November Workshop

Presentation by Dr, Marcia Bosits

Session 1:  Essentials for a Healthy Start: Teaching Today's Beginners


We want our beginning students to express their love of music through healthy, secure piano playing.  What are the most critical skills that we should promote during their first year of study? This session will share activities, approaches, musical material, and rationale developed over years of teaching young piano students and training young teachers. 


Session 2: Inspiring Intermediate Students with Fresh Repertoire and Creative Performance Options


The intermediate years are often challenging for our piano students, but teachers can find new ways to inspire and motivate them.  Appealing repertoire, activities for improved musical literacy, and creative performance possibilities will be presented to help teachers “bring out the best” in their intermediate students.


DR MARCIA BOSITS is Associate Professor of Piano and Director of the Piano Pedagogy Program at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.  Dr. Bosits has held national positions in professional organizations including the Music Teachers National Association, the National Group Piano and Pedagogy Forum, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the World Piano Conference.  Her articles have appeared in such recognized journals as Clavier, Keyboard Companion, Piano Journal and the American Music Teacher.  Active as a clinician and chamber musician, she was a guest performer for the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) Conferences in Rome, Portugal, and Serbia.  Her recent work focusing on the educational connections among piano study, engagement, and pedagogy has been featured at the College Music Society, the National Mentoring Institute, and the 2017 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.    

Event Details

This event is open to the public!

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary Chapel

Address: 2965 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Cost: $20 for adults and $5 for students.

*Free for PTF Members