Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL


Feb 25, 2019


9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Monthly Meeting February 2019

February 25, 2018



Debbie Gillette: The Practicing Teacher

With a full teaching schedule, how is there enough time to keep our skills up, fingers working and keep fresh our love of piano playing? Debbie will share her ideas to make the most of small chunks of time, planning practice time through practice logs and goals, performance groups and more. 


Debbie Gillette has been part of the adjunct music faculty at Trinity since 1998. Debbie graduated from Michigan State University with a B.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with high honors, as well as completing further graduate studies at MSU in Piano Performance as a student of Joseph Evans and Edith Kraft. Her teaching at Trinity has included teaching piano, organ, keyboard skills, piano pedagogy/literature and handbell choir. Performing as a frequent collaborative pianist, Debbie is also the Director of Music at Antioch United Methodist Church where her duties include worship service performance at piano and organ, service planning, children’s choir, assisting with adult choir and developing musical talent, both instrumental and vocal. Also a saxophonist, Debbie performs with the Waukegan Band in her summers. Debbie is the current President of the North Shore Music Teachers Association. She has been a frequent presenter at both state conferences and local chapters. In 2012 she was chosen as North Shore Music Teachers’ Association’s Teacher of the Year. Judging regularly for the National Piano Guild, ISMTA, and several regional piano festivals and competitions in both Illinois and Wisconsin, Debbie is committed to encouraging the pianist. Maintaining a private studio of both adults and children, many of her students have become successful teachers.

February Program


Dr. Susan Osborne 
“The Score Speaks: Teaching Interpretation to Growing Musicians.” 

Teachers have multiple tasks in creating well-rounded musicians.  When teaching interpretation, we can easily default to coaching our own ideas. But we can teach students to be independents interpreters from their youngest years.  Dr. Osborn will explore the idea of creative “Mapping” as a tool for encouraging interpretation. She will demonstrate how students can make Resource Charts for areas such as Harmony, Melody and Rhythms.  These charts become the basis of Mapping, which in turn leads to the creation of stories and art.  This process provides a basis for gateway for imaginative musical thinking. 



For over 30 years, Dr. Susan Osborn has taught students of all ages and levels. She teaches Keyboard Skills at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, as well as private and group piano at the Northwestern University Music Academy. During the summer season, she teachers at Interlochen Arts Camp. Dr. Osborn is a regular adjudicator, performer, and presenter in the Chicago area. Her extracurricular interests in photography and architecture have led to specializations in interdisciplinary subjects that enhance piano teaching. She has presented these widely, including at the MTNA National Conference; she will also present at this year's NCKP Conference. Dr. Osborn holds a D.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, as well as a Teaching Certificate from The New School for Music. Her pedagogy teachers included Frances Larimer, Frances Clark, Louise Goss, and Sam Holland. She studied performance with Jacob Lateiner, Phyllis Rappeport, Michael Zenge, Francis Whang, Serge Petitgirard, and Robert Miller.


Hourly Schedule

9:30 - 10:00
Debbie Gillette
10:00 - 11:00
Business Meeting and Coffee
11:00 - 12:00
Susan Osborn
“The Score Speaks: Teaching Interpretation to Growing Musicians.”
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