Friday, July 14

8:30am  |  Registration and Check-in 

9:30am  |  Presidents’ Welcome  Kathy Gault NCTM & Dr. Christopher Hahn NCTM

10:00am  |  From AMB to WTC: Teaching the Basics of Contrapuntal Playing at the Keyboard — Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa

Contrapuntal, or polyphonic, music of the Baroque era is a central area of a serious keyboard student’s repertory. Most auditions for admission to advanced study at the college or graduate school level require the performance of literature such as a Prelude and Fugue from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. How can a student progress smoothly and logically from the beginning stages to mastery of contrapuntal playing? Careful teaching of technique and thoughtful selection of repertoire, from the beginning stages of study all the way to the masterworks of J.S. Bach, can avoid pitfalls and discouragement and arrange a student’s success.

11:15am  | The Birth of Piano Technique Through Piano Repertoire — Dr. Margarita Deneberg
Flawless, fast and feverish performances have become the standard for great concerts. With an increasing thirst for excitement, audiences push pianists to perform more complicated works at a progressively faster pace. While it might seem a feature of the 21st century, the roots of such a phenomenon can be traced much further back, to as early as the classical period.In this

In this presentation, I will highlight historical events that led to the need of technique refinement. I will play several of the very first sets of piano etudes by A. Reicha, explaining their importance and innovation in the field of piano pedagogy, as well as displaying their mark on some of the greatest composers of the 19th century.

12:15pm  |  Lunch 

2:00pm  |  Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project

The Young Composers Project is an educational program of Fear No Music that is designed to provide composers in 6-12 grade with workshops to develop their composing skills, and to present a concert of their new works. Students from the project have won state, regional and national awards for their works, and the project has been a springboard for many students who have gone on to pursue successful composing careers. Jeff Payne, Director of Young Composers Project will tell you about the workshops, and how Fear No Music is working to make it available to students around Oregon and the rest of the United States. He will present videos of the workshops and selected works by participants in the project. The musical creativity of Oregon music students is unsurpassed, and after hearing more about the Young Composers Project you’ll want to get your students to start composing.

2:30pm  |  Composer of the Year Concert & Reception Alexander Schwarzkopf
You are invited to join us as we honor and hear OMTA Composer of the Year, Alexander Schwarzkopf, and his winning composition. A reception will follow this recital.

3:45pm  | Lost Gems of the Teaching Repertoire  — Dr. Julie Knerr

This session will present pieces that until now have been lost to history. Teachers will be inspired to expand their teaching repertoire as they hear some superb pieces by lesser known composers. While continuing to teach the standard greats by Bach and Beethoven, students can also study great works by Battmann, Bonis, Boëly, and Birkedal-Barfod. The session will focus on repertoire at the elementary through early advanced levels.

7:00pm  |  Lincoln County Spotlight Concert

Saturday, July 15

8:30am  |  Registration and Check-in 

9:00am  | Helpful Tips for Any Website Design — Dr. Margarita Denenburg (Be sure to bring your laptops!)
Having an online presence is an important aspect of any profession, especially if you are a private instructor. Some of the benefits include connecting with potential clients, providing information for parents and students, and organizing your studio online to name a few. While this task might seem daunting and complex, it does not have to be. This presentation will enable you to walk away with a basic website which will be a great starting point for your teaching business. You are encouraged to bring your laptop; iPad does not have the necessary capability for this workshop.

10:15am  | Intermediate/Advanced Baroque Masterclass — Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa

12:00pm  |  Lunch 

1:30pm  | Piano Safari Overview — Dr. Julie Knerr
Piano Safari is an innovative piano method for beginners coauthored by Dr. Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher. Students learn patterned pieces by rote while simultaneously learning to read using an intervallic approach. Students develop a solid foundation of technique through concepts derived from Dr. Knerr’s dissertation research. Piano Safari provides a holistic approach to learning piano that combines ears, eyes, and imagination to allow children to become musically literate at the piano.

3:00pm  |  Coffee Break

3:15pm  | Challenges and Solutions with Transfer Students — Dr. Margarita Denenburg
How to accommodate transfer students is one of the most challenging subjects in the piano teaching profession. This topic is on a constant rotation among piano professors, private piano teachers, social media, pedagogy forums and musical journals. Transfer students come with baggage that is often too light or too heavy to successfully continue their piano studies.

I will share my observations on the “common” traits of the transfer student in a college setting, connecting these to the Young Transfer Student observations. I will have practical suggestions on how to help young students in the early stages of transferring, giving practical tools and ideas on how to help any transfer student succeed.

5:00pm  |  No-Host Happy Hour

6:00pm  |  Annual Awards Banquet

8:00pm  |  Conference Artist Concert and Reception — Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa

Sunday, July 16

9:00am  |  Annual General Membership Meeting
All OMTA members are invited to attend.

10:45am  |  Echoes from the East: Claude Debussy and the Javanese Gamelan Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa
There is extensive literature on Claude Debussy’s encounter with the gamelan at the 1889 Paris Exposition universelle. However, available research tends to focus on a few works, or concentrate on the composer’s attempts to evoke Asian images and locales. Debussy’s experimentation with materials and techniques gleaned from his encounter with the gamelan had a larger purpose. Among the goals that he realized in the years after hearing Javanese music were the following: 1) More convincing use of non-traditional pitch sets; 2) New approaches to form; 3) New musical textures; 4) Connections between gamelan evocations and natural phenomena, including water, wind, moonlight, foliage and bells.

11:45am  | Closing Remarks

12:00pm  | Conference Ends