Piano Day 2019



VMTA is proud to partner with Yamaha Music Australia to present:

Piano Day 2019
Outstanding Professional Learning for Piano Teachers

  • Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Levels
  • Live lesson demonstrations presented by leading piano pedagogy experts with actual students participating
  • Teacher discussion forum with expert panel of presenters
  • Opportunity to make new connections, network with colleagues, share and exchange ideas

Date: Sunday 8 September

Time: 9.30 am - 5.00 pm (Registration from 9.00 am)

Presenters:  Margaret Bland (Beginner), Elyane Laussade (Intermediate) & Janine Sowden (Advanced)

Yamaha Premium Piano Centre
17B Market Street
South Melbourne Vic 3205 

Including an educational presentation by Yamaha Music Australia: Under the lid - Emerging Technologies with Acoustic and Hybrid Pianos 

PLUS an exclusive opportunity to audition Yamaha's stunning display of premium pianos. Hear the latest technology in action with a staff member on hand to answer your queries. 







Teaching Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Students
Further develop your skills and gain fresh new insights to take into your teaching studio. Through live "in the moment" lesson demonstrations with actual students taking part, you will have the opportunity to observe leading pedagogy experts in action, and learn about their approach to teaching. Presenters include Margaret Bland (Beginner), Elyane Laussade (Intermediate) and Janine Sowden (Advanced).  

Discussion Forum with Presenter Panel
Teachers will have the opportunity to take part in a 1 hour discussion forum with a panel featuring each presenter. Discuss issues and challenges related to teaching in general, or ask a specific question. We encourage teachers to submit their questions in advance of the event, however questions can also be asked on the day. Please em
ail your questions to Genevieve Newton at

Professional Learning Certificates
A professional learning certificate for 7.5 hours of learning will be emailed to teachers after the event.


View the full program here.

Early Bird Rate
Book by 11 August
VMTA member: $150

Non-member: $225
Student: $65

Full Rate
VMTA member: $175
Non-member: $250
Student: $90

To receive the Early Bird discount rate, your booking and payment must be received by 11 August, after which time the full rate applies. Fully catered - cost inclusive of morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea. Coffee & tea served all day. 

How to Book:
To book online and pay by credit card visit https://www.trybooking.com/527520

Schools only: To book and pay by direct deposit, download the direct booking form here and email completed form to Genevieve Newton at We will then send you an invoice for payment. 

About the Presenters

Margaret Bland
BMus (Melb), STCA (Adv)

Margaret has over 30 years' experience teaching beginners as young as 3 and 4 years of age, through to VCE and AMusA students. She is Director of Piano Teacher Training at Suzuki Music Victoria.

Margaret's presentation will focus on setting up for success young students between 3-10 years of age. Areas covered will include developing musicality, good posture, hand position, flexible technique and fluency.

Motivational ideas and games will be discussed. Short demonstration lessons will be given with 3 young students. All ideas presented at this workshop will be applicable to any teaching method.


Elyane Laussade

Here is what the New York Times has said about Elyane Laussade: "A pianist with a polished technique, dazzling power and an impeccable sense of style."

A graduate of the Julliard school in New York City, pianist Elyane Laussade has delighted audiences on five continents with her imaginative and strongly individual playing. Originally from the USA, she has now established herself as one of Australia’s finest performers. She has performed on numerous occasions with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has been featured by ABC Classic FM and 3MBS in studio recordings and live broadcasts. As a soloist, Elyane has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa, the USA and Europe. She has toured Taiwan where she performed recitals in Taipei, Tainan, Chaiyi, and at the National Concert Hall in Taichung. In 2018, Elyane performed all 27 Mozart piano concertos with orchestras around Australia. She has recorded a solo CD Just for You as well as These Little Things with Sydney-based violinist Jemima Littlemore. Elyane enjoys a rich chamber music involvement along with her solo and teaching career. Her love for the musical experience as a close encounter has inspired her to run a special series of intimate recitals at the Laussade Studio in Melbourne, both as a soloist and in collaboration with Australian musicians and leading soloists from abroad.


Janine Sowden

Janine Sowden’s London debut was reviewed by The Times in London as “…a delicate mixture of poetry with virtuosity.” Her international career has taken her to many major concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Barbican Centre in London. She has toured widely, with appearances in Poland, Germany, Russia, America, South Africa, France and Australia, where she has also recorded for the ABC. Janine studied with Margaret Hair, Roy Shepherd and Ronald Farren-Price, graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. She won two scholarships from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust for Young Australians, which enabled her to study with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. During her studies at the Guildhall School, she won every major piano prize and was awarded the coveted BP Scholarship and the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix). She was later appointed to the teaching staff of the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Janine has recorded a number of CDs, including an album of Percy Grainger transcriptions. She regularly adjudicates and presents master classes, and is presently a member of the teaching staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne.

Getting There:

Registration is from 9.00 am. View the venue map here. There is ample parking in the area including a Care Park near the corner of Moray & Market Street, and also Moray & Chessell Street.

Further Information:

Genevieve Newton
Victorian Music Teachers' Association
T: (03) 5243 4200

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