2016 CSMTA State Conference

October 22, 2016

Neighborhood Music School
100 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT

2016 Conference Poster
2016 Conference Schedule


8:30-8:50 Registration, Browse Exhibits, Coffee & Tea
8:50-9:00 Welcoming Remarks
Linda Franklin-Biggs, Conference Chair
Kathleen Theisen, NCTM, CSMTA Past President
9:00-11:00 Session 1: Catherine Rollin
“Technique and Artistry — You Can’t Have One Without the Other”
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-11:30 Piano and Cello Composition, written by Eugenie Rocherelle
Dedicated to John Metz
Linda (Pezzullo) Hinz, President, Middlesex/New London Chapter
11:30-11:45 Business Meeting
Kathleen Theisen, NCTM, CSMTA Past President
11:45-12:45 LUNCH
12:45-1:45 Session 2: Catherine Rollin
1:45-3:15 Session 3: Nick Ambrosino
“The Empowered Music Teacher”
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:30 Session 4: Catherine Rollin
“The Magic of Imagery”


Keynote Speaker: Catherine Rollin

Catherine Rollin is an active pianist, composer, clinician, author and teacher of prize-winning students. Her pedagogical compositions are recognized worldwide for their combination of musicality and “teachability.” She has over 400 pieces published with Alfred Publishing Company and her music is also available in Japan through Zenon Publishing and in Taiwan through Centennial Publishing. Her music is currently featured on many lists including the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) bulletin where they have appeared in the solo, duet, one hand, concerto and patriotic categories. Several of her pieces are also included in the newest Royal Academy of Music Syllabus. Catherine has also received numerous commissions including those from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Clavier Magazine. She is also co-author of the 2011 edition of the highly regarded college text: Creative Piano Teaching.

In demand as a clinician and masterclass presenter, Catherine has given over 250 workshops in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Taiwan. Among the many topics that Catherine has covered in her workshops are technique and artistry. Catherine’s groundbreaking ideas on the development of physical awareness that leads to greater musical expression are at the core of her 9-book series: Pathways to Artistry. This series has impacted teachers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and Taiwan with translations available in Japanese and Mandarin. Catherine has also been in demand for workshops that cover style including those on Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Jazz styling. Additionally, Catherine has done over 100 master classes in the U.S., Canada and Asia.

Students of Catherine’s have won state, regional, national and international awards. Most recently in 2016, students of Catherine’s were national finalists and 3rd place winners in the MTNA duet competition, regional first place winner of the NFMC’s Stillman Kelly competition and first prize winnner of the International Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso. Catherine is certified by the Michigan Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Rollin received her pre-college training with Mischa Kottler, himself a disciple of Cortot and von Sauer, the latter a pupil of Liszt. Rollin holds the BMA degree with distinction from University of Michigan and the MM from Oakland University. In 2002, Oakland University distinguished Ms. Rollin with its 2002 Alumni Arts Achievement Award.

The greatest reward for Catherine is when her music compositions or her work as a teacher helps develop musicians who have a life-long love of music whether as professionals or hobbyists.

Her session topics at the conference will include:

“Technique and Artistry–You Can’t Have One Without the Other”
In this session Catherine will explain and demonstrate a wide variety of technical skills that create a “vocabulary” of touch, musical shape and relaxation of the arm – all contributing to artistic performance. Using examples from well-known masterworks of Beethoven, Chopin, etc. will help illuminate the usefulness of these skills.

“The Magic of Imagery”
Imagery can be one of the most inspiring of teaching tools. In this session, Catherine will demonstrate how the use of imagery can help both the teacher and student in the search of performances infused with character, color and charisma!

“Master Class”
The diversity of players at this master class will reflect Catherine’s teaching philosophy which is above all else – be musical! Her concepts of technique that contribute to artistry and relaxation apply to students of all levels. Catherine currently has graduates of her studio in bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs at prestigious schools including Eastman and the Guildhall School in London. In this masterclass, Catherine will be teaching a variety of levels from late elementary / early intermediate through advanced.

Teachers interested in having a student perform should email Suzan Korman at twinkiesue@hotmail.com. Include the full name and age of your student, playing level and name of piece to be performed. Catherine will work with students of all levels. Pieces do not have to be memorized and do not have to be compositions of Catherine Rollin.

Speaker: Nick Ambrosino
Learning Specialist, Author and Speaker

Nick Ambrosino has been a leading expert helping teachers, parents and students of all ages, in the field of human potential and excellence, since 1986. He started his career as a public school music teacher and then launched his own private education company in 1988. Nick is a renowned learning specialist, coach and speaker for his work with thousands of students, teachers and parents, on creating explosive growth in accountability, productivity and self-esteem. What most parents and teachers do not know is how – without resentment of manipulations – to facilitate kids into becoming self-motivated, accountable people, fully capable of setting and achieving their goals. Teachers turn to Nick to learn how to become master motivators who facilitate their students to new levels of achievement, while also reigniting their own passion as professional educators and gaining a renewed sense of fulfillment. Parents seek him out to learn how to communicate in a way that raises confident self-assured children with high levels of self-esteem.

Hear Nick’s session at the conference:

“The Empowered Music Teacher”
Learn how to nature students into self-directed, self-confident life-long learners. Most methods of holding kids accountable are manipulative, fear-based and abrasive. Instead, by providing them with practical, real-world strategies, they become capable of creating their own path to fulfill their own potential. This starts by sharing with you, their teachers, the simple skills that will empower them to become accountable for their own growth. Less stress for you – greater pride for them! Nick will provide strategies that will be immediately applicable for use with your students and that will turn their resignation into responsibility while simultaneously reigniting your passion for teaching.
Nick’s two books, Coffee with Ray and Lessons with Matt will be available for purchase. Nick will be doing a book-signing at the conference! For more information on both of these books, check out Nick’s website at www.nickambrosino.com/books.html.

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