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Chapter Meetings

Chapter General Meetings

May 15, 2024 (Wed)  |  10:00-11:30 AM 

Topic: Nate May: Infuse Creativity: How to Add Composition, Improvisation, and Joy to Your Lessons

Hybrid: In-Person (encouraged!) and Zoom

In-Person Location:  Opus 11 School of Music (click for map/directions)

How do you cultivate life-long music lovers? Give them a stake in the music they play.

Improvisation and composition can give your students immediate access to music as an

artform, irrespective of their technical ability. In this workshop, join creative music

expert Nate May in exploring playful and powerful ways to integrate improvisation and

composition into your lessons, even if nobody involved considers themselves a

Composer. You’ll leave with a bank of 5-minute activities for students of a wide

variety of ages and abilities, as well as new ways to think about creativity, perhaps

even for your own artistic practice.


November 29, 2023 (Wed) |  10:00-11:30 AM

Topic: Victor Rosenbaum: “Finding Meaning in Music: Method or Magic?”

Hybrid: In-Person (encouraged!) and Zoom

In-Person Location:  Opus 11 School of Music (click for map/directions)

When it comes to musicality, we often hear it said that “either you have it or you

don’t”.  But is that really true?  Like learning a language, exposure to native

speakers is the key factor. Do we consider ourselves “piano teachers” or

“music teachers”?  While it is undoubtedly the case that some learners have more

natural aptitude than others, we need to proceed as though everyone has talent

and find specific and systematic ways to develop the capacity to play expressively.

This session will explore some of those ways. 

Internationally known American pianist Victor Rosenbaum has concertized widely as soloist and chamber music performer in the United States, Europe, Israel, Brazil, Russia, and Asia in such prestigious halls as Tully Hall in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has collaborated with such artists as Leonard Rose, Paul Katz, Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, James Buswell, Malcolm Lowe, and the Brentano, Borromeo, and Cleveland String Quartets.  A musician of diverse talents, Rosenbaum is also a composer and has frequently conducted in the Boston area and beyond.


Rosenbaum, who studied with Elizabeth Brock and Martin Marks while growing up in  Indianapolis, and went on to study with Rosina Lhevinne at the Aspen Festival and Arthur Schnabel disciple, Leonard Shure, (while earning degrees at Brandeis University and Princeton) has become a renowned teacher himself. Recently retired from the  faculty of New England Conservatory in Boston where he taught for more than fifty years, he chaired its piano department for more than a decade, and was also Chair of Chamber Music.  Also a faculty member of Mannes School of Music in New York from 2004-2017, he has been Visiting Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, a guest teacher at Juilliard, and presents lectures, workshops, and master classes for teachers’ groups and schools both in the U. S. and abroad.  During the past year he has been teaching and performing in Japan, Korea, Israel,Taiwan, Austria, and Bulgaria; and was recently appointed Visiting Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at National Taiwan Normal University.  Rosenbaum was also Director and President of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA from 1985-2001.  His highly praised CD’s are on the Bridge and Fleur de Son labels.

September 27, 2023 (Wed) |  10:00-11:30 AM

Topic: CAPMT SCV Overview and "Rapid Roundtable Discussion" with Grant Kondo

Hybrid: In-Person (encouraged!) and Zoom

In-Person Location:  Opus 11 School of Music (click for map/directions)

This session will be split into two parts:  In the first portion, we will have an overview

of CAPMT SCV and all the events we do in a year.  Perfect for brand-new and long-time



In the second portion, we will flip the usual "presenter speaks wisdom and attendees

listen" format on its head and Grant will use a polling system that will allow us to

explore various topics related to music teachers.  Grant will serve as moderator to

introduce commonly-discussed topics in music teaching and via the polling system,

we will be able to gain "collective wisdom" and responses from all participants

simultaneously!  You'll have to attend to find out how it works!


Both in-person AND virtual attendees will be able to participate.  


Refreshments will be provided for in-person attendees!


Past Programs

May 24, 2023 (Wed)  |  10:00-11:30 AM

Topic: CAPMT SCV Annual Business Meeting + Piano Master Class with Hans Boepple

Featured Presenter: Hans Boepple

April 19, 2023 (Wed)  |  10:00-11:30 AM

Topic: Setting the Tone for Success:

Build a Music Studio Culture That Exceeds Expectations and Achieves Excellence

Featured Presenter: Dr. Pasha Sabouri

​​February 22, 2023 (Wed)  |  10:00-11:30 AM

Topic: Develop the Artist Within: Creative Practice to Compelling Performance

Featured Presenter: Amy Likar


Pedagogy & Play

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)

  • Sunday August 27, 2023  |  Discovery Day event  |   When to advance? 

  • October 6, 2023 |  Share Your Favorite Online Resources From Games to Studio Management

  • November 3, 2023  |  Resolving Difficult Situations in Your Studio

  • December 1, 2023  |  Let's Talk About Sight Reading!

  • February 2, 2024  |  What to Do When a Student Hasn't Practiced

  • March 1, 2024  |  Games and Other Teaching Tools

  • April 5, 2024  |  Czerny, Burgmuller, Hanon, and more!

  • May 3, 2024  |  How Our Teaching Evolves as We Go Through Life

  • June 7, 2024  |  TBD



9:30 AM - Meet & Greet

10:00 AM - Discussion Begins

11:00 AM - "Play" Performances

Location: Hybrid: Residence of Yvonne Reddy and Virtual on Zoom


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

our Pedagogy & Play Chair at .

Board Meetings

Open Board Meetings

Our Board Meetings are held approximately once a month, and are open to all!  Are 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! Meetings are held on Mondays and are online until further notice.


Dates (Mondays):

  • August 14, 2023

  • September 18, 2023 

  • October 30, 2023

  • January 8, 2024

  • March 4, 2024

  • May 13, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 12 PM

Location: Zoom unless otherwise noted

Questions?  Click HERE to complete Contact Form.

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Young Professionals on Stage

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!


  • TBD 2023-2024

Questions about this or any Teacher Program, click HERE to complete Contact Form.

SCV Socials

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.


New Member Coffee: September 18, 2023: 9:00 AM

Questions or suggestions? Click HERE to complete Contact Form.

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CAPMT State Conference

CAPMT State Conference

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


This year the Conference will be held

Dates: October 27-28, 2023

Location: Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Featured Artist: Dominic Cheli


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

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MTNA National 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 16-20, 2024

Location: Atlanta, GA

More information can be found here: MTNA National Conference

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