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How do we teach students to reach beyond the notes and get to the heart of musical expression?

The presenters will provide you with loads of inspiration and strategies to take right to your studio this fall! Receive on-demand access to the 7 webinar sessions originally presented on June 25-27 plus the 4 Sunday Showcases on June 28.

"Catherine Rollin's segment was a life giver to me. I will use artwork and music far more in my studio. I have spent more time with students discussing what the score might sound and look like and why. I have utilized imagery and storytelling far more already. I see the students really thinking. Wonderful!"

- Elizabeth Korger, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

This course is closed for enrollment.


Thursday, June 25th

9:00AM Central

Keynote Address: "Developing Musical Minds and Hearts"

Dr. Randall Faber

Today's digital world emphasizes and rewards logical, sequential thinking. But what about the richness of creativity, expression and personal artistry? These are developed in the heart...and in the piano lesson!

10:00AM Central

"Ten Teaching Tips to Improve Artistry and Communication"

Jensina Oliver, presenter

This workshop will provide strategies and inspiration to help you teach students how to improve their ability to play with expression, emotion, and communication. Topics include use of descriptive language and imagery, mechanics at the keyboard for better variety of sound, discovering and organizing patterns in the score, and more. Audience participation (optional) is encouraged in advance (online survey) and will be used during the session to create a discussion-based and participatory environment for learning.

1:00PM Central

"Teaching Style Differences"

Nancy Bachus, presenter

What is it that defines a style period? We will look at the major cultural influences on Baroque, Classical,Romantic, and early 20th century composers. How composers used melody, rhythm, form, and other elements of music is key to determining the style. How ornamentation varies with style periods will also be explored.

Friday, June 26th

10:00AM Central

"The Score Speaks: Teaching Interpretation Through Musical Mapping"

Susan Osborn, presenter

Teachers have multiple tasks in creating well-rounded musicians. When teaching interpretation, we can easily default to coaching our own ideas. But students can learn to be independent interpreters from their youngest years. Dr. Osborn will explore the idea of creative “Mapping” as a tool for encouraging interpretation. She will discuss how Resource Charts and Mapping lead to the creation of stories and art, thus opening a gateway for more imaginative musical thinking.

1:00PM Central

"Jazzy Students"

Tony Caramia, presenter

In this overview of many teaching pieces in the jazz idioms, from late elementary to late intermediate levels, we will discuss how to interpret swing rhythms; when to add grace notes; the role of tempo choice; and how students and teachers can broaden their understanding of the Jazz idiom through the written score.

Saturday, June 27th

10:00AM Central

"The Magic of Imagery"

Catherine Rollin, presenter

In this session, Catherine will demonstrate how we can use dance, vocal, instrumental, and artwork imagery to spark the imaginations of our students, leading them to convincing and magical performances.

1:00PM Central

"Pedaling - Colors in Sound"

Katherine Faricy, presenter

The purpose of this session is to introduce a systematic progressive procedure for developing artistic pedal in students’ technique from the very beginning of piano study. Chopin once said that "to learn to use the pedal correctly is a lifelong study," and Anton Rubinstein remarked, “The longer I play, the more convinced I am that the pedal is the soul of the piano.”

Sunday, June 28th


1:00PM Central

"New Tools for Online Teaching: Piano Adventures Teacher Atlas and Faber Technique & Artistry"

Landon Baumgard, clinician

Need to transfer lessons online in a way that is simple, positive, and engaging? Piano Adventures clinician, Landon Baumgard, will demonstrate how two recent additions to the Piano Adventures "digital toolbox" can make online teaching easier and better - for you and your students!

1:30PM Central

"Willis Piano Music - Music for Playing, Music for Learning"

Jason Sifford, clinician

Come explore the music of Jason Sifford, whose writing aims to help students become better musicians by playing repertoire that engages their imagination and sense of adventure. Teachers will find a wealth of pedagogical value as while, making lessons productive and enjoyable for everyone!

2:00PM Central

"Hal Leonard - From Inspiration to Expression: Finding Your Path"

Mona Rejino, clinician

Mona will be sharing tips to help students make their own arrangements, applying their theory knowledge to create chordal accompaniments. You will be introduced to her newest popular arrangements as well as original compositions of Spanish music, inspired by a recent trip to Spain.

2:30PM Central

"FJH Music- Fostering Artistic Personality"

Helen Marlais, clinician

Dr. Helen Marlais will explain several points to nurture Artistic Personality including listening, imagination, dynamic control, and how to shape phrases that support musical playing. Use these points to encourage each student in your studio to play with their own Artistic Personality! Students who simultaneously learn musicality and natural technique will create artistic interpretations at every level.

*NOTE: This schedule is subject to slight changes due to any unforeseen circumstances.

Keynote Speaker

RANDALL FABER has appeared at the Gilmore Festival, the Wasserman Festival, the Portland International Piano Festival, the Korean Piano Adventures Convention in Seoul, and has toured Taiwan, Southeast Asia, England and Australia. While in Korea, Faber appeared on the popular television show Heart-to-Heart, which is broadcast in 188 countries, and his solo recital in Chicago was broadcast live on WFMT public radio. In recent seasons, Faber toured Southeast Asia, Taiwan, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. He was a Convention Artist for the Music Teachers National Association Conference and master teacher for the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the National Piano Teachers Institute. He gave recent recitals in Denver, Kansas City, Chicago, Austin, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Alberta, Seoul, and Jakarta. Faber is a Steinway Artist. Randall Faber holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from Vanderbilt University. In 2005, he presented his scholarly research at the 9th International Conference on Motivation in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Faber is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Seoul Arts College in Korea. He has presented as Visiting Artist at universities throughout North America and Asia. Randall and his wife Nancy are well known as authors of the bestselling Piano Adventures® teaching method and their many publications for the piano. They are co-founders of the Faber Piano Institute.


Nancy Bachus is the author of the “Spirit” and Exploring Piano Classics series for Alfred Publishing. She has presented workshops and master classes across North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and China. Currently she teaches independently and at Cleveland State University.

Tony Caramia is Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, where he is Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies and Coordinator of the Class Piano Program. He has conducted numerous workshops in jazz piano for teachers at MTNA National and State Conventions and at several international conferences.

Katherine Faricy served on the faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul where she taught undergraduate and graduate piano plus related courses. During her studies with the renowned concert pianist, Madame Lili Kraus, she learned the importance of pedaling in artistic performance and its technique. The lack of materials for teaching pedaling led Faricy to create two valuable books on pedaling pedagogy.

Jensina Oliver has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, China, Canada, Costa Rica, Israel, and throughout Europe. She earned her DMA at the University of Washington and has taught several piano and music courses at Shoreline Community College since 1998. A well-known performer, teacher, clinician, and adjudicator, she is also a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and has a thriving studio with students of all ages.

Dr. Susan Osborn is on the Keyboard Skills faculty of Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. She also teaches private and group piano at Northwestern University Music Academy and at Interlochen Arts Camp. Dr. Osborn is an active performer, adjudicator and clinician in the Chicago area and specializes in interdisciplinary topics that combine her passions for music, photography and architecture.

Catherine Rollin is well known as a composer, clinician, author of a college text and a dedicated teacher of prize winning students. She has over 400 publications with Alfred Publishing Co. and has presented workshops and master classes throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Taiwan.

Your Host

Founder ELIZABETH GUTIERREZ began Piano Camp for Piano Teachers in 2009 as an extension of the instructional blog of the same name - She has years of experience teaching piano, piano pedagogy, and piano literature to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has given numerous workshops and master classes to working independent teachers around the globe both in person and via livestream on Facebook and Periscope and also as a national clinician for Faber Piano Adventures. For her workshops and online courses, she draws on her extensive background as an independent teacher, professor, performer, and composer/editor/author.

What elements of music are key to determining style?

How do we develop artistic pedaling from the very beginning of piano study?

How do we open a gateway for more imaginative musical thinking from our students?

This summit of webinars will address these questions and more!


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What teachers are saying

Watching this conference (2017 PCPT) right now on replay and finding so many teaching tips. A true gold mine of piano pedagogy wisdom. Such well spent money and time. The info is multi-level and plentiful - am going to have to write notes upon notes!"

- Sarah Arnold, Brussels, Belgium

"Thank you SO much for offering the 2018 piano camp on practice. Absolutely wonderful! All of the teachers were great and helpful in different areas. Bravo! I hope you offer the camp again!

- Carol Kandoll, Petersburg, Alaska

Thank you Elizabeth for another wonderful Piano Camp for Piano Teachers. I'm especially excited that I will be able to watch the videos over the next year. You're a huge blessing to the piano community."

- Ginny Godsey, San Antonio, Texas

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a piano teacher to join these sessions?
Certainly not. While some of the sessions may pertain mostly to independent teachers who teach piano, the majority of the topics discussed would be beneficial for all music teachers who teach private lessons, instrumental or vocal.
Am I required to attend the LIVE webinar sessions in order to receive the replays?
You will receive the video replays regardless if you attend the LIVE sessions or not. However, if you attend a LIVE session you'll have the opportunity for exchange with the presenter and other participants.'ll be eligible for door prizes among those who are present on the webinar. All registrants will receive digital goodie bags with prizes from our sponsors. :-)
How long will I have access to the video sessions?
If you purchase LIFETIME ACCESS, you may view the 11 sessions at your leisure as many times as you like using your login information. Presenter handouts will be available for download. If you purchase 7-DAY ACCESS, you have only 7 days to view the videos and download the handouts. You may repurchase the conference again afterwards if it is still available.
How do I log in to the sessions? And what if I forget my log-in information?
You will use the username/password that you create when you make your purchase. Should you forget that combination, please email us at [email protected]. We will then send you a new password which you may re-set later.
What if I am unhappy with this online summer camp?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you purchase LIFETIME ACCESS and you are unsatisfied with your purchase, you must contact us within the first 30 days after your purchase and we will give you a full refund. There are no refunds if you purchase 7 DAY ACCESS.
Whom do I contact with additional questions?
Contact James, PCPT Coordinator, with any questions - [email protected]
Approximately how many hours of video are included in this conference?
The conference consists of 11 presenters with approx. 10.5 hours of video instruction total.

This course is closed for enrollment.