Latest Blog Entries

  • Camp 2018 Celebration

    Camp 2018 Celebration

    PIANO ENSEMBLE CAMP ’18 CELEBRATION The AAAPTG Summer Piano Ensemble Camp was held at the Faber Piano Institute, from June 18 to June 24, 2018. During the week, students met from 9AM to 1:30PM and 10AM to 1PM on Saturday. …Read More »
  • Camp 2017 Celebration

    Camp 2017 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 »

Upcoming Public Events

  • Part 2 of our Equity and Inclusion Series: Leah Claiborne

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

    Community Engagement and the Importance of Representation in Our Studios

    Please join us for this important social justice issue specifically geared towards piano teachers.

    Classical pianist, Dr. Leah Claiborne, combines sensitivity and intellect to captivate her audiences. Born in Frederick, Maryland, she took the competitive stage at an early age. Ms. Claiborne was a top prize winner of the National Association of Negro Musicians Piano Competition in 2015 and winner of the IBEX scholarship, which is awarded to a female graduate pianist at the University of Michigan.

    She has performed in various states across the country as well as Italy, the Czech Republic, and Germany. She was a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree. She earned her Masters degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy, and recently completed her doctoral degree at the University of Michigan.

    Apart from her musical accomplishments, Dr. Claiborne was president of the student council at the Manhattan School of Music and lead the Pan African Student Union. She was Vice President of University of Michigan’s MTNA Piano Pedagogy chapter and president of the Multicultural Arts Council. Ms. Claiborne was also the winner of University of Michigan’s MLK Spirit Award for creating a free piano program to students with a focus on music by Black composers.  She is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Area in the Division of Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia.

  • Part 3: Understanding the Art of Performance Judging, Advanced Repertoire

    Friday, November 13th, 2020

    The Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild has partnered with the Livonia Area Piano Teachers Forum to present the third part of our judging series with Sheila Vail, U.S. head coordinator of the Royal Conservatory of Music certificate program.

    This seminar will also cover virtual judging and how to adjudicate fairly when students play from their homes on acoustic and digital pianos.

    This Zoom event will be hosted by LAPTF. Registration ($10) is required to obtain the Zoom link. Registration information will be available soon.

  • Part 3 of our Equity and Inclusion Series: Panel Discussion with Anti-Racism Task Force

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

    A discussion and thoughts from our 5-person task force. Every teacher should attend this meeting.

    From the AAAPTG Anti-Racism Task Force:
    The mission of the AAAPTG Anti-Racism Task Force is to initiate our path towards diversity, equity and inclusion.  The Anti-Racism Task Force will facilitate a listening process with the membership, provide resources for learning, and guide conversations which we hope will lead to meaningful changes in our operations as a professional organization.
    We all agree on the value of music and the importance of music in everyone’s education. Who might we be leaving out?  This current historical moment, ringing with the awareness of systemic racism following the murder of George Floyd, has awakened in the Guild a desire to come to a greater understanding of the part we play in maintaining unconscious racism, and a desire to explore steps we can take to be actively anti-racist.
    The Board feels strongly that we should examine ourselves and our privilege as a professional group.  As a result, the Board commissioned this Task Force on Anti-Racism.  Our next step is to determine how the Guild can be more diverse, equitable and inclusive.  In the coming months, the Task Force will invite members for input on how to achieve these goals.  This could include ideas like expanding the composers and musical styles we teach and reaching out to a more diverse array of students, perhaps including those that don’t have easy access to piano lessons.  We will provide ideas to learn more about racism.  We will explore possible partnerships or outreach opportunities for Guild members and other organizations on the same path.