Southern Utah Piano Pedagogy Conference

2023: Saturday, February 25 @ Utah Tech University

Thank you to our presenters, panelists, teachers, students and attendees for a wonderful conference!

Photo Album

Conference Booklet in pdf format

All presentations are available on our Youtube channel

Morning Sessions

9:00 Carmen Hall Using Our Understanding of Music Theory To Make Performance Decisions
9:45 Jerald Simon Innovative Improvisation - Learn How to Play the Same Song 100 Different Ways
10:30 Christian Bohnenstengel The Healthy PianistGoogle Slides / PDF
11:15 Panel: Carmen Hall, Jerald Simon, Mark Gubler, Christian Bohnenstengel   A Grab Bag of Questions and Answers

Afternoon Sessions

1:00 Carmen Hall Choosing Repertoire for the Beginning and Intermediate Student 
1:45 Nancy Allred Elementary to Intermediate to Advanced Piano Technique: Slides / Handout
2:30 Panel: Tracey Bradshaw, Keith Bradshaw, Tami Creamer, Nancy Allred  Careers in Music: PDF
3:15 Carmen Hall Intermediate Level Master Class 


Conference Recital: "A Piano Extravaganza @ 5" - Program

Featuring talented college and pre-college students and special performances, the recital is part of the Utah Tech All-Steinway Series.


Past Conferences

2022 Conference Schedule

Morning Sessions

9:00 Kevin Olson Productivity Hacks for Pianists: Getting More Done in Less Time (206)
9:45 Caroline Jennings Understanding the brain and stress for a studio of self-driven students (206)
10:30 Nancy Allred The Intermediate Student: Repertoire, Technique, Theory (206)
11:15 Panel (Nancy Allred, Christian Bohnenstengel, LuAnn Keate, Kevin Olson) Careers in Music  (206)

Afternoon Sessions

1:00 Christian Bohnenstengel Discover and play easy piano ensemble music (207)
1:00 Kevin Olson

Composition Workshop, Handout 2 (206)

1:45 Nancy Allred Discover and play intermediate piano ensemble music (207)
1:45 Christian Bohnenstengel Piano Maintenance (206)
2:30 Panel (Sarah Bearnson, Christian Bohnenstengel, Diane Decker, Patrice Hunt, Kathy Wells) UMTA/NFMC/RCM/LPM - What do they do? (206)
3:15 Kevin Olson Intermediate Level Master Class (Thorley Recital Hall)


All day:an opportunity to play a harpsichord and a grand piano that was played and signed by Rachmaninoff

Conference Recital: Zion Trio @ 5pm

The Zion Trio performs works by Beethoven and Brahms: Paul Abegg (violin), Ka-Wai Yu (cello), Christian Bohnenstengel (piano).

The 2021 Conference will feature a series of relevant videos that will be published bi-weekly on the second and fourth Tuesdays between February and April on our youtube channel: SUPPC

February 9:

forScore and MobileSheets - An Introduction to Sheet Music Readers(Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel)

Teaching Cross Rhythms: A Step by Step Approach - Part 1 (Dr. Nancy Allred)

February 23:

Teaching Cross Rhythms: A Step-by Step Approach - Part 2 (Dr. Nancy Allred)

Teaching Cross Rhythms: A Step-by Step Approach - Part 3 (Dr. Nancy Allred)

Teaching Cross Rhythms: A Step-by Step Approach - Part 4 (Dr. Nancy Allred)

Online Teaching — Tips, Tricks (?) and Food for Thought (Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel)

March 9:

Teaching Improvisation in Piano Lessons (Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel)

March 23:

Ornamental Passages in Chopin's Piano Music (Dr. Nancy Allred)

April 6:

Conversations with a Teacher - Brandon Lee:

April 20:

Stylistic Differences Between Musical Periods (Mark Gubler)


Morning Sessions

2020 Morning Sessions
9:00 Nancy Allred From Beginning to End: Tips for More Effective Practice and Performance Handout
9:45 Mark Gubler Inspiring Deep Practice: An Overview of the Talent Code
10:30 Brandon Lee Remote teaching (Skype/Facetime)
11:15 Kevin Olson Artistic Rhetoric: Fluently and Persuasive Speaking the Language of Music Handout

Afternoon Sessions

2020 Afternoon Sessions
12:15-2:00 Shane Bowles Fundamentals, Improvisation, Composition and the Amazing Connection to the Staff
1:15 Kevin Olson Open Door - Meet the Composer
2:00 Christian Bohnenstengel The Healthy Pianist - Injuries and Prevention
2:45 Lori Arnold The Making of a Piano Teacher
3:30 Kevin Olson Intermediate Level Master Class


Conference Recital: "Beethoven @ Five"

Featuring talented piano students from the area and special performances, the recital is part of the DSU All-Steinway Series.

Pictures from the 2020 Conference:

2020 Conference