Katherine Fisher

Piano Safari
Piano Duet Repertoire

Katherine Fisher is on the faculty of the Athens Community Music School at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  Her responsibilities include teaching private piano lessons as well as coordinating the Piano Safari Program (group lessons) for children who are beginners at the instrument.

Katherine Fisher and Dr. Julie Knerr have been working on the Piano Safari® Method since their time in school together at the University of Oklahoma, where they both realized they had mutual dreams of writing a piano method that would incorporate all the best elements of the various methods they had been using in their teaching.

Katherine is a member of the Fisher PIano Duo with husband Christopher Fisher. The duo has performed throughout the United States.

Katherine is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, having most recently served as recording secretary for the OhioMTA. She presently serves in the capacity of Vice- President for Membership for the Southeast District of OhioMTA.

A native of Ohio, Katherine received her degrees from the University of Oklahoma (Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy) and the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance).  Her former teachers include Jeongwon Ham, Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Karin R. Edwards, and Nancy Bachus.

 

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George Frederick Litterst

TimeWarp Technologies
SuperScore Music for iPad
Home Concert Xtreme for iPad

 

Music Educator

George Litterst is currently a private piano teacher in Rehoboth, MA. In recent years, he served as a mentor at the Ross School of East Hampton, NY, where he was involved in developing a K- 12 curriculum for performing arts. Additionally, he has taught in a wide variety of musical environments: university, conservatory prep school, community music school, public school, and private studio. Academic institutions where he has taught include the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, Northeastern University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of many professional musical and educational organizations, such as Music Teachers National Association.

Performer

A pianist, Mr. Litterst has appeared in solo recitals and chamber concerts in the United States. He was a regular soloist with the Rockford Pops Orchestra (in Illinois) for 26 summer seasons. He has also made guest appearances as a conductor. In addition, he has performed extensively as a church musician. He currently performs as soloist as well as with duet partner, Shana Kirk, and these concerts feature the interactive use of computers and multimedia elements.

Computer and Music Technology Specialist

As a national leader in the use of technology in music education, Mr. Litterst is a frequent presenter at national music educator conventions, such as Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), World Piano Pedagogy Conference (WPPC), Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME), Association for Instruction in Music Technology (ATMI), and others. Over the years, he has presented to various state and local educational gatherings and has conducted numerous workshops for music teachers. He has also presented at the World Piano Conference in Europe.

Author

Mr. Litterst’s writings include educational materials, music software documentation, and over 100 articles on music and computer applications in professional journals, as well as articles on consumer software. His publication credits include: Clavier Companion (formerly Keyboard Companion), American Music Teacher, Electronic Musician, Piano & Keyboard, Sheet Music Magazine, JAZZIZ, Play, American Suzuki Journal, Piano Quarterly, Soundwaves, Coda Notes, Keyboard Classics, the I.S.A.M. Newsletter, and The MACazine. He is also the author of a book on music theory as well as Inside Finale: The Art and Science of Music Notation.

Software Developer

A primary interest in the use of computers to create new opportunities for music learning, exploration, and performance has lead Mr. Litterst to found TimeWarp Technologies with his partner, Frank Weinstock. Mr. Litterst is the co-developer of SuperScore, an interactive app for working with electronic scores; Home Concert Xtreme, intelligent music accompaniment software; Classroom Maestro, an electronic blackboard for presenting musical concepts; Internet MIDI, a program for linking MIDI keyboards over the Internet for real-time lessons and performances; Adventures in Musicland, four computer games that explore sound, pictures, and music in a game context; Music Mentor, an introduction to music history and the fundamentals of music; and Perceive, an integrated ear training and music theory package. Home Concert Xtreme was the recipient of the 2010 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy award.

Shana Kirk

Shana Kirk is a Denver, CO-based pianist, teacher, technology consultant, and arts advocate.

With BA and MM degrees from Lipscomb University and the University of Denver, respectively, she has taught piano in both private and group settings. Her teaching embraces modern technologies for learning and motivation.

During 2000, she helped develop and operate the "What Makes Music?" discovery center for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Shortly thereafter, she co-founded Denver-Based Apple Pie, Inc., an organization with the mission of bringing the arts to underserved areas.  She currently serves on the board of the Playground Ensemble, an organization devoted to creating and performing new music.

As a music industry consultant, Ms. Kirk works closely with institutions, software developers, music technology vendors, and manufacturers to share 21st century tools with the music teaching community. She is a frequent presenter at music education events throughout the US and Canada.

She is also active as a writer, with music and music-technology based articles appearing in such publications as Clavier Companion and American Music Teacher, where she co-authors the Random Acces column.

When she isn’t working with music teachers, you can usually find Shana out on a mountain trail in Colorado.