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Piano Pedagogy Seminar: A Focus on the Intermediate Level

Seminars @ Calvin

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Grand Rapids, MI

Piano Pedagogy Seminar: A Focus on the Intermediate Level

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Pre-registration: Must be completed by May 17, 2013
Pre-registration received prior to May 17, 2013 will be asked to submit requested repertoire to be discussed on day one and requested duet repertoire to be performed on day two.
Ended $150.00 $4.74
Student Registration (valid Student ID required)
Pre-registration received prior to May 17, 2013 will be asked to submit requested repertoire to be discussed on day one and requested duet repertoire to be preformed on day two.
Ended $75.00 $2.87
Registraion after May 17, 2013
Registrations accepted after May 17, 2013 will not be able to submit repertoire to be discussed or performed during the seminar.
Ended $175.00 $5.37

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Event Details

Piano Pedagogy Seminar: A Focus on the Intermediate Level
June 11-12, 2013
Covenant Fine Arts Center, Calvin College

Seminar Description

Strategies for making the transition from standard methods to intermediate level repertoire; methods of structuring the piano lesson and successfully sequencing intermediate level literature; repertoire to expand technical skills and musical and stylistic understanding. Though the focus is on intermediate, the issues discussed are essential in developing proficient beginner-level pianist students.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Registration and Check-in 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the Lobby of the Covenant Fine Arts Center. A map of campus can be viewed here.

Session One: 9-10:15 a.m. “Leaving the Methods”: examining the skills necessary to progress from the Elementary to Intermediate Level. Several popular methods will be compared to assess how basic skills are presented and sequenced. Repertoire to supplement the methods and to provide reinforcement of technical and musical skills will be discussed. Presenter: Mary Scanlan

Session Two: 10:30-11:45 a.m. The Intermediate Level: the technical and musical skills needed to progress through the Intermediate Level and how to teach them effectively. Repertoire specific to each skill will include examples of early, middle and late intermediate. Presenter: Mary Scanlan

Lunch: Noon-1:15 p.m. On your own. (Calvin Dining Options can be found here.)

Session Three: 1:15-2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: “How Do I Fix It?” Technical Problems, Rhythmic Problems, and Musicality. Various approaches to dealing effectively with typical problems encountered by piano teachers in students from beginner to late intermediate level. Presenters: Hyesook Kim, Ludmila Lazar, and Mary Scanlan

Session Four: 2:45-4:00 p.m. “By Request” Seminar participants who have pre-registered will have the opportunity to explore literature they have never taught, but always wanted to. Pre-registrants will receive a list of the participant-requested repertoire to be discussed during the session. Drs. Kim, Lazar, and Scanlan will present salient teaching points through discussion and demonstration.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Session One: 9-10:15 a.m. “Telling a Story: Gesture, Song, Dance and Rhetoric in the Viennese Classics”. Through description and demonstration the musical content of selected compositions will provide a model for teaching structure, phrasing, shaping, mood and color. Presenter: Ludmila Lazar

Session Two: 10:30-11:45 a.m. “20th Century Repertoire” An introduction to selected piano works for the intermediate level by several accessible twentieth century composers. Presenter: Hyesook Kim

Lunch: Noon-1:15 p.m. On your own. (Calvin Dining Options can be found here.)

Session Three: 1:15-2:30 p.m. The Chopin Mazurkas: their origins, stylistic characteristics, and sequencing for effective teaching. Presenter: Ludmila Lazar

Session Four: 2:45-4:00p.m. Piano Four-Hand Music as a Teaching Tool. Workshop participants are encouraged to perform their favorite intermediate level duets, either with a partner or one of the clinicians. New duet literature will also be introduced and methods of incorporating it into the lesson will be discussed.

About the Seminar Directors

Hyesook Kim

Hyesook Kim joined the faculty at Calvin College in 1991, and has been teaching Piano, Accompanying, Piano Chamber music, Piano Literature, and Music Appreciation. She received her M.M. and D.M.A. from Peabody Conservatory of Music while studying with Ann Schein.

Dr. Kim presents solo recitals regularly and has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and as a chamber musician in various cities such as Seoul, Pusan, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Ottawa, Baltimore, Waco, Santa Clara, Ann Arbor, as well as many other cities throughout Michigan and Indiana.

Dr. Kim is a founding member of Ensemble Montage, which gave its first performance in 1997.
Ensemble Montage is a chamber music group made up of Grand Rapids Symphony members that has actively introduced some of the great modern music literature to West Michigan audiences. For several years, Ensemble Montage performed a series of contemporary music "retrospectives" at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids. The group remains active to this day, performing frequently at various Michigan venues. Its repertoire includes twentieth century classics, such as the music of Stravinsky and Schoenberg, and also contemporary works dating from the last fifty years to the present.

In 2004, the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship awarded Dr. Kim a grant to pursue a research and performance project on the French composer Olivier Messiaen. During the 2004-2005 season, she performed Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen with her colleague Stéphane Lemelin, of the University of Ottawa, at a number of venues across the North America, and again in 2008-2009 across Asia. A CD and a book written by another colleague, Steve Schloesser, of Loyola University, are forthcoming. Prof. Kim is a frequent adjudicator for various competitions and student achievement tests in Michigan.

Ludmila Lazar

Ludmila Lazar is acknowledged internationally for her stylistic versatility and intense musicality. Acclaimed in Europe and the United States for her commitment to a diverse and challenging repertoire, Dr. Lazar's recitals and workshops reflect her involvement with multi-cultural music and authentic performance practice. Chicago critics describe Dr. Lazar's playing as "inspirational and informative."

Her students have been winners in local, regional, national, and international competitions. In recognition of her teaching, she received the Master Teacher Certificate from the Music Teachers National Association, and was awarded the title of Master Teacher by the American Musical Scholarship Association. She was also elected by the Roosevelt University community as "Outstanding Teacher of the Year."

A graduate of the Ljubljana Central Music School in Slovenia, she later advanced her studies with Rudolph Ganz at Chicago Musical College (now the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University) where she received a Master's degree, and at Northwestern University where she earned a D.M. A.

Dr. Lazar's notable achievements have secured her a place of recognition with the American Keyboard Artists and the Who's Who in the American Music World.

Mary Scanlan

Mary Scanlan received her doctorate in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Illinois and degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa.

In 1988 she came to Grand Rapids to serve as coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Grand Rapids Community College. While there she also taught Music History, Private and Group Piano, and performed regularly in faculty recitals. Dr. Scanlan retired from the college in 2008.

Dr. Scanlan has been the recipient of several grants to assist her research of music by women composers, a topic she has explored in numerous lecture/recitals. She has researched American piano music with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the summer of 1997 she spent two months in Romania and Bulgaria as a Fulbright-Hayes recipient. In 1999 and 2000 Dr. Scanlan presented lecture/recitals of American piano music in Budapest, both as soloist and with her frequent collaborator, Dr. Ludmila Lazar (Roosevelt University, Chicago). Dr. Scanlan is also a frequent adjudicator and clinician and was president of the Grand Rapids Piano Forum (Music Teachers’ National Association) from 1996-98. This organization named her “Teacher of the Year” in both 1997 and 1998. From 2000-2002 she served as President of the Great Lakes Chapter of the College Music Society.

Ms. Scanlan continues to perform as accompanist and chamber musician. In these latter capacities she has toured Europe, performed for the National Conventions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Federation of Music Clubs. She has also performed at the Yale/Norfolk Summer Music Festival and the Silver Bay Summer Chamber Series in Lake George, New York. Dr. Scanlan continues to perform with the Castalia Piano Quartet.



Preregistration is $150 and can be completed online with a credit card or by mail with a check. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, and necessary for submitting literature requests (day one, session 4 and day two, session 4). The deadline for pre-registration is May 17, 2013. Registration at the door is $175 by cash or check only.



You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the conference. If you need rental car or taxi information, please let us know. Shuttles between the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College and the airport are available at no cost for guests of the Prince Conference Center. To arrange for a shuttle, please contact the Prince Conference Center at 1.866.526.7200. In addition, many hotels offer complementary shuttle service to and from the airport for hotel guests. Check with your hotel for more information.



Please note that you are responsible for your own lodging. To book a room at the Prince Conference Center, please contact the Prince Conference Center directly at 1.866.526.7200. An airport shuttle is available for those staying at the Prince - please let them know at least three days prior to your arrival that you will need a shuttle.



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Covenant Fine Arts Center
1795 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4404

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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1855 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4402

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