Every child can… compose! Composing is your students’ opportunity to capture and communicate original ideas and personal emotions through music. Expand your vision for your students by learning ways to introduce composition. It is a joyous activity as well as an invaluable pedagogical tool to enhance musicianship. By melding the roles of composer and performer, a student, at any performance or theory level, achieves a remarkable artistic feat while enjoying the creative process.
Creative Composing for Pianists:
Empower Creativity, Nurture Musically – Nancy Modell
Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:30am
Yamaha Artist Services
689 5th Ave #3, New York, NY 10022
Nancy Modell, an Ithaca College School of Music graduate in piano performance and instrumental education. She studied the Suzuki Approach with Sanford Reuning, Carole Bigler, and Valery Lloyd-Watts and is a certified as a Suzuki Teacher Trainer. In recent years, Nancy studied ways to employ the Taubman Approach to enhance Suzuki Piano Pedagogy with Sondra Tammam through an MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant. Nancy pioneered the Suzuki Piano method in Israel in the 1980s. Since 1992 she teaches in Springfield, NJ, inspiring students to reach their potential through innovative learning opportunities, including original composition, music events, and field trips. She has explored ways to introduce composition to students of all levels and has presented her approach to teaching creative composing at local teachers’ forums (PTF and MEA-NJ) and at state and national conferences (NJMEA, NJMTA, SAA, and NAfME). Most recently, she presented a lecture entitled Musicality Through Breath, Imagination, and Gesture at the 2018 SAA Biennial Conference. Nancy has trained Suzuki piano teachers and has been a frequent speaker and master teacher at Suzuki Institutes and Workshops. She is Piano Coordinator of the NJ Suzuki Workshop (NJSW) and is the President of the Music Educators Association of New Jersey (MEA-NJ).