®The finest instrument is the mind.


Friday, November 09, 2012
8:45 am
The Royal Conservatory, The TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1W2


About This Event

Success Through Student-Centred Learning

Toronto, ON
Friday, November 9, 2012
Scheduled for the 2012 – 2013 academic year in locations across Canada, these Royal Conservatory teacher Professional development seminars will focus on student-centred learning. Student-centred learning is based on respect for the unique personality and learning style of every student and a belief that the value of allowing students the freedom to explore will enhance their engagement and motivation for music study.
Discover how student-centered learning can provide you with approaches and strategies to enhance your teaching. Learn innovative methods to engage and motivate a wide range of students. Gain valuable tips to address common teaching challenges and help your students succeed.
8:45am to 3:00pm (check-in starts at 8:15am)
The Royal Conservatory at The TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1W2
Fees and Registration: Teachers $99 | Students $50
Fee includes lunch, refreshments, a seminar package, and a Professional Development Certificate.

Session Descriptions

Working with students with special needs

Dr. Scott Price
Excellence in teaching is attained by approaching each student as a unique individual, and adapting strategies and approaches to meet each student’s special needs. In some cases, special needs may arise from physical challenges, such as problems with vision, hearing loss, physical structure or lack of coordination. In other cases, special needs may arise from issues relating to cognition, concentration or focus. This informative session will discuss a range of teaching strategies, materials, and approaches to empower individual learners. Practical approaches to support students with conditions relating to autism, attention deficit, or cognitive processing will be explored and demonstrated. Learn more about building a positive educational experience for students with special needs, and explore strategies for nurturing a wide range of students to fully develop their musical potential.

Building a healthy technique and body awareness

Dr. Kent McWilliams
At the core of successful and satisfying music making is the challenge of creating an effective and comfortable physical approach to the instrument. This interactive session will include activities with “hands-on” solutions to the most significant technical challenges faced by developing pianists. Areas to be covered include building a healthy technique from the beginning, understanding individual biomechanics, and practical approaches to achieving control of sound quality and fluency. With a well-coordinated technique students are free to engage their musical sensitivities, explore new ideas and concepts, and expand their musical horizons.

Engaging adult learners

Dr. Thomas Green
There is a growing appreciation for the value and benefits of music study for mature students. This session will provide effective strategies and methods for working with adult learners and explore approaches to support adult learning styles. Learn more about how to facilitate the needs of adult students with setting appropriate goals, overcoming technical challenges, engaging individual motivation and exploring diverse teaching material. Experience creative activities for successfully engaging and inspiring adult learners who are part of the largest growing market of music students. Also included in this collaborative session are insights into facilitating the performance experience for adults who desire accreditation through examinations.