“What a treat!” remarked Barbara Murry, private piano instructor and resident of Grain Valley, after hearing Dr. Randall Faber perform for area piano teachers as part of his workshop presented recently at Meyer Music in Blue Springs. Instructors from Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Independence, Kansas City North, and Overland Park, KS joined Mrs. Murry in their praise of Dr. Faber's presentation.
Dr. Faber, a classical pianist who lectures on musical artistry and talent development around the world, has had his performances aired on television and public radio. Dr. Faber is also a master teacher for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and the Music Teachers National Association Conference, among others. He holds three degrees from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in education and human development from Vanderbilt University.
Denise Rebo, an instructor from Lee's Summit, commented, “Dr. Faber inspired us to be more creative in our teaching by doing more with our songs to excite and interest our students. Making analogies consistent with our students' experiences helps them relate to the material and become more actively involved.” Norma Jean Siglar of Blue Springs said, “the workshop was very worthwhile; I was especially interested in the concept of technique musicality.”
Ellen Curtin, piano instructor from Kansas City North, commented, “I was really impressed with how much psychological research had already been done for us by Dr. Faber, especially in the area of brain waves and the way our nerves work.” Pam Jackson, another Lee's Summit area piano instructor, said, “the pattern recognition that Dr. Faber discussed was more in-depth than I had been doing, and I am going to adopt his philosophy to teach until the student feels smart!”
Dr. Faber and his wife Nancy have authored over 200 publications, including the best-selling Piano Adventures method, which is a very popular series used by piano teachers throughout the nation. A guest at the workshop, Craig Smith, professional pianist/performer from Overland Park, KS, was impressed with Dr. Faber's work and observed, “Dr. Faber was certainly stimulating for the teachers, as he helped them embrace being more creative in their instruction. Their students will certainly benefit from Dr. Faber's methods.”
The workshop, coordinated by Linda Simpson, a longtime private piano instructor, concluded with a luncheon for all attendees, provided compliments of Betty Meyer of Meyer Music.