Association of Piano Teachers
Our most recent meeting.
Pictured from left to right are:
Julie Anderson, Gail Grundstrom, Ruth Dodds, Rosemary MacKown, Valerie Nunn (front)
an inclusive association of piano teachers-past, present, and future; dedictated to providing social, educational, and performance opportunities for teachers and students. We believe that music, and piano in particular, is beneficial to the individual and the community as a whole.
The purpose of A.P.T. is to provide an informational and social network for piano teachers and their students.
For further information about membership or to be put on the mailing list, please contact Ruth.
Sponsor of A.P.T. - Ruth Dodds of A-Musing Co. Music House, 410 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, NY 14701
Calendar 2009/10 and Notes
September 14, 10a.m. - Our Music Salon was held at the Sheldon House to a full audience. Participating on piano were Andrew Schmidt, Julie Hewit, Jenni D'Angelo, Rosemary Mackown, Ashley Harrison, Val Nunn, Ruth Dodds, Bob Leon, and Gail Grundstrom. Instrumentalists included Eric Grundstrom and Jenna Anderson on violin, Dan Johnson on cello, and Kim Bunce on flute. Vocalists included Melanie Gritters, Laura Hotchkiss, Gail Grundstrom, and a quartet from the Sweet Adelines. Refreshments were provided by Ruth Dodds. All feedback has been very positive and we will anticipate our next salon being September 10, 2010. Be thinking of who you know who might be invited for the next program. At the all Member Meeting at Ruth's, revised Syllabus, Handbooks, Brochures, and Open Recital forms were distributed. Dues were collected. The salon was discussed with the conclusion to continue targeting the first Friday after Labor Day. Ruth will make the reservation for the Sheldon house. The tentative schedule was accepted with the change of the October workshop from October 12th to Monday, October 26th as several members were not available on the 12th. The master class will be arranged between Rosemary and Cindy with Jonathan Mann from Fredonia being asked to conduct the session. Names of qualifying students were submitted. APT will cover the costs. Additional social activities such as ensemble or solo playing within the group, as well as an introduction to the music of Rosemary's mother were discussed.
October26, 2009, Monday, 10a.m. at Ruth Dodd's - Sharing of Melody Bober workshop and materials for new syllabus at Ruth's.
November 14, 2009, Open recital at Loyalton at 2 p.m.
December 14, 2009 - Holiday Social/Program at Cindy's
January, 2010 - Cabin Fever Talent Night at Prendergast Library
February, 2010 - no meetings
March, 2010 - Open Recital at Tanglewood, March 20
- Master Class - Saturday, March 27, 3-4:30p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church. Dr. Jonathan Mann will be the presenter. You can read about him at his website.
May 1, 2010 - Exams at First Covenant
May 3, 2010 - Exam Windup/Social. We met at Doris' and discussed the exams and then divided up the work that Ruth has been handling over the past few years. (Thank you, Ruth!) The duties are as follows:
Cindy - Design, print, and fill out recital form, fill out theory form, attach adjudicator form to judging copies with recital form, set up theory tests in order of time slots
Doris - Provide whatever the adjudicator needs including pencils, metronome, water.
Gail - Set up and print certificates
Julie - Set up schedule for each adjudicator, fill out assignment forms for students and return to teachers,
Ruth - Set up adjudicator materials, two sets of student order (one for room, teacher should have any multiple use copies), provide level packets for rhythm and sightreading.
Val - Handbook, forms for application/registration, and protocall, update all changes on level expectation form, collect forms, registration, adjudicator forms.
There was some discussion of scales and arpeggios and what would be best for each level. The next item for discussion was the upcoming Salon at the Sheldon House on Friday, September 10th.
Rosemary - Publicity
Cindy - Music Salon
We discussed and agreed to add $5 to our yearly dues this year for membership at the Marvin Community House. Dues will be $25 at the September 2010 meeting.
June, 2010 - Open Recital at LSS
July, 2010 - no meetings
August, 2010 - Summer Social/Planning Meeting for music salon at Ruth's
September 13, 2010 - All Member Meeting at Ruth's
October 2010 - Technology Workshop presented by Cindy Robison
February 28, 2011 - Deadline for Exam Participation
Active Piano Teachers
Julie Anderson, 665-3222, 134 Arlington Ave., Jamestown, 14701 email
BS Education - Eastern Illinois University. Music concentration. 24 years with private studio. eclectic styles taught. General music teacher and presently at Holy Family Catholic School. 15 years in Jamestown.
Doris Depas, 789-2221, Stow, NY 14785 email
Traditional private piano lessons in my home studio, specializing in beginning and intermediate levels using a variety of teaching methods. Lesson approach individualized to meet your needs and goals. Emphasis on classical, theory, and technique. Recital opportunities. All ages. September through May.
Ruth Dodds, 664-6416, 410 E. 4th Street, Jamestown, NY 14701 email
B.S. Music Ed. from Geneva College. Owner of A-Musing Co. Music House. Piano teacher, organist for The Breakfast Party, substitute church organist, singer Chautauqua Summer choir, cellist and librarian for JACO. Regular performer at Tanglewood Manor. Director A-Musing Singers & Strings. Founder of APT. Available for weddings, funerals, and general entertainment.
Gail Grunstrom, 665-3266, 207 Thayer, Jamestown, NY 14701 email
B.S. from Wheaton College. 17 years private piano teacher. Certified teacher for Musicgarten curriculum. (Early childhood music ages 0-10 years) Member/soloist for Chautauqua Chamber singers. Director of Children's Ministries at 1st Covenant Church.
Barbara Marlinski, 763-3109, 36 Ohio, Lakewood, NY 14750
Traditional private piano lessons; year round. Specializing in beginner and intermediate levels. All ages. Theory included. Recital opportunities. Director of Music at Our Lady of Lourdes. Performs at St. James and Loyalton. Has a very green thumb and the flower garden to prove it.
Rosemary MacKown, 287-3390, 789 W. Main Street, Ellington, NY 14732 email
Bachelor and Master of Music from Eastman School of Music. Studies at Julliard. Piano teacher at University of Pittsburgh/Bradford and privately in the Jamestown area. All levels. Theory included. Performs in chamber music groups. Accompanist. Board member of Ellington for the Arts.
Valeria Nunn, 665-3071, 3332 Levant-Gerry Rd., Falconer, NY 14733 email
Pedagogy Certificate in Pace Method. 40 plus years teaching beginner - late intermediate. All ages; adults especially welcome. Theory, scales, chords, classical, sacred, jazz, blues. Performs for nursing homes. Churh pianist. Enjoys making quilts, knitting, reading, and scrapbooking.
Cindy Robison, 763-1197, 20 Fairwood Drive, Lakewood, NY 14750 email
Piano Teaching Certificate from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Group and private keyboard teacher since 1983. Accompanist. Ensemble Piano Camp Director. Performs at church and events with trumpet-playing husband.
Andrew Schmidt, 487-2471, 1237 Newland Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701 email
Graduate Eastman School of Music (1987). 20 plus years teaching experience. All ages. Classical and pop. Beginner to Advanced levels. National Guild of Piano Teachers - member and adjudicator. Director of Music at First Congregational Church. Accompanist for Tanglewood Golden Gems.
Sheryl Wadin, 708-6247, 342 Crossman St., Jamestown, NY 14701
Graduate of Wheaton College (1997), 15 plus years teaching experience. All ages. Experience includes teaching internationally in Europe and Asia. Teaches piano and flute as well as performing for weddings, funerals, church services, and accompanying soloists from elementary to graduate college level.
A-Musing Co. Music House, 664-6416, 410 E. 4th St., Jamestown, NY 14701 - sponsor of A.P.T.
Method books, supplements, and sheet music. Selections for A.P.T., K.I., and NYSSMA exams. Classics, pops, Christmas for all levels. Sacred piano, organ, vocal, and instrumentsl. Call for business hours or by appointment.