Chapter General Meetings & Programming

In 2020-2021, due to the current situation of the pandemic, we will use technology to our advantage to bring you a wide variety of programming to bring in presenters and attendees not normally possible!

May 22, 2021 (Sat)  |  1:00-2:30 PM

Composer Masterclass

Student Composer Masterclass with Melody Bober

Unlike a typical "performance" masterclass, this masterclass is a composition masterclass, where Melody Bober, who has written countless wonderful pieces for our students, will work with them through the creative composition process.

This event is open to teachers AND students!  Free to attend.


September 24-25, 2020  ★  CAPMT SCV 2020-2021 KICK-OFF

September 24 (Thu)

10:00 - 11:15 AM

Official CAPMT SCV Kick-Off Meeting     


  • Introduction to Student & Teacher Programs

  • Presentation by clarinetist Ginger Kroft

    • Flexible Dimensions: Online Platforms to Enhance & Manage Your Teaching Studio Resources

      • Enhance your students’ education and streamline your administrative time with customizable, online learning platforms

  • Mini-Recital featuring Teacher Performances

    • Tingyuan Luo performs Tan Dun

    • Felip Walker performs Jazz Standard

    • Dr. Namik Sultanov performs Rachmaninoff​

    • Solmaaz Adeli and Julie Poklewski perform Gershwin

September 25 (Fri)  

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Special LIVE Interview with Michael Tilson Thomas
Celebrating MTT's 25-Year Tenure as Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony

The legendary Michael Tilson Thomas will share a special message for CAPMT Teachers and Students, followed by a Q&A with pre-submitted questions from CAPMT members.  


Hosted by CAPMT State President, Wendi Kirby, and CAPMT VP Membership, Grant Kondo.

November 4, 2020 (Wed)  |  10 AM

Ethnomusicology as Pathway to Knowing Music as Pan-Human Cultural Expression

Guest Speaker: Dr. Patricia Shehan Campbell

University of Washington - Chair of Music Education and Professor in Ethnomusicology

Guest Performances

John Chiang performs on Erhu

Ke Guo performs Sephardic music

December 12, 2020 (Sat)  |  7 PM

Four Arts Concert - A Tribute to Forrest Kinney

Student Performances & Teacher Performances

We invite you to join us for an evening of music and stories celebrating Forrest Kinney, who left us too soon when he passed away last year.  He has touched and inspired countless lives and we would like to celebrate the life that he lived and continue his legacy.  We will be joined by colleagues, friends, family members, and former students of Forrest.  


The evening will combine musical performances featuring the Four Arts (Interpretation, Improvisation, Composition, and Arranging) as well as stories, memories, and videos of Forrest.  If you want to stay after, we will use Breakout Rooms on Zoom for an informal gathering following the concert to meet and mingle with familiar and new faces.

February 24, 2021 (Wed)  |  10:00 AM

Panel Discussion - Preparing Students for Music Studies in College

We are honored to host four collegiate faculty and staff from around California! This diverse panel features schools from both North and South and also across systems including UC, CSU, Private, and Conservatory.

Dr. Gwendolyn Mok | San José State University
Dr. William Wellborn, NCTM | San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Prof. Inna Faliks | UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Brittany Jimenez | USC Thornton School of Music
Ginger Kroft | Santa Clara University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Pre-College Division)

Various topics will be touched upon, such as admissions, scholarship opportunities, performance opportunities, unique qualities about each school, how things have adapted for the pandemic, etc.

Although this is geared towards studio teachers, your middle and high school students that may major or minor in music are welcome to attend the panel if they are available!

Those that pre-register will be able to submit questions for the panel.

March 21, 2021 (Sun)  |  5:00 PM

Composer-Artist Panel Discussion:

How 'Interdisciplinary Approaches' Inspire and Impact Music Creation, Performance, and Education

Collaboration with New Arts Collaboration

Featured Panelists: Mary PrescottMotoko HondaDanny Clay

Moderated by Ting Luo, Director of New Arts Collaboration

April 8, 2021 (Thu)  |  10:00 AM

Jazz and Classical Styles and Technique: Familiar Intersections

Guest Speaker: Dr. Aaron Lington 

(San José State University - Coordinator of Jazz Studies)

Dr. Aaron Lington will share his insights of the intersections in both the jazz and classical worlds. As a composer and arranger with a background in both jazz and classical performance and composition, he will demonstrate by sharing some of his numerous works.


Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, composer and educator Aaron Lington is a graduate of the University of Houston and the University of North Texas. He has served as Coordinator of Jazz Studies at San José State University where he has been a professor since 2004.

Questions?  Please contact our Vice President & Program Chair, Grant Kondo.


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 4, 2020  |  Music Subscription Services (Register by Sept 3)

  • October 2, 2020  |  Inclusion in the Studio

  • November 6, 2020  |  Teacher Professional Development

  • December 4, 2020  |  Teaching Diverse Learners

  • February 5, 2021  |  Beyond the Method Book

  • March 5, 2021  |  Simile & Metaphor

  • April 2, 2021  |  Getting Parents Involved in Lessons

  • May 7, 2021  |  Re-Opening to In-Person Teaching

  • June 4, 2021  |  Welcoming the Transfer Student



9:30 AM - Meet & Greet

10:00 AM - Program Begins

Location: Virtual on Zoom


It is fun and it is a great way to join!  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP with 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 (Mondays):

  • Aug 17, 2020

  • Sept 14, 2020

  • Oct 19, 2020

  • Jan 11, 2021

  • Mar 22, 2021

  • May 17, 2021

Time: 10 AM - 12 PM

Location: Rotating Board Members' Homes

Questions?  Please contact our President, Amy Bhatnagar.

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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 2021

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.



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

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CAPMT State Conference

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


This year the Conference will be held

Dates: October 9-10, 2020

Location: Live on Zoom

Featured Artist: Anderson & Roe


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 13-17, 2021

Location: VIRTUAL

More information can be found here: MTNA National Conference