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

Learning and Memory

Mary Hall Kogen, Professor Emerita of Portland State University
Monday, April 17, 2017, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Studio of Marti Magnussen | 581 Thompson Ave | Winston, OR 97496
Host District: Roseburg
Local Contact: Carolee Harbour

Presentation Description

This workshop will cover:
•Steps toward freedom from the score
•Practical applications of music theory
•One step at a time
•The importance of learning slowly
•The importance of learning quickly
•Being present and being secure
•Using aural memory
•Kinesthetic memory: its uses and abuses

Presenter Bio

Mary Hall Kogen is Professor Emerita of Portland State University in Portland, OR. During the 26 years prior to her retirement in 2003, she taught Applied Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Class Piano, and supervised Graduate Teaching Assistants.

Beginning in 1993, Ms. Kogen directed a summer music camp “Let Music Be the Food of Peace” in collaboration with Self Enhancement Inc. This camp won many awards and celebrated its tenth anniversary with Ms. Kogen’s retirement in 2003.

For the last 18 years, Ms. Kogen has pursued rhythm and movement through the experiential rhythm system TaKeTiNa. In 2008, she presented “Rhythm and Evolution” for the Music Teachers National Association in Denver, CO. She has been a member of the SYMS faculty at the University of New Hampshire for the past nine years where she taught participatory rhythmic learning to high school music students. She has presented rhythm workshops at numerous universities around the US.

Ms. Kogen continues to do presentations throughout the United States, and maintains a private studio in Portland where she teaches pedagogy and piano. In June 2014, she gave two workshops for NFMC, “Using the Music Lesson to Teach Leadership Skills” and “Learning Through Rhythm and Movement”. For the past two years, Ms. Kogen has done “Taketina” in Albignac, France, with pianists from around the world, at Paul Roberts’ piano school. In June 2017, she will present “Movement and Mapping” at the National Andover Educators Conference in Georgia.

“Mary Kogen has literally become the Piano Teachers’ Piano Teacher”. – The Oregonian

Authentic Baroque Dance

Daniel Stevens, M.F.A. & Judith Kennedy, M.A.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 10:00 -11:30 AM
First Congregational United Church of Christ | 4515 West Hills Rd | Corvallis, OR 97333
Host District: Linn-Benton
Local Contact: Rosanne Smith

Presentation Description

This program will examine Baroque dance music through the medium of steps, patterns and dances from the period. The intent is to inform the playing and teaching of music based on these dances, which will include the Minuet, Passepied, Gavotte, Bouree, Sarabande and Courante. Other dance types from the Baroque will be briefly discussed.

Presenter Bios

Daniel Stephens earned his B.A. in Theater at Southern Oregon University, and his M.F.A. in Dance at S.M.U. He was a member of the company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for many years, where he performed historic dance in the Green Show, and danced and acted in various plays on their stages for which he also did choreography. He works as an actor, director, dancer and teacher in the Rogue Valley.

Judith Kennedy received her B.A. in Dance and her M.A. in Dance History at Mills College. She was the choreographer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show for 25 years, and has also taught extensively for their Institute of Renaissance Studies. She studied early dance with Dr. Julia Sutton of the New England Conservatory and, along with Daniel, Baroque Dance with Philippa Waite of the Consort de Danse Baroque.

Cognitive Aspects of Music: Talent

Dr. Bonnie Esbensen
Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00 -12:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church | 601 Pine St | Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Host District: Klamath Basin
Local Contact: Terri Horn

Presentation Description

Recent research on elite performers is helping us to understand why it takes so much time and effort to become expert at something. At least one author has taken this to mean there is no such thing as talent. Others disagree. In any case, knowing how practice changes the brain, and what kind of practice is most likely to lead to expert performance will help us better teach all students..

Presenter Bios

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. Bonnie retired from psychology and joined the OSU Music Faculty for a few years, teaching group piano for music majors.

She 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.

Guiding Your Piano Student in Composition

Paul Safar, Composer
Friday, May 5, 2017, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Oregon Coast Community College Music Room | South Beach Campus | 400 SE College Way | Newport, OR 97366
Host District: Lincoln County
Local Contact: Rita Warton

Presentation Description

Presenting ideas to inspire, encourage and support a student in their early attempts at composing, this workshop will include both practical exercises, projects and improvisation ideas as well as general composition principles. Since Mr. Safar has been a composer all his life, he will draw a lot from his own experiences.

Presenter Bio

Paul Safar is a LIVING composer of “Art Music” – active listening, concert or theater based music. His original compositions continue the western classical music tradition as well as incorporate his love of jazz, pop and rock styles. Mr. Safar tries to push his creative abilities in each new project while maintaining accessibility for an audience. The majority of his output has been piano, chamber, vocal and theatrical pieces.