If you will be anywhere near Brisbane, on the 8-12th of July 2019, I would love to invite you to join me in the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference (APPC)
I am so excited to be presenting two talks in this conference, both topics are aspects of teaching I truly enjoy researching, exploring and constantly evolving in my lessons.
The first talk will be on the 9th of July, from 13.45-14.30pm. It is titled: Interactive teaching games for the modern studio: Effectively using technological and hands-on tools to enhance the piano learning experience.
I have always loved the idea of making learning entertaining, as I have always had fun learning the piano as a child. I first started playing the piano at around about 3 years old. Thinking back to my first few years of piano learning as a preschooler, I was lucky enough to have my grandmother as my teacher, and I remember I just loved practicing everyday. My grandmother had never formally studied the piano or educational pedagogy, but she clearly knew that play, fun and discovery based learning is how to entice a young child to love playing and learning the piano! Her ways of gamifying learning became a big influence on my own teaching today, so in this interactive session I will be sharing some of the games my students and I love playing in the lessons. There will also be some freebies and giveaways thanks to the awesome founder of the app Note Rush!
The second talk will be on teaching through story telling which I did for the IRMTNZ Conference in Dunedin earlier on this year. This is scheduled for the 11th of July, from 13.45-14.30pm.
I am so looking forward to catching up with fellow teachers as well as checking out the talks and concerts by the amazing lineup of pedagogues and pianists!
See you soon, Brisbane!
This blog post is by Melody Deng