University of South Florida

The Second Piano Pedagogy

"Touch and Tone in Mindful Pianists"

University of South Florida School of Music in collaboration with PAMA and The Music Gallery

October 16 & 17, 2015

University of South Florida School of Music
Barness Recital Hall

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The proficient pianist produces good tone, develops sound techniques that prevent injury, and maintains longevity as performer by using the body efficiently.

The Symposium focuses on awareness of the mind-body connection in learning, teaching and playing the piano. Internationally celebrated pianist-pedagogues with expertise on pianists' psychophysiological mechanics will conduct a two-day Piano Pedagogy Symposium at the University of South Florida, School of Music, Barness Recital Hall.

The Symposium is open to college piano faculty, college pianists, private piano teachers, and advanced pre-college piano students.

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University of South Florida - PAMA Regional Meeting

Thank you to everyone who presented and attended the USF-PAMA Conference February 27 - March1!

The Second Annual USF-PAMA Conference was held February 27-March 1 at the University of South Florida School of Music. With a focus on "Caring for Artists and Arts that Heal," the conference featured Keynote Presentations by Keith Bengtson, MD, Mayo Clinic; John Chong, MD, Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music, and Musicians' Clinic of Canada; Nancy Kadel, MD, Seattle Clinic and President of PAMA; Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, Director, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases;Ralph Manchester, MD, University of Rochester; and Aaron Williamon, PhD, Head of Center for Performance Science, Royal College of Music, London. At the opening reception, presenters and participants were welcomed by USF President Judy Genshaft, Provost Ralph Wilcox, and Vice President of USF Health Charles Lockwood. USF students and faculty showcased their musical research and talent.A guided tour by Cheryl Belanger, program coordinator and Lloyd Goldstein of the Center for Arts in Medicine of Moffitt Cancer Center highlighted the arts’ role in healing.

During the two-day conference, participants learned about developing healthy and resilient artists through a multifaceted approaches encompassing physical and mental training, caring for the mind as well as the body. Presenters explored causes of injuries in dancers, singers, and instrumentalists, and strategies for injury prevention and rehabilitation. From the conservatory to the concert stage, presenters shared valuable insights to benefit all stages of an artist's career. Workshops put those lessons into practice, applying body awareness for better-balanced performers. "Caring for Artists and Arts that Heal" provided hands-on experience for USF music students who were experiencing performing-related injuries.  The students had opportunities to interact with world-renowned experts who examined causes and explored recovery strategies of their issues.USF-PAMA,with the high quality of presenters and participants,promises to grow as a community of care-givers, healing-providers, researchers, and educators.

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