Keyboard Creativity July 19-21

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Piano Teachers:

Are you stuck? Do you feel a little outdated and in need of an upgrade?

Are you ready to move past the paper, pencil, and a metronome?

Are you looking to end the countless hours of correcting “mistakes” in method books, classical repertory and the occasional “popular” arrangement?

What about your plugged-in students? Could it be they feel out-of-step with their musical tastes, learning styles, and desire for self-expression at your lessons?

Does your teaching need updating?

At worst, could they see your teaching style as simply irrelevant?

In the words of Pete Jutras, editor of Clavier Companion“Whether we like it or not, kids are not going to travel back in time just for piano lessons and suddenly pretend they live in the eighteenth century!”

Thankfully, many forward-thinking teachers don’t want to travel back in time either! They want to teach in new ways but need guidance in turning that corner.

That’s where our Keyboard Creativity pedagogy workshop  comes in!

Tim Topham

Tim Topham is an internationally-renowned music educator, piano teacher, writer and presenter who will share his imaginative and tech-savvy teaching tips and ideas that promise higher student engagement and retention.

Bradley Sowash

Bradley Sowash is a jazz-trained pianist, and educator specializing in improvisation who also speaks the language of traditional piano pedagogy. He will emphasize how to integrate creativity into traditional lessons through the mindset of a jazz musician.

Leila Viss

Leila Viss is a classically-trained pianist, organist and innovative owner of a tech-savvy, creative-based piano studio who enjoys arranging and improvising. She will be sharing a host of dynamic on-and-off-the-bench activities that inspire and engage students and will set your studio apart.

Paul Myatt

And our recently announced special guest:
Paul Myatt co-founded and directs Forte Music Schools which feature innovative group teaching with over 4,000 students throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


Colorado Christian University near Denver, Colorado.
Wednesday through Friday, July 19 – 21, 8am – 5pm
$500.00 Includes light breakfast, full catered lunch, and resources. (That’s about $18.50 per hour.)
Music Teacher Discount:
Email your trade association (MTNA, MENC, ASTA…) membership card to and we’ll send you a $50 refund.

Learn to teach improvisation, integrate technology, lead off-bench activities, direct group teaching, and acquire updated business skills with today’s leading pedagogues.

Reading eye balanced with the playing by ear.

We are updating piano education one like-minded teacher at a time with a new model that balances:

  • reading with improvisation.
  • solo performance with group playing.
  • fingers-on-the-keys practice with off-bench hands-on learning.
  • traditional theory with pop/jazz chord symbols.
  • classical repertory with contemporary styles.

Our progressive team-teaching approach can be visualized as vertical daily topics interwoven with the horizontal strands of group teaching, technology, and creativity.

  • Technique & Theory Wednesday, 7/19 – Before the Page: Blending Sizzling Technique with Practical Theory
  • Method Books & Repertory Thursday, 7/20 – Beyond the Page: New Ingredients for Teaching Classic Recipes
  • Composing & Improvising Friday, 7/21 – Off the Page: Cooking Up Original Recipes with Lead Sheets and Templates
  • See a more detailed schedule.

Tomorrow’s pianists need to be equally capable of performing detailed written music or improvising in a jazz ensemble, contemporary worship team, or pop band and composing because their teachers offer engaging lessons in comprehensive musicianship. We can’t wait to help you make your successful 21st-century studio a reality.

Join us this summer

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Finally an educator who offered just enough to make it exciting and interesting but not enough to overwhelm. You have a beautiful spirit. And a gift for making each student believe they will be successful at something that can be easy but is sometimes hard. You and Leila Viss make a great team. – Sally (2014 attendee)

Bradley and Leila give clear direction in the workshop without making the classically trained teacher feel like we somehow missed the boat. Instead of walking away from a workshop on improvisation frustrated, I left ready to meet the challenge. I hope you are able to attend one of Leila and Bradley’s workshops. It is certainly worth the time and expense. – Jodie (2014 attendee)

Have been having an absolute blast working on things I learned at camp and showing my students the video of our little trio that was posted online! Have told several people about the camp that are really excited about attending – whenever it becomes available again.  I’m planning to attend as well, simply because I can always work on my skills. – Mona (2014 attendee)

I was just telling a group of my fellow teachers that your workshop this summer was the best teacher workshop I’ve ever been to and that they should all go this summer when you come back. I definitely have been using the skills you taught us with my students… Thank you so much for taking the very wonderful art of improvising and breaking it into teachable little chunks that actually allow me to put it into the hands of my students!   Planning to come again this summer if I can! – Jan (2014 attendee)

I have so much respect for you, as an excellent  musician,  teacher and person!  You’re the best there is, and I’m honored you reach out to us “old fogies!! – Karen (2013 and 2014 attendee)

“Loved that all the instruction was exciting for me and something I can bring to students while continuing to grow my own jazz/improv skills.”  – Janet K. (2013 attendee)

Refund Policy
Because we are a small, boutique workshop, each student has a big impact on our planning and budget i.e. how many pianos to provide, how many meals to prepare… However, we also understand that unforeseen circumstances may prevent a paid registrant from attending the workshop. So we are happy to offer a full refund minus a $50 processing fee provided we receive an email notifying us of the necessity to cancel on or before July 1, 2017. No refunds will be offered after this date.

Some of our 2016 participants.