I attended the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association State Conference at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake this weekend. My son Joshua was thrilled to have the opportunity of playing in the masterclass given by Dr. Kevin Olson, one of our favorite living composers! He played one of Olson's pieces, “Impressions on Green," which he had started learning several months before in preparation for MMTA's Fall Festival. Dr. Olson was so encouraging of Joshua and the way he worked with him helped him have more understanding of the piece. He also pointed out two different places where there are publishing mistakes, and we were able to correct the music. I’m sure this is something he will remember forever!
Yesterday Dr. Olson also gave a presentation on applying the classical education model, specifically the trivium, to music study. That was awesome too! Of course there were many other great sessions at the conference but the master class was definitely the highlight.