Susan See, IMS resident piano instructor, spent four days this past week in Chicago attending the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. She attended concerts, workshops, exhibits, master classes, and connected with other independent and university teachers from around the world. A highlight for Susan was being selected to present remarks at the banquet honoring Marvin Blickenstaff for his lifelong achievements in piano pedagogy. Susan says, “Marvin is one of the most beloved of all piano pedagogues in the United States and Canada. His wisdom has inspired generations of teachers and students alike. Several of my former students from IMS went on to study with him when he was a piano professor at Goshen College (1978-99). Without exception, they held him in highest regard. He is a man of faith and peace, who has remained authentic and humble over the years. Without a doubt, he has become my most important piano mentor and role model. It was such an honor to be able to represent the country’s independent teachers as we acknowledged the contributions Marvin has made in the piano pedagogy world.”
Susan remembesr telling Marvin once about a piano student who had exceeded all of my expectations. Without missing a beat, he answered, “Susan, never underestimate what your students can do!” That is the motto I try to put into practice each teaching day. I am forever grateful to Marvin Blickenstaff.
For more about the piano conference, visit Susan’s website at susansee.net.