All workshops will begin at 10:00 am. Coffee and Fellowship at 9:30 am. Location: Grandin Court Baptist Church, 2660 Brambleton Rd., Roanoke, VA, unless otherwise noted.

INCLEMENT WEATHER; Meetings will not be held if City schools are closed.
S = Sanctuary CR = Choir room

"Brazilian Music: Dance, Choro and Song"
Lecture-Recital by DR. PAULO STEINBERG, NCTM
​(CR and S)

​Brazilian music is often associated with carnival and samba, played at lively, energetic tempi, with vibrant rhythms. However, melancholy and nostalgia play a big role in the music of Brazil. Therefore, an interesting contrast exists in the Brazilian culture – melancholy versus excitement. In either case, composers are inspired by the natural exuberance and beauty of their country, and use lyricism to portray colors, characters, sites, and other cultural elements in their music. This lecture-recital will take you on a journey filled with visual and musical illustrations, and will show examples of how Ernesto Nazareth and Heitor Villa-Lobos let “… the rivers and seas of this great Brazil sing."

Paulo Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist across the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe, including venues such as the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo in Brazil, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Recent engagements include performances at the International Festival “Experiencing Villa-Lobos” and the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival “The Rhythms and Colors of South America” and teaching at the Saarburg Chamber Music Festival in Germany. In the Spring of 2017 he undertook a European recital tour stretching from the U.K. to Latvia including, Ireland, Scotland, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, and Sweden.

A winner of several national competitions in his native Brazil, Dr. Steinberg was also the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Brazilian Government while pursuing his advanced degrees in piano performance. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano from Universidade de São Paulo, a Master’s degree from Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. Among his distinguished teachers are Brazilian pianists Gilberto Tinetti and Paulo Gori, and Belgian pianist Ms. Evelyne Brancart.

 As an ambassador for cultural exchange through music, Steinberg initiated a partnership with Música no Museu, an organization based in Rio de Janeiro that co-sponsors an annual competition, provides performance opportunities, and offers scholarships for young musicians. He often serves as an adjudicator in competitions, and offers master classes, lectures, workshops and performances in the U.S. and abroad.

Besides his love for teaching and performing, Steinberg has served in several administrative positions, most recently as president of the Virginia Music Teachers Association. Paulo Steinberg is Associate Professor of Piano at James Madison University. Two recordings have been released recently – a recording in collaboration with clarinetist Dr. Janice Minor, as well as his solo CD, “Alma Brasileira.” 

This program is co-sponsored by the Thursday Morning Music Club.
Following the program, RVMTA members and guests are invited to lunch at Carlos.
Dutch Treat! Reservations Required

OCTOBER 13, 2017
"Off to a Strong Start - Teaching Technique to Elementary and Intermediate Students"
Pianist Carol Ann Barry
is a Nationally Certified member of MTNA. Her pianistic training has included several degree programs as well as study abroad. Selected to serve as a Rotary International Fellow, she studied at the Goethe Institute in Munich, and the Hochschule fur Musik und Darsteleende Kunst in Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Barry is interested in the pedagogical work of internationally renowned pedagogue Abby Whiteside. She currently studies in New York with pianist Sophia Rosoff.

Dr. Barry is a frequent presenter at music conferences at the state and national levels Her creative teaching style has enhanced her ability to work with children with diverse learning needs. Dr. Barry served on the organizational committee of the 2005 WPPC Conference in Anaheim, California, and has presented several papers for the organization, including the lecture, Outlining-A Crucial Practice Technique, at the 2009 national conference in Arizona. A lecture recital featuring the Preludes, Op. 64, by Cesar Cui, was presented at the College Music Society national conference in 2010.

Between 1995 and 2000, Dr. Barry served as the Director of Keyboard Studies at the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts, in Falls Church, Virginia. During her tenure at Columbia, she developed and directed the Columbia Pedagogy Series, which served as an outreach to teachers and musicians throughout the Washington area. She was the founding director of the Columbia Concert Series at CIFA, which presented some of Washington’s finest artists and performance ensembles.

January 12, 2018
Roundtable Discussion "Book Club" on The Music of Teaching by Barbara Kreader Skalinder
Books may be purchased at The Bandroom.
Home of Becky Wallenborn.

February 9, 2018
"Creating Music Addicts: The Psychology Behind the Thriving Music Studio"
Workshop by Julia Sansone

What is it exactly that compels students to begin or continue music lessons? More pointedly, why would they begin or continue music lessons with YOU? The field of Human Needs Psychology offers fascinating answers, as well as profound and practical insights, into how we as teachers can ensure that each of our students obtains a high level of personal satisfaction from their music studies—and how we can keep them coming back for more. Research shows that if a teacher can enable a student to associate music study with the fulfillment of at least three of their six Fundamental Human Needs, they will succeed in creating a “music addict.” In this interactive session, participants will gain an understanding of these fundamental human needs and discover how to pinpoint which specific needs each student relies on to produce personal joy and satisfaction and why keying in on this motivation enables teachers to be better communicators, influencers and change agents. Participants will then learn practical strategies to help students connect with and fulfill those needs through their music studies. By giving our students this high-quality way of meeting their innate needs through music, we add value on many levels to everyone we teach—which results in the wonderful “problem” of having too many students!  We can also use these insights to troubleshoot our professional relationships, and better connect and communicate with students, parents and colleagues.  We will gain a whole new perspective on marketing, and will be better equipped to create a more rewarding, fulfilling music career for ourselves.

Julia Sansone, NCTM is a dynamic speaker who has led workshops for the American Independent Music Teachers Association and local chapters of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Music Teachers National Association.  As a certified Strategic Intervention Coach she is passionate about offering music teachers fresh insights and effective and practical strategies that will catapult them into more effective and fulfilling interactions with their students and colleagues. 

During these interactive workshops we explore what all humans need at the deepest level and how as teachers we can meet these needs.  This new understanding of people equips us to be more effective communicators and teachers as well as more efficiently troubleshoot our personal and professional relationships. 

As a result of applying the principles of human psychology to the music studio, Julia has seen her private studio and her teaching effectiveness grow exponentially. 

March 9, 2018
Galbraith Piano Teacher's Workshop
Guest: Jennifer Eklund
Talmadge Recital Hall, Hollins University

"I began studying the piano at the age of six and was fortunate to develop my talents with many different teachers throughout the years. The instructors that managed to hold my interest were the ones who offered me a wide variety of music to explore. I have modeled my own teaching philosophy around the idea that the implementation of exciting repertoire makes practice less of a chore and leads to faster progression.

My primary teacher encouraged me to start teaching beginning level students at the age of fourteen. I was a bit skeptical because of my age but decided to take the plunge. My business started small and has continued to grow throughout the years along with my experience and understanding of a positive and effective teaching approach. During my college years I continued teaching as well as performing. After receiving my Associates Degree in Music from Orange Coast College I continued my education at California State University Long Beach where I achieved my Bachelors Degree in 2002.

After graduation I continued teaching privately and spent many years developing and testing the Piano Pronto piano lesson books on students of all ages and levels. My experience as a teacher played an integral role in the selection of material for the books as many of the pieces have been requested by my students. Arranging music has become a real passion of mine as I find it extremely rewarding to write music that is both educational and enjoyable to play. In the fall of 2008 I returned to Cal State Long Beach and completed my Masters Degree in Musicology. This new pursuit combined my love for music history, research, and writing.

In 2014 I retired from teaching in order to run Piano Pronto Publishing on a full-time basis. While it was a difficult decision, I am truly living my dream now with 110% of my focus on creating new products to benefit students all over the world. When I’m not packing orders, or networking with customers at workshops or online I spend my time writing and arranging new music. There is nothing like giving a brand new piece of music to a student and seeing their eyes light up – as educators these are the moments we live for! I do hope that you will see the same positive effects in your studio as I have in mine by implementing some of the Piano Pronto materials into your regular teaching curriculum."

April 13, 2018
Roundtable Discussion/Scholarship Winner's Recital
"How do you incorporate theory into your lessons?"
End-of-year Business Meeting