Piano Day 2018

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

Piano Day
Professional Learning for Piano Teachers

Engage your students and inspire their creativity through improvisation

Observe leading pedagogy experts in action, further develop your teaching skills and gain new insights through live lesson demonstrations

Make new connections, network with colleagues, share and exchange ideas

Date: Sunday 29 July 2018
Time: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Registration from 9.30 am

with Steve Sedergreen, Mira Jakopanetz & Caroline Almonte

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

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






Demystifying the Art of Improvisation
Steve Sedergreen

Steve Sedergreen will present two sessions on how to teach jazz, blues and improvisation. Starting with an introduction to the blues and how it influenced jazz, Steve will discuss the importance of listening and playing in the moment. He will demystify the improvisational process by demonstrating that all students, regardless of musical ability, can play jazz and improvise. This is a practical workshop designed to enable you to apply various approaches in your teaching studio. Participants will have a hands on opportunity to explore and try out various techniques.

Teaching Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Students
Mira Jakopanetz & Caroline Almonte

Further develop your teaching skills and gain fresh new insights to take into your teaching studio. Through live 'in the moment' lesson demonstration with actual students taking part, you will have the opportunity to observe leading pedagogy experts in action and learn about their various approaches to teaching. Mira Jakopanetz will present a session on how to teach beginners, and Caroline Almonte will present two sessions exploring how to teach intermediate and advanced students.

VMTA member: $150
Non-member: $210
Student: $80

Cost inclusive of morning tea and afternoon tea. BYO lunch or visit nearby cafes within walking distance from venue.

How to Book:
To book online by credit card visit https://www.trybooking.com/389891.

To arrange to pay by direct deposit, please contact the office by email and we will send you a direct booking form and invoice for payment.

About the Presenters

Steve Sedergreen

A talented and charismatic jazz pianist, improviser and educator, Steve Sedergreen has made a vital and indelible imprint on the Melbourne jazz scene for over 30 years. He has performed with both Australian and internationally renowned artists, as well as leading his own bands. His album Points in Time, released late 2012, is a 12-song collection of original material, written at various points in his stellar career, all reworked and re-imagined. Steve has also performed at numerous festivals including the Stonnington Jazz Festival, Eltham Festival, Castlemaine State Festival, White Night Festival, and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

In addition to his success as a performer and recording artist, Steve has acted as a mentor and teacher to countless young musicians. His book Start Playing Jazz Piano Now! is a comprehensive and inspirational text that explores the best approach to teaching jazz. It works on the premise that it doesn’t matter how old you are, or what previous experience you have; as long as you have the rudimentary knowledge of where to find the notes on the piano and can play them, you can learn to play jazz and enjoy the wonderful experience of improvising.

Photo credit: Rebekah Rumble

Mira Jakopanetz

Mira completed her BA and BMus (Masters) in Belgrade and was the recipient of the first prize for the best student. She was subsequently awarded a scholarship to study piano at the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium in Moscow.  Since the age of 15, Mira has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician throughout Europe and Australia. She has recorded and performed for ABC FM and 3MBS FM.

For the last 15 years Mira has taught piano and piano pedagogy at Monash University, as well as performing and giving master classes. She is an experienced teacher at all levels, an examiner and adjudicator, and takes a keen interest in working with talented students. Mira is currently Head of Piano at Melbourne Grammar School where she also accompanies VCE students.

Caroline Almonte

Melbourne-born pianist and educator Caroline Almonte studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts before completing post-graduate studies in piano performance at the Juilliard School in New York. She was winner of the keyboard section of the ABC Young Performers Award and won first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Italy, Premio Trio di Trieste.

Caroline has performed across Europe, the United States, China, Japan, Canada and South America. As a concerti soloist she has performed under conductors Nicholas Braithwaite, Oleg Caetani, Nicholas Carter, Reinhard Goebel, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Richard Mills, Benjamin Northey, Tadaaki Otaka, David Porcelijn and Markus Stenz, and with the Melbourne, Tasmanian and Adelaide symphony orchestras. She has collaborated with violinists Sarah Chang and Daniel Hope, cellist Li Wei, and performed with the Australia Ensemble, Flinders Quartet, Australian String Quartet and Escher Quartet.

Caroline is a founding member of the Sutherland Trio, a piano trio with violinist Elizabeth Sellars and cellist Molly Kadarauch. She has recorded and produced for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and currently teaches piano at the University of Melbourne.


View the full program here.

Getting There:

Registration is from 9.30-10.00 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
General Manager
Victorian Music Teachers' Association
T: (03) 5243 4200


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