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

Scaling Parnassus: The Sequential Development of Piano Mastery

Dr. Michael Seregow
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church | 201 SW Dorion | Pendleton, OR 97801
Host District: Umatilla-Morrow
Local Contact: Sue Nelson

Presentation Description

Mount Parnassus has long served as a metaphor for artistic excellence. In this two-part presentation, Dr. Michael Seregow offers guidance in designing a curriculum for the intermediate student who is beyond the method books. Part I explores the development of a healthy technique through the teaching of scales, arpeggios and chords, as well as selected exercises and etudes. Part II focuses on familiar and not-so-familiar intermediate and early-advanced repertoire, offering ideas for sequencing as well as using these pieces to teach basic musical concepts.

Presenter Bio

A native of the Pacific Northwest, pianist Michael Seregow enjoys a multifaceted career as a teacher, performer and scholar. He joined the faculty at the University of Puget Sound for the 2016-17 academic year. Prior to this he served on the piano faculty at the University of Oregon.

An award-winning pianist, Dr. Seregow maintains an active career as a soloist and collaborative artist, performing a diverse selection of repertoire. Recent highlights include solo recitals throughout the Pacific Northwest, a solo performance at the Festival of the American Liszt Society in Los Angeles, the American premiere of recently composed piano works by Guy Sigsworth and a performance of Schubert’s great song cycle, Die Winterreise, with baritone Harry Baechtel. Dr. Seregow has performed with eminent artists such as bassoonist William Ludwig and baritone Richard Zeller, and in the summer of 2011 he was a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Music Academy of the West, where he worked with Jonathan Feldman as well as many other internationally renowned musicians.

Dr. Seregow earned a D.M.A. in piano performance with supporting studies in piano pedagogy from the University of Oregon. He is regularly invited as a lecturer and adjudicator throughout the Pacific Northwest, and his students have been prizewinners in local and national competitions.

Practicing and Coaching: Ideas from Psychology and Sports

Dr. Bonnie Esbensen
Friday, June 9, 2017, 10:45 -12:15 PM
Home of Jodi Bishof | 2 Doral Lane | Sunriver, OR 97707
Host District: Central Oregon
Local Contact: Gina Rosbrook

Presentation Description

Piano teachers may be able to change for the better how they and their students practice. These ideas come from sports as well as research on learning. In order to make practicing more productive, teachers may have to rethink how they teach/coach their students. This presentation focuses on the daily aspects of learning, practicing and teaching.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Bonnie Esbensen received a Ph.D. in cognitive and educational psychology from the University of Oregon. She taught psychology and education at Oregon State University and Western Oregon University and conducted research at the University of Oregon on the development of mental constructs in young children. Dr. Esbensen retired from psychology and joined the OSU Music Faculty for a few years, teaching group piano for music majors.

Dr. Esbensen has taught piano privately for over 40 years. A few years ago, she closed her piano studio and now teaches the occasional adult student or happily coaches chamber music. She is currently OMTA Past President.