Louisiana Teachers Association
University of New Orleans
October 12-13, 2017
Local Hosts: North Shore Music Teachers Association

A group of Baton Rouge teachers with 2017 Convention clinician, Gayle Kowalchyk

Convention Schedule:

Click here for a tentative schedule. Start planning your trip now!

Click here for a summary of our clinicians' sessions.


Driving Directions:

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Hotel Information:

Country Inns & Suites
2713 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 835-4141 or 1-800-830-5222

Please call the hotel directly and ask for the Louisiana Music Teachers Convention 2017 group rate. Reservations must be made by September 11, 2017. Parking is free (one car per room).

  • $99/night - limited number of exterior access rooms (these rooms overlook a lovely courtyard; the hotel has secure, locked gates)
  • $139/night - deluxe interior rooms
  • $159/night - studio suites (bring the whole family and have a mini-vacation!)

2017 LMTA Convention Registration:

Click here for the registration form. Must be postmarked by September 11th to avoid late registration fee.

2017 LMTA Convention Clinicians:

E. L. Lancaster

 Dr. E. L. Lancaster is Vice President and Keyboard Editor-in-Chief of Alfred Music Publishing. He draws upon his teaching experience, ranging from pre-school students through doctoral candidates, to direct the Alfred catalog. Dr. Lancaster holds degrees from Murray (KY) State University, the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

From 1979 until 1998, Dr. Lancaster was Professor of Music at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, where he taught courses in piano pedagogy and coordinated the group piano program. He taught pre-college students in the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program, combining group and private instruction. In addition, from 1981 to 1996, he and his wife, Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk, operated a large independent piano studio in Norman, Oklahoma.

Dr. Lancaster has presented workshops for teachers throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. He is the author or co-author of more than 350 publications designed for students of all ages. He now lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and their two children, Kelsey and Chase.


Piano for Life - A primary goal of piano teaching is to give students the knowledge to understand and enjoy music for the rest of their lives. This session explores practical strategies and teaching materials to achieve this goal.

Alfred Showcase: From Solo to Concerto: Variety in the Studio - Choosing appropriate music and materials for the variety of students' needs is the key to success. This introduction of new materials includes solos, duets, masterworks, concertos, and a keyboard history book that will serve to enliven your teaching.


Gayle Kowalchyk

 As Keyboard Editor for Supplementary Piano Publications for Alfred Music Publishing, Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk selects and edits music for the supplementary piano catalog. She holds degrees from Ohio University (piano performance, 1977), Northwestern University (piano performance and pedagogy, 1979) and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University (piano pedagogy, 1989). Dr. Kowalchyk was formerly on the faculty of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, and the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

A frequent clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Kowalchyk has presented sessions for national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association and the Music Educators National Conference, as well as for the National Group Piano Symposium, the National Piano Teachers Institute, the International Pedagogy Workshops, the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. She is on the board of advisors for Clavier Companion magazine.

With her husband, Dr. E. L. Lancaster, she is the co-author of more than 275 educational piano books, including Alfred's Premier Piano Course. From 1981 until 1996 Dr. Kowalchyk and her husband taught students of all ages at their independent piano studio in Norman, Oklahoma. She now lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and two children, where she works full-time on writing and editing projects for Alfred.


Technique for Life: 10 Technical Skills for Creating a Lifetime of Music Making - Artistic piano performances depend upon good technique. This session explores 10 basic technique "tools" that can be used at any level. From beginning to standard repertoire, all students can play beautifully using these tools.

Alfred Showcase: From Solo to Concerto: Variety in the Studio - Choosing appropriate music and materials for the variety of students' needs is the key to success. This introduction of new materials includes solos, duets, masterworks, concertos, and a keyboard history book that will serve to enliven your teaching.


Michelle Sisler

 At a very young age, Michelle discovered her talent and love for music. Through Michelle's creative and fun teaching style, she has effectively taught piano to many students (ages ranging from 6 to 83). Michelle's use of technology and creative teaching materials have gained her national recognition and a unique place at the forefront of music education. Her materials allow teachers to incorporate technology into music lessons. Michelle has presented sessions at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Music Teachers National Association conference, and various state conferences and local groups. She has written technology articles for Keyboard Companion, a series of technology articles in Clavier, and reviews in American Music Teacher. Michelle has co-authored Studio Makeover, Technology "Addition" Double Click Curriculum, Are We There Yet? A Music Journey Around the Globe, Road Trip: America the Beautiful, and Sebastian Sharp and the Case of the Missing Manuscript, all available from Keys to Imagination LLC.


Keys to Imagination Showcase: Inspire, Innovate, Invigorate, Invent! - In this session, Michelle will show you unique and exciting ways to introduce, reinforce and advance theory concepts and skills in private lessons, group lessons or as a themed camp. Ideas will include off the bench games and activities that can be used inside and outside.

iPad Ideas: Teaching Music with Apps - Discover how to easily incorporate your iPad in your teaching.Learn how teachers are creatively using mobile apps to engage their students to learn theory, compose music, play games, learn online, record and provide feedback, teach in groups, teach music history and practice. Make your teaching more fun and effective!

CSI: Creating Successful Instruction - Using 3 basic principles, teachers will interactively solve the mystery of why certain teaching tools and apps are more effective than others and uncover strategies based on science to improve the effectiveness of using technology with students. This session is definitely an audience participation session where teachers will literally be movin' and groovin' and sharing ideas with others!


2017 LMTA Convention Artist:

Elizabeth Moak

 Noted for her "sensitivity" and "generous imagination" (La Suisse, Geneva, Switzerland), pianist Elizabeth Moak's recent performances include Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Quebec. Winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition and several national competitions including the National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Auditions, Elizabeth has performed extensively in the United States and Europe. As soloist, she has also appeared on national television, radio, and with orchestras including the Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchatel, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to honors for her solo playing, she has received awards for her collaborative work from the Music Academy of the West and Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University (piano studies with Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, and Julian Martin).

Dr. Moak holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory and the Neuchatel Conservatory (Switzerland). For eight years Elizabeth served on the faculty of Millsaps College, where she was honored with the "Outstanding Young Faculty Award." In 2004, Elizabeth joined the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi.


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