Piano Pedagogy Workshop


July 27, 2017

St. Vladimir's Cultural Centre, 404 Meredith Road NE

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


See the registration form and the fee summary 
for further information.


Piano Pedagogy Workshop Topics 


Morning: Dr. Laura Bell

Dr. Laura Bell

My Life Teaching Music - and there’s no app for that!

Whether you are teaching piano, general classroom music, college level music classes, or a class of pre-school children, there are guidelines, principles and tools that apply to all of those disciplines. Dr. Bell has had a career teaching all ages and levels of music. She will share her stories and give practical guidelines and tools for teaching in these different areas. You will even get to try some of them out during class!


Afternoon: John Dupuis

John Dupuis

Analysis: Who Needs It

  • Memorising classical sonatas with awareness of harmonic and formal function.
  • Demonstration: Beethoven “Tempest” Sonata
  • Motivic links, which illustrate the psychological relationships of the movements. 

Slide Show: Photos of Beethoven Locations in Vienna

The Importance of Being Comprehensive

Conservatory curriculums, piano pedagogy, and interdisciplinary arts appreciation. 

Demonstration: Beethoven "Tempest” Sonata


Clinicians for 2017 

Our featured clinicians for 2017 are John Dupuis and Dr. Laura Bell.  


John Dupuis

Mr. Dupuis holds Piano Performance degrees from McGill University and the University of British Columbia and is a Senior Piano Examiner of the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Dr. Laura Bell

Dr. Laura Bell earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance with high honors from New England Conservatory of Music in 1985 followed by a Master of Music in Piano Performance from University of Southern California in 1987 and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers in 1997.


Previous Piano Pedagogy Workshops

We keep a list of workshops to help teachers see the variety and high quality of topics that we have provided in past years to assist you, the teacher, with ideas and skills that you can use in your own teaching.


2016 Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff discussed maintaining our commitment to teaching, music as part of contemporary culture, mentoring students for a life with music, the semantics of teaching, the emotion of sound and meaning of colour, the relationship between technique, choreographed gesture, and musical intent.

2015 Dr. Kent McWilliams and Dr. Christopher Hahn: Employing Effective Learning Strategies Through the Use of RCM Publications

2014 Edwin Gnandt: Understanding Chopin Style and The Soul of the Music: Gifts from the Golden Age of Piano
Willard Schultz: An Approach to Sequencing of Repertoire and Program Planning and Performance Preparation

2013 Eugene Pridonoff  on why people want to play and listen to music and music’s greater purpose and on becoming aware of the difference between process oriented and goal oriented practising. Elizabeth Pridonoff on the effects of music on our emotions, and  the interrelationship of sound and emotion then how to integrate a life of music with having a family.

2012 James Anagnoson: The Baroque Era and The Fundamentals of Tone Production
Dr. Janet Lopinski: Excellence in Teaching: Nurturing a Passion and The Muses Who Inspired the Master

2011 Edwin Gnandt on the Journey of the Piano Teacher, Dr. Michelle Bozynski on 20th Century Music, Gabriella Jonas on Humanism in Teaching and Joseph Fridman on The Missing Piece of the Puzzle: Imagination

2010 Dr. Faina Bryanskaya

2009 Paul Sheftel on enhancing teaching by using computer technology and Dr. Sara Sheftel on using interpersonal skills with students and parents. Go to his website for some background and links

2008 Ingrid Clarfield on Rubato and other musical elements and Lillian Livingston on teaching adults

2006 Nelita True on the role of teachers

2005 Robin Harrison discussing tone production and arm weight


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