HAVING THE TOOLS & KNOWING THE ROPES
Receiving the right direction when starting a KEYBAND! program, using keyboard ensemble materials, teaching groups, improvisation or composition is an important step in making your studio & group a huge success. Andrew Eales and Susan Ogilvy, our KEYBAND! educational consultants offers a monthly "Teaching Tips" to members of KEYBAND! to give you the kinds of teaching strategies that ensure a fabulous outcome for you and your students. Our board members have years of experience teaching teens, senior citizens and young children improvisation, keyboard ensembles and composition. Membership in KEYBAND! USA allows you to receive our monthly newsletter, participate in workshops and receive free music and MIDI files. Our organization facilitates junior activities that give your students opportunities for growth and development. Join us today!
Teacher Training With You In Mind
Our KEYBAND! USA Newsletter: Stay "Plugged In" with our monthly newsletter. Each month, an article from our educational consultants Susan Ogilvy and Andrew Eales give you tips on how to work with your group ensemble, teach improvisation and composition. James Vatter and Virginia Grissom will be giving tips on how to work with specific groups such as young children and Senior Citizens. Our newsletter also provides you with an ensemble or solo piece that teaches principles needed for a guided outcome with digital technology, improvisation or theory. Announcements of upcoming workshops, sharing of studio events and video links of KEYBANDS! from across the country keep us connected and in the know.
Getting to know your instrument: Getting the most out of your KEYBAND! starts with knowing your digital instrument from the ground up. Attending the Keyboard Ensemble and Technology Seminar gives you are real head start when working with your keyboard groups and piano classes. Known affectionately as KETS, this week long workshop gets you into your instrument and gives you tools to teach keyboard ensembles to your students. You can find out more from Ogilvy Music at www.sospace.com
E-courses from Ogilvy Music: Ogilvy Music has announced their new E-courses program for Clavinova, Improvisation, Technology, Guitar and Woodwinds. Each course is designed to assist teachers and students with the know-how needed to be successful with your instrument, improvising and learning new technologies available to enhance learning in the modern music studio.
You can learn more by going to : http://ecourses.gomusicmedia.com
Learning Improvisation for Teacher and Student: Another wonderful workshop held in Columbus Ohio and Denver Colorado is the 88 Creative Keys Camp. This camp is held in Denver, Colorado July 21 thru August 2 in 3 day sessions with Bradley Sowash and Leila Viss.
Head to www.88creativekeys.com to learn more.
Resources for teachers
Colorado Composes with Friends Project
Learn more about this project and how your students can become a part by visiting www.coloradocomposes.org
Keyquest, a new an innovative approach to teaching digital keyboard has been developed by Andrew Eales to assist teachers with preparing students and Junior musicians to use digital keyboards, learn chord structure and improvise.
Ogilvy Music has a wide selection of keyboard ensembles that can be adapted for any number of student ensemble groups and for improvisation.
Bradley Sowash has developed a method for teaching improvisation to students, publishing his method through Kjos Music.
ABRSM Jazz Course gives students solid skills in building improvisation skills with a sequential program in technique, aural skills and quick study as part of their examination system.
Our partners and supporters are:
KEYQUEST MUSIC in Milton Keynes, UK
OGILVY MUSIC in Denton, Texas, USA
GRANER MUSIC in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Musician's Society of Denver
88 Creative Keys
The National Federation of Music Clubs, our affliate in Greenwood, Indiana, USA
US International Duo Piano Competition in Denver, Colorado
Just Juniors & Seniors
This year we add another focus to our organization. Teachers with studios full of young children will have the opportunity to receive monthly tips from Virginia Grissom, an expert in the field of teaching young children in groups. Games, teaching tips and strategies will be shared in our monthly newsletter.
James Vatter, a professional musician, teacher and part of the Oasis program for Senior Citizens will be sharing ideas and strategies on teaching Seniors in groups in our monthly newsletter. James will also share video of his many celebrations of music held with his Senior group music classes.
To receive a membership application, please fill in the following form. An application will be sent to you via e-mail.