Chapter General Meetings


May 4, 2022 (Wed)  |  10:00-11:30 AM

Storytelling in Music

Featured Presenter: Amy Stephens, jazz and classical pianist, piano teacher, and composer

Hybrid: In-Person (encouraged!) and Zoom 

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

Refreshments provided!


Pianist Amy Stephens is a San Francisco-based jazz & Third Stream composer. She feels that helping our students become

storytellers with their instruments begins with strong observational skills from moment one of learning a new song.

In this interactive session, we will look at many historical and contemporary musical excerpts and analyze them together,

discussing strategies for learning quickly and thoroughly so our students can maximize their ability to express themselves

and captivate listeners.  Amy will share her newest suite for piano, A Day at the Beach, musical adventures along the

Nor Cal coast, as a contemporary example of simple storytelling.









April 6, 2022 (Wed)  |  10:00-11:30 AM

Stage Fright Management

Featured Presenter: Veronica Vitale, licensed counselor and piano teacher

Hybrid: In-Person (encouraged!) and Zoom 

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

Veronica S. Vitale, a piano teacher and licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) will be hosting a presentation and discussion on the topic of dealing with the challenges of anxiety about performing, demystifying the nature of stage fright, and providing practical tools teachers can use with students. Performing should be a joy.


​March 2, 2022 (Wed)  |  10:00-11:30 AM

March Member Meet & Mingle

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

In person (masks optional) AND Zoom

This will not be a traditional 'General Meeting' with a formal presenter, rather it's an opportunity to gather, touch base, reconnect, etc., with our membership.

There will be an opportunity for those that would like to share some music....think of it like an 'Open Mic' night. We will also answer questions about our upcoming evaluation options for students - Student Evaluations and (NEW!) MusicIN Program, along with any other questions you might have regarding CAPMT programs.  We would like to encourage our new members to attend.  Those of you that joined in the last two years, may not have had the chance to see what a warm, welcoming and wonderful chapter we have! 

We plan to serve coffee and light refreshments.....a little return to the good old days! 


September 2, 2021 (Thurs)  |  10:30 AM

Supporting Students of All Abilities: How to Teach to Students with Physical Disabilities

Featured Presenter: Elizabeth Allen

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

In person (masks required) AND Zoom
Chairs will be spaced apart, hand sanitizing station available.
Ample parking in rear: near the shops and also underground parking.

Elizabeth Allen is a Music Education student at San Jose State University who was born without hands. She shares her experience as a disabled musician and offers some perspectives on helping disabled students to grow as musicians.

RSVP here.

Questions?  Please contact our Vice President & Program Chair, Will Schneider.


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 3, 2021  |  The First Four Lessons

  • October 1, 2021  |  Making History Meaningful

  • November 5, 2021  |  Recitals and Other Performances

  • December 3, 2021  |  Selecting the Perfect Etude

  • February 4, 2022  |  Satisfying the Need for Instant Gratification

  • March 4, 2022  |  Maintaining Motivation Using Themes & Challenges

  • April 8, 2022  |  Combating Stage Fright in Both Students and Teachers

  • May 6, 2022  |  Working with Non-Typical Learners

  • June 3, 2022  |  TBD



9:30 AM - Meet & Greet

10:00 AM - Discussion Begins

11:00 AM - "Play" Performances

Location: 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 .


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):

  • Aug 9, 2021

  • Sept 13, 2021

  • Nov 8, 2021

  • Jan 10, 2022

  • Mar 14, 2022

  • May 16, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM - 12 PM

Location: TBD

Questions?  Please contact our President, Grant Kondo.

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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 2022

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 TBD 2022

Location: Southern California TBD

Featured Artist: TBD


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 25-29, 2023

Location: Reno, NV

More information can be found here: MTNA National Conference

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