Registration NOW open for the 88 Creative Keys “unconference”


Have you found it?

To improve ear skills, it takes time away from building sight-reading skills.

To market your studio, it takes time away from lesson planning.

To teach in groups, it leaves less time for one-on-one instruction.

Is it possible to find the perfect balance?

You can’t do everything at once, so finding balance means temporarily shifting priorities, making trade-offs. It’s all about give and take.

In reality, most of us will always be “off balance on purpose.” We must stretch ourselves in new directions to grow as musicians, teachers, business owners and human beings.

Not sure where I’m going with this? Take the time to watch Dan Thurmon’s TED talk where he explores how important it is to live off balance on purpose.

“If we want to grow beyond our abilities, we have to transcend beyond our current patterns.”

“We must be off balance to learn.”

“We can reach beyond our current levels of excellence. In order to do that we don’t have to be on balance, we have to embrace uncertainties with clear objectives.”

– Dan Thurmon

What does off balance look like for a piano teacher?

At our next 88 Creative Keys Summer workshop, Bradley Sowash and I are teaming up with Samantha Coates and Thomas Hoops. The dynamic, four-day experience will tug and pull at your center and challenge you to reach beyond your current skills and thought patterns.

  • Swing from sessions on building ear skills to sessions on developing better reading and performing skills.
  • Move off the bench to master new skills on the bench.
  • Engage in stimulating conversations that may sway the direction of your business or validate your current status.
  • Develop creative skills from the page so you can build more skills off the page.

Our goal is to provide you with activities, sessions, patterns and experiences that

  • challenge
  • energize
  • equalize
  • revitalize

your skill set as an innovative teacher, musician and business owner.

RENEW your sense of balance as a professional musician and teacher.

Balance that is first and foremost centered around

creativity and teaching creatively.

Wondering what topics will be covered?

A schedule will be out shortly but, the word cloud below includes most of the topics.

Another name for this workshop could be “unconference.” It’s not your typical professional development experience! Any alumni will definitely agree with that statement. Just listen to Kellee’s testimonial below.

In fact, the sooner you register, the more input you will have in driving the content. Sign up now and you’ll learn more about this unique opportunity.

What are the details?

What: A professional development workshop for piano teachers equivalent to nothing you’ve attended before–it’s an “unconference.”

When: Tuesday, July 10 through Friday, July 13, 2018. 8:30-5:00 pm

Options: Come Tuesday only, OR Wednesday – Friday, OR stay all four days.

Who: Bradley Sowash and I will be joined by our VERY special guest faculty: Samantha Coates from Australia and Thomas Hoops from Denver. They were hand-picked to provide a multi-faceted experience ideal for teachers of group and private lessons.

Off balance DOES NOT mean uncomfortable!

Where: Denver Christian School in Lakewood, Colorado.

We are so excited to share the news of our NEW location. It’s lovely and spacious and more accommodating to our growing needs.

Food: A light breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided.

Brittany, my wonderful daughter-in-law, is an experienced chef and offers well-balanced, delicious meals and attends to food sensitivities.

Materials: Printed handouts are included in the tuition.

Cost: $150 for Tuesday only, $500 for Wed-Fri or $650 for all four days.

Rebate: $50 rebate if you bring your own keyboard!

Early Bird Special: The first ten registrants receive $50 off!

Accommodations: We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Denver/Lakewood Holiday Inn. It’s lovely and within walking distance of the campus or grab the free hotel shuttle.

To learn more and to register follow this link….

Move off balance on purpose and join us this summer!

Still in doubt? Listen to Kellee’s story (2nd-year alumni.)

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Leila Viss

Creative Pianist, Piano Teacher, Organist, Blogger and Author of The iPad Piano Studio

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  • Wow! So inspirational and so true. Thank you for sharing this Ted Talk and your plans for the summer. What you and Bradley have created is both encouraging and challenging to us all. Your email is truly a highlight of my day.

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