Mark your calendar now for our first event of the new teaching year!
Sept. 14, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral – Founders Hall
**Please RSVP for lunch, dessert and a workshop packet by Sept. 6. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at 816-753-7111.
10:00 Meet & Greet: Pick up your yearbook and some coffee
10:15 General Meeting with Overview of Events: A great time for new members to learn all about KCMTA, and for the more experienced to find a new favorite event or an opportunity to volunteer.
12:30-3:00 Music is the Ultimate Motivator: Workshop by Jeremy Siskind, sponsored by Luyben Music
Piano teachers know that great music is where the inspiration begins and the desire to learn catches fire! Having a variety of music and resources on hand is the rocket fuel for teachers to motivate every student in their studio. This workshop will feature new releases from the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library, Piano Recital Showcase Series, Popular Songs Series, Piano for Kids, Piano for Teens, Pop Piano Hits, Eugénie Rocherolle Series and more!
Pianist-composer JEREMY SISKIND is “a genuine visionary” (Indianapolis Star) who “seems to defy all boundaries” (JazzInk) with music “rich in texture and nuance” (Downbeat). A top finisher in several national and international jazz piano competitions, Siskind is a two-time laureate of the American Pianists Association and the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition. Since making his professional debut juxtaposing Debussy’s Etudes with jazz standards at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Siskind has established himself as one of the nation’s most innovative and virtuosic modern pianists. Siskind’s multifaceted career often finds him combining musical styles and breaking aesthetic norms. As the leader of “The Housewarming Project,” Siskind has not only created “a shining example of chamber jazz” (Downbeat) whose albums often land on critics’ “best of the year” lists. He’s also established himself as a pioneer of the in-home concert movement by presenting well over 100 in-home concerts in 25 states. On an upcoming duo album, Footprints in the Snow, Siskind explores Debussy’s Preludes through improvisation with saxophonist Andrew Rathbun. Other projects include writing concert arrangements for rising star soprano Julia Bullock, composing the theme song for the 2017 Obie Awards, and serving as musical director for noted comediennes Lea DeLaria and Sandra Bernhard.
A highly-respected educator, Siskind has written 11 publications with Hal Leonard, including the landmark instructional books Jazz Band Pianist and First Lessons in Piano Improv. He currently teaches at California’s Fullerton College, chairs the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy’s “Creativity Track,” and spreads peace through music in places like Lebanon, Tunisia, and Thailand with the non-profit organization, Jazz Education Abroad. Jeremy Siskind is a Yamaha artist.
“Stunning… an artist of the highest caliber.” — Brent Wallarab, Indiana University
Jeremy Siskind is a deeply creative musician with a beautiful, highly expressive touch and great energy. He is an outstanding communicator, both musically and personally. — Lynne Arriale, pianist
“Jeremy Siskind is a fine pianist, an imaginative artist and compelling communicator, abounding in wit, charm and depth.” — Joel Harrison, President, American Pianists Association
“Siskind is a pianist of limpidity and steel, surprising the listener with unexpected alternations…Siskind has mastered his craft.”— Carlo Wolff, Downbeat