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Grant Event – Making Syllabus Relevant: Using OMTA Skills to Play Music
January 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PST
Presenting District: Hillsboro
Presenter: Dianne Davies[expand title=”Read Presenter Bio” swaptitle=” “]Dianne Davies received a BA in music from Lewis and Clark College with piano emphasis and K-12 music education certification. Since then, she has taught public and private school music and currently focuses on her private piano studio in Beaverton and performing. In 2010 Dianne created and performed her comedy show Dianne Davies Has Fallen Off Her Bench and in 2016, she created, produced, and performed a new show titled Attachments & Detachments–Tragedy to Triumph combining the music of Cascadia Composers, the Northwest Regions chapter of NACUSA (National Association of Composers USA), with dance, live art, and theatre to tell her own transparent story.
In 2016, Dianne also began composing pieces for piano students. Since 2018, her student compositions have been performed each year at PSU in the Cascadia sponsored concert, In Good Hands, that connects living composers with young music students. Most recently, in December 2019 she produced another show with all her own compositions and arrangements for Christmas titled Soli Deo Gloria. Dianne created and performed original piano solo pieces, piano solo arrangements of Chopin Nocturnes fused with traditional carols (Romantic Christmas Suite), as well as a violin & piano duet, violin & cello duet, vocal solos, and choral works. Again, she collaborated with live dancers and multi-media visual artist Collin Murphy. Dianne also chairs the State Composition Celebration. Watch for her monthly column in the OMTA Music News on-line publication and her current performing and composing projects at musiqPOWER.com.[/expand]
Program Description: Dianne Davies has taken a series of Folksongs and Christmas Carols[expand title=”Read More” swaptitle=”]to teach all the levels of the OMTA Syllabus chord progressions and put them into music. The right-hand melodies are given in scale degree numbers and the left hand accompaniment is given in Roman Numerals following each level of syllabus. Students learn to easily transpose the ideas to all keys and understand the concepts.[/expand]