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NYSMTA Competition Day Mini-Pedagogy Symposium 2019

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NYSMTA Conferences Schedule
Saturday, October 27th

Onondaga Community College - Syracuse, New York

Academic II – Onondaga Community College

8:30 a.m. and ongoing. Conference Check-In and Registration


Conference Hospitality


Poster Session

Best iPad Apps for the Tech Savvy Piano Teacher (Stephanie Mercer, MM'18, Nazareth College. Advisor: Dr. Bonnie Choi)

Improvisation SOS: Overcoming Obstacles in Creating Music Together (Maggie Rempe, BM'20, The Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam. Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Sherman, NCTM)


Vendor Display: Piano and Organ Center, Syracuse



9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Rachel Hidlay (Lansing, NY)

Growing and Maintaining Your Music Studio

Room P110

Considering many aspects for a successful teaching studio, the presenter will discuss such topics as business practice, marketing, covering expenses of ‘time off ’, acquiring students, and developing a program for interns and assistants.


9:45  – 10:30 a.m. Leonidas Lagrimas (SUNY Fredonia)

Beyond the Canon: Rethinking the Piano Recital for the 

21st Century

Room P110

This interactive session explores the piano recital format and examines the various musical, social, and pedagogical factors that influence how repertoire is chosen for performance.


10:30  –  10:45 a.m. Short Break/Vendor/Snacks

Room P112

10:45  – 11:30 a.m. Elaina Burns (Pearl River, NY)

Mind, Body, Music: From Healthy Alignment to Artistic Performance

Room P110

Drawing on the presenter’s experience and practice in ballet, yoga, and meditation, this session will address common misconceptions about meditation and will offer practical ideas for developing self- awareness, mind-body alignment, artistic gesture, and reducing stress.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wynn-Anne Rossi (Alfred Publication)

Sparks of Inspiration, part 1: Seeds of Creativity

Room P114

Let’s spark the imagination! Wynn-Anne will demonstrate a streamlined approach to promoting creativity with 3–minute creations. Students will learn to travel under the sea or up in space, learning about range, articulations and dynamics. Teachers can continue this journey by encouraging original composition, introducing one tool at a time. Musical language will meet applied music theory while promoting healthy self-esteem in your studio!

12:30  –  1:45 p.m.. Lunch/NYSMTA Members General Business Meeting/Vendor

Room P112


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. NYSMTA/MTNA Commissioned Composer 2018

Ellen Mandel (New York City)

Recital Hall P100

Premiere performance of Songs of Dark and Night. Three Songs to Poems of Glyn Maxwell. Ellen Mandel has been recognized for her
beautiful settings for voice and piano in addition to incidental
music for several NYC Off-Broadway theaters. 

David J. Rudari, baritone and Steven D. Uh, piano. 

2:30  – 3:15 p.m.. Alina Plourde (Onondaga Community College)

Expression and Artistry through Improvisation: An

Intuitive Approach for Students of All Levels

Room P110

This active session will demonstrate improvisation ideas and forms that are simple to implement, requiring no music theory preparation, yet are musically rich and deeply satisfying for both student and professional musicians to explore. The presenter is a Music for People facilitator and also runs a private studio. 

3:15  – 4:00 p.m. Fred Karpoff (Syracuse University)

Balancing Clarity and Resonance with Artistic Pedaling

Recital Hall P100

A nuanced pedal technique that balances resonance with clarity enhances artistic potential. This session will offer effective and clear instruction with examples of the possibilities of pedal and how to execute their effects.

4:00  –  4:15 p.m. Short Break/Vendor/Snacks

Room P112

4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Wynn-Anne Rossi

Student Composer Masterclass 

Recital Hall P100

4:45 – 5:45.p.m. Wynn-Anne Rossi

Sparks of Inspiration, part 2: Latin Meets Jazz!

Room P114

Inspiration thrives with lively music materials! Wynn-Anne will take us on a journey through two hemispheres of American music. Explore complex rhythms, mesmerizing melodies and rich harmonies. Discover colorful music history while practicing a few lively dance steps. Experience the meaningful humanity of music through this insightful session. 

5:45  –  6:00 p.m. Short Break/Snacks

Room P112

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. NYSMTA Conference Artists Recital

Kevin Moore & Katharine Ciarelli, piano duo

Music of Mozart and Ravel

RECITAL  Hall  P100

Academic II – Onondaga Community College

October 12, 2019, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

To submit

Submission guidelines for Students, Advisors, and Piano Teachers:


-Posters generally fall into two main types: Pedagogy/Best practice posters, and Research posters.  We welcome posters that display information on a variety of topics, for example:


            -Piano Pedagogy; ideas for technique development, musicianship

development, specific skills such as sight-reading, scales, pedalling, etc.

            -Lesson/teaching ideas for studio or class piano

            -Music entrepreneurship (building a studio, advertising a studio, etc.)

-Approaches for teaching specific populations (younger, older, special needs,


-Music history

-Piano repertoire/piano composers

-Jazz, improvisation

-World, popular, folk music

-Aural skills/Music theory concepts and piano

-Posters should be large enough to be seen from a distance.  Consider use of visual aids like photos, charts, or music scores to enhance the presentation.


-The 5 minute limit for Lightning Talks is strictly enforced!  Make sure your proposed talk will fit the time limit.  The most effective lightning talks are usually specific and focused on a single topic/idea, rather than trying to provide summaries of many ideas. 

Online Registration

To register

Featured Clinician
Wynn-Anne Rossi


Conference Schedule

Conference Artists: Kevin Moore and Katherine Ciarelli, duo-pianists

MTNA/NYSMTA 2018 Commissioned Composer: Ellen Mandel

ELAINA BURNS. “Mind, Body, Music: From Healthy Alignment to Artistic Performance”

RACHEL HIDLAY. “Growing and Maintaining Your Music Studio”

FRED KARPOFF. “Balancing Clarity and Resonance with Artistic Pedaling”

LEONIDAS F. LAGRIMAS. “Beyond the Canon: Rethinking the Piano Recital for the Twenty-First Century”

ALINA PLOURDE. “Intuitive and Accessible Improvisation for Students of All Ages and Levels”

NYSMTA Competitions Winners Recital

NYSMTA General Business Meeting

Conference Competitions
Heddy Kilian Empire State

NYSMTA Conference 2016

“Enhancing lesson effectiveness: promoting accomplishment and success in the student/teacher interaction”

Saturday, October 8th

Nazareth College - Rochester, New York

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