Membership in the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild
Members of the AAAPTG are leaders in musical education, dedicated to raising both the artistic and professional standards of piano teachers in southeast Michigan. Members can take advantage of numerous benefits, resources and programs designed to educate, support and enhance our students, teachers and studios:
Teacher Education, Artistry and Pedagogy
- Six Formal Programs each year, generally held on the third Thursday of a month at Kerrytown Concert House (KCH). These take a wide variety of forms: from master-class to lecture recital, from a clinician’s fresh perspective on teaching methods to practical information on how to manage a more inspiring, yet profitable studio in the 21st Century.
- Repertoire Group (currently on hiatus), which meets once a month, featuring performances and discussion of specific composers, works or repertoire. The aim is to exchange ideas on how this music can be approached in the classroom or studio.
- AAAPTG Performers Group generally meets at members’ homes on the second Thursday of each month. Participants perform and/or listem to solo or ensemble repertoire. Members may perform for a Formal Program, at retirement centers, or at other locations in the area.
- Student Achievement Testing – Among the nation’s finest examination programs, designed to cultivate all aspects of musicianship during students’ years of study.
- Four recitals each year for students from any studio. Two of these are intended for younger students (K-12), two for adult students (usually one of each given in the Fall and again in the Spring).
- Additional recitals run each year by AAAPTG Foundation: The Spring Fling and Halloween Hoot recitals, both designed for younger students.
- The Foundation Awards Audition, an annual performance competition with monetary prize given at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels.
- Other Foundation awards and financial assistance available to students.
Studio and Professional Support
- Studio and Professional Resources including State and National certification provided through MMTA and MTNA respectively.
- Visibility through a listing in our Guild Directory plus our website’s Find-A-Teacher page.
- Grants available to teachers for special projects or continuing education made available through the AAAPTG Foundation.
Finally, all Guild members gain benefits through their membership in MMTA and MTNA. These include the annual state and national conferences, MTNA’s regional through national competitions (competitions for solo performance, concerto and chamber music, performance, plus composition), American Music Teacher (an inspiring, bimonthly journal featuring articles on all aspects of teaching, musicianship and music history), plus a long list of professional support services (professional and personal insurance programs, grants, legal services, etc.)