Professional Development

Fun with Piano Repertoire with Rod MacFarlane

11th Feb - 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
29 Waratah Street, Oatley, Oatley NSW

Rod MacFarlane Workshop

The MTA acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Rod and Nola MacFarlane.

Rod MacFarlane will present a range of comprehensive and interesting repertoire from P Plate Piano through to Grade 8, working from both the grade books and Piano for Leisure as well as works from the Manual list. He will also discuss many of his own pieces which will pique the interest of teachers and widen the repertoire for students.

A passionate piano teacher and performer Rod is a represented Associate Artist with the Australian Music Centre and has over 20 years teaching experience at all levels in both individual and group situations, as well as adjudicating eisteddfods and competitions. He
has also presented workshops for teachers and students in Australia and New Zealand.

The holder of diplomas from both AMEB and Trinity College, Rod’s published works include Piano Fun 1, 2, and 3, Music my Way, Piano Fun for Beginners 1 and 2 and Piano Fun Studies, all published by EMI, which company also commissioned him to write answer books for Dulcie Holland’s Grades 4 and 5 Theory.

Morning tea will be provided with delicious home made cakes. Bring your grade books and come and enjoy the discussion!

Strategies for Learning and Teaching Australian Classical Piano Repertoire with Dr Cathy Aggett

28th Apr - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Music Room, Killara

Cathy Aggett Workshop

Fee: $40 MTA & UMTA members and $55 non-members
The MTA acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Pamela Hinde

This session will offer performers and teachers strategies for learning and teaching Australian Classical piano repertoire. As performers and teachers, it is always tempting to only learn and teach repertoire with which we and audiences are familiar. Performing repertoire that is less well known can be seen to be a risk when programming a concert or including it in any performance program.

Unfortunately, Australian repertoire often fits into that category. Australian piano works that are listed in various teaching syllabi will be presented, along with Larry Sitsky’s collection for piano, “Century” as a means of demystifying the process of learning and teaching unfamiliar repertoire. Participants will be given the opportunity to try the practical strategies during the workshop, with discussion following activities to consolidate people’s experiences. Accessing resources online, especially recordings, has become the norm when both selecting new repertoire and preparing it for performance. Australian piano repertoire is often in the categories of less or unknown, forcing those interested in a work to purchase a copy of the score without fully knowing what it will sound like.

The body of available recordings of Australian piano repertoire is always growing, but many works remain unrecorded and at times,
available only as handwritten scores.

Participants will be given a comprehensive handout of the strategies used and discussed, with available resources listed to assist them on their (possibly new) exploration of Australian piano repertoire.