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Chapter General Meetings


Our chapter contributes to the professional development of every teacher by providing four Chapter General Meetings each year.

These meetings may feature lecture/demonstrations by leading performers or university professors, master classes, panel discussions about how to prepare students for auditions and evaluations, or sharing of best practices among teachers on a variety of pedagogical topics.


We have invited Steinway Artists such as Sandra Wright Shen and numerous University faculty, such as Dr. Gwendolyn Mok and Dr. Namiq Sultanov from SJSU, and Dr. Victoria Neve from SFSU. 


These meetings are also open to the general public, and many teachers encourage their adult students to attend if the topic is of interest. After the meeting, we always enjoy some discussion and fellowship, along with a light lunch and refreshments.


Meetings are held on Wednesdays.

Meetings are preceded by an informal Meet & Greet.



10 am - Coffee Meet & Greet

10:15 am - Program Begins

NEW LOCATION for 2019-2020

Location: South Bay Piano Store | 2960 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128 | Map

(Parking located at 345 S Redwood Ave.)  Map


No registration is necessary  and all are welcome. Please join us and invite a friend!

Dates (Wednesdays):

  • September 25, 2019

Dr. Yu-Chi Tai & Dr. Ann Wu

"The Art of the Piano Duet and Duo"

  • November 6, 2019

Susan Bruckner

"Memorization and Motivation"

  • January 29, 2020

Dr. William Wellborn

"Articulation and Rests in Beethoven's Music"

Presentation Overview

As many would agree, getting students to focus on phrasing is not always easy. Using the music of Beethoven, Dr. William Wellborn gives some helpful suggestions on how teachers can get their students to listen and pay closer attention to this crucial element in music. As a composer, Beethoven was often quite specific in his musical notation. With numerous musical examples, Wellborn shows how precise articulation and phrasing, along with careful attention to durations of both rests and note values, often provides insight into the true character of the music.  A particular focus will be given to several works of Beethoven from the intermediate and early advanced levels, and throughout the presentation Wellborn will remind us that careful articulation really does make a difference.  

Bio for Dr. William Wellborn

William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has performed and lectured widely over four continents.  He holds degrees in Piano and Piano Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory (MM) and the University of Texas at Austin (BM and DMA).  Guest artist appearances include the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts, the Paderewski Festival, the American Liszt Society, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Canada, the Chopin chez George Sand festival de piano in La Châtre, France, the Três Séculos de Piano series in Rio de Janeiro, and the Festival du Chablisien in Chablis, France.  In 2004 he had the honor of presenting an all-Liszt program on Liszt’s piano at Hofgärtnerei Museum in Weimar.  Orchestral appearances include the Austin Symphony, the Austin Chamber Ensemble, the Laredo Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, the Redwoods Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, and the Sudeten Philharmonie in Walbrzych, Poland.  


The recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), Wellborn was recently made an MTNA Foundation Fellow (2019).  He has given lectures and masterclasses throughout the United States and Europe, and from 1996-2010 was involved with A CONCERTed Effort, a San Francisco Bay Area concert series which raised over $2,000,000 for various AIDS organizations.  A scholar of historic musicians, from 1995-97 Wellborn hosted the San Francisco-based radio program "Piano Legacy."  Since 1999 he has directed European musical tours exploring the lives and music of great composers; in the summer of 2020 he is planning a Chopintour to visit Poland and Majorca.


Wellborn has served as an artist-teacher for the Masterclasses of Saint Malo, the Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy in Sopron, and the Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival.  This summer he returns to teach at the Idllywild Arts Academy Summer Workshop for Adults (www.idyllwildarts.org) and to Poland for the Krakow Piano Summer.  Wellborn is on the national board of the American Liszt Society, and is the founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the ALS.  A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, Wellborn teaches piano in the Pre-College division, and Piano Pedagogy in the Collegiate division. His students frequently win top prizes in numerous state, national, and international piano competitions.    Wellborn records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels, and for more information on Mr. Wellborn’s activities please visit his website at www.williamwellborn.com

  • April 22, 2020

Dr. Nicholas Mathew

"What Kind of Pianist was Beethoven?"


Pedagogy & Play

Pedagogy & Play is an informal monthly setting for teachers to discuss various pedagogical topics, and also a chance to perform for each other (optional)!  These are held on the first Friday of each month.   We have also hosted nationally-renowned pedagogues in the past, such as Dennis Alexander, Forrest Kinney, and Peter Mack.


Each month will focus on a different pedagogy topic.

Dates (Fridays):

  • September 6, 2019: Games

  • October 4, 2019: Preparation for Examinations

  • November 1, 2019: Business Practices

  • December 6, 2019: Social and Emotional Well-Being of the Child

  • February 7, 2020: Recital Programming & Ideas

  • March 6, 2020

  • April 3, 2020

  • May 1, 2020



9:30 AM - Meet & Greet

10:00 AM - Program Begins

Location: Home Studio of Yvonne Reddy (San Jose)


It is fun and it is a great way to join!  If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Yvonne Reddy,

our Pedagogy & Play Chair at  pedagogyandplay@musician.org .


Open Board Meetings

Our Board Meetings are held approximately once a month, and are open to all members!  So if you are interested in getting more involved, passionate about a certain project, or just curious to see what goes on, feel free to stop by!  They are held on Fridays at a Board Member's home.  Contact the President below to get information about the specific location.


Dates (Fridays):

  • Aug 16, 2019

  • Sept 13, 2019 + New Member Coffee Meet & Greet

  • Nov 15, 2019

  • Jan 17, 2020

  • Apr 10, 2020

  • May 15, 2020

Time: 10 AM - 12 PM

Location: Rotating Board Members' Homes

Questions?  Please contact our President, Amy Bhatnagar.


Young Professionals on Stage

Young Professionals on Stage is a way for young or new to teaching teachers to perform high-level repertoire in a professional setting.  Great way to keep up your chops, hear your fellow colleagues, and invite and inspire your students!


  • Oct 20, 2019 (Sun)

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: NorCal Music & Arts Center | 761 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Questions?  Please contact the YPLN Chair, Tingyuan Luo.


SCV Socials

Sometimes we just need a chance to unwind!  Also a friendly chance to meet with other teachers and enjoy each other's company.


October 6, 2019 (Sun)

Time: 11 AM - 4 PM

Location: Las Palmas Park (Picnic Area 4) in Sunnyvale | Map

Questions or suggestions?  Please contact the Chair, Yvonne Reddy.


CAPMT State Conference

The State Conference alternates between Northern California and Southern California each year.


This year the Conference will be held

Dates: October 18-19, 2019

Location: San José State University

Featured Artist: Peter Dugan

Presenters from our very own chapter!

Dr. Gwendolyn Mok

Julie Poklewski

Grant Kondo


More information and registration can be found here: CAPMT State Conference


MTNA National Conference

As an affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), CAPMT members are invited

to the annual MTNA Conference, featuring 2,000+ attendees and 5 days packed with

lectures, masterclasses, a bustling Exhibit Hall, receptions, and more!

This year the Conference will be held

Dates: March 21-25, 2020

Location: Chicago, IL

Presenters from our very own chapter!


More information can be found here: MTNA National Conference