APPI -- History

The History of the

Association of Professional Piano Instructors

On a bright, sunny April aftenoon in 2001, three piano teachers met for the first time over coffee. Bonded by mutual frustrations and aspirations, they sketched out the framework of a radical new organization. These founders, Krista Lundblad, Sue Ruby and Kathy Smith, grew excited at the potential of drawing independent piano teachers together, of pooling resources for the betterment of all. And they were insistent that this could be accomplished without charging excessive fees or collecting annual dues. The idea of APPI was brought from the restaurant table to the Secretary of State and on July 3, 2001 APPI was registered as a corporation and steps went into place to receive non-profit status, a non-profit organization that would someday connect the teachers of the greater Twin Cities area and beyond. The first teacher meeting was held in August of 2001 at the Schmitt Music in Roseville, Minnesota. It was at these monthly meetings that a line of exceptional piano instructors began to surface. The first year of APPI's existence included Theory & History classes, Special Guest Joyce Grill, APPI Bash, APPI Festival and a joyous Piano & Pasta Celebration. The organization also implemented a Patron of the Arts award and handed out 60 composer busts to students that completed requirements. The highlight of APPI's inaugural year was hosting the APPI Fesitval on the one-year anniversary of the inception of APPI. The atmosphere was charged and the judges did a tremendous job of lifting up the students and challenging them to grow. As APPI moves forward, we continue to explore new territories and ideas and to strive for goals well beyond the initial dreams of its founders.


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