Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference

Piano Roles

I was delighted to be invited to present a session at the APPC. My choice of subject was titled Piano Roles: suggesting ways to encourage the piano student to “view” the music they produce as a medium to convey style, character, atmosphere and more. I supported my lecture/demonstration with a power point presentation – despite the increasing weight of opinion that power point presentations are contributing significantly to the demise of Western civilisation!

This vibrant and affirming week was peopled by many creative and proactive musicians, all supporting and encouraging each other’s work. A conference such as this helps combat the isolation many pianists feel by the very nature of their one-to-one teaching and long hours of private piano practice.  

The highlight of the week, for me, was at the dinner. Although the food was delicious, it was surpassed by an intimate chat between the conference patron, Piers Lane OA and the special guest, Professor Ronald Farren-Price. We were all deeply moved by their heartfelt love of music and their lifelong joy in sharing music with others through teaching and performing. At the end, a spontaneous standing ovation swept the room.