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Bernies Music Land invites you to the 10th annual Piano Educators Day.

Celebrating 10 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.

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

Email us for January 2020 invite 

2019: 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 2019 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 21st or Tuesday 22nd 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 2019!

9.00am Registration

9.30am Welcome:

- Bernie Capicchiano, Managing Director of Bernies Music Land

9.45am Teaching Piano to Kids on the Spectrum (including ADHD)

- Melinda Ceresoli – Founder of Spectrum Music Studio

10.15am News from the AMEB

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

10.30am Inside Your Teaching Piano

- Lester Cheung M.Mus

11.00am Morning Tea Break

11.30am News from St. Cecilia School of Music Examinations

- Patricia Morgan, St. Cecilia Examiner / Adjudicator

11.45am Organise, Communicate and Retain Students!

- Darryl Coote

12.15am News From Trinity College London

- Barry Walmsley, National Manager

12.30pm Eisteddfods Done Right!

- Brett McDonald, CEO, Royal South Street Eisteddfod

12.55pm Funding Your Music Studio

- Mark from Bendigo Bank Ringwood East

1.00pm Lunch Break

- 10-minute Mini Sessions Including:

- Hammond: the Legend is back!

2.00pm News from ANZCA

- Tony Betros, General Manager ANZCA Ltd

2.15pm Rhythm, Body Percussion and Musical Understanding

- Mark Gibson, Creator of Encore Music Education

2.45pm Awesome Print Music : Tips for Teachers

- Kerry Roulston, Hal Leonard

3.00pm Fairies vs T-Rex: Musical divergence between girls and boys?

- Sonny Chua

3.30pm  Sessions Conclude – Afternoon Tea

- Displays close at 5.30pm.

- Don’t forget to collect your showbag!

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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.

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