Join ESPS teachers and parents in our online workshop, featuring Karen Gerelus, on Sunday, January 24 @ 1:30 pm
There are so many presentations, blog posts, podcasts, and books promising to teach parents how to motivate their children to practice a musical instrument. The research shows that parents can’t actually motivate their children to practice… however, parents can create an environment which fosters motivation. Edward Deci, the founder of Self-Determination Theory (SDT), believes that you can’t motivate people, but you can create the environment in which people will motivate themselves. Using a framework of SDT, we can learn how to develop intrinsic motivation in students which leads to long-term wellbeing and deeper learning.
Karen Gerelus is a third-generation piano teacher, musician, author, and scholar. She has completed an Associate diploma in Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT), an Associate diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of London (ATCL), and a Licentiate diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of London (LTCL). In 2010, she convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts, 2016 with a Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Ottawa and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary where her research focuses on identity and motivation in piano students.
Karen is a proud recipient of the national CFMTA Memorial Pedagogy Award for excellence in music teaching, she has won the CFMTA National Essay Competition twice, and been awarded research grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been featured in both professional and academic journals, at Music Teachers’ National Association conferences, and on international teaching podcasts. Karen is a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association and a certified teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Past teachers and examiners have commented on Karen’s “passion for teaching” and “warm and engaging manner.” Her lessons involve a variety of music – from minuets to mambos to Mission Impossible – to keep students engaged and teach sensitivity and compassion for all cultures and musical styles. In addition to teaching music, Karen also teaches advanced music theory, history, and pedagogy at her studio in Calgary. Overall, her students play with beautiful technique, singing melodies, and high levels of personal satisfaction.