In 2014 you might meet me in April at the West Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Perth (link to come) where I’ll be talking about working with students who present with learning disorders and processing dysfunctions (diagnosed or not!) or in late June at the MTAC Conference in Los Angeles (link also to come) about Australian piano music appropriate for use with piano students.
And somewhere between now and July I’m hoping to make it over to Christchurch to speak with piano teachers over there (details sketchy at the moment because we haven’t quite nailed this one down). My mother’s family comes from Christchurch and I haven’t been back since the earthquake three years ago, so I’m looking forward to this immensely – but with some trepidation; the Christchurch of my own childhood simply doesn’t exist anymore and it will be wildly disorienting to be meeting the new town…
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 if you have been paying attention to dates and the like you’ll have noticed that you haven’t met me much here on my blog (at least not in real time) of late. I’m also a parent, of a very interesting six year old, and this year what would have been blogging time has been spent doing mothering things instead. But I get the feeling blogging season might be upon me again, sooner rather than later…