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Practice Workshop

Mr. Trevor Thornton
Class Dates: June, 22, 24, 29 and July 1 from 11:00AM-12:00PM



This class is designed to give students tools to examine their practice and make it more efficient and effective. Students are encouraged to have a new piece, review piece, and “performance piece” to bring to classes. Assignments will include writing prompts, practice journal entries, recording a practice video, and participating in practice partnerships with other students. Handouts detailing the practice strategies discussed in class will be provided. Ideal for adult students, and anyone feeling motivated to examine and improve their practice routine.

Trevor Thornton joined NSMS in 2018 to take part in the Teaching Apprenticeship Program – an intensive year of observations, co-teaching, and pedagogy courses. He holds a B.M and M.M. in piano performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he studied with Dr. Robert Weirich and Dr. Diane Petrella. In high school, Mr. Thornton was a Myra Jackson Blair Scholar for three years at the Blair School of Music in Nashville, TN, where he studied with Jama Reagan. An enthusiastic collaborator, Mr. Thornton has accompanied middle school choirs full-time, worked as a staff pianist for the Kansas City Ballet and UMKC Dance Division, and has served as a church musician. He also performs regularly with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and in NSMS Faculty Recitals. As a teacher, Mr. Thornton has been a piano instructor for Hunterdon Academy of the Arts, Village Music Academy, The Pembroke Hill School, in his private studio, and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UMKC. One of his favorite aspects of teaching when students have an “Aha!” moment about the way a piece sounds best.

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