Guest post by Jacob Levine, the founder of Chorus Connection and a proud member of the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus. Article reposted with permission from Chorus Connection. See the original post here.
On December 27, 2020, after a tumultuous political rollercoaster, the President signed into law another COVID stimulus package as part of an omnibus spending bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021. The 5,600 page bill contains nearly $1 trillion in pandemic relief, including four funding opportunities for which your chorus may be eligible.
Note: This blog is only relevant for organizations based in the U.S.
So much of what makes music fun for us is sharing it with others: playing in ensembles, performing concerts, worshipping with our congregations, and teaching our craft. Unfortunately, many of us have found the usual ways we gather together to share music abruptly curtailed recently. With the help of technology, though, teachers and students alike can access a plethora of opportunities for distance learning through online lessons and rehearsals, practice aids, self-instruction and advancement, and sheer repertoire exploration.
Here’s our guide to navigating distance music learning and instruction. Let us know if you have any tips or pointers, and we’ll be happy to share them with our community! more “Guide to Remote Music Education”…
Our one-stream event setup means we all share two days together, and listen and learn from each other.
Also, the presentations will not be passive.
Learn by listeningand by doing. Experience workshops, live teaching, masterminds and implementation sessions.
Rub shoulders with some of the world’s most creative and innovative teachers.
Speakers and Presenters
As you might have guessed, I will be your host!
But I’ve also enlisted the help of some of the world’s brightest music minds to bring you the best in music pedagogy.
I have amazing keynote speakers in Samantha Coates, Carly McDonald, Philip Johnston and Anita Collins.
The wonderful Nicola Cantan, Joyce Ong, Paul Myatt and others will also be speaking and presenting at the event.
There are a few different types of presentations you can expect at Piano Pivot Live from these wonderful speakers.
Keynote presentations: You can’t have a conference without some keynote speakers sharing their wealth of knowledge with you.
Live teaching: Watch me teach a student live on stage! You will see exactly how I teach creatively on stage for 30 minutes.
Masterminds, Fireside Chats and Panel Events: Connect with other teachers and share your knowledge in our mastermind sessions, guided by a topic expert. Ask your questions to our panel of experts. We’re here to help you.
Practical workshops: Sometimes you just have to DO things. After learning a variety of pedagogy and business techniques, you will brainstorm ways to implement them so you can leave the conference with an action plan.
I’m so excited for you to share in what will be an incredible learning experience.
Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.