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Sunday, March 17

(Subject to Change)


7:00–8:00 a.m.

New Member/First-Time Attendee Breakfast

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Showcases

8:15 a.m.

National Finals: MTNA Senior Performance Competitions

9:00–5:30 a.m.

Exhibit Hall

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address

  • Tim Topham

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Beyond Western Culture: Promoting Diversity in Group Piano Classes

  • Ying-Chen Kuo; Xiao Liang; Melody Morrison, NCTM; Xixi Shen

From Fear to Thrill: Harnessing the Power of Performance Anxiety

  • Paola Savvidou

Improve Your Groove

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  • Bradley Sowash

Intermediate Piano Master Class

  • Alex McDonald

MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Recital

You Can Master Polyrhythms!
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  • John Bloomfield

11:45 a.m.–12:05 p.m.

Exploring the Creative Entrepreneurship of African American Piano Students in the HBCU School of Music
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  • Clark Atlanta University Collegiate Chapter

Chunking for Sight-Reading Success: Coaching Intermediate Sight Readers

  • Pamela D. Pike, NCTM

Fresh & Inclusive Alternatives to Overplayed Piano Repertoire

  • Kasandra Keeling

The Key to Lifelong Piano Study: How Autonomy Fosters Intrinsic Motivation

  • Lynn Worcester Jones

12:20–12:40 p.m.

Collegiate Chapter Session

Demystifying Rhythm

  • Jensina Oliver, NCTM

Eyes on Me! Analyzing Advanced Pianists’ Gaze Behavior During a Sightreading Task

  • Margaret Brown

Learning Jazz in the First Term at the Piano: A Fun Way to Promote Inclusivity with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
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  • Devin Weckstein

The Roots of Cuban Salon Music for Piano

  • George Lopez

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Showcases

2:15–3:15 p.m.

An “Alternative History of Piano Literature”: Three Epic Piano Sonatas by Women

  • Asher Ian Armstrong

Beneath the Iceberg: What We Have Learned from Our Breakdowns and Breakthroughs
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  • Jess Johnson, NCTM; Midori Koga

Brazilian Piano Concertinos for Children by Ernst Mahle (1929)
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  • João Paulo Casarotti, NCTM

From Survive to Thrive on Social Media Using the Top Ten Digital Marketing Tools

  • Yelena Wells

What Would the Composer Do? Compositional and Performance Perspectives on 24 Little Preludes by James Morris

  • Jennifer Hayghe; James H. Morris

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Crash Course on Self-Employment Taxes

  • Andrea Miller

One Musician’s Journey to Emotional and Physical Well-Being
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  • Ann M. Gipson, NCTM

Opening the Window: Teaching Music in Its Cultural Context

  • Connor Chee; Yi-Yang Chen; Brianna Matzke, NCTM; Omar Roy

Our Students Have Something to Say!—Exploring Student Creativity in Your Studio from Start to Finish

  • Diane W. Higgins, NCTM

Reharmonization 101: Tips and Tricks from Pro Arrangers that Give New Life to Old Music
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  • Kevin Olson

Whose Interview is it Anyway?

  • Alexander Crosett, NCTM; Michael Krikorian; Sun-A Park; Joshua Tan, NCTM; Magdalena Wór; Alexander Zhu

3:30–5:00 p.m.

Winners Concert: National Winners of the MTNA Chamber Music, Junior Performance, Elementary and Junior Composition Winners

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Announcement of Senior Performance Competitions Winners

Division Meetings

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