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Fall Workshop Details

Event Date | September 23, 2023

Event Time | 9-11am

Location | Portland Piano Company

Fees | FREE to MTACC Members! $20 for Guests

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Laura Beckel Thoreson

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Fall Workshop | Sarah Silvia

Stepping Back in Time with
Clara Schumann

Join us as we immerse ourselves in the life of the most important classical pianist of the 19th century! Sarah Silvia will represent Clara Schumann in complete, authentic-to-the-times Victorian dress, while reading out excerpts from Clara's diary, sharing from letters between Clara and Robert, and performing some of her compositions. Topics of conversation will range from Frau Schumann's strict childhood, focused education, marriage to Robert, to her continuing career after her widowhood. Clara's experiences with early feminism and her inspiration from strong female role models like her mother will feature prominently. We’ll also explore the performing, editing, and teaching that Clara accomplished alongside the continuing challenges in her life. What can we modern-day music teachers learn from Clara’s life and legacy? Step back in time with Sarah and find out!

About Sarah Silvia

At a time when more students are diagnosed with learning challenges than ever before, we can all improve as teachers when we lean into the growth mindset.

I focus on communication, connection, and relationship in my studio. I’ve taught students ages 3 to 72, often with an assortment of exceptionalities. My studio includes English language learners as well as others who experience focus & energy issues ranging from ADHD to challenges with executive function or developmental delays.

Many of my students benefit from extra support in their musical studies with more explicit directions in practice assignments. I believe in my students, and see them as whole and complete.

I hold a Master of Music degree from the University of Washington and have taught at the Bainbridge Island Music Guild and John Stanford International School. My article on beginning to teach online was published in The Clarion in April 2020. I have presented on teaching rhythm online at the Edmonds MTA, as well as an Imagination Masterclass.

I look for the divine spark in each person I teach, and I set them up to surpass expectations.

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