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

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"

  • April 22, 2020 (Online on Zoom)

Paula Dreyer

Paula will offer some introductory improvisational exercises that you can use alone or with your students, even while teaching online!  We will also explore some creative exercises for reaching for your dreams and brainstorming about improving your teaching experience. This nurturing session will end in a meditation while Paula serenades you with her improvisational "Musical Meditations".

Paula Dreyer is a classically-trained pianist and composer, making music in a unique style that draws upon influences of classical, Spanish, film, and improvisational music. Known for her transporting and mesmerizing performances, Paula has graced world-class stages from Carnegie Hall to the Green Music Center, performing in the US, Canada, Nicaragua, Prague, Portugal, and Spain. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Obras in Portugal, where she composed much of the music for her globally successful Little Gems for Piano educational series. Paula is also a well respected educator and presents nationally to music teachers. She has collaborated with world-renowned choreographer Kevin Jenkins and San Francisco based visual artist Adrian Arias. Paula was a band member for San Francisco’s legendary show Beach Blanket Babylon. She was the winner of the Montréal Classical Music Festival and was a chamber music semi-finalist in the Concert Artist Guild Competition at New York’s Merkin Hall. In her debut original solo album Central Star, Paula tells a personal, yet universal story about the powers of imagination, intuition, and creative expression during challenging times of transition, as well as offering a therapeutic medium during everyday life.

Dr. Nicholas Mathew

"What Kind of Pianist was Beethoven?"

(Originally scheduled for April, now postponed until Fall 2020)


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

  • June 5, 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 .


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

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