This year Wyoming Music Teachers Association is proud to welcome FJH composer Kevin Olson to present on the following topics:
Integrating Improvisation in the Classical Lesson
Baroque Performance Practice
Hands On Jazz Basics
Coaching Young Composers
WMTA has also commissioned him to compose a two-piano, eight hands piece for intermediate piano students, which he has entitled Pistol Pete’s Piano Posse Rides Again, and will be presented at the conference.
As well as presenting his commission, Kevin has agreed to hold a Composition Master Class. Students of any age or level of playing ability, may submit an original, notated composition, of any length. During this Saturday morning class, they will perform their composition (or play a recording). Teachers, and students and their families, will be able to hear Kevin's comments and encouragements, while observing the notation, which will be projected to a screen. Deadline for submission is May 19, 2008. Please see Master Class Application.
Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and member of the piano faculty at Utah State University, where he has taught courses that include piano literature, music theory, aural skills, piano pedagogy, rock and roll history, and private instruction in piano and composition. In addition to his collegiate teaching responsibilities, Kevin is a faculty advisor for the Northern Chapter of Utah Music Teachers Association and the Utah State University Youth Conservatory. Before teaching at Utah State, he was on the faculty at Elmhurst College near Chicago and Humboldt State University in northern California.
A native of West Jordan, Utah, Dr. Olson began winning composition contests at age five. When he was twelve, his composition, An American Trainride, received the Overall First Prize at the 1983 National PTA Convention at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since then he has been a Composer in Residence at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written music commissioned and performed by groups such as the American Piano Quartet, Chicago a cappella, the Rich Matteson Jazz Festival, International Music Syndicate, Music Teachers National Association, the Festival for Creative Pianists, and numerous piano teacher associations around the country. Kevin is in demand as a clinician, giving workshops and performances around the country and internationally, most recently as an invited judge and clinician at the MusiQuest Piano Festival in Pune, India.
Kevin maintains a large piano studio, teaching students of a variety of ages and abilities. Many of the needs of his own piano students have inspired more than 100 books and solos published by the FJH Music Company, which he joined as a writer in 1994.