When there's already "not enough time" in the weekly private lesson, how can we find the time to teach music history to our students? How can we make music history come alive, and help students become familiar with Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th/21st Century music? There are many strategies and resources available for teaching music history Listening games and "lapbooking" can inspire students with the stories of composers' lives and teach them to aurally recognize the style periods of music.
Joy Morin is a teacher, pianist, speaker, and writer of a blog at ColorInMyPiano.com. She teaches students of all ages at her independent piano studio near Ann Arbor, Michigan. A devoted teacher and lifelong learner, Joy is a frequent attendee of conferences and workshops to refine her craft. She has twice been the recipient of MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grants, enabling her to further pursue her interest in Edwin Gordon’s work in Music Learning Theory (MLT) and complete certifications from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML.org) in both Piano and Early Childhood Music.
Joy enjoys connecting with fellow piano teachers, through her blog and beyond. As an outgrowth of her blog, she offers online courses for piano teachers and an annual Piano Teacher Retreat at her home. As an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Joy serves in various capacities: most recently as VP for Affiliated Associations for the Ohio Music Teachers Association (OhioMTA) and Co-President of the Toledo Piano Teachers Association. Joy has given presentations on the topics of piano method books, music learning theory, piano teaching literature, and studio business at regional, state, and national events. Two of her articles were published in the American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion magazines.
A native of Michigan, Joy completed graduate studies at Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan) where she received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, studying both subjects under Adrienne Wiley. Her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance is from Hope College (Holland, Michigan), where she studied piano with Andrew Le and pedagogy with Adam Clark. Upon graduating summa cum laude from Hope, she received the MTNA StAR award and was granted membership into the Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary society and the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. Joy also holds an Associate of Music degree in Piano Performance from Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), where she studied with Mary Scanlan.
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