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Grant Event – Composition: Stealing from the Masters

Hermiston Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 850 SW 11th St, Hermiston, OR

Presenting District: Umatilla-Morrow Presenter: Dianne Davies Program Description: This workshop is to encourage teachers to present repertoire to students as a guide to their own creativity. Dianne's “Rainforest Animals” were inspired by two Debussy Preludes. About Dianne Davies: Dianne Davies received … Read more »

Grant Event – Playing with Blocks

Salem Pulic Library, Loucks Auditorium 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR

Presenting District: Salem Presenter: Dr. Lark Powers Program Description: When students build a repertory of chord progressions, learning pieces becomes a process of assembling familiar blocks of harmony. This session will explore a series of keyboard harmony exercises from simple to … Read more »

Grant Event – Master Class

Douglas County Library Ford Room 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, Oregon

Presenting District: Umpqua Valley-South Coast Presenter: Dr. Michelle Huang Program Description: The masterclass teacher will work with piano students in a master class setting while the audience is invited to learn by observing. About Dr. Michelle Huang:  A native of Taiwan, pianist … Read more »

Grant Event – Off the Beaten Path

Roth Recital Hall, Eastern Oregon University One University Blvd, La Grande, Oregon

Presenting District: Bule Mountain Presenter: Heidi Evans Program Description: Heidi will present a list of inspired pieces by lesser-known composers, with a focus on works by women and BIPOC artists. These pieces will be presented according to level: elementary and early through … Read more »

Grant Event – Piano Flow: Create and Elevate

Hermiston Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 850 SW 11th St, Hermiston, OR

Presenting District: Umatilla-Morrow Presenter: Paul Dreyer Program Description: Paula uses her Little Gems for Piano pieces as a springboard for creativity. Even if you have never improvised, you will leave the session with some concrete tools that will allow you to explore … Read more »

Grant Event – The Art of Memorization

First Congregational Church 1050 E 23rd Ave, Eugene, OR

Presenting District: Eugene Presenter: Dr. Michelle Huang Program Description: “I played through it without the music just fine before!” We have all been there. What makes someone a better memorizer than others? In this talk, we will look at the four different … Read more »

Grant Event – Stepping into the Light: Thoughts on Performance Anxiety

First United Methodist Church - Medford 607 W Main St, Medford, OR

Presenting District: Rogue Valley Presenter: Dr. Diane Baxter Program Description: Why are my hands cold and clammy? Why is my heart pounding? Did you just say something to me? No, I can't just relax! Performance anxiety is a complex topic that involves … Read more »

Grant Event – Tips for Terrific Technique

Centerstage Theater, Whipple Fine Arts Bldg, Umpqua Community College 1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg, OR

Presenting District: Umpqua Valley-South Coast Presenter: Dr. Thomas Otten Program Description: Technique may seem like rocket science—but it’s really not! In today’s world, where we’re using our hands not only for piano playing but also for texting, typing at a computer, etc., … Read more »

Grant Event – The Sustainable Studio

Brookwood Library Community Room 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, Oregon

Presenting District: Hillsboro Presenter: Dr. Lisa Neher Program Description: Most music teachers experience burnout and overwhelm. How can we create and maintain a studio that is sustainable for our economic needs and our personal and family well-being? This presentation will offer … Read more »

Grant Event – Practice Smarter, Not Longer

Presenting District: Central Oregon Location: Studio of Melissa Farle, Bend, OR (Contact Melissa Barker for directions) Presenter: Dr. Lark Powers Program Description: This presentation will delve into fascinating research on how the brain learns and how this relates to music and practicing. Offering … Read more »