Composer of the month – Helen Marlais

The composer for June is…Helen Marlais! Background Dr. Helen Marlais is an author, composer, teacher and clinician. She is well-known for her popular piano method book, “Succeeding at the Piano”.  Dr. Marlais is also the Director of Keyboard Publications for the Frank J Hackinson (FJH) Music Company, a leading name in the music publishing world. She is … More Composer of the month – Helen Marlais

Public Performance Tips

On the last Sunday of April, I attended ORMTA Central Toronto Branch’s biannual scholarship recitals. There were three separate recitals based on level (Junior level 1-4, Intermediate level 5-8, Senior level 9+). Performers from each recital were eligible for various scholarships (money!) based on their performance. Although there weren’t “first, second third” place prizes, there … More Public Performance Tips

Composer of the month – Carol Matz

Composer for February…Carol Matz! Background Carol Matz is a composer, arranger, and teacher.  She has written over 300 published titles for piano students, and presents workshops around the world. I attended Carol Matz’s workshop in March 2017, and was very impressed by her passion and enthusiasm for sharing music with students. You can read her … More Composer of the month – Carol Matz

Composer of the month – Wendy Stevens

Starting off 2018…the composer of the month is Wendy Stevens! Background Wendy Stevens is a pianist, teacher, composer and clinician.  She has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Masters of Music in Theory and Composition from Wichita State University. She publishes blogs regularly on her website . She offers many helpful ideas for teachers … More Composer of the month – Wendy Stevens

Composer of the month – Martha Mier

The composer for December is…Martha Mier! Background Martha Mier is a pianist, piano teacher, composer, and clinician and currently resides in Florida. I met her briefly at MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association) in Baltimore in March 2017 as she was presenting newly composed material. Her “Jazz, Rag & Blues” series are hugely popular with many … More Composer of the month – Martha Mier