The Piano Teacher Summit 2022

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After what felt like an endless period of teaching piano from a distance, it’s finally time to get together and celebrate being able to welcome students back to our studios. The Piano Teacher Australia is proud to invite piano teachers from across the nation to join us for a jam-packed two-day summit at the Yamaha Premium Piano Centre in South Melbourne, Victoria on July 8 and 9.


After teaching online for so long, now is the perfect time to revitalise your piano studio with new life and vitality. The Piano Teacher Summit will provide you with the tools to find the energy to charge forward with passion and excitement for the future.


Sometimes when we have been teaching for a long time, we find that we get caught in teaching the same things, the same way, over and over. At The Piano Teacher Summit, you will be given the opportunity to witness masterclasses given by some of the world’s leading piano teachers, to inspire and refresh your teaching methods and pedagogies.


It’s been a long time since educators from all over could convene in one place at the same time! We are so thrilled to be able to provide an event where piano teachers can come together and share ideas, stories and anecdotes from their own experiences. Reconnect with old friends, make new ones and discover what’s been happening outside of your own studio for the past two years.

Tickets can be purchased for the two day summit or for single days. Reduced ticket prices available for student/concession card holders. All tickets include price of admission as well as food and beverages.

The Presenters

Randall Faber
Randall Faber

As pianist and educator, Randall Faber has appeared as special guest at universities throughout North America and Asia, including the Beijing Central Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Canada. He has been Convention Artist for the Music Teachers National Association Conference and master teacher for the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and the USA National Piano Teachers Institute.

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Samantha Coates

Samantha’s passion is holistic music education. She has been teaching for over 35 years and embraces a repertoire-rich and multi-skilled approach – prioritising improvisation, composition, and reading – all of which enable recreational music-making and a long-term love of piano.

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Paul Myatt
Paul Myatt

Paul is a passionate teacher, performer, coach, author, composer and workshop facilitator. His purpose and passion is to continue to learn and work with people to assist them in developing their skills to achieve their goals. His experience extends across many fields: business, music, technology and sports. 

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Carly McDonald
Carly McDonald

Carly McDonald is a highly regarded Australian piano pedagogue and presenter, seeking to connect teachers with creative ideas and strong business acumen. Carly established her music studio, Novar Music, in South Australia in 2005.

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Kathryn Raats
Kathryn Raats

Kathryn Raats, 29, is the founding Director of West Coast Music School. She has a profound passion for the holistic benefits of music education, focusing deeply on using music as a tool for enhancing every day life, and not simply viewing it as another skill to be learned along the way.

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Angela Turner

Australian pianist Angela Turner enjoys a multifaceted career as pianist and lecturer. Broadcast on Australian radio as soloist and chamber musician, Angela has performed extensively throughout Australia, and the UK, Canada and Taiwan. In recent years, Angela has enjoyed a focus upon chamber music, most notably with the Lyrebird Trio, who were winners of all piano trio prizes at the quadrennial 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition.

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Julian Morgan-Smith

Julian Morgan-Smith is the Piano Technical Manager at Yamaha Music Australia, the Australian subsidiary of the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer. Julian received his initial training at the Australasian School of Piano Technology in Melbourne before he went on to work as a self-employed technician.

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Full details of each session can be found here

July 8
9:45amSession 1: Paul Myatt – “Wake Up with Whole Body Learning”
10:45amSession 2: Samantha Coates – “Making Pedalling Easy From The Start”
11:45amSession 3: Hal Leonard – “Selecting diverse repertoire”
1:00pmSession 4: Randall Faber – “Music Alive!”
1:55pmSession 5: Angela Turner – “Developing the ‘hearing eye’, ‘seeing ear’ and ‘mind’s ear’”
2:45pmAfternoon Tea
3:00pmSession 6: Kathryn Raats – “Elevate your Business with Bespoke Branding”
3:40pmBreakout session – a chance to chat with the speakers and retailers present.
4:00pmClosing statements
July 9
8:00amBreakfast Club
8:30amSession 7: Paul Myatt – “How to grow your Reading Tree”
9:30amSession 8: Samantha Coates – “Every Good Boy Deserves… Flashcards”
10:30amMorning Tea
11:00amSession 9: Angela Turner – “A problem well stated is a problem half solved – developing purposeful practice strategies & techniques”
12:00pmSession 10: Randall Faber MASTERCLASS
1:45pmSession 11: Carly McDonald – “How Young Is Too Young?”
2:40pmSession 12: Julian Morgan-Smith – “6000 parts, 230 strings, 18 tonnes of tension.”
3:20pmClosing Statements
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