Check back frequently as we work to update our calendar for the upcoming year!

LWMTA meets the third Tuesday of each month**. Please join us!

**February’s meeting will be pushed back a week so that it doesn’t conflict with MAP  —  the new date is February 27, 2024

General Schedule for Meetings:

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Business Meeting
  • 11:00 am – 11:15 am Refreshments
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm Presentation/Workshop

September 2023

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 10:30 am: “New Beginnings”

Come to our meeting and  learn about events planned for the year.  Program Chairs will be available to discuss their events. This is a great opportunity to meet the chairpersons, explore opportunities for your students and learn ways that members can participate and make LWMTA a stronger and more vital organization for teachers and students. 

October 2023

Tuesday, October 17, 2023  at 10:30 am: Presenter Luke Doubravsky “Ideas of Improvisation and Arrangements of Well-known Melodies”

LWMTA Member, piano teacher and performer, Luke Doubravsky will take familiar music and share how he improvises.  Luke is a classically trained pianist who is comfortable with all styles of music including jazz, contemporary, popular and American favorites.We are excited to have him discuss this topic of improvisation with us!  

Saturday, October 7, 2023: District I and II Conference

Saturday, October 21, 2023: deadline for Lake Washington Musical Passport Registration

Sunday, October 22, 2023: deadline for Fall MGR video Musical Gift Recitals

November 2023

Saturday, November 4, 2023: Lake Washington Musical Passport at Northwest Pianos (Chair: Makiko Meyer)

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 10:30 am: Jensina Oliver, NCTM  “Cultivating Your Ideal Studio Culture with Group Classes”

Dr. Jensina Oliver, teacher and performer, will be sharing her presentation that she gave at the conference in June. Cultivate your ideal studio culture with group classes along with private lessons. In this presentation we will discuss how to use group sessions to practice performance skills, build mental stamina, reduce stage fright, and develop ear training skills. We’ll work on building pulse through conducting, developing a growth mindset, exchanging positive mantras, creating “feel good plans” (pre-performance routines), and teachers from all disciplines can share their best practices with the group.

December 2023

Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 2:00 pm:  Musical Gift Recital at Bellewood Senior Living in Issaquah

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 10:30 am: Potluck
Holiday Luncheon at Satomi Pellerin’s studio.  Please bring something to share! 

Saturday, December 10, 2023:  Winter Musical Gift Recital Video deadline

January 2024

Wednesday, January 10, 2024:  Musical Artistry Program registration deadline

Friday, January 12, 2024:  Young Composers Recital registration deadline

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 10:30 am: Presenter: Ricardo de la Torre  “Getting to Know Our Neighbor: A Pianist’s Guide to Pedagogical Repertoire by Mexican Composers”

Ricardo de la Torre DMA, performer and teacher, will be sharing his presentation that he gave at the conference in June.

Mexican Composers have produced a wealth of piano music of  pedagogical  value.  This lecture will offer a panorama of elementary to late intermediate teaching repertoire by Mexican composers from the 19th to the 21st centuries, discuss its main characteristics and performance tradition and provide information about its availability in the U.S. 

Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 2:00 pm:  Musical Gift Recital at University House, Issaquah

Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 5:00 pm: Young Composers Recital (Chairs: Mary Kaye Owen, NCTM and Kaitlin Mitchell)

February 2024

Monday-Thursday, February 19-22, 2024: Music Artistry Program (MAP) (Chair: Selina Chu, NCTM)

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 (delayed one week so that it doesn’t conflict with MAP) at 10:30 am:  Round Table: “Studio Policies and Practices”

Please join us for a round table discussion with members sharing ideas about their studios. This is a chance to learn creative solutions for common concerns music teachers have and share policies that work in their own piano studio.

March 2024

Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 6:00 pm: MAP Recognition Recital at Northwest Pianos, 13310 Bel-Red Rd #100, Bellevue, WA (Chair: Selina Chu, NCTM)

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 10:30 am: Presenter Judy Huehn “Online Lessons”

Do online piano lessons really work?  How common is it? What are the best ways to conduct online lessons? These are just some of the questions we will discuss in our February 27th general meeting at LWMTA.  Judy Huehn will be our host and provide some insights on how other teachers are teaching online and what tools and resources they are using to make the lesson easy and effective for their  students. With new advancements in technologies like Yamaha’s Disklavier Remote Lesson app and Paul Adam’s new 1ON1 Piano software, these new developments are providing better 2-way real-time audio and video reception and were featured at the MTNA’s Convention in Reno in March 2023.  We will also have an open discussion of teachers’ experiences with online lessons and what the Top Ten Reasons are for teaching online.

Saturday-Wednesday, March 16-28, 2024: MTNA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia

April 2024

Saturday, April 6, 2024  Scholarship Competition (Chair: Nicole Kim)

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 10:30 am:  Presenter: Katie Levine, NTCM  “WSMTA State Opportunities and Events”

Our District ll Director, Katie Levine, will be visiting and sharing information pertinent to our chapter members. Please bring your questions!

May 2024

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 10:00 am-4:00 pm: Music Literacy Program (Chairs: Mary Kaye Owen and Gloria Tzuang)

June 2024

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 10:30 am: Spring Luncheon & Membership Appreciation

Please join us for our potluck where we can share our appreciation to our members who have volunteered for us. Please bring a dish to share at Satomi Pellerin’s studio.

Thursday-Saturday, June 27-29, 2024WSMTA State Conference

July 2024

No Scheduled Activities

August 2024

No Scheduled Activities