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UGA Piano Symposium


DATE change: Saturday, February 26, due to current COVID-19 conditions
The 2022 Piano Symposium will take place in Edge Recital Hall at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music. This event is free and open to the public. 
Pre-registration is requested. Please email Dr. Grace Huang ( to pre-register. 
Symposium Schedule (subject to change):

10:00-11:00 AMSing, Breathe, Move, and Play: Mindful Movement in Children’s Music Classes and Private Lessons 

11:15-12:00 PM: Awareness, Alignment, and Integration: Mindful Movement for Adolescent and Advanced Musicians

12:00-1:30 PM LUNCH             

1:30-2:15 PM: Facing Fear: Anxiety and the Adolescent Student

2:15-2:30 PMMini-Recital

2:30-3:30 PM Mini-Sessions: 

  • Why is my Gifted Student Struggling? Characteristics and Teaching Strategies of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional Student
  • Self-Care and Self-Compassion: The Musician’s Guidebook

3:30-3:45 PM Q+A with Dr. McAllister

Dr. McAllister

About the Symposium Headliner:
Lesley McAllister, DMA, is Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy at Baylor University, where she teaches courses in piano pedagogy and performer wellness while directing the Piano Laboratory Program for beginning piano students. She is author of two books on musician wellness, The Balanced Musician: Integrating Mind and Body for Peak Performance and Yoga in the Music Studio, which was recently published by Oxford Press. Her writing has been published in American Music Teacher, the MTNA E-Journal, and Piano Magazine, and she has presented at several conferences including the Music Teachers National Association national conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the International Society for Music Education.

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