September 23-24, 2016
Washburn University, Topeka, KS

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Brenda Dillon
(Friday afternoon, September 23, 2016)
Workshop Session: Creative Ideas for Teaching Recreational Music Making
RMM students want to learn how to read music, play their favorite pieces and play lead sheets with right hand melodies and left hand chords. They appreciate creative teaching that hastens the process.  They also learn best in an environment that is motivating and non-intimidating. Learning to play the piano has often been their life-long dream and they welcome a “dream-fulfillment” opportunity with no expiration date.

Showcase Session: Musicianship Skills for Life
Developing musicianship skills that last a lifetime requires great music, thorough pedagogy and creative strategies for motivation.  This workshop features new releases from the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library, Popular Songs Series, Composer Showcase, The Eugenie Rocherolle Series, The Phillip Keveren Series, The Jazz Band Pianist, Journey Through the Classics, and more.
Brenda Dillon is the author of five books for the RMM student published by Hal Leonard and co-author of RMM Handbook for Piano Teachers published by Alfred. In addition to developing materials and writing articles, she presents workshops throughout the U.S. and has been a presenter at the International Society of Music Education (ISME), National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Her RMM articles have been published in Clavier Companion and the American Music Teacher. She has served as a longtime Project Director for the National Piano Foundation (NPF) and as an advisory board member to the Frances Clark Center. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from NCKP. Her degrees are from the University of North Texas. Her teaching experience includes community college teaching and venues that offer RMM classes. She currently resides in a suburb of Dallas, TX, and her website is

Jane Magrath

Dr. Jane Magrath (Saturday, September 24, 2016)
Workshop Session: Fresh Classics: Motivating Students while Finding Meaning
Refreshing classics for teacher and student will be presented along with teaching principles and suggestions that can be applied to a large portion of the classical teaching literature.  A focus is on having the music and practice be meaningful for the student.
Alfred Showcase Session: A Piano Workshop with Jane Magrath: A Potpourri of Topics
Sponsored by Senseney Music and Alfred Publishing
At Jane’s workshop, you will explore how to:
• Incorporate masterwork repertoire from a variety of styles into the teaching curriculum.
• Verify the appropriate level of new study repertoire for transfer students
• Grade and organize masterworks to develop effective solutions for common teaching problems
• Plan repertoire for your students with a fast-paced review of new music.
And, she will provide a quick-review of current piano pedagogy readings and discussion topics. 80 minutes
Jane Magrath is well known as an author, clinician, and pianist. Her book The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature has become a classic reference work for pianists throughout the country, and Magrath’s work in the area of the standard classical teaching literature has been central to the current revival of interest in this music throughout the U.S. She currently has more than thirty-five volumes published with Alfred Publishing, and her music editions are used widely throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her classical series include the Masterwork Classics series in 9 volumes, Encore, Masterpieces with Flair, Melodious Masterpieces, Sonatina Masterworks, Modern Masterworks, and the Classics Alive series. Her newest literature series is titled Audition Repertoire for the Advancing Pianist.
Dr. Magrath is frequently in demand as a clinician and teacher, and during the last twenty years has performed and given presentations in over forty states including Alaska, and on three continents. Her workshops and master classes have drawn international acclaim. Magrath has served as Piano Coordinator for National Conventions of Music Teachers National Association and given presentations at MTNA National Conventions, the European Piano Teachers Association Conference, the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and at many state MTNA conventions. Her articles have appeared in the major piano journals. She was named the first recipient of the MTNA/Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Piano Pedagogy. For many years she contributed New Music Reviews to Clavier and the column Polyphony, to The American Music Teacher and continues her column Musingsi through Clavier Companion. Magrath currently serves as an editor for the Piano Pedagogy Forum.
A native of South Carolina, Magrath received her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Wesleyan College, and was the first person to receive the D.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. A faculty member at the University of Oklahoma since 1981, she received a Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching as well as an Associates’ Distinguished Lectureship Award on two occasions and a Rinsland Award for Excellence in Educational Research. She was named McCasland Presidential Professor by the University, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year by that association, and also Oklahoma Musician of the Year by the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs. Currently, Magrath is Regents’ Professor and holds the Grant Endowed Chair in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma, where she was recently named Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts and serves as Director of Piano Pedagogy. In 2009, she received the Neustadt Award from the University, given to an advocate for students and nominated by students. She advises masters and doctoral students in the piano pedagogy degree, and has chaired many documents and dissertations in the department. Her students have won numerous prizes and competitions. Magrath is most at home working in the studio and classroom with students, and collaborating with faculty colleagues, pianists, and teachers.
Robert Weirich
Master class with Dr. Robert Weirich (Saturday afternoon, September 24, 2016)
Robert Weirich has performed in such musical centers as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and at such summer festivals as Tanglewood, Ravinia and Marlboro. His performances across the U.S. of Bach’s Goldberg Variations during the 2010-11 season garnered raves from critics and audiences. During the 2009-2010 season he performed and taught in China and Argentina, and in the fall of 2013 was invited to teach for ten days at Beijing’s Central Conservatory. The New York Times called his 2008 Albany Records release, Piano Music of Aaron Copland, “brilliant, probing and austerely beautiful.”
He was the Artistic Director of the Skaneateles Festival in upstate New York from 1990-1999; Other administrative activity includes a term as President of the College Music Society, and chairing piano departments wherever he has taught. His columns for Clavier Magazine, and its successor, Clavier Companion, have been twice honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association.  As a sometimes composer, his works have been performed at festivals nationwide.
He currently holds the Jack Strandberg Missouri Endowed Chair in Piano at the UMKC Conservatory. UMKC awarded him a Trustees’ Faculty Fellowship and the N.T. Veatch Prize for distinguished research and creative activity in 2002; he received the first Muriel McBrien Kaufmann Artistry/Scholarship Award in 2003, and an Excellence in Teaching Award from the UMKC Faculty Senate in 2006. Earlier prizes include a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship, and the Pope Foundation Award for career development.

Conference Registration Information:





Register before September 7th Conference Registration $65 $15 $80
Saturday Luncheon $15 $15 $15
Onsite Registration  

Conference Registration

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KMTA Saturday Luncheon
The Saturday Noon Luncheon will be in the Memorial Union next to the conference site Garvey Fine Arts Center.  It is a served and sit-down lunch, including house salad, entrée, fresh baked dinner rolls, beverages, and dessert.
The registration deadline is September 7, 2016.  Please make the registration check and luncheon reservation pay able to KMTA and send to:
Pat Ziegelmeier
2154 Country Rd. 27
Gem, KS 67734

Conference Registration

Conference Designated Hotel: Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka
KMTA has selected Capitol Plaza Hotel Topeka to be its designated hotel.  Members will receive a special rate of $82 for the night of September 23rd.  The special rate will be expired on September 2, 2016.  Please plan accordingly.

Reservations can be made online at Click on “Reservations” and you will be redirected to reservations page.  Select “Group Code,” enter code KMTA for the discounted rate, and finally click the “Update” button.  Once the code is entered, you will be able to select the dates and book your reservation. OR, call the hotel directly at (800) 579-7937 (please mention you are part of KS Music Teacher Association: Washburn University or group code KMTA).