Wondering if you should attend a virtual conference? Online events are standard during the pandemic, and there could be real benefits for your piano studio. Everyone has upped their online game, and there are some fabulous events to inspire you from the comfort of your own home.
BENEFITS OF ONLINE CONFERENCES FOR PIANO TEACHERS
This is great news for piano teachers! We can access top quality training, and global networking from the comfort of our own homes, without the travel expenses, and spending time away from family. Yes, we all miss the coffee chats, the change of scene and the buffet lunches, and music-making in the same room, but there’s a lot to be said for being able to access the digital resources (and, crucially, the replays) after the event. Virtual events make it so much easier to connect with colleagues across the globe in different time zones.
At The Curious Piano Teachers, we are passionate about learning as much as we teach (the clue is in our name!) We love to connect with like-minded piano teachers and music educators all over the world. If COVID-19 has reduced your teaching timetable, why not put some time aside to attend a virtual piano pedagogy conference? You’ll pick up some fresh lesson ideas, and have some headspace to work “on your business, rather than in your business” – credit to Jan Murray, content-planning expert, for this gem.
the MUSICEDCONNECT.COM virtual conference
The Curious Piano Teachers are really excited to be exhibiting at the 8th annual MusicEdConnect.com international music education conference next week. Started by piano teacher and studio owner, Michelle Sisler, of Keys To Imagination LLC, MusicEdConnect.com is a completely online, international piano pedagogy conference.
You can visit our Curious Piano Teachers virtual stand and browse our brochure at the Exhibit Hall here. Come and find out more about what makes The Curious Piano Teachers’ online Community, how-to videos, and library of ready-to-use teaching resources so popular with our members.
In addition, MusicEdConnect.com is offering a fabulous line-up of live speakers. The online programme runs from Thursday 11th February to Saturday 13th February, and covers topics including how to motivate students, mental practice, teaching tips, repertoire and business and social media skills. You can view the full live programme here.
To join the live event, all you need is a free Zoom account. We’re looking forward to meeting you in the breakout sessions between the events.
You can choose from a Replay pass for $129, or a Full Access Pass for $159. Talks from past conferences are also available. Members of The Curious Piano Teachers can access an exclusive discount on the registration fee (details on how to claim this are available inside our Community).
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VIRTUAL CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE: 5 TOP TIPS
1. GO LIVE
If you can attend the live sessions, and block out the time in your diary, it’s always worth it. Even online, there’s still that “event buzz”. You’ll also get the opportunity to network in breakout rooms between sessions. The networking part won’t be recorded, so that’s one of the things you’ll miss by not attending live. There’s often the opportunity to interact with the speakers by submitting comments in real-time, so that’s also a bonus. If you do go live, expect to have your camera and microphone on during the networking sessions in breakout rooms. People will want to meet you and chat with you.
2. MINIMISE DISTRACTIONS
Hard to do if you are in lockdown, with your family, (and pets!) around you, but if you can, try and find a quiet space where you can be fully present at the conference sessions. If this is too much of an ask at the moment, replays are super-useful. Listen to them as if they were podcasts, on your commute, or around the house; whatever works best for you.
3. MAKE NOTES
Digital or good old-fashioned pen and paper; it doesn’t matter. Just the process of making notes and writing down my favourite points helps me retain information, even if I don’t read all my notes afterwards. Taking a screenshot of slides for your own personal reference can be useful, too.
4. BE NEAR A PIANO
You might want to try ideas out on your piano. I also find I think more creatively in my music studio, as it is my designated creative workspace.
5. GET IN SOME TASTY CONFERENCE SNACKS
One of the fun things about in-person conferences is often the food…so if you book in for an online conference, it can be nice to treat yourself and get in some tasty, easy-to-grab snacks that you can have while you listen.
These are some of our top tips for making the most of a virtual conference – we are really looking forward to meeting you at MusicEdConnect.com next week. We’ll also be exhibiting at NCKP 2021: The Piano Conference in July.
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This blog post was written by Hannah O’Toole, Community & Marketing Manager, The Curious Piano Teachers.