Minutes from the FPTA Meeting, June 7th


Copy of the Minutes for the FPTA Meeting
The FPTA meeting took place on Saturday, June 7, 2014, following the Spring FPTA recital.
Elections were held for board positions:
President: Val Muller
Vice President: Dr. Scott Marosek
Secretary: Amanda Schafer
Treasurer: Chris Colon
Honorary Board Member: Bettye Morrow

FPTA 2015 Competition
We discussed possible improvements for next year’s competition. The competition is to take place sometime in April 2015. An email will be sent once the date is confirmed.

One suggestion was to switch to electronic forms and in PDF format. Quite a few people remarked that it was difficult to read the comments on the judging sheets. This will take care of that. It will also expedite the application process.

Another discussion involved repertoire. Some of the repertoire chosen for certain categories were too uneven in the level of difficulty. One suggestion was to reduce the repertoire list so that there are no more than five choices in each category. Another suggestion was to make the level of difficulty match that of the difficulty standards in the NCMTA competition list.

Speaking of the competition list, we would like to get the competition repertoire list set up as soon as possible. We are asking all members to send a list of repertoire pieces for consideration on the list. Please include the name of the piece, composer, the publisher of the book, an ISBN number (that one is optional, but certainly helpful), and the category (such as Junior A, or Elementary B). You may send your list to Dr. Scott Marosek at smarosek@methodist.edu. Please, no handwritten lists. Email is best!

We would ideally like to have this list completed and ready to publish by July. Music & Arts is going to take our list and make sure they have all the sheet music on site for us to explore.

We are pleased to announce that one of our sponsors from last year, JML, will be sponsoring our competition again this year.

FPTA Faculty Recital
There will be a faculty recital in September. A date has not yet been confirmed. Members are encouraged to participate as either a soloist, as part of an ensemble, or both. Please email Val Muller if you are interested in playing a duet and are in need of a duet partner (valmuller.piano@yahoo.com). This recital is to be a fundraising event for FPTA so that we can have funds for competitions, master classes, piano days, and other piano-related activities throughout the year. We are currently looking for sponsors for the event.
FPTA Website
FPTA has a website, fayncpianoteachers.com. One of the categories is “Find a Teacher.” This is an opportunity to list your services for free. People look for services online much more often than they do in newspapers or bulletin boards. I did a google search of “Fayetteville NC Piano” and this website came up, so it is a website that people will pull up when searching online. Therefore, it is a very useful tool that we should take advantage of more often.
If you would like to list yourself on the Find a Teacher page, please include the following:
-Your name (including any titles, like Dr., or NCTM)
-Your contact info (email address, phone number, website)
-Where you teach, such as Hope Mills, Spring Lake, Methodist University. I’m not including addresses here, as many of you teach at home, and it is safer to list the community area when advertising online.
-A brief bio of who you are, and who you teach. You can look online for ideas at the Raleigh Piano Teachers site, or the Durham Piano Teachers site
I would like to have this done by the first week of July at the latest. You may send your information to Amanda Schafer at ayschafer@hotmail.com.



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