This is a question I hear frequently at the end of lessons these days and I love it! Ever since I attended the workshop by Forrest and Akiko Kinney a couple of years ago and started using the Pattern Play series, my studio has been transformed. We focus so much more on making music together, and many of my students have grown to love and excel at improvising.
I found out that the Kinneys conduct Teacher Creativity Intensive courses during the summer to equip teachers to use the series more effectively with their students. I’ve been wanting to go for a while, and this year it looks like it’s really going to happen, so I wanted to let you all know about it in case you’re interested in being a part of this fabulous opportunity!
The course I’m planning to attend is on August 2-3 in the Seattle, Washington area (the store where they are held is in Tukwila), and there are six openings left! If you’re interested, be sure to visit the website and register. I’m super excited about learning and growing in my own improvisation skills and then coming back and equipping my students so that they will gain more confidence in their ability to sight-read and improvise “on the fly” at the piano!