Spring Piano Workshop

The Spring Piano Workshop will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 - UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The 2014 workshop will feature guest pianist/clinician Robert Mayerovitch.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall – 7:30 p.m.

Robert Mayerovitch will perform a solo recital on the Concerts-on-the-Platte Faculty/Guest Artist Recital Series, featuring the works of Bartok, Beethoven and Brahms. Admission is free and the recital is open to the public.


Students will have the opportunity to perform in a master class presented by Guest Artist Robert Mayerovitch or by a UNK piano faculty member. All solo pieces must be memorized. Registration forms may be duplicated. Please use separate Student Registration forms for listing of performance repertoire.

Student Registration Form

Teacher Registration Form

*Robert Mayerovitch Master Class Performers: From three to four students will be selected through audition recording (mp3 or CD) to perform on the Mayerovitch master class. Recordings and registration must be postmarked by March 28, 2014. Selections will be made by quality of performance and choice of repertoire as determined by Dr. Mayerovitch.

Workshop and Luncheon Fee: $15.00
Checks payable to:
UNK Dept. of Music & Performing Arts
Memo: Spring Piano Workshop

Mail completed form and fee (and Mayerovitch audition recordings) to:
Dr. Valerie Cisler
Department of Music & Performing Arts
University of Nebraska-Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849

Workshop Schedule

Session I - 9:00 to 10:00
"Rules of Pianists' (and Other Animals’) Thumbs"
Robert Mayerovitch

Session II - 10:00 to 11:00
"Mind over Muscle and Muscle over Mind"
Robert Mayerovitch

Guest Artist Master Class - 11:00 to 12:00
Robert Mayerovitch (students selected by audio audition recording)

12:00 to 1:00 - Luncheon with UNK Faculty/Students

UNK Piano Faculty Master Classes - 1:00 to 2:00
All participants will have the opportunity to perform at least one piece in one of three special master classes with piano faculty: Nathan Buckner, Valerie Cisler, and James Cook.

Session III - 2:00 to 3:00
"The Weirdness of Piano Playing—Confronting Unique Experiences at the Keyboard"
Robert Mayerovitch

Reception - 3:00 to 3:30

Guest Artist - Robert Mayerovitch

Robert Mayerovitch, pianist and teacher, is a co-author of the critically acclaimed book, A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop the Mind and Body for Optimal Performance. A native of Montreal, Canada, he is a graduate of McGill University, where he studied with Dorothy Morton, and of Indiana University, where he studied with and assisted Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio. He is a professor of piano and a member of the Elysian Trio (Julian Ross, violin; Merry Peckham, cello) in residence at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. He has performed extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician, accompanist, and soloist with orchestra.

Dr. Mayerovitch has received numerous performing awards, including first prize in the Bartók–Kabalevsky International Piano Competition, first prize in the national competition of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Montreal Symphony Competition and the Indiana University Doctoral Concerto Competition, and grand prize in the Quebec Music Festivals.

In addition to his professorship at Baldwin Wallace, he has substituted for Menahem Pressler at Indiana University and with his trio has been a visiting professor at Middlebury College, Vermont. He regularly makes presentations at state and national musical organizations. He has been a workshop presenter at MTNA Conferences, a conference artist and presenter at state and local MTA conferences, and a featured workshop presenter at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), the World Piano Pedagogy Conference (WPPC), and its precursor, the National Piano Pedagogy Conference (NPPC). His international presentations include workshops at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) in Beijing and in Thessaloniki, Greece and for the South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies in Singapore. He has also been a panelist at the MTNA’s Pedagogy Saturday, a national MTNA competition adjudicator and a moderator and interviewer at the NCKP.

Mayerovitch has been both a reviewer for American Music Teacher and a member of its editorial board, a contributor to Piano & Keyboard Magazine, and a founding member of the first Committee on Technique, Movement, and Wellness, a national group devoted to the exploration and explanation of healthful piano technique. He is also an avid runner, marathoner, and sonnet writer.

Through his workshops and presentations and in his contribution to A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers entitled “Mind over Muscle,” Dr. Mayerovitch has been a devoted proponent of a common sense- and wellness-based approach to teaching of music and piano. His topics of particular note include “Rules of Pianists’ (and Other Animals’) Thumbs”, which list and explore musical and pianistic aphorisms that assist the development of student self-reliance through problem-solving and positive attitude building techniques; “Group Therapy,” which demonstrates how perceptions and success rates change dramatically when musical notes are grouped in accordance with physical and musical imperatives rather than through notational conventions; “Bottling Experience,” which explores ways in which teachers both new and seasoned can categorize and catalogue their experiences to enable both learning and pedagogy to be more effective; and “The Choreography of Attention,” which identifies methods of multitasking.

With his colleagues at Baldwin Wallace, Dr. Mayerovitch has been a strong proponent of shared teaching. They have developed a curriculum that holds weekly performance classes classes with mixtures of students from different teaching studios, requires and encourages lesson observations of students from the various studios, and schedules lessons given to one another’s students several times a semester. They have described their methods, also suggested for neighboring independent teachers, in an MTNA presentation called “Strength in Numbers.”

Starting with his presentation on “People Principles” at the Toronto CFMTA-MTNA-RCM Collaborative Conference, Mayerovitch began sharing his interest in the cross-disciplinary nature of learning and pedagogy with teachers and learners in diverse disciplines. With music teachers, he strives to show the enhanced personal value and reach, both for students and teachers, of a holistic view of teaching.