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.
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.Read More
A Steinway Artist, Faber has given recitals throughout the United States, Canada and Asia. He has appeared on international television and on public radio in live recital broadcast.
Dr. Faber holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from Vanderbilt University. His research on motivation and talent development has been featured in journals and media in South Korea, China, Australia, and at the 9th International Conference on Motivation in Lisbon, Portugal.
Randall and his wife Nancy are well known as authors of the best-selling Piano Adventures® teaching method. Translated to seven languages, their books have sold tens of millions of copies around the world.
The Fabers are co-founders of the Faber Piano Institute.
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.Read More
Samantha is always striving to create resources that support the whole musician. She is the author and publisher of BlitzBooks, the music education series that has transformed the teaching of rote repertoire for piano, music theory and sight reading.
Her popular and entertaining presentation style has made Samantha a sought-after speaker on a wide range of pedagogical topics. Her other passions in life are long walks, Disney movies, and dark chocolate.
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.Read More
Paul is a founding director and co-owner of Forte School of Music, a thriving and growing franchise network of music schools with over 8,000 students across locations in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and USA. Since 1994, he has worked with his School Owner partners to help them build their businesses in all areas including marketing, human resources, management and administration.
As the co-author of many Forte course books, Paul has also co-created the Forte School of Music Teacher Training programmes which thousands of teachers have participated in. He is co-writer of the easiLEARNmusic educational text books which are published/distributed in Australia and the United Kingdom by Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest music publisher. He is a regular contributor to British & Australian piano teaching magazines and is currently working on a book about Whole Body Learning, the teaching strategy employed by Forte School of Music.Baby Music through to seniors in the 80s and 90s.
In 2019, with Gillian Erskine, Paul launched Piano Teaching Success, a resource for piano teachers. Paul has also been instrumental in the development of Whole Body Learning the approach used by Forte School of Music and is involved in developing Professional Development programs for music teachers including Piano Teaching Success TV and the PTS Q+A program.
As a music teacher and presenter, Paul facilitates a range of workshops which he has created including:
• “Creating multi-level duets and ensembles from standard piano repertoire” – NCKP Conference 2021 (US)
• “Innovative & Creative Teaching Workshop” – sponsored by Trinity College London (AUS)
• “Teaching Piano using Orff-Schulwerk & Whole Body Learning”
– AMEB – Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney (AUS)
– ABRSM – presented in Kent & Cardiff UK, Hong Kong & Online
– Royal Irish Academy of Music – Dublin
• “Teaching Kids Piano in the 2020s” – Practical Hands on Workshop (AUS, UK)
• “Aural & Theory Tool Kit” – Theory Fundaments Presentation (AUS, Hong Kong, Singapore & UK)
As a regular speaker at conferences internationally, Paul has covered a range of topics including ‘Social Media Strategies in the Music Industry’ and ‘Promotional & Marketing Ideas for Music Education Providers’ (NAMM Conferences, USA), Whole Body Learning for Instrumental & Piano Teachers (London Music Expo), ASME, ISME, Aust. Piano Pedagogy Conference.
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.Read More
In addition to teaching, she manages 25 teachers in 5 locations across South Australia. As author of blog Creative.Piano.Professional, Carly provides thought leadership in early music education and studio business.
She is the Creative Editor of The Piano Teacher magazine, Editor of The Piano Teacher Hub Australia, Australian Ambassador for the Piano Adventures series by Randall and Nancy Faber and co-editor of the “I Want To Play That” piano series. She is passionate about working with musicians to develop a strong foundation of skills for self-expression throughout their lives.
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.Read More
With over 25 years of practical experience on the Piano, and over a decade of teaching experience, Kathryn has used her background in Nursing and Midwifery to build an empowering, nurturing and inclusive approach to music education that focuses on building students up from the inside out.
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.Read More
Angela’s engagements have included appearances at the 4MBS, Mackay, Port Fairy, Tyalgum and Australian Piano Duo Festivals; Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, Ukaria Centre, Kawai Keyboard Series, Mason and Hamlin Series, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series and for Musica Viva. Lyrebird Trio have completed multiple residencies at Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, and were Ensemble-in-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium.
Angela has been on staff at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University since 1998, lecturing across a range of practical and academic subjects at pre-tertiary, tertiary and post-graduate levels. She is currently head of the Intermediate Piano Program at the Young Conservatorium, and also lectures in piano at the University of Queensland School of Music. Angela is an AMEB Keyboard Examiner and a Federal Keyboard Syllabus Consultant, completing a two-year review AMEB’s keyboard syllabi and publications in 2018. A sought-after adjudicator and presenter around Australia, Angela is the author of the popular “Exploring Piano” repertoire series for publishers Hal Leonard. Angela completed her Master of Music on exchange at the Royal College of Music, London, and is a graduate and Conservatorium medallist of the Queensland Conservatorium.
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.Read More
Julian has since worked in Sydney as a technician at the Steinway & Sons dealership, Theme and Variations Piano Services. Julian returned to Melbourne before working at Yamaha Music Australia in 2019 as their head piano technician, where he furthered his training at the Yamaha Piano Technical Academy in Japan, achieving Grand Master technician status.
|9:45am||Session 1: Paul Myatt – “Wake Up with Whole Body Learning”|
|10:45am||Session 2: Samantha Coates – “Making Pedalling Easy From The Start”|
|11:45am||Session 3: Hal Leonard – “Selecting diverse repertoire”|
|1:00pm||Session 4: Randall Faber – “Music Alive!”|
|1:55pm||Session 5: Angela Turner – “Developing the ‘hearing eye’, ‘seeing ear’ and ‘mind’s ear’”|
|3:00pm||Session 6: Kathryn Raats – “Elevate your Business with Bespoke Branding”|
|3:40pm||Breakout session – a chance to chat with the speakers and retailers present.|
|8:30am||Session 7: Paul Myatt – “How to grow your Reading Tree”|
|9:30am||Session 8: Samantha Coates – “Every Good Boy Deserves… Flashcards”|
|11:00am||Session 9: Angela Turner – “A problem well stated is a problem half solved – developing purposeful practice strategies & techniques”|
|12:00pm||Session 10: Randall Faber MASTERCLASS|
|1:45pm||Session 11: Carly McDonald – “How Young Is Too Young?”|
|2:40pm||Session 12: Julian Morgan-Smith – “6000 parts, 230 strings, 18 tonnes of tension.”|