Dr. Vanessa Cornett

Dr. Vanessa Cornett

POTSDAM, NY – SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will welcome music teachers for an exciting day of free workshops during the 2018 Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference, on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The 2018 Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference will feature clinician Dr. Vanessa Cornett, who is director of keyboard studies and an associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy at The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and Dr. Kathryn Sherman, an associate professor of piano pedagogy at The Crane School of Music.

The conference will highlight various educational strategies for piano teachers of pre-college students. Topics include mental skills for performance anxiety management, applications of cognitive-behavioral psychology for music teachers, and curriculum development for the emerging intermediate student.

The Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference is open to all piano teachers at no charge, and will take place throughout the day on Sept. 29. All events will take place at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Cornett will present workshops that illuminate how research in neuroscience, sports psychology and cognitive-behavioral psychology can inform and enhance everyday music teaching. Her session topics include practical tips for more effective teaching and stress management, mental skills for performance anxiety management, and practical applications of cognitive-behavioral psychology for music teachers.

Cornett is an international clinician and author of the forthcoming book, “The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance.” She specializes in performance anxiety management and performance psychology for musicians, and her workshops have been featured at prominent music conferences throughout the world.

In addition to Cornett’s sessions, Sherman will present a workshop on navigating the transition from method book to repertoire. The Crane faculty member is an active presenter of teacher workshops across the nation, and earned her doctorate in piano performance with an emphasis in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma.

Conference attendees can also attend a poster session featuring collegiate piano pedagogy scholarship, and explore the Crane Piano Pedagogy library in an open reading session.

For more information about the Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference and to register, please visit http://www.cranepianopedagogy.org.

To learn more about the piano pedagogy concentration offered at The Crane School of Music, visit https://www.potsdam.edu/academics/Crane/MusicEd/Piano-Pedagogy.

About The Crane School of Music:

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-S