Professional Development

The Creativity at the Piano course in Vienna also has sessions specifically for teachers. There will be three sessions every morning at Musikquartier, June 24-28.

Here are some questions you may have about exploring Creativity with students, and we will provide ideas and resources:

• Where to start? How do I include composition in my piano teaching?

• Do I have the skills to teach composition? 

• What else can I offer besides composition?

• How do I help students find their creative voice?

• What am I expecting from students when they start composing? 

It's important to remember that encouraging students to compose is not the same as a theory lesson. Most of these sessions will provide you with ideas for guiding and encouraging students to follow their own ideas at the piano. So much can be learned about how a student relates to the piano with these activities, and the student often finds a renewed interest in playing piano in the process.

Kathryn Woodard will explain several Rapid Interventions she has developed for improving students' movement, coordination, and attention during lessons. She will give a similar workshop at the Body, Mind, Music Symposium in Vienna in April 2024.

The cost of each hour-long session is €20. You will end the week with numerous new strategies and resources to apply in your teaching. If you are accompanying a student for the week-long course, you are welcome to attend for free!

If you are familiar with the city of Vienna, you will have plenty of time to explore on your own. If this is your first time traveling to the city or to Central Europe, we will help you plan your trip and you are welcome to join the planned excursions and guided tours. You will also have the opportunity to book practice rooms at Musikquartier.

Whether you are accompanying your students or traveling on your own, please fill out the interest form below to reserve a spot in these special sessions. the interest form below. We look forward to hosting you in Vienna!

 

The photos below show the results of working with a student exactly as described in the video clip.