Our annual Teacher Workshop is a great chance for teachers and parents to come and learn more about different strategies for teaching and getting kids involved with music! Every year, our master teacher gives lecture(s) about unique topics. This year's Teacher Workshop is being generously co-sponsored by the Treasure Valley Music Teachers Association!
2020's master teacher, Dr. Stephen Thomas, will be giving two lectures!
February 1st, 2020, 9 AM: Practicing How To Practice – Teaching Students To Become Independent Learners
February 1st, 2020, 10:45 AM: Exceptional Expression using BAPODARP (balance, articulation, phrase, organization, dynamics, architecture, rubato, & pedal)
Admission is $20 and covers entry to both lectures. University students may pay a reduced admission fee of $10. The workshop will be held at the Welch Music Recital Hall, 12516 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83713. We hope to see you there!
A master class is like a piano lesson, but in a class format. Each student will perform for a “master” teacher who will give performance suggestions and artistic and technical help to the student. The suggestions the performing student receives can be enlightening to all of the students and teachers listening. Students and teachers should plan to listen to as many students as they have time for. Students do not need to have music memorized but should know the song well enough so they have a positive experience.
This year's master classes are being generously cosponsored by the Treasure Valley Music Teachers Organization! Our master teacher will be Dr. Stephen Thomas of BYU-Idaho! Classes will be held at the following times:
January 31st, 2020, 3 PM - 7:30 PM, at Idaho Music Academy, 1505 Tyrell Ln, Boise, ID 83706.
February 1st, 2020, 1 PM - 6:30 PM, at the Welch Music Recital Hall, 12516 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83713.
Fees for this year's master classes are as follows:
$20 for 15 minutes.
$35 for 30 minutes.
Dr. Stephen Thomas
This year's master teacher will be Dr. Stephen Thomas of BYU-Idaho! His bio can be found below.
Stephen Thomas, pianist, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, China, Europe, and Japan. His performances have been broadcast for Chinese television and for radio stations such as WQXR in New York City. He has recorded solo piano works by Haydn, Brahms, and South American composers, and he has also recorded and performed with principal players of the San Francisco Symphony in Davies Hall and in concerts throughout the Bay Area. Currently, he performs regularly as pianist for the Idaho Falls Symphony.
Dr. Thomas frequently adjudicates piano competitions and presents master classes and lectures throughout the country and internationally. He has been a featured presenter for the national conference of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the state convention of Music Teachers Association of California, among others. Active in professional music teacher organizations, he has served in many leadership capacities including president of Idaho Music Teachers Association and on a national committee for MTNA. His publications include a critically-lauded book chapter on performing Brahms in The Pianists’ Craft: Mastering the Works of Great Composers published by Scarecrow Press.
Dr. Thomas holds degrees in piano performance from Brigham Young University (B.M), Yale University (M.M.), and the University of Michigan (D.M.A.), having studied with Irene Peery-Fox, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, and Arthur Greene. He has undertaken additional studies with Anne Øland of the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as Lazar Berman and faculty of the Moscow Conservatory.
Dr. Thomas is currently Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Dean in the College of Performing and Visual Arts at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Previous to this appointment, he taught for 15 years at California State University, Stanislaus where he also served as Chair of the Department of Music and as Acting Dean of the College of the Arts.
Master Class Registration Opens
1/31/2020 & 2/1/2020