Welcome to the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild! The AAAPTG is a professional organization for studio piano teachers, dedicated to the careers of its members and the education of the students they serve. Since its formation in 1961, the Guild has worked to foster a close, professional community, to raise the economic and artistic standards of our teachers, and – of course! – to encourage the study, comprehension, and appreciation of music. The Guild provides a wealth of educational and artistic programs designed to enhance instruction, studio offerings, musical and professional growth. We are always delighted to welcome qualified new members and to support or mentor new teachers. For the private studio instructor, it would be hard to overstate the artistic nourishment and professional collegiality that membership provides.
AAAPTG serves the greater Ann Arbor area, teaching piano lessons throughout Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Saline, Ypsilanti and other nearby locations. We are the local chapter of the Michigan Music Teachers Association, our state’s affiliate for the Music Teachers National Association. Our full members must possess a college degree in music (or its equivalent) plus a major or minor in applied piano. Guild members must also be members of both MTNA and MMTA. To highlight some of what we offer:
Opportunities for Teachers:
- Lecture Recitals, Master Classes, Seminars and Workshops delivered by first-class artists and teachers from around the Guild and beyond.
- Repertoire and Performer’s Groups to encourage the continuous exploration of music through study, discussion and performance.
- Monthly meetings and events which foster an active community and exchange of ideas.
- Numerous student programs (see below) to enhance your studio’s offerings and potential.
- Visibility through a listing in our Guild Directory plus our website’s Find-A-Teacher page.
- Studio and Professional Resources including State and National certification provided through MMTA and MTNA respectively.
- Student Achievement Testing – Among the nation’s finest examination programs, designed to cultivate all aspects of musicianship during students’ years of study.
- Student recitals – open to students from all member studios. These include the Foundation’s annual Spring Fling and Halloween Hoot (designed for younger students) and our adult programs usually given at the Kerrytown Concert House.
- The Foundation Awards Audition, an annual performance competition with monetary prize given at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels.
Much of what the Guild has to offer can be found on this website, which we are endeavoring to make a primary resource for students, parents, teachers and their studios. Whether you are looking for piano lessons, a tuner, practice tips, professional support, events to attend or to participate in, you will find it here. We encourage you to explore and invite ideas if there’s something more you would like to see.