Traditionally, Pedagogy Chats are informal gatherings of flutists in each other's homes or in a coffee shop to discuss pedagogy, sharing ideas on specific topics (etude books, breathing, teaching beginners) and generally helping each other creatively solve teaching conundrums while engaging in camaraderie over coffee and treats.
We are temporarily in a new era and for the time being, we will host these chats virtually. UMFA will still provide a space to think and share and grow, but it's up to you to provide your tea and cookies. We have three Pedagogy Chats scheduled for the fall of 2020.
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For our first chat, moderator Jen Kennard sits down with her friend and longtime pedagogy mentor Hilary Lopata, a veteran middle school band instructor who successfully engages students online and in person. "Virtually Teaching the Middle School Flutist" will be available to UMFA members just in time for the start of the new school year.
In October, we'll talk about growing our repertoire and embracing the work of BIPOC and underrepresented composers. Jen presents sources for finding pieces that are new to you, easy ways to work new pieces into your personal repertoire and teaching, and will play some of her favorite pieces as well.
Our final event for the 2020 will be New Year's Flute Resolutions. Whether you have big plans to finally master every aspect of your technique, or you simply want to get that pile of music sitting on the floor put away, stop by to get a little inspiration for the new year.