Utah Music Teachers Association



8:00-6:00 EXHIBIT HALL: Visit the Exhibit Hall where exhibitors have just what you need for your studio!


8:15-9:05 DAVID GRAYSON KEYNOTE SPEAKER-"Lessons Learned from Interactions with Remarkable Musicians”: To include personal reminiscences of Nadia Boulanger, Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, Pierre Boulez, Claudio Abbado, Murray Perahia, and Yo-Yo Ma.

9:15-10:05 JOANNE HAROUTOUNIAN “Teaching the Artist Within Every Child Part 1”: How can we teach every student in our studio to think and perform as an artist? We spend so much time in our studios guiding students through performance skills to perfection that we may often overlook the value of developing the process of artistic problem-solving and decision-making. This session presents a set of Artistic Ways of Knowing that describes the artistic learning process and can easily be incorporated in teaching strategies at any level. Participants will experience ways to enhance fine tuned perceptual awareness and discrimination, "metaperception," and creative interpretation to develop artistic decision-making. We will discuss the dynamic of performance and ways to develop solid critiquing skills that enhance performance class listening skills. Let's create artistic musicians together!

9:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. LESSON WITH A MASTER TEACHER (pre-registration required) "Get Individual Help or Share the Time with Colleagues"Classical: Kevin Olson, Shijun Wang, Yu-Jane Yang. Jazz: Amy Choate, Kevin Olson

10:15-11:05 JOANNE HAROUTOUNIAN “Teaching the Artist Within Every Child Part 2”

10:15-10:45 JULIET PRESTON, NCTM/STATE AIM BOARD “Achievement in Music: Teachers and Students Grow in Achievement in Music (Introductory Session)”

11:15 – 12:15 LYDIA ARTYMIW AND DAVID GRAYSON “Tempo Markings in the Piano Music of Robert Schumann”: Schumann conscientiously provided metronome markings for his piano music, but these have long been ignored, justified by the theory that his metronome was defective and by contradictory markings provided by his wife Clara. The validity of both Robert’s and Clara’s markings will be tested through live performance.



1:30-2:15 KJOS SHOWCASE WITH JOANNE HAROUTOUNIAN “Palette of Touches”: Palette of Touches presents a "touch vocabulary" for developing pianists to explore, including detailed descriptions, online video clips, exercises and suitable repertoire examples to match each touch. Teachers will see remarkable musical results in their student performances as they gain technical/aural skills of interpretation.

1:30 – 2:15 KEVIN OLSON, NCTM “Jazz Piano”: This interactive session will cover basic exercises in jazz that you can share with students who want to explore improvisation and creativity. Whether you’re a jazz novice or interested in new challenges in improv, there will be something for you at this lab experience.

1:30 – 2:15 MARK MAXSON “The Music Work Station”: Come discover, explore, and ask questions about how to create a Music Work Station.

2:30 – 3:15 YU-JANE YANG, NCTM “What Is Good Teaching? -- Evaluating Your Piano Teaching Effectiveness Objectively and Systematically”, Facilitated by CHRISTIE SOWBY: How do collegiate pedagogy teachers help student teachers increase their competency in piano teaching? How would professional studio piano teachers continue to develop their teaching effectiveness? In this interactive session, the audience will have the opportunity to discover the common elements of “good teaching” by watching live piano teaching video samples, and learn how to objectively and systematically evaluate the teaching effectiveness in a piano lesson.

2:30 – 3:15 MARK MAXSON “Digital Audio Work Station”: From Audacity to Garageband to Pro Tools, what exactly is a DAW and how is it relevant? Topics covered will include MIDI, using loops, and capturing audio. Q&A

3:30-4:15 KERRI GREEN “Motivating from the Inside Out”: Ideas on helping your students find intrinsic motivation, and along the way, some tried and true ideas for a little extrinsic motivation, including a discussion on how to implement a 30, 40, or 50 piece challenge in your studio.

3:30 – 4:15 PAULA MANWARING, NCTM “MTNA Certification - An Overview of the Program": As a new or well seasoned member of UMTA, are you interested in the process of becoming a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music? Bring any concerns or questions with you and let's answer them together!”

3:30 – 4:15 KEVIN OLSON, NCTM “Genius Bar: Teaching and Coaching Young Composers”: How can teachers encourage students to compose, and coach their compositions to a successful conclusion? Submit questions in advance for this informal question-and-answer session.

3:30 – 4:15 MARK MAXSON “Computer Assisted Instruction: Ear Training”: Our focus will be on Auralia 5. See how this award winning software can inspire and challenge your students. Each participant will be given a unique login and password – plan on in-class playtime. Q&A

4:30-5:30 SHIJUN WANG “Intermediate Piano Master Class”: Come watch intermediate students be coached by Dr. Shijun Wang, native of China, who studied at Juilliard and Eastman School of Music.

4:30 – 5:30 KEVIN OLSON, NCTM “Genius Bar: Creating Amazing Arrangements”: This hands-on session will explore ways that you can take any melody, and create an original, interesting arrangement on it. We will cover a variety of styles and accompaniment patterns, transposition tricks, and changes of texture and register.

4:30 – 5:15 MARK MAXSON “Music Notation”: It’s not just about the software anymore. From Noteflight to Finale “25”, Music XML, MIDI files, and music scanning. Q&A

5:30-6:20 AMY CHOATE “Jazz Piano: Working with a Rhythm Section”: This session will provide an opportunity for the participants learn how to play with a bass player and a drummer.

5:30 – 6:20 MARK MAXSON “Recording Techniques”: Whether you need to make a simple archive recording or a high-res demo – this session will cover the basics on cables, microphones, mic placement, audio capture, and simple audio editing. As time permits we will record a short piano performance. Q&A

5:45-6:30 SHOWCASE

6:30-8:30 AWARDS BANQUET AND CONCERT BY LYDIA ARTYMIW (meal ticket required) See pdf flyer for concert program


7:00-8:00 UMTA Board Breakfast/Meeting

8:00-6:00 EXHIBIT HALL: Visit the Exhibit Hall where exhibitors have just what you need for your studio!


8:15-9:05 JOANNE HAROUTOUNIAN “Musical Problem Solving in 10 Easy Steps”: Musical problem-solving is essential in the development of effective practice routines. This session simplifies the process by describing 10 essential steps that can teach students to find and solve problems in their music - from beginners to advanced levels.

9:15 – 10:15 LYDIA ARTYMIW AND DAVID GRAYSON “Piano Concertos of Mozart”: Mozart’s Piano Concertos are among his greatest achievements, and they present a host of challenges to the performer, particularly in the areas of improvised embellishment, cadenzas, lead-ins, basso continuo, and instances of incomplete notation. These will be explored through live and recorded examples.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. LESSON WITH A MASTER TEACHER (pre-registration required) "Get Individual Help or Share the Time with Colleagues" Classical: Nancy Allred, Christian Bohnenstengel, Hilary Demske, Robin Hancock. Jazz: Christian Bohnenstengel, Amy Choate, Ken Foster


10:30 – 12:00 LYDIA ARTYMIW “Collegiate Master Class”

10:30 – 11:10 JULIET PRESTON, NCTM/STATE AIM BOARD “Special AIM Focus - Ear Training Test Strategies and Teaching Modulation”

11:20- 12:00 PAULA MANWARING, NCTM “MTNA Certification -The Best Time is Now!": Are you working towards certification? If you are just getting started or well into the process, we will be covering "tips & tricks" for the most challenging projects. ”



12:00-12:30 JOANNE HAROUTOUNIAN AND HANA JANATOVA, NCTM - MUSIC AWARENESS AND ADVOCACY TEACHER LUNCHEON "MusicLink, Mundi Project, and Other Community Music Outreach Programs

12:35-1:20 UMTA AWARENESS AND ADVOCACY TRAINING (OPEN SESSION) Training session for Local Awareness and Advocacy Chairs, but open to anyone. Engage - Support - Inspire. Learn how to advocate, develop community outreach projects, and bring awareness into your community about the importance of music. Gain insight into resources,technological tools, and programs for your members. Learn how to navigate the MusicLink Foundation website, Mundi Project Piano Bank application process, and develop additional community resources for your members.

1:30-2:20 DAVID GRAYSON “Piano Music of Debussy”: A survey of the extraordinary piano music that Debussy wrote throughout his career, including a close look at such popular masterpieces as “Clair de lune” and “The Sunken Cathedral,” reveals his ties to impressionism and symbolism and the revolutionary hallmarks of his changing style.

1:30 – 2:20 KEN FOSTER “Hands-On Jazz”: Come learn jazz and improvisation tips from a teacher who has specialized extensively in commercial playing, including jazz.

2:35-3:25 DANIEL OLSEN “Scales Every Day Keep Your Teacher’s Wrath Away”: A discussion on how including scales, and other purposeful technical exercises as a part of every lesson will increase a student’s ability to play repertoire with confidence, artistry, steadiness, and accuracy. A consistent technical regimen also makes teacher’s job easier: students learn more theory, sight read better, can learn to improvise and transpose, and aren’t afraid of pieces in G-sharp Minor when they have played their exercises in every key! Acquiring good technique should start from the very first lesson—but it’s never to late for any student to improve!

2:35-3:25 HILARY DEMSKE, NCTM “Genius Bar: Teaching Tips for the Baroque and Classical Styles”: Participants may submit their own questions or observe the questions of other teachers concerning the Baroque or Classical style periods. Receive specific hands-on help from a university faculty member during the session.

2:35-3:25 MARK MAXSON “Creating Music Videos and Posting Online”: This session will feature a hands-on video editing exercise – we will upload your project to YouTube. Q&A

3:40-4:30 ROBIN HANCOCK, NCTM “White on White: Beethoven and the Conquest of the Divine”: Beethoven’s late period of composition, including the last 5 piano sonatas, is one of the most unusual, fertile, startling periods of music in the entire literature. As we know, Beethoven did not take his own life as he was perhaps contemplating in his Heiligenstadt testament of 1802. His example of persisting for 25 more years, during trials and troubles and contributing astonishing genre-busting music through it all, is inspiring to all us mortals and musicians who power through our own similar life challenges. In his final sonata for piano, op 111, he seems to be telling us, “this is why I persevered, so come with me and let’s walk together into the divine presence.” How he does that in this masterful final sonata is the subject of this presentation.

3:40-4:30 NANCY ALLRED, NCTM “Genius Bar: Teaching Tips for the Romantic and Contemporary Styles”: Participants may submit their own questions or observe the questions of other teachers concerning the Romantic or Contemporary style periods. Receive specific hands-on help from a university faculty member during the session.

3:40 -4:30 CHRISTIAN BOHNENSTENGEL, NCTM “Improvisation: From Folk Tunes to the Blues”: Learn to improvise melodic lines and create accompaniments using folk tunes such as Mary Had a Little Lamb and Jingle Bells and then move into the blues and other jazz forms.

3:40-4:30 MARK MAXSON “Technology: Open Lab”: Come discover, explore, and ask questions.

4:45-5:45 LEZLEE BISHOP, NCTM, Moderator: “Panel: Principles of Creative and Effective Practicing” with Nancy Allred, Christian Bohnenstengel, Hilary Demske, Robin Hancock

Watch the UMTA Piano Performance Competitions Thursday afternoon through Saturday afternoon in the Wildcat Theater of the Shepherd Union Building.