The PTF offers monthly workshops, lectures, and demonstrations given by renowned presenters. Our programs address a variety of topics such as pedagogy, technique, performance psychology, historical and stylistic considerations, jazz, improvisation, and studio management.
Programs are held the first Friday of each month, October through May, and will begin at 9:45AM (unless otherwise noted).
COVID-19 UPDATE: We will meet virtually via Zoom for the Fall of 2020.
PTF Program Calendar 2020-2021
All programs begin at 9:45AM, except for the Syllabus meeting, as indicated.
October 2, 2020
Begins at 9:15AM sharp. Members of the Piano Teachers Forum will present all selections from our 2021 Festival Syllabus, "Oh, The Places You’ll Go!"
November 6, 2020
Keeping the Spark Alive After 50 Years, and Still Learning: Pedagogical Tips from A to Z!
All teachers have the same goal - to inspire students to love music and enjoy their lessons! How do you keep the passion alive after 50 years of teaching? This workshop will provide creative and effective strategies to keep the spark alive and promote artistry and joy in your teaching. Professor Clarfield will share her strategies and teaching philosophy that continue to change. New teachers, as well as experienced teachers will acquire new ideas or reinforce old ones with a variety of teaching suggestions - technical, musical, psychological and philosophical. These suggestions and musical examples will encompass the entire alphabet from A to Z!
December 4, 2020
Playing From Charts
I will speak about some of my practices and techniques of teaching students as they investigate popular music through non-traditional methods. I will address approaches for beginning students of any age, and show how a student could be developed toward jazz improvisation which is generally accepted as the "High Art" of popular music.
January 8, 2021
OPEN FORUM: Teaching Online
Current events have forced us to learn an entirely new skill set: teaching piano lessons online. Join us as we share what we’ve learned from the past year and discuss new skills and techniques to improve our internet lessons in the future.
February 5, 2021
TEACHING AND PERFORMING BEETHOVEN : Observations from a long term relationship
This session will focus on issues of stylistic details and technical challenges in the study of Beethoven's piano works. The presentation will include suggestions for teaching repertoire as a possible road toward the Sonatas, and thoughts on the experience of performing Beethoven
March 5, 2021
Dr. Laura Amoriello
Mindful Teacher, Mindful Student: How to Teach with Focus, Calm, and Compassion
Our students need more from us than just musical and technical expertise. They need our full attention, focus, and compassion. How do we summon the energy, hour after hour, to be fully present for our students? My favorite answer? Mindfulness: present-moment, non-judgmental awareness.
This interactive session will offer two toolboxes of strategies for piano teachers: Mindful Teacher, for staying calm, focused, and self-compassionate in the lesson, and Mindful Student, for transcending the details and teaching with greater openness and big-picture awareness.
Saturday, March 13, 2021 – PTF Spring Festival: TCNJ
April 16, 2021
Dr. Charl Louw
Lecture Recital: TBA
May 7, 2021
Brainstorming/Voting for programs in 2021-2022
In this session we will focus together to plan what all of us would like our next year's programs to be. Share your feelings and thoughts so that your voice is an active part of our Forum. Your vote is important and needed to ensure that a wide variety of perspectives is included. All of us together make the Forum work.