Ring True for Anyone Else?

Just read this anecdote and couldn’t help but smile…

There was this man who, many years ago, worked for a large business. That was his lifetime employment, but he wasn’t happy there. He wanted to go into business for himself. He saved his money and finally had enough that he could quit and start his own business.

About two years later, I was on vacation and was going through the town where his business was located. I stopped by for a visit. “Hey, John, I heard that the first year is the hardest for a new business.

Yeah, the first year was pretty rough, but we’re doing pretty good now. In fact, I’m getting to where I only have to work half a day.

Wow, that’s pretty nice. Maybe I should think about going into business for myself.

Yeah, and the nicest part of it is that it doesn’t matter which 12 hours you work.

National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy – Quick Links

Here is a handy link list of all of my posts from the 2007 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy


Thursday 8:00 a.m. – Publisher Showcase – Alfred – Premier Piano Performer Level 3
Thursday 8:45 a.m. – Publisher’s Showcase – Alfred – Professional Piano Teaching – A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook for Teaching Elementary-Level Students
Thursday 9:30 a.m. – Keynote Address – Barry Bittman:Recreational Music Making, A Scientific Perspective for the Future
Thursday 10:15 a.m. – Teaching Demonstration – Janet Johnson: The Piano Detectives Club
Thursday 11:30 a.m. – Research Posters
Thursday 12:15 p.m. – Noontime Recital by Carol Leone
Thursday 12:30 p.m. – Noontime Recital by Carol Leone (cont.)
Thursday 1:20 p.m. – Lunchtime
Thursday 2:00 p.m. – Workshop – Mario Ajero: Podcasting: Harnessing the Power of Internet Audio and Video to Educate and Motivate
Thursday 3:15 p.m. – Mini-Recital
Thursday 3:45 p.m. – Plenary Session – Marienne Uszler: Outside the Box, Yes, but Which Box?
Thursday 4:30 p.m. – Publisher Showcase – FJH – Randall Faber: My First Piano Adventure
Thursday 8:15 p.m. – 2007 MTNA National Piano Auditions Winners Recital
Thursday 8:45 p.m. – 2007 MTNA National Piano Auditions Winners Recital (cont.)
Thursday 9:15 p.m. – 2007 MTNA National Piano Auditions Winners Recital (cont.)
Thursday 9:45 p.m. – Reception
Thursday 10:00 p.m. – The Late Show: Videos of Master Teachers in Action


Friday 8:00 a.m. – Publisher Showcase – FJH – Helen Marlais: New Directions in Classical Music
Friday 9:30 a.m. – Keynote Address – Angela Myles Beeching: Is What We Do Relevant?
Friday 10:15 a.m. – Teaching Demonstration – William Westney: The Interactive Piano Lesson
Friday 11:45 a.m. – Exhibitor Hall
Friday 12:15 p.m. – Noontime Recital – Phillip Keveren
Friday 2:00 p.m. – Workshop – James Goldsworthy: Keeping the First Lesson Open-Ended
Friday 3:15 p.m. – Mini Recital
Friday 4:45 p.m. – Publisher Showcase – Schaum: Light a Fire! Hot New Repertoire from Schaum
Friday 6:30 p.m. – Dinner
Friday 8:15 p.m. – Recital/Lecture by Richard Kogan:Music and the Mind: George Gershwin

Saturday 8:15 a.m. – Publisher Showcase – Kjos – Charlene Zundel: Rock Their Theory World!
Saturday 9:30 a.m. – Keynote Address – Martin Marty:Two Strangers at One Keyboard: the Musical Politics of “the Self” and “the Other”
Saturday 10:15 a.m. – Teaching Demonstration by Paul Wirth: Developing Artistic Command through Technical Mastery
Saturday 11:30 a.m. – Workshop – Drum Circle
Saturday 12:30 p.m. – Noontime Recital by Spencer Myers
Saturday 2:00 p.m. – Workshop – Jane Magrath: Teaching Literature for Piano: Outside the Box
Saturday 3:15 p.m. – Mini-Recital
Saturday 3:30 p.m. – Closing Recital – Tony Caramia: Traditions and Transformations

I hope you’ve enjoyed your virtual experience of the 2007 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy! ~Natalie

National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy – Saturday 3:30 p.m.

The Closing Recital today is being given by Tony Caramia.

His program is:
American Ballads (1957) by Roy Harris (1898-1979)
-Streets of Laredo

Preludes by Bill Dobbins (b. 1947)
-F Minor (1996)
-G Major (2001)
-C-sharp Minor (1999)

Mrs. Malaprop (1952) by Cy Walter (1915-1968)

Concert Etudes by Earl Wild (b. 1915)
(based on themes of George Gershwin)
-Embraceable You
-O, Lady Be Good
-I Got Rhythm

Adagio Cantabile by Bill Dobbins (arr. 2001)
(from Sonata, Op. 13, Beethoven)

The Party Cat Blues by Keveren/Caramia

As he played, some very “outside the box” images were displayed on the overhead screen to correlate with the music.

A rather fitting way to end the 2007 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy – Tradition and Transformation:
Learning, Playing and Teaching Outside the Box

I hope you’ve enjoyed the conference! Click here for a handy link list of all my posts from the conference.

National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy – Saturday 3:15 p.m.

The mini-recital today includes the following young performers:

Gabriella Pagliuca, age 13, playing In the Garden by Gurlitt and The Bear by Rebikov

Nicole Choquette, age 12, playing Arabesque, Op. 100, No. 2 by Burgmuller

Andrew Nguyn, age 10, playing Rigaudon by Gedike and Sewing Machine by Bonis

Mitchell Mussellman, age 12, playing March of the Trolls by Kraehenbuehl

Lydia Wallbaum, age 18, playing Page d’album by Debussy

National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy – Saturday 2:00 p.m.

Jane Magrath is now giving a workshop entitled Teaching Literature for Piano: Outside the Box

Purpose is to remind us of some pieces that perhaps we have forgotten about.

Teaching inside the box means that we maintain the status quo. Teaching outside the box is exciting and interesting for the students and ourselves.

She is exploring literature in the following categories:
The Baroque Boys
Sonatina Motivators…and More
Romantic Characterization and Albums for the Young
Romantic Intrigue
20th Century Spark
Flash and Spark

Dr. Magrath has compiled a selection of pieces that fit into each of these categories and is giving brief explanations of each one and playing through excerpts of them for us.

UPDATE: Dr. Magrath has graciously set up this site where you can download a copy of the handouts from this workshop.