day the right way…with some giggles. 🙂

3:15 pm (10:15 am NY): Embrace the Uncomfortable

The day we stop pushing the boat out and trying new things is the day our teaching fires start to run out of fuel. In this session, we’ll discuss how to recognise when we should say no and when we need to push ourselves out of our comfort zone.


4:00 pm (11:00 am NY): Guest Speakers

Open Your Ears: Darlene Machacon

“Diversity” and “inclusion” are current buzzwords in music education right now. As busy educators, we can be tempted to look at this topic as a checklist of what to do versus what not to do. In this presentation, we will look at important aspects to consider before we start choosing repertoire that reflects and respects all students.

Christina Whitlock: Piano Teachers to the Rescue! Tried-and-True Strategies for Teaching Anxious Students

It’s no secret: More and more young people sitting on the bench in front of you are struggling with anxiety in their lives. Some approaches to teaching will amplify these feelings, while others can help provide coping skills to last a lifetime. Christina brings her trademark enthusiasm to this presentation; helping you recognize anxious behaviour in the studio, and providing steps to empower the hesitant.

Selena Pistoresi: Beyond Behaviour

Has a student’s behaviour left you fuming after a lesson? Are you tired of the power struggle? Once you learn about the highly adaptive purpose of most “misbehaviour”, you will know what to do about it and release yourself from the mental anguish of fighting it.


5:00 pm (12:00 pm NY): Attendee Huddles

Get together with your fellow attendees to discuss what you learnt and make plans for moving forward. We’ll be using breakout rooms to make sure everyone gets the chance to brainstorm in a small group of peers. I’ll provide guidance to structure these sessions so that you can leave each day feeling balanced, refreshed and ready to take action.


Does your sense of adventure need rekindling? Our Wednesday will be a hump day like no other as we hop on our camels to explore the diverse world of music and consider truly off-the-map ideas for our studios.


3:00 pm (10:00 am NY): Welcome Warmup

This quick welcome session is not to be missed so arrive on time! We’ll be getting the musical muscles going and starting the day the right way…with some giggles. 🙂

3:15 pm (10:15 am NY): 10& Unproductive

Why would we set a goal of being less productive in our lessons? Find out why and how to aim for 10% of unproductive time in your teaching, life and business in this thought-provoking session.


4:00 pm (11:00 am NY): Guest Speakers

Samantha Coates: Canon Clapping

One of the most important skills our piano students need to be fluent readers is the ability to think ahead. That and a great sense of rhythm are essential skills to sight read convincingly. But both of these skills are hard to teach, and even harder to make fun…until you learn this trick, that is.

Ruth Power: Delicious Riffs

Enable your students to play creatively in any situation – just by building their riff-bank. Graduate from simple block chords to endless interpretation and expression of the songs that they already know, songs they want to know and songs they are yet to create. Once you dig into riffing at the piano your students will begin to discover delicious riffs within the repertoire they are playing & within the songs they hear – to find that just about anything can be riff-purposed for creative piano endeavours!”


5:00 pm (12:00 pm NY): Attendee Huddles

Get together with your fellow attendees to discuss what you learnt and make plans for moving forward. We’ll be using breakout rooms to make sure everyone gets the chance to brainstorm in a small group of peers. I’ll provide guidance to structure these sessions so that you can leave each day feeling balanced, refreshed and ready to take action.


Thursday is all about growth. Whether you need to grow your studio numbers or your impact on a select few students, this day will inspire you to go further.


3:00 pm (10:00 am NY): Welcome Warmup

This quick welcome session is not to be missed so arrive on time! We’ll be getting the musical muscles going and starting the day the right way…with some giggles. 🙂

3:15 pm (10:15 am NY): Choose Narrow Over Shallow

When marketing our studios and adding new students, we can have a greater impact if we choose a narrow niche. Learn how to target your dream students who stick around longer in this session.


4:00 pm (11:00 am NY): Guest Speakers

Janna Carlson: Failing Toward Growth

Two Things I Learned from a New Business “Failure”

Have you tried all of the smart marketing tactics to grow your studio? Are you discouraged that they aren’t working? So was I. Here’s what I discovered while trying to grow my newest studio business.


5:00 pm (12:00 pm NY): Attendee Huddles

Get together with your fellow attendees to discuss what you learnt and make plans for moving forward. We’ll be using breakout rooms to make sure everyone gets the chance to brainstorm in a small group of peers. I’ll provide guidance to structure these sessions so that you can leave each day feeling balanced, refreshed and ready to take action.


On the final day, we’ll bring everything into perspective and help you find your perfect balance so you can move forward with ease.


3:00 pm (10:00 am ET): Welcome Warmup

This quick welcome session is not to be missed so arrive on time! We’ll be getting the musical muscles going and starting the day the right way…with some giggles. 🙂

3:15 pm (10:15 am ET): Guest Speakers

Amy Chaplin: Reset and Refresh – Tidying Tips for Studio Teachers

Enjoy a workspace that is always fresh and orderly by implementing a simple, consistent, and sustainable tidying routine. Four specific times points, a small checklist, and an incremental (but minimal) time commitment will be your steps for a well-kept studio.

Leila Viss: 626 Sprint

It’s overwhelming to integrate repertoire, theory, improvisation and heaps of other essentials into an already-crammed curriculum. The 626 Sprint is a system that morphs overwhelm to organized. Discover how to design sprints for your studio that include clear, achievable goals with themes that activate student engagement and guarantee progress.


4:00 pm (11:00 am ET): Plot Your Pie

Do you have a pie in the sky dream? It might be a while since you stopped to think about it, especially with all the uncertainty in the air. But if you don’t plot your pie – you might end up with someone else’s favourite flavour. Let’s plan together so we can bake the studio of your dreams.


5:00 pm (12:00 pm ET): Attendee Huddles

Get together with your fellow attendees to discuss what you learnt and make plans for moving forward. We’ll be using breakout rooms to make sure everyone gets the chance to brainstorm in a small group of peers. I’ll provide guidance to structure these sessions so that you can leave each day feeling balanced, refreshed and ready to take action.


6:00 pm (1:00 pm ET): Closing Cocktails

Whether it’s coffee or cocktail time for you, come along to this wrap party so we can celebrate and put a neat bow on a beautiful week. 🎀


 

I’ll be your host and I’ll be with you live 3 hours a day for all 5 days. If we haven’t met yet, you can find out more about me here.

You’re not stuck with just me, though! We’ll also have exclusive presentations from some of the best minds in the music teaching universe.

Incredible Guest Presenters

Leila Viss

Leila Viss owns a tech-savvy, creative-based piano studio in Colorado, hosts the Key Ideas Podcast and generates innovative resources at LeilaViss.com.

leilaviss.com

Jennifer Foxx

Jennifer Foxx has been teaching piano for over 30 years. She creates helpful resources and tips for fellow piano teachers through her business, Music Educator Resources.

musiceducatorresources.com

Amy Chaplin

Amy Chaplin is a piano teacher, avid presenter, and writer of a blog at PianoPantry.com. She owns Studio 88, a vibrant independent piano studio in Bluffton, Indiana where she teaches students ages preschool to adult.

pianopantry.com

Samantha Coates

Samantha Coates is an internationally regarded piano pedagogue and presenter. In addition to running an active teaching studio, she is the creator and publisher of BlitzBooks, the music education series that has brought laughter and creativity to music theory, sight reading, and piano repertoire.

blitzbooks.com

Darlene Machacon

Darlene is committed to actively promoting learner-centered music education for all people and to challenging traditional systems of the status quo. She co-hosts a podcast called Coloring the Melody in which she advocates for unique perspectives as a female music teacher of color.

darlenemachacon.com

Christina Whitlock

Christina Whitlock is an independent music teacher with dual passions for helping students AND teachers experience the joy of music study. She juggles a lively in-home studio with university teaching commitments and hosts a friendly little podcast: Beyond Measure with Christina Whitlock.

whitlockpianostudio.com/beyond-measure-podcast

Mike Grande

Michael Grande is the creator of the Rock Out Loud Live Virtual Music Lesson Platform. What many people don’t know is he also owns two music schools; one in New York and one in New Jersey and has over 300 students currently enrolled.

rockoutloud.live

Ruth Power

Ruth Power is the founder of PianoPicnic.com where she teaches pianists the creative skills of playing by ear, riffing, improv, lead-sheet interpreting & arranging via her online courses. Her mission is to enable pianists of all levels to play freely by embracing their creativity & curiosity.

pianopicnic.com

Selena Pistoresi

Selena is a lifelong pianist and piano teacher of over a decade. She owns a studio near SF, California, where she specializes in working with students with disabilities. She equips teachers all over the world with the mindset, tools, and curriculum to do the same.

notablepiano.com

Carol Matz

Carol Matz has composed, authored, and arranged over 300 published titles for piano students. An experienced piano teacher herself, Carol has presented numerous piano-teaching workshops throughout the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand, and Australia.

carolmatzpiano.com

Rosemarie Penner

Rosemarie Penner is an educator, clinician, writer & composer. She has a B.Ed. & ALCM (TD) in piano pedagogy. Over a decade of teaching has taught Rosemarie we never really stop learning. At The Unfinished Lesson, she shows how to get balance for your life & creativity for your studio.

theunfinishedlesson.com

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Here’s the quick rundown of what’s included in your ticket when you purchase below.

  • Live sessions each day from March 29th to April 2nd on inspiring and uplifting topics
  • Daily huddle calls on Zoom to brainstorm with other attendees
  • Full printable workbook with questions and note prompts
  • One year of session replay access

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