Whole Body Learning educational processes start with listening and developing the ear. Listening is fundamental and it must always include purpose. When listening the student will establish connections between the different parts of the piece that is being learnt.
In the Andante by Gurlitt which is an AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) piece for Preliminary, singing some words, like:
Andante, Andante, come let's go. First to the park then to the shops then go home.
Singing assists with all developmental areas, including: pitch contour, phrasing, articulation, dynamic difference.
Susan and I have always been curious about teaching and pedagogy as well as developing our skills. We both regularly attend workshops and professional development programs all around the world.
2019 will be a big year of travel for me, as I am presenting a paper at the London Music Expo in March followed by workshops on Whole Body Learning in the UK. In July there's Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Brisbane followed by the Instrumental Conference in Maryborough. NCKP (National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy) is a biannual event which I also plan to attend in Chicago USA and there's a Classroom Music Teachers conference in England.
The older I get, the more I want to learn. With such an array of educational opportunities I look forward to sharing my knowledge when presenting our own Whole Body Learning workshops across the year.