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January 2016


Dear friends and colleagues of Robin Meredith-Kramer,


Robin has had a set back in her treatments and required emergency surgery this weekend.  She asks for our prayers, as she faces another challenge.


Some of our members have asked how they might be of help to Robin and her family.  We wanted you to know there is an online fundraiser in place for her to help cover the medical costs not covered by surgery.  You can access it by clicking here.   


The possibility of having a benefit recital for Robin has been discussed and is being looked into.  If you have any other ideas, please bring them up at the next meeting.  We will keep you informed as our plans take shape.  Robin is very proud of her NWSMTA chapter.  As members of NWSMTA, none of us journey alone.


Deb Lynch


Celebrating Chicagoland piano teachers, students and their families


Enjoy an afternoon piano recital performed by internationally renowned pianist Sir András Schiff, followed by an interactive postconcert "question and answer" and celebratory reception in honor of Chicago's phenomenal piano teachers and their students!


Tickets just $15!* 

Enter code STUDIO at checkout.

*$5 ticket handling fee applies


Sir András Schiff piano

The Last Sonatas: Part 3

Sunday, February 14, 3:00

Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert  


Food provided by Goddess and the Baker - Event in Partnership with Steinway Piano Chicago


If you have any questions about Piano Studio Appreciation Day, please don't hesitate to contact me. I hope to see you on Sunday, February 14th!


Warm Regards,



Laura Sauer

Marketing Associate

Chicago Symphony Orchestra



The second half of the teaching year brings AIM Performance Exams, competitions, recitals and auditions.  So, our TED Talks will focus on technic, memorization and repertoire (introducing the online AIM Repertoire Listing).

Are you looking for an idea to help students achieve olympic levels in their technic?  Or do you wish to know more about how to get students to memorize more effectively, or how to get the most out of all the time they spent memorizing?  

We will have our very own software developer presenting the how to's and what not to's of our online repertoire listing.  If you've fumbled through the AIM syllabus only to find the repertoire list confusing and unwieldly, enlightenment is on the way.  You will be able to work forwards and backwards in your repertoire search.  The AIM syllabus will be of value to you, even if you don't participate in the AIM exams.

There will be no letter from the editor, because she is preparing her TED talk.  Come and hear it.

Deb Lynch




If you have a high school student graduating this year and majoring in music at a college or university, you are already working
on repertoire for their audition for school.  Don't forget about our $1000 scholarship, which goes to 1 student, and has helped the students with their extra fees throughout the school year.  It is for 1 year only, $500 for the fall semester & $500 for the spring semester if they kept their grades up in music classes the first semester.  Parents have been very appreciative in regards to this scholarship.  Complete rules and enrollment form are on our website. Deadline is  April 15.  If you have any questions, please call or send an email.

Pat Borchardt



Dear Janice,

Thank you for the pretty get-well card you sent from the NWSMTA.  It was very thoughtful of you, especially since you are so busy with your own physical therapy and healing.  I would also like to thank individual members who sent me everything from ecards and emails to traditional cards and phone calls.  It is amazing how good I felt receiving them!

Recovering from surgery requires us to rest and thus gives us the gift of time to reflect.  (Robin also mentioned this gift in a recent newsletter.)  I am so grateful for the friends I have made through working on NWSMTA committees. Joining our group was one of the best things I have ever done!

Diane Adamek

Lyda W. Samuels, nee Wexler, age 92. Beloved wife for 68 years of the late Colonel H.J. "Jerry" Samuels. Cherished mother of Philip J. (Donna B.) Samuels and the late Florence Simon. Adored grandmother of Ivy (Seth) Bender and Michael Simon. Proud great grandmother of Eva and Lily Bender. As a piano teacher for over 30 years, her legacy will live on through her students. Memorials in her memory to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, would be appreciated. 

Lyda was a chair of the scholarship committee, served on the syllabus committee, was a phone aid prior to email and was a part of the IMT forum in NWSMTA.  She also served on the ISMTA state board.

A sympathy card was sent to Edie Kayne, because of her husband passing away.  


We are looking forward to the Awards Competition on  Sunday, April 9, 2016, at Harper College.  The deadline is  March 16.  Please review the eligibility requirements, rules, repertoire and other details, and plan on entering your students in this competition!  

- The Awards Competition Committee

Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association
Robin Meredith-Kramer, President
Maureen Flood, Website

Deborah Lynch, Newsletter