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Creativity Summit 2011

July 23–24
The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Join composers and educators Maria Case, Stephen Chatman, Forrest Kinney, Janet Lopinski, Rena Upitis, and Peteris Zarins, for a weekend of innovation and creativity to inspire and reinvigorate your teaching practice. Our educational leaders and master teachers will explore the field of creative thinking and discuss approaches that will infuse your teaching with imaginative ideas and strategies.

Highlights include motivational keynote speakers, interactive seminars, technology demonstrations, and discovery learning activities. A collaborative event that highlights improvisation and composition at the keyboard, the Keyboard Creativity Summit offers interdisciplinary connections for all keyboard teachers.

Programs and workbooks will be provided to all registrants. A discounted rate is available for students attending full- or part-time studies. Registration includes lunch. All registrants will be automatically entered into a draw to win an iPad.
Forrest Kinney
Dr. Stephen Chatman
Dr. Betty Ann Younker
Dr. Rena Upitis
Maria Case
Dr. Janet Lopinski
Peteris Zarins
Master Teachers and Leading Pedagogues

Early registration (register by one week before the event): Regular $99 / Student $50
A discounted rate is available for all students attending part-time or full-time studies. Registration includes lunch and light refreshments for the morning and afternoon breaks. Breakfast and dinner are not included.
Early registration (by July 1): General $275 / Student $150 (includes lunch)
Registration after July 1: General $325 / Student $195 (includes lunch)
Receive a free gift if you register by June 1. All fees include lunch and refreshments.
Click here to register!
Contact Information
For more information call 1.800.461.6058 x350 or email teachereducation@rcmusic.ca.
You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter to discuss the event with other attendees.

All registrations are final and non-refundable. Seminar topics and speakers are subject to change. ECE sessions are postponed until the 2012 Summit.


Time Session Presenter
8:45–9:00am Welcome Dr. Jennifer Snow
9:00–10:30am Start with Art—Cultivating Creativity from the First Lesson Forrest Kinney
10:45am–12:30pm Keynote Address: Creative thinking: The necessary role in music making. Dr. Betty Anne Younker
12:30–1:30pm LUNCH  
1:30–2:30pm Rotating breakout sessions:  
  Creativity in the private lesson Peteris Zarins
  Theory in Practice: Creative Skills for a Life in Music Maria Case
  Topic TBA Dr. Janet Lopinski
2:30–3:30pm Rotating breakout sessions:  
  Creativity in the private lesson Peteris Zarins
  Theory in Practice: Creative Skills for a Life in Music Maria Case
  Topic TBA Dr. Janet Lopinski
3:30–3:45pm BREAK  
3:45–5:00pm Traditional Approaches to Composition and Improvisation: Motivic Development Stephen Chatman
5:00–7:00pm DINNER BREAK  
7:00–9:00pm CONCERT  
Time Session Presenter
8:45–9:00am Welcome Dr. Jennifer Snow
9:00–10:45am I Love Scales and Chords: Teaching Music Fundamentals through Creativity Forrest Kinney
10:45–11:00am BREAK  
11:00am–12:30pm Keynote Address: Why Music Matters Dr. Rena Upitus
12:45–1:30pm LUNCH  
1:30–2:30pm Technology Session: Using a Web-based Portfolio to Enhance Music Learning Dr. Rena Upitus
2:30–3:30pm Rotating breakout sessions:  
  Creativity in the private lesson Peteris Zarins
  Theory in Practice: Creative Skills for a Life in Music Maria Case
  Topic TBA Dr. Janet Lopinski
3:30–3:45pm BREAK  
3:45–5:00pm Contemporary Approaches to Composition and Improvisation Stephen Chatman
5:00–5:15pm Reflection and Close All

Summit Presenters

Keynote Speakers
Betty Ann Younker
Betty Anne Younker, Ph.D. (Northwestern University) is currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Music Education in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at the University of Michigan. Beginning August 1, 2011, Dr. Younker will be the newly-appointed Dean at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario.

While serving as faculty at the University of Western Ontario, she was awarded the Pedro Goldman Teaching Award from the Don Wright Faculty of Music. In 2008 Dr. Younker was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by The Pennsylvania State University, College of Arts and Architecture.

Dr. Younker's research interests include the philosophy and pedagogy of music education, and critical and creative thinking. Publications and presentations include articles in a variety of national and international journals; chapters in multiple books; and presentations at state, national, and international conferences and meetings.

Before appointments at the university level, Dr. Younker taught in public schools in band, choral, and general music settings. In addition she taught flute from beginning to university levels. Presently she serves on a variety of committees for the College Music Society, is a committee member for the North American region of the International Society for Music Education, and is Past President of the Michigan Music Educators Association. While in Ann Arbor Michigan, Dr. Younker was a member of the Vocal Arts Ensemble, was a guest teacher in area schools, and served as a solo, ensemble, and band adjudicator.

Rena Upitis
Dr. Rena Upitis is a Professor of Arts Education at Queen’s University and a former Dean of Education at Queen's. She is also President and CEO of Wintergreen Studios, an education and retreat centre founded in 2007. Rena served a six-year term as National Research Co-director of Learning Through the Arts, a multi-year project that brings artists to the classrooms of over 100,000 Canadian students. Her current research explores the ways in which school architecture both constrains and opens up possibilities for learning, described in her recent book Raising a School. Another research interest involves exploring how web-based technologies can support student-centered learning, especially in the arts.

Rena teaches courses on music education, social cognition, and research methodology. She has worked as a music teacher in Canada and the United States and has been a studio teacher of piano and music theory for over thirty-five years. Rena publishes widely in academic and professional journals. Two of her books, This Too is Music (Heinemann) and Can I Play You My Song? (Heinemann) focus on teaching music in the elementary classroom. Another co-authored book, Creative Mathematics (Routledge) explores ways of approaching mathematics through the arts. Her various research projects have explored transformation through the arts and the use of electronic games in mathematics and science education. Rena’s research has been recognized with several awards including the George C. Metcalf Research Award (2002) and the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies Publication Award (2005).

Forrest Kinney
Forrest Kinney, NCTM, has been a music educator for over thirty years and is an active author, performer, composer, arranger, and presenter. He is the author of thirteen books related to creativity, including the inspirational Pattern Play™ series on musical improvisation, Creativity Beyond Compare, a book that dispels popular misconceptions about creativity, and two recently published collections of art songs.

Forrest studied extensively with both classical and jazz teachers, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Education from Evergreen State College. His ideas on improvisation and creativity are highly regarded and he travels throughout North America to share his belief that creativity is one of the keys to happiness and is available to all.

Stephen Chatman
One of Canada’s most prominent composers, Stephen Chatman is Professor and Head of Composition at the UBC School of Music. He has received many commissions and composition awards, including 2005, 2006 and 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards “Classical Composition of the Year,” three BMI Awards (New York), multiple Juno nominations, including 2010, the 2010 SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award, Dorothy Somerset Award, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2001 BBC Masterprize short-list.

More than 100 of his works have been published by a number of Canadian and international publishers and have also been performed by distinguished artists and symphony orchestras across North America and abroad.

Stephen Chatman was educated at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Michigan.

Maria Case
Maria Case holds an ARCT in performance from The Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto. Other studies include choral conducting, orchestral conducting, graduate studies in English literature, and jazz studies at Berklee College in Boston.
Ms. Case has a long association with The Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners, as both a piano and theory examiner. In 2007, she was appointed Chief Examiner of Theoretical Subjects for RCM Examinations. Besides adjudicating piano at festivals and competitions, she is a frequent lecturer on piano and theory pedagogy, and has presented workshops across Canada. Her articles have appeared in several pedagogical publications.

She maintains a busy private studio, in which she teaches piano and all theory subjects. She has served as the Music Director of Glebe Road United Church in Toronto since 1991. She is the Music Director of the Annex Singers, a sixty-voice mixed choir based in downtown Toronto. Recent compositions include In Winter, O Living Flame, The World's Desire, and the song cycles Empty Wake, Nightsongs, and Gallery as well as several opera libretti.

Peteris Zarins
Peteris Zarins is an instructor of piano, piano pedagogy, music history, and theoretical subjects at The Royal Conservatory School, Royal Diploma Program, and Young Artists Performance Academy of The Glenn Gould School.

Peteris has been active as an examiner, festival adjudicator, guest lecturer, and clinician in Canada, the United States, Bermuda, and Korea. He has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in venues including the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario Place, the Art Gallery of Ontario, St. Lawrence Hall, the Glenn Gould Studio, the Orford Arts Centre in Québec, Weill Recital Hall in New York City, and the Symphony Center in Chicago, as well as many Latvian World Music Festivals.

With Dr. Janet Lopinski and Joe Ringhofer, Peteris co-authored the three-volume history series, Explorations, published by The Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited. In addition, he has served on Academic Council and as chair of the Theory Department at The Royal Conservatory. From 2003 to 2010, Peterse served as Chief Examiner for Training and Development for RCM Examinations.

Currently, Peteris is the program development team leader at The Royal Conservatory School. He prepares students for Royal Conservatory examinations and teaches classical music, popular music, jazz styles, and keyboard improvisation.

Janet Lopinski
Dr. Janet Lopinski has performed as both soloist and chamber musician in Canada, Europe, and the United States, and has been active as an adjudicator, examiner, author, and workshop clinician. She is currently on the faculty of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto (Conservatory School and Glenn Gould School), where she teaches piano, piano pedagogy, music history, and theory. She is a senior member of the College of Examiners and Chief Examiner Emeritus of RCM Examinations.

With Peteris Zarins and Joe Ringhofer, Dr. Lopinski has co-authored the three-volume history series, Explorations, published by The Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited. She was co-chair of the Program Committee for the 2007 Collaborative Conference of the MTNA, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association and The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and was Chair of the Pedagogy Saturday Committee for the MTNA 2010 National Conference. In addition, Dr. Lopinski was Artistic Director of the Canadian Chopin Festival 2010 and the Third Canadian Chopin Piano Competition.

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