Member Gatherings


 2017-18 Member Gatherings

At the heart of PMTA is its members. For them, PMTA offers opportunities to attend and network at its educational programs (the monthly General Meetings), as well as participate in its interactive sessions (Sharing Plus). Members can even keep up their performance skills by performing in the friendly and supportive environment of a member’s music studio (Performance Plus).


General Meeting Schedule

Meetings take place the 2nd Thursday of the month:

  • 9:30am Business
  • 9:45am PMTA Overview
  • 10:00-11:00am Main Topic

September 14

Performance Practice in Mozart’s Piano Music
Presenters: Eckart Sellheim & Dian Baker, 4 Hands | 2 Hearts | 1 Piano
Location: Home of Eckart Sellheim & Dian Baker, Tempe
Meet the Board; Overview of Piano Ensemble, Fall Festival, Sharing Plus, Performance Plus

October 12

Sight-Reading and Sight-Singing: Why, How, and What – Resources for your Studio
Presenters: Judith Durocher Sidlowski, PhD; Sherry Lenich, MM, NCTM
Location: Piano Gallery, 15450 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale
Overview: Arizona Study Program, Student Recital Series, Vocal Events, Music at the Mall

November 9

Lessons Learned While Teaching: Tips, Hints, and Survival Skills
Presenter: Snezana Krstic, MM
Location: Az Piano, 4134 E. Wood, Phoenix
Overview: Dean & Carolyn Elder Competition, MTNA Conference

December 14

Holiday Social
Location: Studio of Barbara Stoutenburgh (see ASMTA directory for address)
Used music sale, games, and fellowship

January 11

The Establishment of Chopin’s Personal Style Through the Works of Hummel
Presenter: Jessica Yam, DMA
Location: Piano Gallery, 15450 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale
Overview: Teacher Referral, PMTA Website, PMTA Yearbook

February 8

Eugene & Elisabeth Pridonoff Master Class
Presenters: Eugene & Elisabeth Pridonoff, The Pridonoff Duo
Location: Az Piano, 4134 E. Wood, Phoenix
Overview: ASMTA Conference, PMTA Summer Music Camp, PMTA Scholarships

March 8

More Repertoire That You MUST ABSOLUTELY Pursue!
Presenters: Barbara Stoutenburgh, NCTM; Jo Ann Smelser, NCTM
Location: Studio of Barbara Stoutenburgh (see ASMTA directory for address)
Election of Board of Directors

April 12

End of Year Luncheon
Time/Location: 11:00 a.m., IronWorks Restaurant, 17233 N. 45th Ave., Glendale

Fill in and mail the Luncheon Reservation Form to the chairperson by March 30.

You may click below to pay for the luncheon via PayPal. You do not have to sign up for a PayPal account to use this service. PayPal is 100% secure. If you do not wish to complete payment online, please mail check to chairperson before the reservation deadline.

End of Year Luncheon

Sharing Plus

Chairperson: Karen Thomasson
PURPOSE: This is a time when new members can learn how Arizona Study Program works. It is also a time for all teachers to share ideas that have worked for them so we all can benefit.

TIME: 9:30-11:00 AM, Fourth Thursday. Contact Karen with any questions, and to RSVP.

September 28

Elder Competition and Fall Festival Preparation and Tips
Facilitators: Yelena Golberg, Chair of Elder Competition; Barbara Stoutenburgh, Co-Chair of Fall Festival
Hostess: Barbara Stoutenburgh

January 25

Aspects of Organization: Our PMTA, PianoFonics Toolbox, Evernote
Facilitators: Sarah Elliott, PMTA President; Carolyn Inabinet, Author of PianoFonics; Karen Thomasson, Evernote User
Hostess: Karen Thomasson

Performance Plus

Chairperson: Jo Ann Smelser
(602) 938-3650

The purpose of Performance Plus is to provide teachers the opportunity to perform in a relaxed, enjoyable and non-judgmental atmosphere. This is an opportunity for teachers to maintain their performance skills and to hear and play old and new repertoire.

  • Any member of PMTA can come to listen and/or perform with or without music.
  • Music performed can be at any level, including student literature and teaching pieces.
  • Duets and duo piano, vocal and other instruments are encouraged.

TIME: 9:30 AM First Thursday

Call host/hostess to confirm your presence.

October 5

Home of Barbara Stoutenburgh

December 7

Home of Dorothy Dungan

February 1

Home of Jo Ann Smelser