Aug 23: Marvin Blickenstaff

A Day with Marvin Blickenstaff

Date:        Friday, August 23, 2019
Location:  Highlands at Wyomissing Cultural Center, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing PA 19610
Morning Workshops:
     9:00 am: “Technical Routines for Busy Teachers” 
     10:30 am: “Performance Practice Made Easy”
Afternoon Student Masterclass: 
     1:00 to 3:00 pm

9:00 am: “Technical Routines for Busy Teachers”Piano teachers are busy people, and one important facet of our professional lives that is often overlooked is our own practice.  When illustrating a passage for a student, we notice that we are not in our best technical shape.  This workshop is designed to provide teachers with a varied routine of technical exercises that will help maintain technical skill.

10:30 am: “Performance Practice Made Easy”Historical research in past decades has provided clear ideas on the correct performance of the music of different style periods.  The details are a bit overwhelming, and are not particularly practical for our students.  Yet students must know certain accepted performance standards for the different style periods.  This workshop enumerates the important performance practices, with an emphasis on the Baroque and Classic periods.


Marvin Blickenstaff is known among piano teachers throughout the country for his teaching, lecturing, performing, and publishing. Currently he maintains a private studio in the Philadelphia area and teaches at The New School for Music Study in Princeton. Blickenstaff is the former Board President of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy and is on the Executive Planning Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. In 2007 the on-line journal Piano Pedagogy Forum published tributes to Blickenstaff honoring his contribution to piano teaching in America. Also in 2007 he was named Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He was honored in 2009 with MTNA’s highest honor, the MTNA Achievement Award, and was selected in 2013 by the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy for its Lifetime Achievement Award.


REFRESHMENTS/LUNCH:  Morning beverages and snacks provided.  Lunch provided by the Highlands at a cost of $20 per person. LUNCH RSVP REQUESTED BY AUGUST 12th.  Checks payable to RMTA can be mailed to Millie Eben, 2052 Cleveland Ave., Reading PA 19609; or just bring your cash or check to the event.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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