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UPDATE! Give to flood victims + invest in your education

There are no words to express the magnitude of the tragic loss and devastation in Houston/southeastern TX coastal areas due to the catastrophic flood, release of dam waters, and now a chemical plant explosion. A few members of my family plus numerous friends and teaching colleagues have been forced out of their homes and evacuated to shelters having lost everything or in some peril of losing their homes, belongings, livelihoods, etc.

In an effort to give more than just a personal donation and supplies, I want to try and contribute more substantially, especially to my TexasMTA colleagues who will need much help in rebuilding their lives, so…..

Tuesday, August 29 through Monday, Sept. 4 (midnight Central time), 10% of all net course sales at pianoteacheracademy.com will go to the MTNA Benevolence Fund. This fund is used to assist MTNA members affected by disasters.


This incredibly-gifted pedagogue, Marvin Blickenstaff, inspired many teachers this year with his 3 sessions offered as part of the online course: 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers.

Marvin’s course bundle was originally scheduled to end on August 31, but has been extended thru Sept. 4. The investment for the Camp’s 4 sessions (w/ one additional session given by me, Elizabeth Gutierrez) is only $127. Divided payments are available and you receive LIFETIME access to the online videos and handouts.

CLICK HERE to view all the details for the 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers


In addition to the above, you can take advantage of the VIP BUNDLE:

You receive the 2017 Camp course above + Sorting Out the Piano Classics: What to Teach and When. The latter is a comprehensive course with 7+ hours of step-by-step video instruction, plus downloadable handouts. It includes 3 LIVE webinar sessions yearly where I answer your most pressing questions about teaching the classics. You receive LIFETIME access to this course, plus access to each year of webinars! Divided payments are also available.

CLICK HERE to view all the details for the VIP BUNDLE.


Please share with friends….

If you know of other teachers who might benefit from the courses at the Piano Teacher Academy, please share this post via email or spread the word with the social sharing icons at top left.

For those who enroll, I cannot thank you enough and if online courses are not on your radar right now and you feel moved to help, please donate to the MTNA Benevolence Fund, the Houston Food Bank, the Texas Diaper Bank, or to the Red Cross (all of these are trusted direct links).

Much appreciated! Keep all those affected in your thoughts and prayers!

Elizabeth Gutierrez

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Grab Your ONLINE Piano Camp Here! But only through August 31!

Hey there!

How’s your summer been going?  Can’t believe it’s already August and before you know we’ll be back in the swing of teaching again.  Yikes!  What happened?

Did you miss your own PIANO RETREAT this summer?  We had a fabulous! Piano Camp for Piano Teachers with the brilliant Marvin Blickenstaff on June 30 in San Antonio, TX.  If you couldn’t make it or haven’t yet enrolled in the ONLINE version, grab it by AUGUST 31. After that it will not be available anymore at the Camp pricing. And guess what? There’s now a summer budget-friendly payment plan as well.  🙂

 Read all about it HERE.  And snag it before enrollment closes on AUGUST 31 at midnight!

It includes these 4 Video Sessions:

  • Warm-Ups? Who, Me? Technical Routines for All Ages Marvin Blickenstaff, presenter
  • Performance Practice Made Easy: Rules of Thumb for the Student Marvin Blickenstaff, presenter
  • A Simple Step-by-Step Start to Major Scales, All Without A Book Elizabeth Gutierrez, presenter
  • The End is in the Beginning: Coaching a Piece to Performance Marvin Blickenstaff, presenter

Plus…..

  • Downloadable handouts
  • LIFETIME ACCESS to the videos, in addition to any content upgrades later.
  • A bonus “dessert” video from Marvin.
  • 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase if you aren’t satisfied.

View on a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device.  No special software required for viewing.


What Teachers Are Saying…..

“Thank you Elizabeth, thank you Marvin – watching this conference right now on replay and finding so many teaching tips. A true gold mine of piano pedagogy wisdom. Such well spent money and time. The info is multi-level and plentiful – am going to have to write notes upon notes!”

Sarah Arnold – Brussels, Belgium

 

“Marvin’s wealth of wisdom and knowledge is remarkable, but I equally enjoyed his humility, kindness and joyful spirit. Thank you Elizabeth for another wonderful Piano Camp for Piano Teachers. I’m especially excited that I will be able to watch the videos over the next year. You’re a huge blessing to the piano community.”

Ginny Godsey – San Antonio, TX

 


Did you miss last year’s ONLINE Piano Camp for Piano Teachers (now a course called “Sorting Out the Piano Classics:  What to Teach and When”)?  Here’s your chance to enroll in BOTH the 2016 and 2017 ONLINE Camps at a very nice investment price of only $247 (w/ lifetime access).  Even better…. it too is available on a payment plan, but hurry!  This VIP BUNDLE of piano teacher education will also go away on August 31, 2017!

Click HERE to view the BUNDLE contents.

This package also includes 3 yearly Group Coaching Webinars where I answer your pressing questions about teaching classical repertoire.


See You On The Inside!

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REGISTER NOW for the 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers with Marvin Blickenstaff – Attend LIVE or ONLINE!

So excited to announce our guest clinician for this year’s Piano Camp for Piano Teachers, the highly sought-after and beloved Marvin Blickenstaff!  For years Marvin has been providing teachers worldwide with insightfully creative, thoughtful teaching techniques that just work and he’s the one they flock to for workshops, lectures, and master classes.

Now you can see Marvin in-person at the 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers in the lovely San Antonio, TX or at your leisure via your computer or mobile device!

JOIN US on Friday, June  30, 2017 at RBC Pepper South Texas in San Antonio (formerly RBC Music Company) if you would like to see Marvin in action, ask him questions, and share a lovely lunch with him. OR…..Join him via your computer or mobile device beginning on/around July 10 and watch the videotaped lectures from that day.  All participants, both LIVE and online, will have access to the recorded version of the workshop (4 sessions) thru December 31, 2017.

Click HERE to view all the details plus the workshop topics. You may register for either the LIVE workshop on June 30 or the online version.

******IN-PERSON participants:  Seats are still available as of June 25.  If the registration link is open, you may still register.  All of you will have a chance for Q&A with Marvin, you’ll receive lunch on site, plus door prizes and the videos as well!

Yes! I’ll RESERVE my SEAT NOW!

Look forward to seeing you in person on June 30 or ONLINE!

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SAVE the DATE! Friday, June 30 – San Antonio, TX

Blog Title - Save the DateI couldn’t be more thrilled to announce our fabulous clinician for the 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers this summer.  Marvin Blickenstaff will be the featured clinician for our day-long piano teacher retreat on Friday, June 30 in San Antonio, TX!

I know that several Texas teachers were disappointed to miss his November appearance at the TMTA Fall Enrichment Conference so now you have another chance!  If you’ve never seen Marvin in action, then you are in for a real treat.   He is truly a teacher’s teacher and he never disappoints.

I’m in the process of selecting 4 diverse topics for the day and will announce all the details soon.  Due to limited space in the Recital Room at RBC Music Company and Marvin’s popularity, seats will go fast so I highly recommend that you pre-register as soon as I send the email to the mailing list (hopefully in just a few days).

Not on the email list? or uncertain if you are?  Join right HERE so you’ll be notified asap.

Live too far away from San Antonio but would love to see Marvin?  The camp will be video recorded and made available for online viewing!  Be sure to join the LIST to take advantage of early-bird online camp registration.

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 MARK your CALENDARS everyone and start making plans to visit the River City!

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2016 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers will be ONLINE soon!

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We had a blast at our 2016 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers in Houston this past Friday!   For those of you who missed it, videos of the entire “in person” workshop will be available ONLINE for you to view at your leisure beginning July 15 right HERE.    You won’t need to download any videos or possess any special software.  You’ll simply log into the website and view/replay the sessions whenever you like on your desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device.

TOPICS PRESENTED:

2016PCPTWEBbrochurebackOnce you’ve purchased the video course, you will have lifetime access to the videos, pdf handouts, and any content upgrades I add later!  I’m so pleased to be able to bring this “virtual” camp to interested teachers for the very first time.  Many of you have told me how you wish you could have traveled to TX. No need for that!

BIG thanks! to all the teachers who attended the LIVE event.  It was wonderful to see some returning teachers and some new faces as well.  Should you have any questions about the topics we talked about, please don’t hesitate to email me at elizabeth@pianoteachercamp.com.  I know it was a long day filled with a multitude of recommended teaching pieces, tips for teaching, historical info, etc.

A HUGE thanks to the Fort Bend Music Center and owner, Rick Cochran, for providing us with such a quiet and spacious facility.  It was perfect!

And a BIG shout-out to our business donors who donated such generous door prizes for teachers in attendance:

Alfred Music Publishing
Carl Fischer
Faber Piano Adventures
Jennifer Foxx’ Music Educator Resources
Keys to Imagination
Piano Pronto
Susan Paradis’ Piano Teaching Resources
Theory Time
Willis Music Co.

Mark your calendars for our next “in-person” camp in late June 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.  In the meantime be sure to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration for the ONLINE 2016 Camp.

Pre-register before July 15 (the launch date) and you’ll receive my PDF Guide:

“A Quick Guide to the Most Popular Piano Classics Students Love to Play”

A handy outline of a balanced selection of standard repertoire most favored by students, presented by era, level, and in progressive order of difficulty.

Look forward to seeing you there! 

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MusicEdConnect Giveaway Winners Announced and Replay Passes Now Available!

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Did you attend the 3rd annual MusicEdConnect Webinar last week?  The feedback was wonderful and it looks as if this online conference will continue.  What can be better than attending 26 sessions LIVE, or in REPLAY mode from now until Dec. 31, 2016? And all from the comfort of your own home via your computer or mobile device.

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend my session “A Quick Guide to the Most Popular Piano Classics Students LOVE to Play”  I gave a tour of original piano classics that students really gravitate towards and I hope the session will assist you in making repertoire decisions for students with discerning tastes.  It’s always a fine line, right? — what we think is good for them and what they’d prefer to play.  This is just a small part of a more in-depth guide I’m working on that will help teachers know what to teach and when, and it will offer clues on what students find the most rewarding in a particular piece.

If you missed the webinar it’s not too late to access a replay of all 26 sessions by 26 different presenters. Anyone can register for the replay pass (and should) as it was amazing and such a great value.  I cannot believe how many tips and info were shared!  The replay pass is $129. Register HERE and you’ll have immediate access to all the videos now thru Dec. 31, 2016.  Tell your friends!   Giveaway-WinnersNOW …. for those MusicEdConnect participants who listened to my session last THURS, Feb. 4, and then hopped over to the blog here with a reply ….  DRUM ROLL please…..

PPLogoFinalYou EACH win a DISCOUNT COUPON CODE for one of my digital publications at www.pianopassport.com!  You’ll have a chance to check out one of my newest publications for teaching.  It’s a small assortment so far, but there’s a good variety to select from.  HINT:  I suggest my late elementary version of Clair de Lune.  I think it works really well for those students who just can’t wait to play this beautiful melody, especially adults.

WINNERS:  Judy K., Rosemarie P., Renee S., Kathy S., and Melanie

Congratulations to you all.  I will be emailing the code to each of you shortly.

Thanks to OnlineSheetMusic.com for providing this coupon!

 

 

 

 

 

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Join Me for the MusicEdConnect.com Online Conference! – Feb. 2 – 6, 2016

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A Quick Guide to the Most Popular Piano Classics Students Love to Play

THURSDAY, FEB 4, 12:45pm to 1:45pm Central Time

by Elizabeth Gutierrez

Having a hard time deciding which piano classics you should teach and when? Do you wonder whether your students will like your selections? Elizabeth will help you narrow down the sea of choices to create a well-rounded, balanced repertoire for students of all abilities and especially those with discerning tastes.


 The beauty of MusicEdConnect is that all sessions will be available ON-DEMAND after the live conference dates so you can re-watch a session or view a session you missed.  While there is a specific time for each live session, you do NOT have to watch it on that date.  You may watch the 2016 sessions until December 31, 2016!

AND…..

My READERS receive a COUPON CODE! 

UPDATE:  My code has expired and if you are just now reading this post, try code “MEC1516” to save $10.  Expires Feb. 2


A little overview of the conference:

The conference will begin with keynote speaker, Pete Jutras, presenting “The Road Ahead.”  What is the future of teaching piano and what is the best way to teach this next generation effectively?  

NEW this year, Tech Tuesday will offer a wealth of beginning to advanced technology sessions including very practical applications on a shoestring budget, how to replace that spaghetti of cords in your studio and iPad iDeas!  Also part of Tech Tuesday, are the many HOW TO 30/30 sessions on topics such as HOW TO Broadcast Your Recital Over the Internet, extend your screen, use iMovie and GarageBand.  These unique 30/30 sessions will offer a half-hour live with the second 30 minutes recorded for you to watch later when you are ready for that next step.  This will help these technical sessions be a bit less overwhelming so you can take it one step at a time at your own pace.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, learn how to deal with difficult parents, conduct engaging and effective studio classes, gain new sight reading strategies, understand chord symbols, perfect your teaching language, teach beginners technical movements, teach pop music, how to make the most of your lesson time especially with over scheduled students, better engage your students, marketing magic and everything in between!  And….showcases from JoyTunes, TimeWarp Technologies and Keys to Imagination.

Saturday, the networking session returns (Full Access/Live attendees only) as attendees will get to network with other attendees to give and receive great advice, all hosted by some of our presenters.

CLICK HERE for the SESSION DESCRIPTIONS 

CLICK HERE for REGISTRATION INFO (use code EG16 for $10 off)     

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

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REGISTER NOW! With Early Bird Bonuses, too!

Register Blog GraphicJOIN US!  – Susan Paradis and Elizabeth Gutierrez on Saturday, June  27, 2015 at RBC Music Company in lovely San Antonio, TX!

  • CLICK HERE for complete info, including 2 EARLY BIRD BONUSES and ONLINE REGISTRATION via credit card or Paypal.
  • DOWNLOAD a print version of the brochure HERE if you prefer to mail-in your registration.
  • Hotel info is listed under LODGING in the menu bar above.
  • NEED MORE INFO? – contact Jim at info@pianoteachercamp.com

RIGHT-CLICK and COPY the 2 buttons below (or drag to desktop if on a Mac) to share these on social media, your studio newsletter to parents, your email signature, etc.  We appreciate your spreading the word!

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And… give us some love on Instagram!  Go to @pianoprof on IG and LIKE our camp post.  We’ll certainly FOLLOW you!

Hope to see ya there!

Elizabeth and Susan

 

 

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SAVE the DATE! Saturday, June 27 – San Antonio, TX

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The date and place is set and we’re excited!  Join Susan Paradis and me for an inspiring piano teacher retreat on Saturday, June 27 in San Antonio, TX!

If you’re results-driven, an action-taker, inspired to learn, and ready to enhance your studio teaching, then this is the camp for you!

Did anyone say door prizes?   YES, we will have those too, plus a few other goodies up our sleeve (heh..heh..)

Stay tuned here on the blog for more info, but join the PCPT Mailing List HERE for instant updates specifically about the camp.  Start making plans……. SaveTheDateSaturday, June 27, 2015, 9:00am to 4:30pm in San Antonio

 

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2015 MusicEdConnect Giveaways Announced!

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I was honored to present for the 2nd MusicEdConnect Webinar last week.  The feedback was amazing and thank you to those of you who were able to attend my session “The Trouble with Transfers: Tips for Transitioning without Tears or Fears.”  This topic is a loaded one and a one-hour session just doesn’t begin to cover all the different problems we encounter with transfers, SO……keep an eye on the blog.  I have plans to continue the discussion about transfer students right here in some form.

If you missed the Webinar, it’s not too late to access a replay of all 15 sessions by 15 different presenters. Register HERE and you’ll have immediate access to all the videos now thru Dec. 31, 2015.  Tell your friends!   Giveaway-WinnersNOW …. for those MusicEdConnect participants who listened last week to my “Transfers” session and my hopped over to the blog here with a reply (or on my Instagram) ….  DRUM ROLL please…..

1.  Winner of The Independent Piano Teacher’s Studio Handbook by Beth Gigante Klingenstein is:  Heather B.!

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2.  Winner of an assortment of Piano Adventures books I use often with transfer students:   Dorla A.!

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Heather and Dorla ~ Congratulations to you both.  I will be contacting you for your mailing addresses, but if you see this first, please email it to me at elizabeth@pianoteachercamp.com.

Thanks to both Hal Leonard and Faber Piano Adventures for their giveaway contributions!