Five current or former students have been selected by peer review to present at the Music Teachers National Association National Conference in Spokane, Washington March 16-20. All study or studied in some manner with Dr. Janice Wenger, Piano Area Coordinator for the MU School of Music.
Dr. Sara Ernst, MM Piano Pedagogy 2003, will present "Celebrating Excellence: The Innovative Principles of Piano Teacher Education 60 Years Later." Dr. Ernst received her PhD in music education with an emphasis in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and now serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina.
Jenna Braaksma, MM Collaborative Piano 2014, MM Piano Pedagogy 2016, current DMA candidate Florida State University, will present "Peer-Assisted Learning: The Motivational Aspects of Ensemble Playing in the Private Studio." The session will discuss how teachers can utilize peer-assisted learning strategies to boost the self-efficacy and confidence levels of students, as well as engage and motivate them to continue participating in musical activities. Recommendations for incorporating collaborative activities in private lessons will be also discussed, specifically how to set up collaborative situations so that the motivational resources are the students themselves when they interact with their musical partners. Tips will also be given to teachers in regards to their role as the facilitator of student-led discussions and performances that lead to positive musical experiences in the private lesson setting.
Sarah Ryan Buckley, MM Collaborative Piano 2010, MM Theory 2010, is an Independent teacher in Toronto and a Pedagogy of Improvisation Consultant. She will present "Creating Electricity! Teaching Improvisation in Groups." Buckley is pleased to be sharing at MTNA, “It will be wonderful to see so many Mizzou alumni and past faculty presenting in Spokane! I’m excited to join Christopher Norton as we share teaching strategies that engage students in groups to feel excited and confident as they improvise together (and to help them release feeling timid and scared if they haven’t improvised before).”
Huiyun Liang, MMEd 2013, current DMA candidate at the University of South Carolina will present "Seeing the Unobservable: An Exploratory Study of Incorporating Video Modeling into Piano Teaching." Liang presented her paper to piano students at the Mizzou School of Music Monday, March 11, and looks forward to presenting at MTNA. Following the trend of effective video modeling in sports, Liang sought new possibilities for piano teachers in helping young piano learners overcome technical challenges and generate desired performance outcomes. It was a pioneer research study that incorporated portable video modeling technology in teaching elementary piano students a given piece. Video modeling integrated expert-modeling, self-modeling, and the comparison of the two models. Various features of new technology, such as multiple angles of views, instant playback, slow motion, split screen, and motion analysis tools were utilized to facilitate students a deeper understanding of movements. Liang will share the results of the research study and discuss student engagement with the video devices and software.
Rachel Hahn, current PhD candidate 2019 in Music Education at the University of Missouri will present "Effects of Aural Model and Tempo Control in Technology-Assisted Practice: A Study of Collegiate Group Piano Students." She is looking forward to presenting at the conference, “I'm very excited to present a poster detailing part of my dissertation research. The undergraduate music majors at Mizzou have been the outstanding participants in my investigation of technology-assisted practice in group piano.”
The School of Music is proud to recognize our excellent representatives at the MTNA National Conference this year. Dr. Wenger commented, "I was thrilled to have so many distinguished Mizzou students and former students selected for MTNA in the same year. In addition to the diversity of their topics and interests, I remember them all for their passion! Mizzou is a great place to study and to teach."