Piano Educators Day Ticket Monday

9:30am - 4pm Monday 22nd of January


9:30am - 4pm Monday 22nd of January

Piano Educators Day Monday 22nd January 2018:

1 x Day Ticket  9.30am - 4.00pm including lunch and refreshments.  


Bernies Music Land invites you to the 9th Annual Piano Educators Day!

Bernies Music Land invites you to an exciting day exclusively for piano educators. Come and be inspired for the year ahead. Gain all the latest information and advice to ensure you have a successful 2018!

The day begins with exceptional and innovative keynote speaker, Sonny Chua. His music is characterised by its playfulness with styles and musical techniques. It speaks in an accessible and lively language, supporting the development of integral performance techniques. Sonny is an innovative educator and will share his unique slant on achieving wonderment and wickedness in piano lessons.

Celebrating the launch of the new Trinity Piano Syllabus brings our second keynote speaker, Barry Walmsley, who will highlight some of the distinctive and exciting features of the syllabus and demonstrate how you can use them to inspire your students.

Your students will love your ideas from Guide to 2018, with special guests and some of Australia's favourite educators.

A special feature of the day is our exclusive mini Print Music Trade Fair, where you can explore new books and methods, and talk to representatives from major print music distributors. There will be very special offers on the day too!

Filling the afternoon with upbeat fun is keynote speaker, Mark Gibson, author of the bestselling Kinder Beat series. His brilliantly simple approach will have you grooving along with your students in no time.

Following the release of the hugely popular Bastien New Traditions piano course, keynote guest Rosanne Hammer will guide you through creative integrations with AMEB's P Plate Piano series.

To make sure you have all the useful resources for the year, you will receive a showbag of information and booklets, samples, goodies and much, much more.

This is an ideal activity for professional development, and a certificate of attendance will be provided.



9.30am            Welcome:

                        Bernie Capicchiano (Managing Director of Musico Pty Ltd and Bernies Music Land)


 9.40am           Keynote:   Sonny Chua

                        Wonderment and Wickedness in Piano Lessons

Explore the expansive range of musical expressions in the music of Sonny Chua as we welcome this exceptional and innovative composer / educator to the stage. Guide your piano student to gain a deeper insight into tone colour and advanced technique through repertoire featuring ravenous T-rex, to floating vampires. The concept of storytelling through music is achieved through the grasp of musical elements, structures, gestures and personal interpretation.


10.40am          What's New: Examinations

With special guests from ABRSM, AMEB, ANZCA, Trinity London and St. Cecilia School of Music.


11.00am          Morning Tea Break


11.30am          Keynote:  Barry Walmsley Australian Representative, Trinity London.

Inspiring students with the NEW Trinity Piano syllabus: discover less-known repertoire, focus on technique and teaching tips.


12.30pm          Guide to 2018

New books, resources and events from guests, including the Team of Pianists, Steve Sedergreen and Jeff Higgins from Music Sales / Alfred Publishing.


1.00pm            Lunch / Print Music Mini-Exhibition

Please browse the exhibition space and talk to representatives from Examination Bodies and Print Music Distributors.   


2.00pm            Keynote:  Mark Gibson, producer of Kinder Beat, Encore on Keys and Theory Wiz

Teaching Musical DNA: Transforming notes into riffs, converting counts to grooves.


2.45pm            Keynote:  Roseanne Hammer, Presented by the AMEB

                        Seeds of Creativity:

Exploring the imaginative approaches used in the integration of the new Bastien piano course with AMEB's P Plate Piano series.


3.45pm            Are All Pianos The Same?

                        Lester Cheung M.Mus Piano Specialist, and Vincent Tarin Master Piano Tuner.


4.00pm            Print Music Mini-Exhibition, Afternoon Tea and Exploration Time. 


5.30pm            Close



Sonny Chua


A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Sonny Chua has been Musical Director of the Walt Disney Company, Artistic Director for the Red Hill Music Festival and Repetiteur with the Melbourne Theatre Company.


There are currently more than 30 albums of Sonny Chua's music in publication) and his original works are listed in most music examination board syllabi. He has spoken and given master classes at tertiary institutions, schools, and educational associations around the world.


Chua has taught at the Monash University, the Victorian College of the Arts, the Melba Conservatorium of Music, the Suzuki Association, and is a past president of the Association of Music Educators. Sonny Chua is currently the Director of Music at the Mac.Robertson Girls High School.


Barry Walmsley



A graduate of both Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of NSW, Barry Walmsley has enjoyed a successful career as pianist, teacher, conductor and writer. He has taught at the university level, secondary school setting and as a private studio teacher. He has written regularly for a number of publications, including for 11 years for Fairfax Media. He is currently National Manager for Trinity College London's operations in Australia, and works across a range of assessment suites, including Music, Drama & Speech, and Rock & Pop.


Mark Gibson

MMus, BMus(Dist), GradDipMus, GradDipFET, FTCL, LTCL, AMusA


Mark has a reputation as of one of Australia's most dynamic music educators. He fulfils a demanding schedule nationally and internationally as an examiner, composer, adjudicator, master teacher, workshop presenter and curriculum writer.  Mark's teaching enthusiasm is shared with children from as young as three years through to students studying piano at the highest diploma levels. Mark's primary focus is now on developing innovative music education resources and exploring new teaching approaches.  His collaboration with Morna Robinson has resulted in the award-winning Kinder Beat series.  Other publications include Encore on Keys, Encore on Strings and Theory Wiz.


Rosanne Hammer


Rosanne is an experienced piano teacher having had over 20 years working in both her private studio and in Adelaide colleges. She holds degrees in both Music and Education from the University of Adelaide. Rosanne is an engaged member of the music community having been a council member of the Music Teachers' Association of SA, past secretary of Recitals Australia, and most recently on the South Australian (hosting) committee of the 2017 Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference. She is an active concert performer, adjudicator, masterclass clinician and presenter (including a lecture /demonstration of the works of Australian composer Larry Sitsky with the composer himself) and is currently a piano examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.


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