Jeanette Winsor: Workshops

Why Piano Teachers Should Practice
In this workshop, I cover all the positive reasons why the private piano teacher needs to continue to practice. Each reason is discussed in terms of how it impacts on teaching and influences students. Then I present several suggestions on how to implement practice while balancing studio, family, and volunteer responsibilities. These suggestions have proven successful for me and for other teachers. Participants receive copies of the workshop outline, a bibliography, and an example of a practice chart.
The Nuts and Bolts of Accompanying
This workshop helps the private teacher sort out accompanying and chamber music partnerships for their own playing and how to teach the differences to their students. Included are suggestions on organizing ensembles in the private studio, how to coach rehearsals, and repertoire lists. Participants receive copies of the workshop outline and a bibliography.
How to Deal with the ADHD and LD Student in the Private Studio
In this workshop, I discuss the symptoms of ADHD and the treatment options. I also discuss input, integration, memory, and output disabilities. The last section of the workshop lists several suggestions for dealing successfully with these students in private music lessons. All of the suggestions have been used by me as a parent and a piano teacher. Many of these students are very dilligent and can gain a great deal of self-esteem by learning to play an instrument. It is my goal to better equip private teachers for them. Participants receive copies of the workshop outline, a current bibliography, and a list of suggested pedagogical piano repertoire and computer programs.
Music by Women Composers for You and Your Students
In this workshop, I look at the piano repertoire by women composers of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Eras as well as the 20th and 21st Centuries. Participants receive copies of suggested repertoire from Intermediate through advanced levels and a suggested bibliography. Several musical examples will be played.
Clementi for You and Your Advanced Students
All piano teachers know the six sonatinas, op. 36. Until very recently, these were virtually the only Clementi pieces readily available to the general public. Many of his advanced piano sonatas deserve to be played. Putting these sonatas in historical perspective can provide an important glimpse into the development of the pianoforte and how it affected the compositional styles of the time. This workshop reviews Clementi's vast influence as a pianist, teacher, composer, piano manufacturer, and music publisher. In addition to presenting Clementi's biography, I also discuss the form of the following sonatas and play excerpts from them:

  • Sonata in G Minor, Op. 7, No. 3
  • Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 24, No. 2
  • Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 5
  • Sonata in G Minor, Op. 34, No. 2
  • Sonata in A Major, Op. 50, No. 1

Participants receive copies of lists of the best modern editions of Clementi's piano music, a bibliography, and brief analyses of the first movements of the six sonatas presented. If time allows, I also discuss the Gradus ad Parnassum. Some of these etudes are very musical and show evidence of Clementi's influence on many Romantic piano composers. I play specific examples which show influences on Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, and Brahms. When one sees how greatly Clementi influenced subsequent generations of pianists, composers, and piano manufacturers, it becomes clear that he deserved the title "father of the pianoforte," which his colleagues bestowed on him.

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