Teachers Programs

MAPTA programs provide continuing education presentations on a variety of topics and opportunities for members to socialize. Programs begin at 9:30 a.m. on the second Friday of the month, followed by a membership business meeting which wraps up by 11:30 a.m. Locations are listed in the program descriptions.



Friday, September 8, 2017 – 9:30-11:30 a.m. – MAPTA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Membership Vote on MAPTA becoming a Local MTNA Chapter.

Join us for a celebration of MAPTA’s 50th and hear stories from some of our Honorary Lifetime Members. Refreshment s will be served! There will also be a final Q&A on the proposal for MAPTA to become a local MTNA affiliate and a membership vote.

Location: Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703

Friday, October 13, 2017 – 9:30-11:30 a.m. – MAFOP and Other Volunteer Opportunities – Jeanne Felix will discuss Madison Area Friends of Piano (MAFOP) and its community initiatives. MAPTA members will also share other opportunities they know of to volunteer our musical talents in the community.

Location: Heid Music, 7948 Tree Ln, Madison, WI 53717

Friday, February 9, 2018 – 9:30- 11:30 a.m. Scholarship Recipient Presentations

David Barach will be sharing experiences from Marilyn Lowe’s 3-day Music Moves workshop on teaching piano using Edwin Gordon’s research on Music Learning Theory. The Music Moves resources are designed to help learners perceive and plan out tonal and rhythmic patterns when performing and hearing music. They are appropriate for ages 4 through adult.

Mary Roberts will present take-aways from UW Milwaukee’s Piano Festival workshop titled “The Art of Teaching: Creative Communication.” UWM piano faculty members Elena Abend and Peggy Otwell and distinguished guest clinician Randall Faber shared humorous assessments of the interactions between teacher and student, offered strategies to improve communications within the student-teacher-parent triangle, and provided valuable feedback during a lively Q&A session.

Location: Heid Music, 7948 Tree Ln, Madison, WI 53717

Friday, March 9, 2018 – 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Online Piano Teaching: Methods & Benefits

Patty Ladpli and Sue Ellen Dubbert will share their experiences teaching piano via FaceTime, SKYPE and other technology. Whether you are thinking of teaching a long-distance student, or just want to have this resource as an emergency solution in times of bad weather, web teaching can be done effectively. We’ll show you different ways to use technology to connect with your students via video, including simple tips on how to make things run smoothly and get the most out of the lesson.

Location: Heid Music, 7948 Tree Ln, Madison, WI 53717

Friday, April 13, 2018 – 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Group Lessons for the Private Student

Supplementing your private lessons with group teaching can yield enormous benefits. Come learn how teaching in a group setting can improve your private students’ overall musical experience without taking up valuable lesson time to expand their horizons.

Location: Heid Music, 7948 Tree Ln, Madison, WI 53717

Friday, May 11, 2018 – 9:30-11:30 a.m. –End of Year Party and 50th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for an end of the year party as we wrap up our 50th Anniversary Year. Refer to Nuances for the RSVP deadline for this event.

Location: The Egg and I, 2501 W Beltline Hwy, Madison, WI 53713


Alena Harrison Eales