So far I've presented two different workshops:
- "Behind Closed Doors - a discussion about what really goes on in the practice room"
- "Musical Investigations - making music learning more engaging and musical"
This past weekend I was down in Pensacola, Florida, presenting for the folks in the MTNA chapter there. I was especially looking forward to this one because it meant I was finally going to meet two twitter friends and fellow bloggers in person, Victor Andzulis and Monika Durbin. (For folks who don't know much about twitter, this is known as a "tweet-up.") We had a wonderful time at the workshop and I got to hear about some of the struggles and successes the teachers there have been experiencing in regards to getting their students (and the students' parents) thinking more creatively in the practice room. I was also really excited this visit to be able to present not only a mini-recital with my dear colleague, soprano Youngmi Kim, but to also give a masterclass for young piano collaborators. This was a first for me in a formal sense even though I've coached plenty of people in one-on-one settings and I just loved it! It was a fun challenge for me to tie together everything I had discussed in the workshop in the morning with what how I approached the recital repertoire we were performing and then to help the students get a sense of those same concepts themselves. Being able to share my love of the art of collaboration and the music itself was exhilarating and getting to hear and see young people playing music with one another while having fun put me on cloud 9 for hours...no wait, make that days...oh heck, I'm still there!!
Needless to say, I'm hoping that this masterclass thing will become an option for whenever I conduct a workshop.
So onward! At this point I have another workshop scheduled in November over in Chesapeake, Virginia and then possibly a workshop weekend in Tennessee in February. Meanwhile I have ideas for other topics I want to start discussing so I have lots of work ahead of me!
I'll try to keep my upcoming events listed in the sidebar of this blog so keep checking there. If you find out that I'm going to be in your area, please do let me know if you want more information.