Piano teachers to learn

COFFS Harbour Regional Conservatorium and John Paul College will host a free Teachers’ Workshop that challenges traditional piano teaching at the beginner level on November 22.

The P-Plate program, created by the AMEB (The Australian Music Examinations Board), uses an inspiring series of beginner piano books with online teacher support and optional assessment.

Piano pedagogical specialist Elissa Milne will present the free workshop, which is open to all piano teachers in the Mid North Coast region.

Elissa has prepared the three colourful books to take a beginner pianist from their first tutor to AMEB preliminary piano level.

The program introduces a range of musical styles and techniques that are essential for developing young pianists. The pieces are presented with bright illustrations and fun activities to engage students with the music and sustain their interest.

Students are strongly encouraged to explore different sounds using the full range of the piano and there is lots of scope for creativity and improvisation.

AMEB general manager, Bernard Depasquale, said piano teachers said P-Plate Piano filled a gap and challenged them with new ways to approach teaching.

The workshop is free of charge and will be held on Sunday, November 22, in the John Paul College Theatre, John Paul College, Hogbin Drive. Registration and coffee is at 10.30am and the workshop is from 11.00am until 12.30pm.

To register, please contact Kay Johnson at Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium on 6652 1592.

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