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

  • Edward Parmentier: J.S. Bach’s Ornamentation

    Edward Parmentier: J.S. Bach’s Ornamentation

    Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

    Edward Parmentier, harpsichordist, presents suggestions for teaching and playing Bach’s ornaments, especially trills, using the French Suites as examples. Participants highly encouraged to bring their own copy of the French Suites for this presentation.

     

    Edward Parmentier is internationally renowned for his brilliant performances of early keyboard music. A specialist in the harpsichord music of J. S. Bach, the English virginalists, and the French clavecinistes, Parmentier has performed widely throughout the USA, Russia, Western Europe, Japan, and Korea.  He is Professor Emeritus of Harpsichord at the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

  • Jeremy Dittus: Dalcroze Workshop (Zoom presentation)

    Jeremy Dittus: Dalcroze Workshop (Zoom presentation)

    Thursday, November 18th, 2021

    Jeremy Dittus’ Dalcroze School of the Rockies (DSR) educates musicians, dancers, senior citizens, and educators using La Méthode Jaques-Dalcroze. This dynamic, engaging, and creative method offers an experiential way of knowing music through purposeful movement and discovery-based learning. With music as the teacher in the classroom, DSR inspires students through active listening, the spirit of play, social interaction, and improvisation.

     

    Dr. Jeremy Dittus enjoys a career as a pianist, theorist, and Dalcroze Education specialist. An avid recitalist, he has performed solo and chamber programs and presented Dalcroze masterclasses throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia.

    The Zoom invite will be emailed to AAAPTG members.  For more information or an invite, please email Elena Tsai.

     

  • Gloria Tham-Haines: Trauma-Informed Piano Pedagogy and the Power to Transform (Zoom presentation)

    Gloria Tham-Haines: Trauma-Informed Piano Pedagogy and the Power to Transform (Zoom presentation)

    Thursday, January 20th, 2022

    This session will introduce strategies from Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, an attachment-based, evidenced-based, trauma-informed, neuroscience researched therapy model for at risk children which focuses on building connections. Would you like to see sustainable, lasting change in your studio? How do you distinguish misbehavior from a fear-based response? How can you regulate the brain, and empower you and your students? Come and discover practical strategies trauma-informed pedagogy has to offer.

    Dr. Gloria Tham-Haines, DMA (NCTM), has taught privately for 20 years and loves working with students of all ages and abilities. She is an alumna of Southwestern College, KS; Wichita State University, and the University of Alabama. She is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner and has presented at MTNA and NCKP on trauma-informed strategies for the piano studio. She is also a part of the ergonomically-sized smaller piano keyboard international initiative and owns a DS 5.5 keyboard. She was selected as a Teacher of Distinction 2019, by the Royal Conservatory of Music.

    The Zoom invite will be emailed to AAAPTG members.  For more information or an invite, please email Elena Tsai.

  • A Seat At The Piano (ASAP): Promoting Inclusion in Piano Repertoire with 10 Ways to Incorporate Social Justice into Your Studio (Zoom Presentation)

    A Seat At The Piano (ASAP): Promoting Inclusion in Piano Repertoire with 10 Ways to Incorporate Social Justice into Your Studio (Zoom Presentation)

    Thursday, March 17th, 2022

    Panel Discussion with the members of ASAP:

    Evan Hines, Brendan Jacklin, Annie Jeng, Clare Longendyke, Susan Yang, Ashlee Young

     

    A Seat at the Piano was founded in the summer of 2020 in the midst of social and racial reckoning around the world. We are a team of classically trained pianists with varying backgrounds and experiences, who strive to raise the voices of those who are less heard and to inspire more thoughtful, inclusive programming within the performing and pedagogical spheres.

    The Zoom invite will be emailed to AAAPTG members.  For more information or an invite, please email Elena Tsai.

  • Joel Schoenhals: Sandpaintings and the Piano Works of Navajo Composer Connor Chee

    Joel Schoenhals:  Sandpaintings and the Piano Works of Navajo Composer Connor Chee

    Thursday, April 21st, 2022

    This lecture-recital will give an overview of Connor Chee’s complete piano music including “Sandpaintings” as well as develop an understanding of the Navajo life and culture from which these works arose. Chee is known for combining his classical piano training with his Native American heritage. This presentation aims to change the landscape of classical piano literature by introducing the piano works of Navajo pianist and composer Connor Chee.

     

    Joel Schoenhals is professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University and guest professor of piano at Nanchang University, Jiangxi Province, People’s Republic of China. An active performer and recording artist, Schoenhals has received praise for his recordings Bartók’s For Children, Lieder of Schubert Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt, and Musical Moments of Schubert and Rachmaninoff on Fleur de Son Classics.