Dr. Christopher Fisher to Address LMTA

Post date: Mar 1, 2012 7:59:00 PM

Saturday, April 14, 2012

9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

22nd and Washington Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Tickets available at the door

Music Teachers/Adults - $5.00 Students - $2.00

Students of LMTA Teachers and the Students’ Parents - Free

Published author Dr. Christopher Fisher, Associate Professor of Piano, Ohio University, will address effective practice strategies:

Dr. Christopher Fisher is Associate Professor of Piano at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where he serves as Chair of the Keyboard Division and Coordinator of Group Piano Studies. The 2010 recipient of the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Fisher teaches courses in applied piano, group piano, and piano pedagogy. Dr. Fisher is the author of Teaching Piano in Groups (Oxford University Press, 2010), the only comprehensive group piano pedagogy textbook/handbook of its kind. A group piano specialist, Dr. Fisher is engaged in research exploring the application of cooperative learning theory to teaching piano in group environments. He has published articles and reviews in leading keyboard journals including Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, Clavier, and Clavier Companion. His early level composition titled Midnight Express is available from Alfred Publishing Company and is included in the National Federation of Music Clubs 2011-2013 Festival Bulletin. In demand as a workshop clinician, Dr. Fisher has presented lectures nationally and internationally. Workshop topics are as follows:

Lessons Learned from a Tiger: The Parental Role in Piano Study

Amy Chua’s provocative new book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has sparked a firestorm of frank and at times emotionally charged public dialogue about parenting styles and the roles parents play in the success of their children. What does it mean to be a good parent? To what lengths should parents go to ensure their children’s success? The ramifications of this discussion are certainly far-reaching, with specific implications for us as piano teachers.

This workshop will examine research from the realm of educational psychology as well as anecdotal information from parents and piano teachers in an attempt to discover a healthy and effective approach for leading students to achieve their highest potential at the piano. Practical advice for teachers and for the parents of their students will be detailed.

Making the Most Out of Every Minute: A Practical Guide to Student Practice

Designed for students, parents, teachers or a combination of the three, this workshop provides the audience with a variety of exceptional practice strategies that are expressly designed to maximize practice efficiency and overall effectiveness. A list of published resources will be detailed as to how they can be used to guide student practice. This workshop can be adapted specifically for parents in order to provide helpful tips to facilitate quality at-home practice for their child.

More on Dr. Fisher (Article by Amy Flamminino)