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The 2023 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy

Welcome music educators! 

Our team is looking forward to meeting you at this year’s NCKP Conference in Chicago, and serving your professional needs in any way we can.

The National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy gives us an opportunity to connect with all of you and to remind you that Yamaha is your partner in music education, not just through our great instruments and professional audio products but also with resources, support and professional development. We want to continue to hear about your programs and learn about you and your specific needs to see how Yamaha can partner with you to help.

Yamaha is committed to supporting music education and organizations like NCKP. Please email us at Sign up for the Yamaha Educator newsletter to access advocacy, professional development, information on instruments, resources, partnerships in education and more.

Yamaha Showcases at NCKP

Yamaha Pianos: Innovative Design, Technology and Timeless Sound

Saturday, June 10, 12-12:50 p.m. EST (ONLINE) 

Presenters: Craig Knudsen, Heratch Touresian, Jun Fujimoto

Educators and students will learn about the balance that Yamaha strikes between tradition and innovation and its application in the modern teaching studio.

Empowering Music Education: Strategies and Tools for Engaging and Inspiring Students

Friday, July 28, 4-4:50 p.m. EST (Grand Ballroom GH)

Presenters: Heratch Touresian, Jun Fujimoto and Yamaha Artists TBA

Gain insight into the creative approaches that modern music teachers are taking to engage students, and how they are drawing on a range of traditional and innovative techniques.

Yamaha Artist Presentations at NCKP

Wednesday, July 26 (all times EST)

  • 12:00-1:30 p.m. — Jennifer Snow and Karen Zorn: Welcome and Keynote (Grand Ballroom EF)
  • 4:00-5:25 p.m. — Katherine Fisher: Cultivating Creative Composers: A Panel Discussion (Grand Ballroom CD)
  • 4:00-4:50 p.m. — Jeremy Siskind: Jazz Voicings in Under an Hour! (Magnolia BC)
  • 5:30-5:55 p.m. — Aaron Stampfl: The Piano Music of James P. Johnson (Grand Ballroom CD)

Thursday, July 27 (all times EST)

  • 9 :00-10:50 a.m. — Andrea McAlister and Leah Claiborne: Teaching in Higher Education Panel Discussions (Grand Ballroom AB)
  • 9:05-9:30 a.m. — Angelin Chang: Career Pathways and the New Professional (Grand Ballroom AB)
  • 9:30-9:50 a.m. — Angelin Chang and Nick Phillips: Career Pathways and the New Professional (Grand Ballroom AB)
  • 9:50-10:15 a.m. — Nick Phillips: Marketing, Branding, and Entrepreneurship (Grand Ballroom AB)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Pamela Pike: Facilitating Adult Learning at the Piano (Grand Ballroom EF)
  • 1:30-2:20 p.m. — Leah Claiborne: Deep River: Uncovering the Pedagogy Behind the Negro Spiritual for Solo Pianists of All Skill Levels (Grand Ballroom IJ)
  • 2:30-4:00 p.m. — Artina McCain: PEDx – A Resurrection: How to Build/Rebuild a Career from Ashes (Grand Ballroom EF)
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m. — Sara Davis Buechner: Concert (Grand Ballroom EF)

Saturday, July 28 (all times EST)

  • 9:00-9:50 a.m. — Omar Roy: Embodying Narrative: Tools and Strategies for Teaching Interpretation (Ballroom IJ)

For a complete schedule, please check the NCKP Conference page.