Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Langhorne Council for the Arts Looking for a New Board Member

The Langhorne Council of the Arts is looking for a new Board member! LCA is dedicated to providing outlets and fostering appreciation for the arts in the Langhorne community (and nearby neighborhoods). 

Through concerts and a variety of other events, money is raised for arts scholarships for local young people in grades 6-12. Students submit samples of their art and/or video of their perforomance and 6 students are then selected every spring to be recipients. 

Please visit to learn more.

Please call Pat Mervine at 215-752-0854 or email if interested.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Dr. Carol Aicher Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:45AM

The Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers is proud to present a lecture by Dr. Carol Ann Aicher on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:45M until Noon with a short break at 11:00AM. Her topic will be:

Teaching Adults: Challenges and Strategies

Carol Ann Aicher earned her Doctorate of Education from Columbia University Teachers College; a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Mahattan School of Music; a Piano Pedagogy Certificate from MSM's Piano Pedagogy Institute; and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with a minor in Music History from Oberlin College Conservatory.

Dr. Aicher frequently lectures on pedagogy, presents workshops and adjudicates at festivals and competitions. As an educational consultant she has developed teaching assessments and curriculums based on the National Education Standards for various institutions. Dr. Aicher served as Vice President of the Northeast Chapter of the College Music Society from 2012 to 2014 and was West Chester University's first honorary member of the international music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota.

As both soloist and accompanist, Dr. Aicher has performed at many venues and is a founding member of Mod 2, a duo with English Horn player Kevin Chavez. Together with Mr. Chavez and Ryan Michael Hartman, Dr. Aicher hosts the podcast "Greenroom Conversations: The Process, Unplugged," a series of interviews with performing arts professionals. "Greenroom Conversations" explores successful individual careers for themes that may help listeners make their own artistic way.

Dr. Aicher was Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at West Chester University f Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2003. The Graduate Pedagogy courses she has taught at Manhattan School of Music since 2001 are for all majors; this approach using principles and skills that are applicable to every musician is a specialty that she and predecessor Vera Wills developed that is unique in the field of pedagogy. In 2016 she was awarded the President's Medal for Distinguished Service is the highest honor bestowed upon the Manhattan School of Music Community by the President of the School. It is given to members of the MSM Community who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the School.

Dr. Aicher incorporates contemporary educational philosophies and brain-based research into her courses. The curriculum is focused on increasing the students' understanding of their own learning skills in order to help themselves as well as others. Understanding the learning process allows students to benefit from core thinking and learning skills in solving musical problems. The "Learning as a Process (LAAP)" philosophy of teaching, which was the subject of Dr. Aicher's dissertation, has eveolved to include new learning techniques to strengthen the connection between learning, practicing and performing; to reduce performance anxiety and to facilitate peak performance.

Kevin Chavez, Dr. Carol Aicher, and Ryan Michael Hartman combine their diverse backgrounds within music to interview professionals who work in the performing arts.GRC looks to explore the successful performer's individul path in the arts to discover themes that will help listeners with their own artistic path. Interviews include Grammy winning artists, Broadway and Classical performers, as well as composers, producers, teachers, and many more from the music community.  

Monday, October 8, 2018

Martha Schrempel on Claude Debussy Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Willow Grove chapter of PA Music Teachers Assn. All BCAPT member are invited to attend free of charge.

Our chapter will host Martha Schrempel, a Julliard graduate, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Temple University.

Dr. Schrempel has performed throughout the US, Europe and the Caribbean. She has toured the Czech Republic four times and has given Master classes in Bulgaria and Albania.

She is on the faculty at Moravian College. Her presentation will include a discussion of Claude Debussy's musical style and what makes it so unique and how to present it to students.

Desirable technique needed to play this music will be examined as well as the imagery and stories behind Debussy's music. 
Works in a similar style by other composers will be explored including music for beginners and intermediate students.

The location for this workshop is at Settlement Music School, 318 Davisville Rd., Willow Grove, PA 19090

We are fortunate to have the use of the Recital Hall which is on the first floor. The Hall has a magnificent Grand Piano, which together with Martha's playing, will do justice to Debussy's music.

There is ample parking in the back of the building and the entrance to the building is also in the back.

Look forward to seeing you at Settlement on October 17th at 10:00AM.