August 2016
Come prepared to…


  • Share your ideas on learning and music
  • Discuss and apply ideas gleaned from each day of activities
  • Study intermediate-level teaching repertoire of your choice during a piano lesson
  • Analyze video of your teaching in a private pedagogy lesson

Full Schedule:

2016 Schedule Practical Piano Pedagogy


Below is a partial schedule:



(afternoon + evening recital)

  • “Pedagogy 101” with Marvin Blickenstaff
  • Live interviews of beginning piano students and transfer students
  • Recital lesser-known teaching literature performed artistically by the NSMS faculty (includes solos, duets, and student concertos)

***Additional one-hour piano lessons may be requested for an additional fee.


(full day)

  • Private piano and piano pedagogy lessons
  • Rhythm: Takedimi system of rhythmic solfege
  • Craig Sale: Pedagogical Truths and Consequences
  • Seated Yoga Poses useful for pianists of all ages (an interactive session)
  • Pedaling: Questions and Answers – an exploration of the use of pedal in Western Music (Bach, Mozart, Chopin and more): Kristin Cahill
  • Revisiting Burgmuller Op. 100 with Marvin Blickenstaff



  • Interpretation: Marvin Blickenstaff
  • Working with Special Needs Students: Margie Nelson
  • Standards for adjudication: Amy Glennon and Rebecca Pennington
  • Masterclass of seminar attendees, given by Marvin Blickenstaff (limited number of performers, processed by application date)

***Additional one-hour piano lessons may be requested for an additional fee.