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UMTA Workshop Presenters

This is a listing of "Utah's Best" UMTA members who are willing to present topics through workshops and programs to the various UMTA local associations during their monthly meetings.

Individuals must be UMTA members in good standing, and have dues paid for each year of their membership, to be considered for this list. (Check back occasionally for updates.)

Jason Lyle Black
Salt Lake City, Utah 801-602-7573

"From Beethoven to Billy Joel: How the greats compose music, and how you can, too!"
Jason Lyle Black, UMTA member, composer, and Billboard-charting pianist, will present his workshop method for helping students compose their first song at the piano. This starter approach to composition takes away students’ fear of not getting that “perfect” melody, while helping them understand how to connect basic melody and harmony. The method is great for students interested in both classical and popular music, and works well both in individual and group lesson settings.

About Jason: Along with being a member of the Salt Lake and Sandy UMTA chapters, Jason Lyle Black is an award-winning composer, performing artist, and entertainer. His recent album, Piano Preludes, debuted at #1 on iTunes and reached #2 on the Billboard New Age chart. Jason has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Japan, as well as on the Ellen Degeneres Show, and his music videos have reached over 30 million people worldwide. Jason is a regular workshop presenter, a published arranger with Hal Leonard, and a mentor/coach to other composers, performers, and aspiring young musicians locally.

Paula Manwaring, NCTM, and her daughter Tiffany Horrocks.
Paula B. Manwaring,
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Home: 801.263.3550

With all the theory that goes into beginning lessons, why not have some fun? Engaging students visually, aurally, vocally, and physically can reach areas of the brain that help retain memory for later use as students learn their pieces. Let's have some fun!

Layton, UT 84040-8188
Home: 801.771.8009

1)Technical Artistry at Jordan River Chapter 2 years ago, Salt Lake Chapter a year ago, Davis
2)Technical skills to solve difficult musical passages for students, using students to demonstrate at the Ogden Chapter last November.
3) Accompanying--A Collaborative Art , for a 13 Stake (Multi-Stake) Musical Workshop.

Dr. Hillary Demske - UVU
Orem, UT 84058
Cell: 972.922.4888

Sound Production
Brief Explanation: How to make beautiful music, not just playing notes.

Rosemary Olsen, NCTM
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Home: 801.244.7032

(All presentations include PowerPoint; I can bring my own A/V if necessary)

“I Played It Better At Home”
Haven't we all heard this--AND said it ourselves?! Stage fright can rob us of the wonderful music-making we know we are capable of. This workshop helps us both as performers and teachers with practice techniques, attitudes and habits that will secure a successful performance, whether in recital, or in front of a Primary chorus!

“Watch me Audiate! Teaching kids how to hear with their eyes!”
The evidence is indisputable...research has proven over and over that students who can "hear with their eyes" are ahead of the game when it comes to ear training, reading music, transposing, improvising and memorizing securely. Beginning in the first year of study, teachers can develop this valuable skill in their students. Learn how and why audiation practice can become one of the favorite parts of a lesson, whether in a private or group setting. Activities, games, and fun drills will be presented, with a "take home" that can be used that afternoon!

“Top Ten Reasons for Teaching Rote Pieces”
One of the best remedies for the common ills that afflict our studios, rote pieces generate success and a whole lot of fun! You will go home with 3 pieces you can teach that afternoon.

“SHMRG Analysis”
(I know this sounds funny, like “Smurf Analysis” and no... I didn't make it up :) SHMRG analysis is a way of looking at music based on Sound, Harmony, Melody, Rhythm and Growth. (SHMRG It isn't as intimidating as it might look, at first glance. In fact I use it with elementary and intermediate students.) I illustrate each of the five Elements of Music with a piece from the teaching repertoire we're all familiar with.

Lezlee Bishop, NCTM
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Home: 801.467.8598

Strategies for Solid Music Performance from Memory A proven presentation given at several state conferences throughout the western United States. A class and discussion on why we memorize music, and the most reliable forms of memory to use for a confident musical performance. Ways to test music memory will be shared, with dozens of ideas to make memory work fun, effective and enjoyable for your students, as well as yourself! Handouts are included.

Having Your Cake and Eating it Too, Home Practice Preparation at the Music Lesson Home practice preparation is the single most important activity we can do with our students at their music lesson. Helping them know how to practice, and what to practice will save time in next week’s lesson, and give students the motivation they need to accomplish musical goals on their own. Home practice preparation involves every aspect of musical training music teachers want to include in a student’s lesson. Handouts are included.

Summertime Music Lessons A presentation/discussion with numerous ideas and plans to make the summer enjoyable for teachers and their music students. Includes the importance of summer learning, shared lesson ideas, scheduling, field trip ideas and creative ways to keep summer fun, but focused on musical progress. Handouts are included.

The Lyric Pieces of Edvard Grieg An overview of the 66 short pieces for solo piano written by Edvard Grieg. They were published in 10 volumes, from 1867 (op. 12) to 1901 (op. 71), and include many of Grieg’s most familiar and best loved music pieces, including Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, To Spring, and Elves’ Dance. Publications of the collection will be outlined, as well as the style, life experiences and Norwegian heritage of the composer. Handouts are included.

Favorite Music Website Resources An overview of music oriented websites on the internet that will save you time and money, and how to find them. A discussion format, where teachers in your chapter can share THEIR favorites, and spread the good news of music education on the World Wide Web. Handouts are included.

Chopsticks, Cotton Balls, and Other Valuable Learning Tools for the Modern Music Lesson An overview of some of my favorite teaching aids, everything from note flashcards and how to use them in sequential learning, to everyday objects that double as props for teaching musical concepts. Help students understand balance between hands; music notation; chord knowledge; rhythm dictation; and note reading in attention getting and fun ways. A demonstration AND discussion format for teachers in your chapter to share their own ideas as well. Handouts are included.

Cheryl Norman, NCTM
American Fork, UT 84003
Home: 801.756.3112

"Hymns--Divine Harmony"
Talks about the history of "Western Music". Handouts included: Listings of Hymns in each Key with 3 Primary Chords Reference plus Keys of Cadence and Modulation, a Chart of Solfege hand signals and meanings, Ideas for a Hymn-a Thon, a method for teaching notes & flash cards, Order of sharps and flats.
Cheryl also does a workshop on the new certification process, which is excellent.

Debra Cook
Park City, UT 84098-2044
Home: 435.649.6292
The Singing Actor: Avoiding the "Traps"
Description: The workshop identifies four basic traps that keep the singing actor from approaching the genuine viewpoint of the characters that they portray. Both teacher and student can quickly identify how to use their knowledge of these traps to gently approach a character or viewpoint of the lyricist/composer. Awareness of traps will also assist the performer in making specific choices that launch one's work from amateurs to professional level.
Workshop Given: Utah Conservatory, 1612 Ute. Blvd., Park City and 1612 Foothill Drive When Given: Summer of 2009, 2010
Handouts Used: Yes
Handouts Available: During the workshop

Susan Nicholes
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Cell: 801.368.0489

Summer Music Camps
Ideas for getting your full income in the summer, teaching only two months, by adding 4 hours of music camp to each student's schedule. How to schedule camps, present the idea to parents, and what to do AT the camps. Great workshop

Laurissa Cope, NCTM
Sandy, UT 84093
Home: 801.943.4331

How to add jazz improvisation into your studio

She made it seem very doable. She had some great handouts on chord structure and easy bass patterns. I would love to hear her entire presentation again.

Sharalyn Heath, NCTM
Orem, UT 84097-5454
Home: 801.225.2300

"Teaching correct technique from the start." Presented at Heber Valley Association
"Improving Aural Awareness." Presented at Provo/Orem and Timpanogos Chapters.

Dr. Daniel Harrison
Layton, UT 84041
Home: 385.245.9954

Technique and how to avoid injuries.
Great handouts! Given at St. George Association

Lynda Broadbent
Santaquin, UT 84655
Home: 801.754.3157 Cell: 801.361.3912

Lynda explains how she teaches her students to compose and highlights her effective program
Presented at Ogden Music Teachers in 2008

Bonnie Slaughter
Preston, ID 83263
Home: 208.852.3390

"Adding Additional Value to Your Studio" or
"Giving More Bang to your Students' Buck."
Brief Explanation: In this economy it is imperative that we provide even greater value to our families. Why should they stay with you or choose you as a teacher? What do you have to offer that other teachers do not?
I also discuss my newest "Camp for all Seasons."
Presented to Davis and Ogden Chapters

Stephanie Stuart, NCTM
Farmington, UT 84025
Home: 801.885.9117

Essentiasl with Beginning Piano Students
Did you know there are shortcuts to using method books? Discover fun tactics to help children learn familiar songs by rote while reinforcing ear training, technique, playing by ear, and confidence!
Given at BYU in March 2010

Brenda J. Kimball, NCTM
Highland, UT 84003
Home: 801.492.4451

I graduated from BYU 20 years ago with my MM in Piano Performance, but always had technical limitations and I struggled many times with tension, pain, and even injuries. I started working on my piano technique again (using the Taubman Institute videos) about 7 years ago with the hope of overcoming my limitations. They helped so much that I got excited and started attending workshops and having private lessons with Taubman teachers in 2005 and in about 2007-2008 I retrained my playing from the most basic motions up.
I've learned how to eliminate most unnecessary motions/tension as well as how to systematically solve technical problems in the music. My new technical tools have made a huge difference in my playing and in the way I help my students improve their technique (and most of THEM catch on faster than I did). I believe that with the proper tools and know-how, ANYONE can improve their piano technique dramatically.
There is no way I could share all of what I've learned in one presentation, but I would like to share some of the most useful things I've learned with other teachers.
I've given presentations in the Heber Chapter (Laurisa Ward Cope was my contact there)and the Timp chapter (Cheryl Norman), so you could check with them if you wanted to see how I did . . . but it has been a few years, and I've learned a lot since then.

Ken Foster, BM, RPT
registered piano technician
Sandy, UT 84092-4017
Home: 801.255.8863

What Pianists Should Know About Pianos
1. Test Your Piano IQ
2. Topics covered; Tuning, Regulating, Voicing, Reconditioning, Rebuilding
3. There are a number of handouts and resources for teachers and their students
4. Teachers will know how to test for different piano maladies, and know what can be done.
5. The presentation includes ... Action Models, Power Point, Handouts, Door Prizes

1. Developing creativity at any age2. Teachers will learn two powerful systems for composing (great for school sponsored Reflections)
3. How to develop harmonic progressions in minutes
4. How to use these skills to create intros, endings, transitions as well as compositions
5. The presentation includes, handouts, power point, demonstration, and audience interaction

1. Teachers will learn how to play various popular styles (Rock, Jazz, Latin, Ballad)
2. Teacher interaction and participation
3. Teachers will learn eight or so concepts in developing a great melodic line
4. Fun exercises you can teach your students
5. The presentation includes, handouts, power point, and demonstration

"Jazzed about Jazz™" - Learning the theory of playing jazz through fun and upbeat music
"How to arrange hymns" - A simple approach to hymn arranging
Many other ideas on his blog (

Nancy Jensen, NCTM
"The Joy of Teaching the Untalented (and Those with Learning Disabilities)"
Over my 20+ years of teaching, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching students with autism, ADHD, poor vision, memory deficit, poor muscle coordination, developmental delay, and sequencing disorder, as well as students who simply had no natural talent. Everyone deserves the joy of playing the piano! Regardless of talent. Regardless of innate ability. Regardless of how amazing their sibling is. I will share philosophies, success stories, strategies, and resources for teachers who desire to give the gift of music to students with challenges. This presentation can be given in person, or by Skype (for a small group). Contact me at or 435-757-2810.

Dr. Ann David
(1) Memorization: Preparation, Process, Presentation
(2) Taking the next step: from methods to expanded literature (Title and presentation varies according to specific chapter requests)
Brief Explanation:
(1) Help students learn music so they can memorize multiple pieces at the same time, keep them in their memory bank, and perform them with confidence for appropriate occasions; techniques for elementary through intermediate levels which can be applied as they advance with a teacher or on their own.
(2) Help teachers select material for students that can either support or replace a methods-only approach to teaching, beginning with primer levels; develops a well-rounded repertoire that includes early through contemporary classics, 'smushy-gushy' pedal, jazz, boogie, etc.

Verdrana Subotic
Pedaling technique workshop She talked about how pedaling changes depending on the musical period the piece is from. It was very interesting and helpful.

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