Rami Bar-Niv, concert pianist, author and teacher, offers one option twice a year. Rami’s Rhapsody Piano Camp takes place in June and October each year in upstate New York. Cheryl Woodford had the opportunity to go to Rami's camp last October and shares her experience with us in My Week with Rami Bar-Niv.
Notes with Nick
But professional development does not have to be limited to music education. Nick Ambrosino in his monthly column Notes with Nick points out professional development can include exploring other topics and interests that might not seem directly related to the teaching of piano. Be sure to check out his column this month for some unique insights to the whole professional development conversation. And if you missed the teleseminar with Nick, you will find a link that will allow you to listen to the recording.
Creatives on the Sea Cruise - a 'Creative' Professional Development Option
This year the Creatives on the Sea Cruise offers a new and unique professional development option. Sail on the Carnival Dream to the western Caribbean from April 12 - 19 while having the opportunity to learn from Jennifer Eklund, Kristin Yost, Debbie Center and Sara Campbell. Learn more elsewhere in this issue.
Preschool Music and Piano Preparation Classes - The Revenue Stream for You?
Or professional development might come in the form of focusing on a new aspect of the business or new niche. Kris Skaletski takes a look at how you should go about determining if adding preschool music or piano preparation classes to you studio is right for you in her article Preschool Music and Piano Preparation Classes — The Revenue Stream for You? These same principles could be applied when looking at adding any new niche or income stream.
Social, Technical and Aesthetic Elements in Educational Music
Have you ever considered that reading magazines such as this one, reading blogs, participating in Facebook groups, etc. are all forms of professional development? Especially when topics that cause you to stretch or look at things from a different perspective are involved. This month Nikolas Sideris might make you think a bit more about the repertoire you are using with your young students in his article Social, Technical and Aesthetic Elements in Educational Music.
Let's Play! Help Your Students Improvise
Finally, Michael Katz is back with another installment of Let’s Play! Help Your Students Improvise. I am so thankful Michael is willing to share his talents and expertise each month giving all of us a monthly dose of professional development. I would love to see (and know he would too) you and your students implementing what he is sharing.
Review: PianoFlix - Teaching Pop
Sometimes professional development looks different. For those who find it impossible to travel, there are now online options such as the new PianoFlix Teaching Pop program that was recently released by Tim Topham. You can read my review of the program in this issue (and be sure to take advantage of the discount code Tim has made available to readers of this magazine!)