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Branch Lectures are a part of the MTAC-Alameda East continuing education program. Experts provide insightful information about a variety of topics for use in daily teaching. These lectures are given throughout the year and are open to all branch members.


Upcoming Lectures

Lecture -  "Engaging parents for Student success"

When: Winter TBD - please check back

“Our job as music teachers is to teach students how to play their instruments, but since we only see our students once a week for 30-60 minutes, our influence can only go so far. The remaining 100+ hours of our students’ lives each week are shaped by their parents. In this talk, music educator and parent Barbie Wong will show how parental engagement can have a dramatic and positive impact on a child’s musical development. She will share practical tools for guiding parents to more fully support their child’s music-making during the music lesson and at home with practicing. Parents often want to help, but don’t know-how, so if we guide them appropriately, the result is having students become more joyful at their lessons, practice more consistently and efectively at home, and develop into adults with a deep love for music.” ~ Barbie Wong

Past event

Lecture -"Expand the Repertoire: an Introduction to Women Who Composed" (Virtual)

When: 9/25/21 (3pm - 5 pm)

Topic:  "Expand the Repertoire: an Introduction to Women Who Composed"

Lecturer:  Sharon Su, Pianist

(bio) https://www.sharonsu.com/bio/

Description: A brief introduction to the lives of five historical women composers—Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Cécile Chaminade, Louise Farrenc, and Florence Price, luminous talents whose stories illuminate our understanding of what it takes to make music. In addition to telling the stories of their lives, I will recommend works that can be incorporated into repertoire at various levels of piano playing. I will also discuss the unique challenges I faced in the process of adding music by women to my own repertoire.