Piano Educators Day 2018 


Monday 22nd January


Tuesday 23rd January

Now available!

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

Don't miss this exciting day exclusively for piano educators. Come and be inspired for the year ahead. Gain all the latest information and advice to ensure you have a sensational 2018!

Bernies Music Land invites you to an exciting day exclusively for piano educators. Come and be inspired for the year ahead. Gain all the latest information and advice to ensure you have a successful 2018!
The day begins with exceptional and innovative keynote speaker, Sonny Chua. His music is characterised by its playfulness with styles and musical techniques. It speaks in an accessible and lively language, supporting the development of integral performance techniques. Sonny is an innovative educator and will share his unique slant on achieving wonderment and wickedness in piano lessons.

Celebrating the launch of the new Trinity Piano Syllabus brings our second keynote speaker, Barry Walmsley, who will highlight some of the distinctive and exciting features of the syllabus and demonstrate how you can use them to inspire your students.

Your students will love your ideas from Guide to 2018, with special guests and some of Australia’s favourite educators.

A special feature of the day is our exclusive mini Print Music Trade Fair, where you can explore new books and methods, and talk to representatives from major print music distributors. There will be very special offers on the day too!

Filling the afternoon with upbeat fun is keynote speaker, Mark Gibson, author of the bestselling Kinder Beat series. His brilliantly simple approach will have you grooving along with your students in no time.

Following the release of the hugely popular Bastien New Traditions piano course, keynote guest Rosanne Hammer will guide you through creative integrations with AMEB’s P Plate Piano series.

To make sure you have all the useful resources for the year, you will receive a showbag of information and booklets, samples, goodies and much, 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 22nd or Tuesday 23rd 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 enroll today!

Key Speakers:

Sonny Chua, Barry Walmsley, Rosanne Hammer, Mark Gibson


2018 Program

9.30am Welcome:
Bernie Capicchiano (Managing Director of Musico Pty Ltd and Bernies Music Land)

9.40am Keynote: Sonny Chua
Wonderment and Wickedness in Piano Lessons
Explore the expansive range of musical expressions in the music of Sonny Chua as we welcome this exceptional and innovative composer / educator to the stage. Guide your piano student to gain a deeper insight into tone colour and advanced technique through repertoire featuring ravenous T-rex, to floating vampires. The concept of storytelling through music is achieved through the grasp of musical elements, structures, gestures and personal interpretation.

10.40am What’s New: Examinations
With special guests from ABRSM, AMEB, ANZCA, Trinity London and St. Cecilia School of Music.

11.00am Morning Tea Break

11.30am Keynote: Barry Walmsley Australian Representative, Trinity London.
Inspiring students with the NEW Trinity Piano syllabus: discover less-known repertoire, focus on technique and teaching tips.

12.30pm Guide to 2018
New books, resources and events from guests, including the Team of Pianists, Steve Sedergreen and Jeff Higgins from Music Sales / Alfred Publishing.

1.00pm Lunch / Print Music Mini-Exhibition
Please browse the exhibition space and talk to representatives from Examination Bodies and Print Music Distributors.

2.00pm Keynote: Mark Gibson, producer of Kinder Beat, Encore on Keys and Theory Wiz Teaching Musical DNA: Transforming notes into riffs, converting counts to grooves.

2.45pm Keynote: Roseanne Hammer, Presented by the AMEB
Seeds of Creativity: Exploring the imaginative approaches used in the integration of the new Bastien piano course with AMEB’s P Plate Piano series.

3.45pm Are All Pianos The Same?
Lester Cheung M.Mus Piano Specialist, and Vincent Tarin Master Piano Tuner.

4.00pm Print Music Mini-Exhibition, Afternoon Tea and Exploration Time.

5.30pm Close

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Feedback from previous years

Dear Bernie and all your wonderful staff

My sincere thanks for another wonderful Piano Educators Day. It is always good to meet with other teachers, hear what’s happening in the music world and become acquainted with the latest ideas in pedagogy. I realise that there are many months of preparation for such events and I thank you for all your work in gaining such wonderful keynote speakers and representatives of examining boards. The music world is certainly neither boring or stagnant! In spite of the oppressive heat of the day I am sure all attendees left with fresh ideas to enthuse them for the year ahead.
Judith Lenthall

Dear Bernie,
Thanks for yesterday, it was a wonderful day. So many people I have known for many, many years. They all greeted me with 'a hug , pat on the back or hand shake'.

You have a wonderful 'Superstore'; I know Ross no.1 son likes walking through and looking at all the instruments. I benefited by him driving me to the store and returning for me later.
Everything ran so smoothly yesterday; I can only imagine the preparation work you, your daughter and staff must have done. ( I loved being greeted by Michelle and seeing your two grandsons.)
In particular I enjoyed talking to Mathews Tyson and hearing about his business and what he is next going to do re examining in Italy. Ross is working on my family history; my Great Grandfather was from Northern Italy and the family members were merchants. (The men were very musical and learned with the violin.) I inherited the red hair! Ross has also found (Coswello should be Cosovel.)

Keep up the good work.
Warm reagrds - June McLean

Dear Michelle,
Thank you so much for inviting me to yesterday's Piano Educators Day.

I enjoyed the quick presentations as well as the keynote presenters. All so interesting and very applicable to my teaching.
I left feeling inspired and felt it was a wonderful way to start the year!
I hope I can become more involved with the presentations/seminars and masterclasses at BML throughout the year!

Sincerest thanks again,
David McNicol