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    MTASA Winter Professional Learning Day 2024

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    Professional Learning opportunity in the brand new Australian Piano Warehouse room!

    Join us for 'Expanding the Repertoire', an enriching professional learning morning led by Stuart Storer, esteemed Rock School examiner. He will expertly guide us through ideas of student retention, keeping them engaged, and teaching popular styles. 

    Stuart will talk about strategies for teaching the latest generation of children (Gen-A), how they learn differently, how they absorb information, and how important it is for teachers to understand the challenges this presents. We can’t extend repertoire if we don’t have the students in the first place😊 .

    Delve into innovative teaching methodologies, explore new musical dimensions, and enhance your repertoire toolkit!

    Saturday 15 June from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Presentation 1 (approx. 90 minutes) – Student retention – keeping Gen-A students engaged in learning
    Presentation 2 (approx. 60 minutes) – Teaching popular styles through Rockschool

    Elevate your musical expertise and network with fellow educators at this transformative event. Seats are limited, so secure your spot now for a morning of inspiration and growth!

    Stuart Storer – Presenter                       

    After initial studies in the UK where he completed examinations through the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, Stuart won a scholarship to study music at the High Melton College of Advanced Education. Moving to Australia in 1979, he continued his studies under distinguished pianists Rodney Smith, Lance Dossor and Stefan Ammer. Stuart holds the degrees of Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, as well as the Licentiate in Music Diploma (L.Mus.A) from the AMEB, and the Certificate in Advanced Music from Flinders Street School of Music, Adelaide. 

    As an accomplished pianist, Stuart has extensive teaching and performing experience, having taught both privately and in several colleges in Adelaide for over forty years. He established the first Forte School of Music in Adelaide in 2003, creating a successful music school with over 300 students, and opened a second location three years later. Stuart has experience as a freelance musician performing in bands, playing piano for church services, as an accompanist, and has given performances and master classes in Australia, Japan, and Malaysia. He is a regular co-host and contributor to online workshops in music pedagogy run through 

    In 2009 his collection of original piano pieces, “Piano Diversions”, was published by Reed Music (Melbourne), and have been included in AMEB and ANZCA syllabuses.

    Stuart has close to 30 years’ experience as an AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) piano examiner; he is a member of the South Australia & Northern Territory AMEB Advisory Board, the Examiner Training Advisory Group, Syllabus Repertoire Consultant for Series 3 Piano for Leisure, Piano for Leisure technical work review (2021), most recently for the revision of the Piano for Leisure Certificate of Performance repertoire selections, and is also a member of the AMEB’s Vietnam examining panel. He was appointed as an examiner for Rockschool (UK) in 2016 and is now the Chief Examiner for Australia & New Zealand. He is a Senior Examiner on the international panel of Rockschool examiners, and in 2023 adjudicated the Classical Piano and Drums sections of Rockfest held in Malaysia.  

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