In 2014 no one much has met me because I’ve been quite ill with respiratory problems that have seen me cancelling conferences, seminars and lessons with depressing regularity. The doctors think they have it sorted now (it’s simple: I have asthma) but doctors are about the only people I’ve been meeting since the start of the year, other than these few exceptions:
You may have met me in April at the West Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Perth where I was be talking about working with students who present with learning disorders and processing dysfunctions (diagnosed or not!) and at the end of June you might have met me at the MTAC Conference in Los Angeles where I presented a seminar about Australian piano music appropriate for use with piano students (with the fabulous Diane Hidy at the piano!).
After cancelling the workshop scheduled for early April, I finally made it over to Christchurch as a guest of the Christchurch/Canterbury branch of the IRMTNZ on the last weekend of July. The seminar was titled “Is There Madness in Your Method?” and was an exploration of structuring learning experiences for beginners.
At the end of August you might meet me at the ProBlogger conference being held at the Gold Coast. And even if you don’t meet me there you might perceive the impact of the event on the shape of this blog – we shall see!
Anyone going to see Teddy Tahu Rhodes in The King and I at the Sydney Opera House on the opening night? You might see me there. :)
In January, 2015 you can meet me at the IRMTNZ Conference being held in Wellington. The conference is celebrating the life of Douglas Lilburn and his impact on music education, and my sessions will be exploring creativity as it can manifest at the piano and in the instrumental lesson.
And I’m planning on being NCKP at the end of July, 2015 (I’m a member of one of the committees involved in organising elements of the program). And this time I’m going to get the US early so I’m not so jet-lagged – giving me more time to meet and be meet-able. :)
Where you might have met me last year:
In January 2013 I presented a new seminar, “Miracles on Mondays, Transformations on Tuesdays, and ideas for all the other days of the week as well” at Bernies’ MusicLand Educator’s Day in Melbourne on the 21st and 22nd at 9.45am each morning.
In February you could read a much-shortened and somewhat edited version of my A Simple Reason Why Audiences Are So Small For New Music Concerts post in Limelight magazine (the issue with Dame Joan Sutherland on the cover).
In March I attended (but did not present at) the MTNA Conference being held in Anaheim, California from the 9th to the 13th. I blogged a little about the experience: And for what it’s worth – I can hardly wait to have a new excuse to return to Disneyland.
Also in March 2013 I was one of three keynote speakers at the ADMIS annual conference, held in Healesville, Victoria on the 21st and the 22nd.
Between May and September I presented workshops in Victoria for AMEB Victoria about teaching beginners/working with P Plate Piano. I had the joy of returning to regional centres (Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Traralgon) where I have had wonderful seminar experiences before, as well as speaking at Monash and Melbourne Universities in Melbourne itself. AMEB Victoria are always a pleasure to work with!
In early May I was fortunate enough to attend TEDxSydney at the Sydney Opera House as a member of the 2000-strong audience. It was an amazing day, but I’m not sure the Opera House is built for TEDx style networking! The crowd-sourced lunch was *just amazing*, and I’m still mulling on ideas presented on that day.
Also in May I attended an Anatomy of Music event run by Musica Viva for high school students, at City Recital Hall (Angel Place), which broke several moulds and/or expectations one might have of a classical chamber music presentation body. Bob Evans (singer-songwriter, equally well-known by his real name, Kevin Mitchell, and for being the lead singer of band Jebediah) was interviewed by Musica Viva’s John Hibbard about his song-writing, and students workshopped their own song-writing skills prior to presenting the songs in an inspiring impromptu performance.
In July 2013 I attended the NCKP Conference in Chicago from July 24 to 27. I was part of a panel discussing the process of interviewing transfer students, I introduced the wonderful Nancy Bachus before she gave her presentation on technique, and I also had the privilege of being on a panel with teachers from around the world, discussing the differences in piano pedagogy in different cultures as well as the common bonds between different teaching traditions. This conference was a whirl of meeting fabulous people and being terribly jet-lagged. [Note to self: in 2015 allow more than 24 hours to adjust to Chicago time!]
You might also bump into me at various musical/theatrical/ events in Sydney. I rather enjoyed seeing Tim Minchin and Toby Schmitz hamming it up in Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead (back in August). And I loved The Wharf Review a few weeks later. But my absolute favourite theatre event of the year was Waiting for Godot, with Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh – a production that continues to resonate with me a few months on. If you see me at a show please don’t be shy about saying hello!
And of course, you may find me tweeting about music education, Australian politics, journalism, sport, apostrophes, literacy and goodness knows what else, under my Twitter handle @elissamilne; and some days I spend just a little too much time on Facebook (I’m the only Elissa Milne there, so far). Feel free to follow, friend, tweet and message me in either of these places.
And once my health returns – so will the blogging. :)