Storytelling as a Pathway to Artistry in Music


Original Broadcast: February 2, 2024

Telling our individual human stories is a powerful way to connect to one another. As musicians and teachers, we tell these stories when we are engaged with our students or an audience. Composers tell stories in their music, and the joy, surprise, tragedy and humour are woven into the text of harmony, rhythm and melody. These musical scores entrusted to us are the story scripts, and like actors, we must study, explore, and embody the story of the composer’s music. By embracing both our own stories and the stories of the music, we have a guiding purpose that links the artistic choices we make along the way. In this webinar, we will examine some of the remarkable stories in the music that we teach and perform, and explore different ways to highlight character, phrasing, timing, tone, touch and other elements of artistry to ensure that those stories are told with meaning and respect.


The Power of Emotional Intelligence in Music Teaching


Original Broadcast: February 23, 2024

Current research reveals that emotional intelligence (EI), or the ability to notice, name, and regulate one’s emotions, has a direct relationship to personal and professional success. This webinar is designed to help music teachers understand EI and how emotions affect student motivation and learning. By studying the relationship between music and EI, music teachers can better facilitate the emotional connection between their students and the music they are playing. The presentation will conclude by discussing essential resources for music teachers about EI and mental wellness. By understanding emotional intelligence and its role in music lessons, teachers can help students connect deeply with their music and hone valuable skills that prepare them for personal and professional success!


Foundations of Mastery: Redefining Piano Technique for Beginners


Original Broadcast: April 5, 2024

Discover the unique approaches utilized by Russian and Eastern-European pedagogues in teaching piano. This presentation delves into their methods, highlighting a strong emphasis on cultivating healthy and ergonomic piano technique, encouraging freedom of movement, and refining the art of sound production. Join Irina Gorin on this webinar to gain valuable insights into the nuanced strategies that prioritize a holistic foundation for budding pianists. Enrich your understanding of teaching beginners and open new avenues for transformative piano education.


Practical Insights for Balancing Fun, Organization, and Wellness in Summer and Beyond


Original Broadcast: May 24, 2024

As we start looking toward the summer months, June and July are a great time to take a step back and dig into some of those extras we might not easily give time to during the school year. In this webinar, Michelle, Annie, and Amy will share practical insights into balancing summertime pursuits such as hobbies, emotional and personal self-care, schedule management, and digital decluttering. While summertime is a great time to turn your attention to these things, the strategies provided will be applicable both in the upcoming months and during the school year beyond.


The Art of Mindful Marketing: Finding Authenticity and Ease in the Modern Digital World


Original Broadcast: June 24, 2024

Keeping up with the ever-changing landscape of social media and online marketing tools can feel like a full-time job. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed or frustrated by the world of digital marketing, consider this your invitation to take a deep breath...and join us for a discussion on the art of mindful marketing.

Mindful marketing involves making deliberate choices that align with our personal and business values and goals. It encourages authenticity, reciprocity and empathy. It gives us permission to minimize the busy work of needing to be “everywhere all at once,” and encourages us to engage in marketing activities that genuinely meet client needs without relying on the latest trends or manipulative tactics.

In this session, we’ll explore the seven principles of mindful marketing and how we can use them to enhance your marketing effectiveness and maintain a joyful, balanced approach to your digital engagements. No FOMO necessary.