Oregon Music Teachers Association in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the Nellie Tholen Fund present statewide teacher enrichment workshops. These valuable and varying presentations are free and open to all music educators, members and non-members alike.

Workshop Videos

(The following videos are available to OMTA members and are password protected. Members may find the password on page 2 of their OMTA Printed Directory. It is the same as for other password protected areas of this site.)

Nurturing Potential Into Passion

Presented by Leila Viss, 88PianoKeys.me

Starter Steps for Playing Eighteenth-Century Repertoire on the Modern Piano

Presented by Donna Gunn, M.M., NCTM

Teaching the Special Learner: Wisdom and Strategies for the Independent Music Teacher

Presented by Emily Ross, M.A., M.T. – B.C.

Tips For Preparing For Syllabus Exams

Presented by Heidi Evans NCTM

Succeeding With Sonatinas

Presented by Dr. Crystal Zimmerman NCTM, Professor of Piano, Willamette University

Music and the Brain – How We Hear And Understand Melody and Rhythm

Presented by Dr. Crystal Zimmerman NCTM, Professor of Piano, Willamette University

Authentic Baroque Dance

Presented by Daniel Stephens, M.F.A. and Judith Kennedy, M.A.

Upcoming Events

Pedaling Through the Ages — Cracking the Code: Historical Guidelines and Strategies for Informed Performance

Date/Time: Friday, January 12, 2018, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Presenter: Dr. Jill Timmons, NCTM
Location: Tigard United Methodist Church, 9845 SW Walnut Place, Tigard, OR 97223
Presenting District: Tualatin Valley
Local Contact: Laura Davis
Program Description:
Pedaling on the modern piano is not an exact science, but there are critical principles that can shape our informed performance. In this two-hour workshop, Dr. Timmons will explore performance practice guidelines, historically informed choices, keyboard instruments spanning some 350 years, how we adapt the modern piano to past practices, and essential skills required for artful pedaling. Weaving in demonstration and lecture, Dr. Timmons will offer clear strategies and historical guidelines to a more artful use of the modern piano pedals. A bibliography will also be provided for this presentation.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Jill Timmons has performed internationally as both a solo pianist and ensemble artist, combining concert and recording projects with work as an international performing arts consultant through Artsmentor, LLC, and O’Malley International Associates in Pasadena. As an artist/teacher, she has offered performances and educational residencies on three continents. Dr. Timmons has been a featured artist on National Public Radio and has performed under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has recorded on the Laurel, Centaur, and Capstone labels. Ken Burns chose music from her Amy Beach recording for the soundtrack to his PBS documentary, The War.

As an award-winning author, Dr. Timmons has written on topics that include entrepreneurship, career development, and volunteerism within the arts and humanities. She is a recipient of the Wilk International Literary Prize from the University of Southern California. In 2013, Oxford University Press published her best-selling career guidebook: The Musician’s Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan.

Dr. Timmons holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Music degree from Boston University. She is an artist/teacher affiliate with Classic Pianos at their flagship Portland store and in their affiliate locations in Seattle, Denver, Cleveland, and Albuquerque. When she isn’t making music, writing, or teaching, you will find her volunteering for the Urban Gleaners “Food To Schools” program.