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

  • FORMAL PROGRAM: Sarah Buckley

    FORMAL PROGRAM: Sarah Buckley

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019

    Building a Thriving Studio

    Sarah Buckley, piano teacher and business mentor from Canada, will discuss music business building, including issues with student retention and setting boundaries.  A must for all piano teachers teaching in the 21st century

    • Formal Meetings open at 9:00 with coffee, refreshments and socializing. Our business meeting follows, beginning about 9:30. Guest presenters start their presentation at 10:00 am.
    • Refreshments: Faith Coffer, Phyllis Howell,  Elena Tsai



    Thursday, October 24th, 2019

    How to Build a Strong Online Presence

    A followup to this morning’s Formal Program. Ms. Buckley will demonstrate how to build websites and use social media to improve your online visibility.

    • Location: AA Downtown Library, Room: “aadlfreespace”

  • Halloween Hoot

    Halloween Hoot

    Sunday, October 27th, 2019

    Students of all ages perform music outside the parameters of the normal standard repertoire. The intent is to showcase soloists and ensembles playing ‘light’ music, such as show tunes, jazz,
    popular music and arrangements. Halloween music is suggested (not required) and participants and audience members are invited to come in costume.

    Both piano solo repertoire and ensemble music are welcome. Ensemble members may include the student’s teacher, parent, sibling, another piano student or instrumentalist. All piano students must be currently studying with a member of the AAAPTG.

    Music does not need to be memorized. Students do not need to announce their pieces because there will be a printed program. For more information, click here. To register, download an application by clicking here.

    Questions or further information? Contact Mary Bates at or 734-994-5627.



    Thursday, November 21st, 2019

    Sheila VailUS Coordinator of the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program, will present the first of 3 workshops presented by an RCM Sr. Level Examiner.  These sessions will provide practical opportunities to review foundational adjudication practice and principles.  Videotaped student performances at varying levels of preparation will provide opportunities to explore reviews of essential performance aspects and appropriate commentary at different playing levels.  Ms. Vail will be interacting with us online from Cincinnati.

    *This series is presented in collaboration with the Livonia Area Piano Teachers Forum.  There will be a $10 admission fee.  A certificate of attendance will be given at the end of each session.  The scond session will be at Schoolcraft College in February, date TBA. The third session, TBD.

    • Refreshments: Ko Yu Chan, Béatrice Ellis, Renée Robbins


    Sunday, December 1st, 2019

    In this recital, students will perform in various chamber music formations with their peers, their friends or members of their family.

    Registration is needed by Nov. 17. To do so, contact Béatrice Ellis at 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














    Thursday, December 5th, 2019

    Seminars are reserved for issues regarding pedagogy, studio management, and discussion. Specific topics may be focused upon, TBA.

    Check newsletter and/or website for updates.

    Location: TBA

  • SAT Registration Deadline

    Monday, January 13th, 2020

    Registration deadline is Jan. 13, 2019 at 11:59 (technically midnight, Jan 14).

    Checks can be mailed and postmarked no later than Tues. Jan. 14, 2018.

    Please contact Béatrice Ellis if you have any further questions at