During her workshop, Gayle shared personal triumphs and challenges from her own teaching experiences, as well as valuable teaching tips and ideas that teachers can put into action immediately with their students.
Dr. Kowalchyk also covered repertoire selection and presented valuable motivational ideas for studio use. Other topics included: creative ideas for themed recitals, keys to understanding performance practices, selecting duets for students, and much more.
As Keyboard Editor for Supplementary Piano Publications (1988-present) for Alfred Publishing, Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk selects and edits music for the supplementary piano catalog. She holds degrees from Ohio University (piano performance, 1977), Northwestern University (piano performance and pedagogy, 1979) and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University (piano pedagogy, 1989).
From 1981 until 1996 Dr. Kowalchyk and her husband taught students of all ages at their independent piano studio in Norman, Oklahoma. She now lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and two children, where she works full-time on writing and editing projects for Alfred.
Michael McClelland was host and organizer for the clinic, and Sharon DeLaFuente was the culinary hostess