Pedagogy Saturday

This year’s Pedagogy Saturday has something for everyone. Four tracks will offer an array of topics sure to be of interest to all teachers. Attendees are encouraged to mix and match the sessions to maximize their preconference experience.
An additional fee is required to attend Pedagogy Saturday sessions.

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Musician Wellness

Empowering Musicians—Leading A Healthy And Fulfilling Life

Gail Berenson, chair


MTNA has been a powerful advocate for musicians’ health for more than 30 years and will continue this effort with its fifth consecutive Pedagogy Saturday Wellness track. This year’s track focuses on the important correlations between mind and body in maintaining our wellbeing. As in previous years, MTNA continues in its pursuit of bringing together musicians and medical professionals who passionately seek to empower musicians to achieve their potential. Today’s sessions will explore strategies to help individuals increase their physical and psychological awareness, to overcome and learn from obstacles, thriving in the process, and to discover the tools to remain healthy and active throughout their lifetime.

Schedule subject to change without notice


8:00–8:10 a.m.

Welcome And Introductory Remarks

  • Gail Berenson, NCTM, Ohio University emeritus, University Park, Florida

8:10–9:00 a.m.

Getting To The Heart Of The Matter

  • Debi Adams, NCTM, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, Massachusetts


Your Voice—Avoiding Vocal Landmines For Teachers And Singers

  • Deanna McBroom, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina


Attention, Intention, And Tension: The Impact Of Thought Patterns In The Development Of Injury

  • Jennie Morton, Healthy Performers, Los Angeles, California

11:30 a.m.–1:00p.m.

Lunch On Your Own

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Physical Function As A Gateway To Optimum Musician Wellness

  • Jeff Russell, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Learning From And Overcoming Obstacles: Tackling Focal Dystonia And The Positive Take-Aways From Three Pianists’ Experiences

  • Noel Engebretson, NCTM, Steinway Artist, New York, New York; James Litzelman, NCTM, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; Charles Turon, independent music teacher, Bradenton, Florida


The Neurobiology Of Healthy Practicing: What Neuroscientists Can Tell Music Pedagogues

  • Dr. Eckart Altenmüller


Closing Remarks And Q&A

  • Gail Berenson, NCTM

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