Exploring the Future of the Piano with Ergonomically Scaled Piano Keyboards (ESPK)

University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

This presentation encompasses research data on pianists’ hand sizes sourced from different studies according to gender and level of professional attainment. More data on gender issues through the history of piano, on competition winners according to gender, and on the keyboard sizes of early pianos will be discussed. The collected hand span data of University of Michigan piano students will be examined with tables showing the injury rates, and scarcity of small-handed pianists in this institution. Lastly, the case study results of five small-handed pianists who practiced on smaller keyboards will be examined. Teachers may try out the pianos in room 1215 immediately following the presentation.

Exploring the Framework of Culturally Responsive Teaching

Faber Piano Institute 3042 Creek Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

What is Culturally Responsive Teaching? And how can I implement it as a piano teacher? In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the pillars of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) as defined by Dr. Geneva Gay, and will have the opportunity to explore each pillar through both personal reflection and group discussion. Participants will be given real life examples and walk away with resources to help guide their own implementation of CRT concepts in their studios.