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Free Workshop Offered for
Area Piano Instructors

Posted August 28, 2000

HOLLAND -- The Hope College Department of Music and Meyer Music of Holland are joining together to offer a free piano workshop to area piano instructors.

Nancy and Randall Faber, both leaders in piano instruction, will lead the workshop on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music on the Hope campus.

The program begins with a workshop on "The Elementary Student: Fostering a Love of Music," from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. At 10:45 a.m., the Fabers will turn their attention to older students with "The Intermediate Student: the ABCs of Artistry," which will end at noon. The final session runs from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and is titled "Piano Adventures: Get Ready for Take-Off."

Educators may attend all the events, or attend just those of interest. There is no registration required prior to the workshop.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the center of the Hope campus, along the former 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.

Nancy and Randall Faber have combined their background as composer and performer to become one of today's leading supporters of the piano teacher. The husband and wife team has authored more than 80 publications, including the best-selling "Pre Time" to "Bigtime Piano Supplementary Library" and the highly successful method "Piano Adventures."

The Fabers advocate piano study not only for personal expression and performance success, but also as a vehicle for the student's creative and cognitive development. Their philosophy is reflected in their writing, their public appearances and in their own teaching.

Nancy Faber was named the 1997 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year for her piece "Tennessee Suite" for Piano and String Quartet. Other commissions include the flute quartet "Voices from Between Worlds," winner of the 1994 National Flute Association's Professional Chamber Music Competition; a commission by "Clavier" magazine; and the Michigan Music Teacher's Distinguished Composer Award. Her music has been heard on network television and on public radio. Her teachers of composition include Jean Tower, William Albright and British composer Nicholas Maw; her piano studies were at the Eastman School and Michigan State University.

Randall Faber has performed and given workshops throughout the United States. He has been Artist-in- Residence at Bard College and a guest faculty member at the National Piano Institute at Southern Methodist University. He holds three degrees from the University of Michigan, with advance studies in both piano performance and educational psychology.

Additional information about the workshop may be obtained by calling the college's department of music at (616) 395-7650.

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