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Beyond Boys and Girls: Ten Proven Ways to Make Wise Choices for Your Students Without Resorting to Gender Cliches

Beyond Boys and Girls: Ten Proven ways to make wise choices for your students without resorting to gender cliches.

Gender cliches are part of our culture, but they needn’t be part of our piano teaching. 

We have all made assumptions about our students based on obsolete categorizations that have seeped into our collective unconscious. We will explore ways in which we have unknowingly limited our students, and what we did to remedy the situation.

Using a combination of hard science and hard-fought personal experience, we will examine how choices based on gender can backfire. More importantly, we will outline specific ways to assess students and help to make the best choices in materials, repertoire and overall teaching decisions.

We will discuss ways to create an atmosphere in which students can be most authentically themselves; one in which we, as teachers, do nothing to limit their choices or their power to express themselves. If music is a language, then we must do our best give it full voice in each and every student.

Presenting with Cognitive Scientist Michelle Lifshitz.

National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Westin Lombard Hotel outside Chicago, IL