Piano Educators Day 2020 - Early Bird Tickets

Tuesday, 21st January, 9:30am - 4:00pm


Tuesday, 21st January, 9:30am - 4:00pm

Bernies Music Land invites you to the 11th annual Piano Educators Day.

Celebrating 11 years of this exceptional support event for piano professionals!

Bernies proudly presents a jam packed day of ideas and inspiration to kick start your teaching year.

This unique program is presented exclusively for piano educators as a thank you for being a customer of Bernies and bringing your students to our store over our 42 years of family business.

's a smashing new program and we think you're going to love it!


2020: The Hot Half Hour Edition

Come and hear punchy half hour talks from some of Australia's leading music educators!

This exciting one-day program loads you with ideas and resources for a great teaching year.

Many kids with autism are drawn to music and lessons can be great for building confidence, relieving anxiety, and providing an expressive outlet. Our day will begin with our fabulous featured guest Melinda Ceresoli presenting 'Teaching Piano to Kids on the Spectrum'. Explore the common behaviours, and characteristics of individuals with Autism and/or Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with effective teaching strategies to assist.

The AMEB will give us an overview of the examination changes for 2020 and tips for the new Piano Series 18.

Discover a new love and understanding of the complex instrument that is the piano, with our hot half hour 'Inside Your Teaching Piano. Learn tips for piano care, and discover how pianos are all different.

After the delicious morning tea, St. Cecilia School of Music Examinations will share their unique take on performance grading, plus a look at their exam offerings.

An exciting addition to the program is hot half hour from the CEO of the Royal South Street Eisteddfod, Brett MacDonald, sharing his insight 'Eisteddfods Done Right'.

Next is a look at the syllabus updates from Trinity London with their local representative, Barry Walmsley.

Joining us from Australia's acclaimed Team of Pianists is brilliant educator, pianist and examiner, Mr. Darryl Coote, who shares his extensive experience in a hot half hour titled 'Organise, Communicate and Retain Students'.

While you enjoy the lunch spread, you can listen to mini-sessions Including:'Hammond: the legend is back'. You can also browse the huge selection of teaching books and materials, and talk to our friends from AMEB, ANZCA, Trinity and St. Cecilia. Don't forget there's 20% off any order made on the day.

Sit tight after lunch as effervescent author, Mark Gibson, fires us up for hot half hour 'Rhythm, Body Percussion and Musical Understanding'. Rhythm is much more than playing in time. Rhythmic structures underpin musical style, phrasing and character. This session will reveal how body percussion improves rhythmic skills and musical understanding.

Don't miss the update from our friends at ANZCA with news of their syllabus and exciting new premises.

We are pleased to welcome Hal Leonard to the stage to guide you through the best tips for selecting print music for your students, and to introduce our next guest, the talented Sonny Chua. Sonny joins us for a hot half hour 'Fairies vs T-Rex: Musical divergence between girls and boys?' with an interesting look at discussions, dissertation and debate of gender issues in learning and teaching. Do boys learn differently from girls? Do either have preferences of repertoire; Is there such things as boy's music and girl's music?!

To make sure you have all the useful resources for the year, you will receive a showbag of information and booklets, goodies and much more. This is an ideal activity for professional development, and a certificate of attendance will be provided.

All this will be presented on Monday 20th or Tuesday 21st January and each day will feature the full program. Ticket price includes notes, lunch and refreshments. You won't want to miss this fabulous day, so please enrol today!

Come and be inspired to have a sensational 2020!

The Program: 

9.30am Registration

10.00am Welcome:

- Bernie Capicchiano, Managing Director of Bernies Music Land

10.15am Teaching Piano to Kids on the Spectrum (including ADHD)

- Melinda Ceresoli : Founder of Spectrum Music Studio

10.45am News from the AMEB

- With Jeff Higgins, Sales and Marketing Manager for the AMEB

11.00am Inside Your Teaching Piano

- Lester Cheung M.Mus

11.30am Morning Tea Break

12.00pm News from St. Cecilia School of Music Examinations

- Patricia Morgan, St. Cecilia Examiner / Adjudicator

12.15pm Organise, Communicate and Retain Students!

- Darryl Coote

12.45pm News From Trinity College London

- Barry Walmsley, National Manager

1.00pm Eisteddfods Done Right!

- Brett McDonald, CEO, Royal South Street Eisteddfod

1.25pm Funding Your Music Studio

- Mark from Bendigo Bank Ringwood East

1.30pm Lunch Break

- 10-minute Mini Sessions Including:

- Hammond: the Legend is back!

2.30pm News from ANZCA

- Tony Betros, General Manager ANZCA Ltd

2.15pm Rhythm, Body Percussion and Musical Understanding

- Mark Gibson, Creator of Encore Music Education

3.15pm Awesome Print Music : Tips for Teachers

- Kerry Roulston, Hal Leonard

3.30pm Fairies vs T-Rex: Musical divergence between girls and boys?

- Sonny Chua

4.00pm  Sessions Conclude : Afternoon Tea

- Displays close at 5.30pm.

- Don't forget to collect your showbag!

Key Speakers:

Melinda Ceresoli

Melinda Ceresoli is a specialist contemporary singing and piano teacher, and vocologist. She boasts an impressive list of professional music qualifications but her interest in autism and music led to her postgraduate study, to determine how learning singing and piano could benefit students with autism. She has worked side-by-side with integration aids and parents, to help devise individual learning plans, and to create resources for her students.

Melinda has taught classroom music in various educational settings for over 20 years, including schools (K-12), university & TAFE and preschool programs. She has held positions including Head of Voice and Aural Studies at Box Hill Institute, VCAA consultative panel member for VCE Music Performance and she created a book & CD series, called "VCE Musicianship Language Essentials". In the past 3 years that Melinda has focussed her private studio teaching on kids and teens with ASD Melinda is currently undertaking an ABA / RBT course (through the Institute of Behavioural Training).

Sonny Chua

Sonny Chua's music is characterised by its playfulness with styles and musical techniques. Most of his music strives for the beauty of simplicity and brevity, and speaks in an accessible and lively language. As most of his published music was primarily written as educational works for his students, these works were composed with attention to developing performance techniques and awareness of intelligent design.

Mark Gibson

Mark has a reputation as of one of Australia's most outstanding music educators. He fulfils a demanding schedule internationally as an examiner, composer, adjudicator, master teacher, workshop presenter and curriculum writer. His dedication and passion are the driving force behind Encore Music Education and Accent Publishing.

Darryl Coote

Darryl Coote is a partner of the Team of Pianists, Artists-in-Residence at the National Trust (Victoria). His professional life encompasses activity as solo pianist, chamber musician, concerto soloist, teacher and adjudicator. Darryl Coote is Past President of the Victorian Music Teachers Association and a member of the piano faculty at Monash University. He has adjudicated major Eisteddfods interstate and has given masterclasses in Malaysia, Germany, China, USA, Japan, and in various universities around Australia.


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