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  • Camp 17′ Celebration

    Camp 17′ Celebration

      PIANO ENSEMBLE CAMP 17’ CELEBRATION Piano Faber Institute in Ann Arbor June 23, 2017 @ 11:45 AM Camp Director welcomes the audience and acknowledges support from the Faber Piano Institute, the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild Foundation and …Read More »
  • Piano Ensemble Camp 2017

    Piano Ensemble Camp 2017

    From June 19 to 23, 17 campers, age 10 to 16, swarmed the Piano Faber Institute to make music together under the guidance of one director, ten teachers and four guest artists.  We did not need the results of our …Read More »
  • Piano Ensemble Camp 2016

    Piano Ensemble Camp 2016

    June 24 marked the end of our Piano Ensemble camp and during this week long program, we all had a fantastic time. What a treat to see these 17 students, age 10 to 16, work together and improve each day. …Read More »
  • So Where Are the Lady Beethovens Anyhow?

    So Where Are the Lady Beethovens Anyhow?

    At the next formal meeting of the AAAPTG (April 21, 9:30 a.m.), Performers Group members will be highlighting a collection devoted to women composers acquired by the University of Michigan music library in the early 80’s which has recently been …Read More »

Upcoming Public Events


    Thursday, March 15th, 2018

    Lessons from Studying and Performing the Brahms Character Pieces

    Joel Schoenhals performs regularly around Ann Arbor in the intimate setting of private homes as well as larger venues and concert halls.  He will share insights gained most recently during the preparation and performances of Brahms Character Pieces.

    – Joel Schoenhals, Professor of Piano; Eastern Michigan University

    Refreshments: Sarah Albright, Nancy Klein, Judy Waller










    Sunday, March 18th, 2018 - Sunday, May 20th, 2018

    In this recital, students will perform piano solo or as part of a chamber music group.

    Registration is needed by March 8. Please take the following guidelines very seriously because all are indispensable to make the program and to plan a successful event.

    • Names of all players, their instruments AND of their teachers
    • Name of piece, key and opus#
    • Full name of composer:
    • Exact duration

    To register, please contact Christopher Carlon.












  • Seminar

    Thursday, March 22nd, 2018


    Guild members only.


  • Bach & Brahms Project - Concert 4

    Bach & Brahms Project - Concert 4

    Friday, March 23rd, 2018

    The last in a 2-year, 4-recital project featuring Bach’s complete Partitas and Brahms’ character works for the piano. The program for March 23 includes:

    – Bach Partita No. 6 in E Minor
    – Brahms Six Pieces, Op. 118
    – Brahms Four Pieces, Op. 119

    Pianist Joel Schoenhals is Professor of Piano at Eastern Michigan University and Foreign Expert at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei, China. He has performed throughout the world and has reached thousands of Michiganders through over 70 community engagements in salon atmospheres as well as in the historic Pease Auditorium. Fleur de Son Classics has released seven of his albums to critical acclaim.

    You can find videos of live performances, and much more about Dr. Schoenhals at his website.

  • First Day of Ensemble Camp Registration

    Saturday, April 7th, 2018 - Friday, June 22nd, 2018

    The 2018 Summer Piano Ensemble Camp will be hosted at the Faber Piano Institute, June 18-22.

    Registration will close on April 7.

    For further information, check camp pages on the guild website



    Saturday, April 14th, 2018

    The SATD Semi finals for the Eastern district will be held at the Steinway Gallery.

    Co Chair: Michelle Mitchum:

  • FORMAL PROGRAM: Extended Pedagogy Thursday

    Thursday, April 19th, 2018


    9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Kerrytown Concert House

     Please make plans to feed your car’s meter after the first talk and then rejoin us for our first Extended Pedagogy Thursday with guest speaker Dr. Andrea McAlister, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

    “Andrea is wonderful!! She is dynamic and engaging and entertaining. I heard her give the “Better than Good” presentation at the MTNA conference last year, and it was my favorite presentation from the ENTIRE conference. She is intelligent and really makes you think about word choice during teaching.” Joy Morin, author of the popular blog siteColor In My Piano | Devoted to excellence in piano teaching

    Inside the Piano Studio: Vocabulary, Psychology, Technology

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Better Than ‘Good’: Rethinking our Pedagogical Vocabulary to Create a Positive And Productive Learning Environment

     This talk examines the words we use when giving praise and feedback but also challenges teachers to think about words that relate to our roles as teachers, how we use questions to deepen learning, and words that frame the expectations we have for our students. (Andrea McAlister)

     11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Sack Lunch Panel Discussion

    Piano Lessons: Motivation in a Soccer Town, and Other Pressures (or Distractions)

    Join the discussion as local professionals involved with the education and wellbeing of students help us understand the pressures on our over-scheduled but often conscientious and talented piano students. 

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p. m.

    Technology in the Music Studio

    Learn about the neural benefits of adding technology, the neural disadvantages of misusing technology, and apps that teachers can easily add to their curriculum to enhance the lesson and/or practice time. (Andrea McAlister)

                            Refreshments: Marian Boehl, Phyllis Howell