Monday, March 28
Luiz De Moura Castro
"The Delights of South American Music"
The First Parish Watertown
Music Give-Away, 9AM
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Monday, April 11
Spring Teachers' Exchange
Donna Gross Javel
"Yoga and Its Benefits
"Two Versions of the Conclusion of Schumann's Fantasy Opus 17
Wellesley Free Library
530 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
(no music sale)
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Monday, April 25
Student Master Class
(no music sale)
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Monday, May 23
Awards Meeting and Luncheon
Deadline to Register for the Luncheon is May 2
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Sunday, April 3
Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee
45 Common Street
Meet other NEPTA members
Contact Dianne if you are interested in either performing or attending this event.
(She has two pianos).
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Piano Duet Concert
& Shizue Sano
Cambridge Music Consortium
315 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
For more information: 978-771-1677
Works by Mozart, Respighi, Dvorak, and Glenn Miller
$25 donation suggested
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Four Free Classes
(3 -4 people)
A new 4-week session begins Wednesday April 27
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"How To Teach Improvisation to Piano Students"
Dates: In June
(TBA based upon interest)
Location: Nina's studio (Belmont)
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Solo piano recital
Friday, May 27
15 Bedford Road
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PIANO FOR SALE
C7 Grand Piano
To connect with owner,
contact NEPTA member
PIANO FOR SALE
Henry Miller Grand Piano
Length: 6 foot, 10 inches
Purchased: circa 1973; rebuilt prior to this
Asking Price: $1,750
To connect with owner, contact NEPTA member
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RECITAL SPACE AVAILABLE
Steinway Grand Piano
Seating for 100
Contact Inga Magid:
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SUBMITTING MEMBER NEWS
Member News should be submitted to
Donna Gross Javel
by the first of each month to be included in that month's newsletter. Please see the website for further information about
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Hello! There are some important announcements so I will get right to the point:
1) March meeting: THIS Monday, March 28 (that's tomorrow-gasp)! See the next article box for more information.
2) Deadline to register for the Annual Luncheon: May 2. This is a fun event, register now! More information is in the Annual Luncheon section of this newsletter.
3) Deadline to renew your dues is May 31. If you want to be in the directory please renew your dues before the deadline. You may renew them beginning on April 1. Please note that
is our interim Treasurer. More information is in the Renew Your Dues section of this newsletter.
4) NEPTA's Music Sale is having the sale of a lifetime at the March meeting. Everything will be free. We want to diminish the size of the music we have in stock, so please take some with you! If you want to leave a donation, that would be greatly appreciated.
5) Please note that you can see a list of upcoming events and deadlines at a glance in the "Looking Ahead" section of each issue of the newsletter.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting this Monday! If we haven't already met, please introduce yourself to me -- and if we have met, please say hello. Getting to know all of you is my favorite part of my role as President.
Donna Gross Javel
MARCH 28 SPEAKER SERIES: LUIZ DE MOURA CASTRO
March 2016 is a very special month for Luiz De Moura Castro. Not only is he celebrating his 75th birthday this month, he and his wife are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. NEPTA members are certainly fortunate to have the opportunity to hear this wonderful musician share some of his expertise about South American Music with us this Monday, March 28.
The meeting takes place at The First Parish of Watertown and begins at 9:30AM. Plan to arrive as early as 9AM to take full advantage of the sale of all sales. Does a Music Sale cease to become a sale when everything is free? Take advantage of this special NEPTA Music Sale Give-Away -- and of course, if you want, you may leave a donation to benefit the scholarship fund. Many thanks to
or this wonderful new twist on NEPTA's Music Sale.
MARCH MADNESS MUSIC GIVE-AWAY
Our March Madness Music Give-Away will surely be an exciting event. Everything will be free for the taking so bring something to carry your treasures home with you.
t is organized by Ruth Ross, Music Library and Donation Chair.
Please join us before the March 28 meeting, at 9AM. This will be the last Music 'Sale' of the season. The regular NEPTA Music Sale will return in September. Members are asked to bring boxes and tote bags to carry away their newly acquired treasures.
The sale usually serves three purposes:
- Teachers have access to music that, perhaps, has gone out of print
- Standard teaching methods and collections can be acquired at a very reasonable price
- All proceeds go directly to the NEPTA Scholarship Fund.
The March Madness Music Sale means that you get to take what you want for free. If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund, please feel free to do so but it is not necessary this month!
Please direct any questions to Ruth Ross at
ANNUAL LUNCHEON MONDAY MAY 23 12-2PM
This is always a special event in which NEPTA members have a chance to relax and get to know each other. Many thanks to
who has once again organized this event for us.
The Talk Town Restaurant
116 Main Street, Watertown, MA
(walking distance from the First Parish)
Right after the Awards Meeting
for menu details and to register for the event. Special Diets can be accommodated. If you need to make a special dietary request, you must call Nina Grimaldi before May 2nd to make arrangements. Nina can be reached at 877-753-8994.
$25 includes salad, choice from a selected group of entrees, coffee or tea, and dessert.
RENEW YOUR DUES BEFORE MAY 31
NEPTA is an extraordinary organization. Renew your dues now to take advantage of next year's speaker series, recital and competition programs, and many other tangible and intangible benefits too numerous to mention!
Deadline to Renew Dues: Tuesday, May 31
$50 Active and Associate Members
$30 Seniors (over 65) and Student Members
Members In One Household (same mailing address)
$20 Late Fee incurred if dues are not received before May 31
(In September, the Board voted to increase the late fee from $10 to $20)
If you want your name and contact information to appear in the Membership Directory, you
renew your dues before the May 31 deadline.
This year, there will be no exceptions.
Please note that by renewing your dues early, you also help many volunteers save time. The Chair of Membership, Treasurer, President, Vice President and Board members end up having to devote more of their time to NEPTA when dues are not renewed on time. Do your part and help us by renewing your dues early. Thank you!
NEPTA members may renew their annual dues online at
through the secure PayPal site with a credit card, or members may download the registration form and mail it with a check to our interim Treasurer:
25 Riverside Drive
Reading, MA 01867
FACES! MEET SOME OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!
Many, many thanks to
Kathryn Rosenbach, Heather Riley, Elizabeth Landman, Nina Grimaldi, Tong Liu, Niva Fried, Eleanor McLaughlin and Janet Ainsworth for the time and energy they put into making the recitals run so smoothly. Through their efforts, NEPTA is able to give the "Gift of Music" to an entire generation of young musicians.
||Eleanor McLaughlin, Janet Ainsworth and Niva Fried
Niva Fried, Chair
20th AND 21st CENTURY
Heather Riley, Chair
Kathryn Rosenbach, Chair
JAZZ AND POP RECITALS
Kathryn Rosenbach, Chair
Elizabeth Landman and Nina Grimaldi, Co-Chairs
Many thanks to Tanya Schwartzman for printing out the newsletter each month and sending it to a list of some of NEPTA's long-time members who do not have access to email.
|Tanya Schwartzman with her grandchildren
Someone who has been a devoted member of NEPTA for decades approached me at a recent meeting to say that she appreciates having the opportunity to read the newsletter each month and that she feels much more connected to the organization as a result. Many thanks to Tanya for making this possible.
We will celebrate more of the many faces of our dedicated members in future issues! For now, please accept a big heartfelt thank you to each of you.
Alice Proctor Award
Congratulations to the winner of the Alice Proctor award, Sarika Rao and her teacher,
ADULT RECITAL: for students 18 years of age or older
Date: April 3
Location: Home of Diana Impallaria
Janice P. Zaganjori
Our thoughts go to Dr. David Rosenthal who had hoped and planned to host the recital again this year. Due to damages from broken pipes in his home, he is unable to host the event this year. We feel gratitude for the way he has shared his spirit, enthusiasm and love of cooking with the participants of this event in the past. We wish him well as he deals with these unexpected repairs.
Special thanks to Janice Zaganjori, Recital Chair, and Diana Impallaria, committee member and this year's host, for their ability to adjust to unexpected changes in the planning of this recital.
MARCH 28: SPEAKER SERIES: LUIZ DE MOURA CASTRO
- "The Delights of South American Music"
- First Parish Watertown, 9:30AM
- March Madness Music Give-Away 9AM
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE MAY 23 LUNCHEON
MEMBERSHIP DUES RENEWAL PROCESS BEGINS TODAY
- Renewing your dues early facilitates the work of our volunteers so please renew early.
- "Just Do It!"
- If you want your contact information to be included in the 2016-2017 Membership Directory, you must renew your dues by the May 31 deadline. This deadline will be strictly adhered to this year. No exceptions.
- Please note that if you are sending in a check rather than paying online, you must send your check to our interim Treasurer:
- Janice Spillane
- 25 Riverside Drive
- Reading, MA 01867
APRIL 11: SPRING TEACHERS' EXCHANGE
MAY 2: DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING FOR THE MAY 23 LUNCHEON
MAY 23: ANNUAL MEETING /AWARDS RECITAL/ LUNCHEON
MAY 31: DEADLINE FOR RENEWING DUES
"Mentoring, an informal or formal process by which older, seasoned people support, educate and counsel younger employees, is critical to the success of just about any enterprise."
John M. Zeigler, Ph.D. and Nancy L. Ostromencki
From the website PianoEducation.org
We may not think of piano teaching as an enterprise, but every piano teacher operating a studio is a small business
owner. Every enterprise needs new energy and inspiration. Whether you are just starting your studio, or have already been teaching "for years," the NEPTA Mentoring Program offers a unique opportunity for teachers to learn from teachers FOR FREE. Our roster of mentors include:
If you are interested in starting the New Year with new inspiration contact
, Chair of the NEPTA Mentoring Program, for more information at 617-489-6862,or via email at
HELP DESK FOR ALL ONLINE REGISTRATION
Diana Tetzlaff is available to talk members through the process on the phone. She can be reached at 617-816-1777.
Tina Liu will help members register online during the breaks of some of the NEPTA meetings.
MEMBER NEWS GUIDELINES
All Member News should be submitted according to the guidelines that are described in detail at this link to the
Please note that the NEPTA Program Booklet that J
anice Spillane produced and designed so beautifully contains all the information you need.
Get to know the NEPTA website! All the information that is in the Program Booklet is on the website,
Please note that Meeting Minutes and past issues of the NEPTA Newsletter are available on the website. The meeting minutes are usually posted within two weeks of each meeting.
This year, the NEPTA Newsletters will be issued every month from September through May.
Many thanks to
Eleanor Perrone our Email Communicator. She has already provided us with many important emails.
If you are on Facebook, please 'like' our page,
New England Piano Teachers' Association.
This is a public page which means that it is available to anyone in cyberspace. You are encouraged to share your news on this page and visit it to find out more about your colleagues.
This section will return in the September issue. For now, at the very least, I want to provide pictures of each of our volunteers so that you can begin to recognize the people who are keeping this organization alive. We have an extraordinary membership and many devoted volunteers. I'd like you to know who they are.
It takes a while to upload and format the pictures into the newsletter so I will be devoting some time to that in the next few issues.
If you are a volunteer, and I have not yet included your picture in an issue of the newsletter, please send one to me soon! Many thanks to each of you!
ONLY ONE GRANT-IN-AID REMAINS
We began the fiscal year with eight awards in the amount of $125 being available to students in need. There is now only one grant remaining for the current fiscal year (NEPTA's fiscal year runs from July 1 -June 30). To apply, a brief note from the teacher (email is acceptable) stating the family's need and reasons for financial assistance should be sent via email to
NEPTA'S FACEBOOK PAGE
Remember that you can post your own up-to-the- minute concert listings and other items of interest on NEPTA's Facebook page. Visit www.facebook.com/NEPTApiano
to see the latest news from your NEPTA friends!
YouTube videos of your performances are especially welcome.
Don't forget -- when you visit the Facebook page, click the 'Like' button!!
NEW! 8-HOUR PARKING METERS
Please be aware that Watertown has restricted parking on the side streets immediately surrounding the First Parish and thus eliminating any "free parking."
For NEPTA members who use the Watertown parking meters for our meetings at The First Parish:
Natacha Rist has discovered that some red parking meters, located farther away from The First Parish, accept quarters for eight and not just two hours. Check the individual meters. Thank you Natacha for saving us a trip to the parking lot to feed the meters!
The Watertown Savings Bank has strongly requested that NEPTA members do not park in the bank parking lot for NEPTA events. Please be respectful of this neighboring business and leave the free parking for its clients.
LOST AND FOUND
A new job description has been added to the roles of President and Vice President!
The staff at the First Parish has requested that NEPTA members do not contact the church office when they leave something at a NEPTA meeting. So, please, if you leave something at the meeting, contact either Donna Gross Javel or Ranko Konishi-Houston. Better yet, look carefully around you before you leave.