Teacher symposiums

Teacher symposiums at Montemuse are a chance for piano teachers to meet and learn from colleagues, contribute their own teaching  experiences, and support each other in a relaxed inspirational setting.  Learn what repertoire others use, review piano methods, discuss how to teach adults, see how your colleagues deal with technique, how they teach theory, prepare students for exams, and which syllabuses they favour.

Symposium dates coincide with school holidays.  Mornings are devoted to Symposium sessions, afternoons to practise, relaxing or exploring the region, and each evening we gather socially for a restaurant dinner (all included in the fees).

For experienced and new teachers alike it all adds up to a week of invaluable ideas, inspiration, extending yourself professionally and leaving Montemuse with new motivation and enthusiasm!

(Note: group discounts are available).

The basics
Dates:           see available dates
Check-in:      from 14.00 Sunday afternoon
Check-out:    before 11.00 the following Saturday morning
Participants:  maximum 12 per symposium
Experience:   no set qualifications or years teaching experience
Family:          accompanying partners/family are welcome
Enrolment:    enrol here

Mornings
The day begins at 9.00 am with a leisurely breakfast before the day’s symposium starts at 9.45.

Course Director Gil Jetley guides the sessions, arranging matters so that everyone has a chance to contribute ideas and experience if they wish, while others may prefer simply to take notes. A conservatoire grand (230 cms) and two digital keyboards are on hand for demonstrations. At the close of the session participants are welcome to take advantage of the opportunity to perform in front of their colleagues.

Afternoons
A break for an ‘al fresco’ lunch at around 13.00 and then the afternoons are free for personal practise, socialising, or just relaxing in the sun!   Individual lessons on the conservatoire grand are available by arrangement.

Montemuse has a good range of scores and music books to browse through, and over a thousand CDs on piano music alone. Additionally we have some 50,000 digitized piano scores for reference, some of them extremely rare, out of print, or generally just hard to get.

When the music gets too much, become a tourist and explore nearby cultural treasures and scenic wonders of the region.  For the energetic, swimming, walking, climbing, cycling, tennis, horse-riding and skiing are all possible.

Evenings
Evenings are social time, for networking, exchanging war stories, or just enjoying each other’s company.  Teachers (and partners/family) gather together at Montemuse at around 18.30 and anyone feeling brave enough is welcome to give a short recital while the rest of us enjoy a glass of wine.

We then head for one of the many local restaurants renowned for its atmosphere and regional cooking.  (All meals are included in course fees).  If there’s a piano, feel free to give an impromptu cabaret – the locals will love you for it!

Finally it’s back to your accommodation, to bed and a well-earned rest in preparation for the next day’s session.

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