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Join Eric and Mona as they highlight recent releases and discuss fresh teaching strategies in one exciting hour! Learn about the latest educational piano repertoire, including video game music arrangements, jazz teaching tips, motivating duet repertoire, and much much more.
Eric Baumgartner received jazz degrees from Berklee College of Music and DePaul University. He is the author and creator of Jazz Piano Basics, a series that presents jazz fundamentals in an accessible manner through short dynamic exercises. Eric is a sought-after clinician/lecturer who has presented throughout the US, Canada, England, Germany, and Australia. He and his wife Aretta live in Atlanta, Georgia where he maintains an active schedule as performer, composer, and dedicated member of the local music scene.
An accomplished pianist, clinician, and teacher, Mona Rejino is co-author of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library and Adult Piano Method. Her numerous published works in the Hal Leonard Piano catalogue include solos, collections of original compositions, arrangements, chamber music, and Essential Elements Piano Theory. She was commissioned by MTNA to write a trio for the 2019 National Conference and was named the 2021 TMTA Commissioned Composer. Mona has taught piano at the Hockaday School in Dallas for over 20 years.
Charmaine Siagian received her BM and MM degrees in piano performance from Youngstown State University and her DMA in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. Originally from Sabah, Malaysia, Charmaine authored the Malay Folk Songs Collection published by Hal Leonard, where she is editor of educational piano.