Teachers Programs


Friday, September 9, 2016 – 9:15 AM to 11:30 AM – Tracie Fountain –Understanding Personalities!

How well do you know you? Do you sometimes wonder why certain students push your buttons or why you respond a certain way in stressful situations? Presenting DiSC – an assessment tool designed to give you a better understanding of why you behave the way you do. Life Coach Tracie Fountain, MS will help you identify your personality style and show you how you can use DiSC in your everyday life, especially in your teaching. Get ready to get to know you and understand your students better!

Location: Madison Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street, 3rd floor meeting room. Please join us at 12 noon at the Great Dane for our new member welcome event, just a few blocks from the library


Friday, November 11, 2016 – 9 AM – 11 AM – Oxana Khramova – Discovering New Repertoire in Pedagogy: M. Tariverdiev, “Moods,” 24 pieces for piano

Oxana, who inspired us with Russian Piano School ideas for teaching beginning piano students last spring, will introduce us to “Moods,” by M. Tariverdiev (1931-1996), who was a practitioner of the Russian Piano School, famous for its masterpieces for the young embedding musical aims alongside technical development from the first steps of piano playing. All pieces in “Moods” have titles that evoke different aspects of childhood: “A Game,” or “The Ballet Class,” as well as youthful emotions like “Tenderness,” “Alone,” and “Consolation.” Accessibility of psychological content, transparent pianistic textures, unique sonorities, and a distinctive compositional style make this cycle an ideal repertoire set for intermediate pianists, and for teenagers especially.

Location: Heid Music, 7948 Tree Lane, Just off Mineral Point Road near the Beltline


Friday, February 10, 2017 – 9 AM – 11 AM – MAPTA Members Share What They Learned 7

  •  Sue Ellen Dubbert will be presenting on the insights learned from applying for the Suzuki Association of the Americas Certificate of Achievement, a process which includes preparing videos of student performances, videos of teaching samples, and a written essay.
  • Lana Robotewskyj will be speaking about maintaining a successful studio including tips from Cathy Kautsky.
  •  Patty Ladpli will give a summary of her experience with the Practical Piano Pedagogy workshop held at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, NJ in August.

Location: Heid Music – 7948 Tree Lane, Just off Mineral Point Road near the Beltline


Friday, March 10, 2017 – 9:15 AM – 11:00 AM – Ann Cue – Developing the Total Musician

Ann Cue demonstrates how Let’s Play Music teachers lead the young child to discover, through play and movement, a musical foundation including rhythm, harmony, solfege, ear training, staff reading, classical form, composition, and theory.

Location: Madison Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street


Friday, April 7th, 2017 – 9 AM – 11 AM – Ruth Heineke – OUR STUDENTS’ FAVORITE PIECES

You know those special pieces that you show students and say, “You’re going to LOVE this one!?” Let’s pool resources and share those favorite piano pieces. Ruth Heinecke will coordinate the selections (all levels are welcome) and moderate the program. Please contact Ruth with music suggestions and let her know if you are willing to play the piece at the meeting. ruthheinecke@gmail.com

Location: Heid Music – 7948 Tree Lane, Just off Mineral Point Road near the Beltline


Friday, May 12, 2017 – 9:00AM – 11AM – Linda Christensen – Technology in the Piano Studio: What device? What apps? Become more technologically savvy in your teaching the fun way – through a presentation from an expert. Linda Christensen received her Ph.d. from the University of Oklahoma under Jane Magrath and E.L. Lancaster. After teaching collegiate piano and music technology for 20 years, she is now the Institutional Sales Representative for Jordan Kitts Music in Rockville, Maryland. She is a frequent presenter for MTNA, 8 NCKP and many other state, national, and international conferences, and will be the Chair of the technology track for Pedagogy Saturday at the 2017 MTNA conference in Baltimore.

Location: Heid Music – 7948 Tree Lane, Just off Mineral Point Road near the Beltline


Chair: Linda Johnson and Alena Harrison Eales programs@madisonpianoteachers.org