IPTA Teacher Events 2015-2016

IPTA Meetings and Presentations:

(Business meetings commence at 10:00 a.m. followed by presentations at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted)


September 11, 2015

Piano Solutions

“A Teaching Potpourri to Share” 

Carole Licthtenaur leads a group discussion of teaching philosophies, teaching goals, teaching "tricks of the trade" and the always welcomed---tried and true teaching techniques!  


October 2, 2015

Butler University Lilly Hall, Room 120

"Foundations of Piano Technique"

Dr. Kate Boyd (Butler University) will discuss general technical principles she follows in her teaching, and her approach to the following: scales and arpeggios, balance, voicing, wrist flexibility, using the hand to shape the phrase, pedaling, fingering, and sightreading. For each of these topics, she will demonstrate at the piano using specific musical examples from intermediate to advanced intermediate literature. 


November 6, 2015

Meridian Music

“Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial: Music by Hoosier Composers”

Dr. Rebecca Sorley (UIndy) presents a program of keyboard music by Indiana composers including repertoire of all levels just in time for the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial celebration.  An historical overview of music in Indiana and the lives of some early Hoosier teachers will be discussed in this early birthday program.


February 5, 2016

University of Indianapolis

"Developing a healthy physical approach to the piano"

What are the components of a healthy physical approach of arm, wrist, and fingers to the piano and when should we begin to teach these principles to the students? In this session, Dr. Minju Choi (UIndy) will discuss aspects of the physical approach to the piano that help our students avoid injury and learn to produce artistically musical sounds.  Legendary French pianist and teacher, Alfred Cortot's approach to musicality will also be discussed.



March 4, 2016

University of Indianapolis

“The Art of Collaboration”

Special guest, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Collaborative Piano Professor Dr. Lydia Brown, presents a program on teaching collaboration to piano students of all ages.  Dr. Brown has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the world. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she currently serves as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. An enthusiastic proponent of teaching collaborative piano, Dr. Brown brings her expertise to IPTA as part of a three day residency in Indianapolis.  



April 8 and 9, 2016

University of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Piano Teacher's Association is pleased to announce their collaboration to bring you Christos Tsitsaros who is a

University of Illinois Professor of Piano Pedagogy and renowned composer. Dr. Christos Tsitsaros presents masterclasses and workshops.






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