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APPI Events


APPI provides many different opportunities for its members and their students to greatly expand on their learning and growing experience at little to no cost. Below you will find brief descriptions of some of the more popular and valuable experiences you can have with APPI and other professional instructors. Be sure to check the Calendar of Events to find out when and where events are taking place, or contact one of the APPIcers to get the latest information.


Monthly Meetings:

APPI provides an opportunity for piano instructors to share ideas and experiences, network, and gain knowledge through continuing educational activities. This is provided at no cost to the instructors. Meetings are held the second Friday of each month at Schmitt Music in Roseville, MN. Monthly meetings are conducted by the officers of APPI and attendance is open to any piano instructor.


APPI Festival:

The APPI Festival is a non-competitive opportunity for students to perform for a panel of judges and the students’ peers to obtain positive and constructive feedback. This is a welcoming initial step into the arts community for budding pianists. This allows independent teachers to band together and support each other, as well as offer an opportunity to their students that they would not be able to provide on their own. The first annual APPI Festival was held on April 6, 2002 at Schmitt Music in Roseville. It is our desire that in future years this will expand into multiple locations in order to accommodate the number of students desiring to participate. This is facilitated under the leadership of APPI Officers with the voluntary assistance of other APPI instructors.


Theory, Compostion & History Classes:

Theory, Composition & History Classes are held each year and are provided to any music student at a minimal cost to the student, and at no cost to their instructor. The classes provide an in-depth study in core topics that are essential to developing well-rounded musicians. Our independent instructors often need this as a supplement to their private teaching, as time constraints limit the depth of focus in these areas. The classes are held in multiple locations in order to accommodate the number of students desiring to participate. This is facilitated under the leadership of APPI Officers with the voluntary assistance of other APPI instructors.


APPI Student Honors Showcase:

The APPI Student Honors Showcase is a concert featuring students of various APPI instructors, showcasing their musical talents. It allows the instructors to select one student from their studio to honor their growth, work ethic and ability. Students receive a certificate for their selection. No admission is charged for this community concert, but freewill donations are accepted.



Living Room Sessions:

The APPI Living Room Sessions are opportunities for piano instructors to play for one another in an informal, low-pressure setting and receive support and/or feedback as desired. Sessions are held several times a year in private homes and performing is never a requirement for attendance. Our teachers enjoy the socializing, food and fun as much as the music.

Guest Speakers:

Experts in various areas relevant to the instructors are brought in periodically during the year for special speaking engagements. These are provided at no cost to attendees and are open to the public. Previous guest speakers include:

  • Melody Bober
  • Kathy Faricy
  • Dr. Marianne Fleming-Bryan
  • Joyce Grill
  • Wynn-Anne Rossi

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