Wednesday, September 26, 2018

BCAPT Member Susan Ma at Carnegie Hall

Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers member Susan Ma will be performing at Carnegie Hall! Susan will be joined by other musicians playing piano, viola, cello, flute, and more!

What: International Music & Arts Society Musicians' Concert
When: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 1:00PM
Where: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
              154 West 57th Street, New York, New York
Tickets are $35.00 and going fast! Purchase yours while they are still available!
Contact Susan for tickets at:

Tickets may be purchased at
CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800
Box Office at 57th and 7th

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Cairn University's Piano Day

What: Piano Day at Cairn University
           Masterclass and other performance opportunities
           Performances by Cairn faculty members
           Recital by Cairn University piano majors

Who:  7-12 Grade Students

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018

Where: Lewis Holmes Recital Hall
             Cairn University
             Manor Avenue 
             Langhorne, PA   19047-4342

Cost if free but all students and teachers need to register for this event!

Registration closes October 10, 2018. Click the link below for the form.

Contact Abbie Mulhern with any questions:

Monday, September 17, 2018

Teacher Education Programs in Kingston, NJ

New Teacher Education Programs are being offered at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, New Jersey. Programs include fellowships, apprenticeships, applied teaching practicums, pedagogy courses, workshops, and summer intensives.

Please contact Amy Glennon for more information:

 To learn about all programs, click the link below:


*****Frances Clark Center Apprenticeship Program
Foundational teaching experiences for recent music school graduates and new professionals. A certificate will be awarded at completion of three terms.

Three terms of 10 weeks each.

Cost: $2500 - coursework, practicum, program books, and materials. Private piano instruction is additional. Scholarships available.


Fall Term 1 - October 1-December 14, 2018 (application deadline September 21, 2018
Winter-Term II - January 7-March 15, 2018 (application deadline November 1, 2018)
Spring - Term III - April 1-June 14, 2019 (application deadline February 1, 2019)

To apply for the apprenticeship program, click the link below:

*****Pedagogy Course and Applied Teaching Practicum
Five pedagogy sessions. Special topics, guest appearances by master pedagogues through FCC Residency Program. Focuses on observation of lessons and classes at the New School of Music Study

Cost Pedagogy with Practicum: $475.00 per term


Fall-Term 1 - October 1-December 14, 2018 (Registration September 1-30, 2018)
Winter-Term II - January 7-March 15, 2018 (Registration December 1-28, 2018)
Spring-Term III- April 1-June14, 2019 (Registration 1-31, 2019)

Pedagogy only (2-hour course, five sessions per term) - $250.00
Practicum only (10 hours of guided observation) - $250.00

To register for the pedagogy course, click the link below:

*****Frances Clark Center Residency Program
Seminars on special topics.

Dr. Jennifer Snow - Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dr. Catherine Kautsky - Wednesday, February 27, 2019. 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dr. Sara Ernst - May 2019, TBA

Cost: $30.00, free if enrolled in pedagogy course and Clavier Companion subscribers

The New School for Study
4543 Rt. 27
Kingston, NJ  08528

To register for the residency program, click the link below:

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Westminster and Rider Fall Events

Westminster College of the Arts and Rider University Present Their Fall Events

*****Westminster Conservatory at Nassau
Music for Piano Duo

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 12:15 PM
Nassau Presbyterian Church
Princeton, NJ
Admission is Free

Featuring Galina Prilutskaya and Inessa Gleyzerova Shindel performing piano music for four hands

Including Moszkowski, Elgar, Schubert, and more!

*****American Repertory Ballet, American Masters

Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM

The Theater in the Bart Luedeke Center
Rider University
Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors

Featuring works by Kirk Peterson, Douglas Martin, and Paul Taylor

*****Rider University Art Gallery: Mel Leipzig

Opening Reception - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 5:00 PM

On Display Wednesday, September 26 through Friday, October 26, 2018
Rider University Art Gallery, Bart Luedeke Center
Rider University
Admission is Free

*****Future Events

October 6 - Kemp Church Music Symposium, The Year of the Child

October 10-14 - Oklahoma! - Rider Musical Theater

October 13 - Westminster Symphonic Choir, Romantic Reveries

Friday, September 14, 2018

Clipper Erickson's Tableau, Tempest, and Tango

Clipper Erickson, a member of our Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers, has released an album featuring the piano music of David Finko, Richard Brodhead, and Modest Mussorgsky!

In an interview with Clipper, David Finko, and Richard Brodhead, Clipper talks about how he first met David Finko in 2003 and began to play his music. David wrote a Sonata for Clipper and in 2013, Clipper promised to record all of his pieces that he had performed. In 2011, Clipper asked his friend, Richard, to write a Latin piece, Tango Sonatina. He also wrote Sonata Notturna. This piece showcases the musical letters of Clipper's name: C,E,C,S (Eb).

To read more of this interview, see the Inside Story Blog at PARMA Recordings:

To order Clipper's music, click the link below:

Pieces include:

Fantasia on a Medieval Russian Theme
by David Finko,

Piano Sonata No. 1 "Solomon Mikhoels," Piano Sonata No. 2, and Piano Sonata No. 3 by David Finko,

Piano Sonata No. 2 "Sonata notturna," Tango Sonatina "Una Cart de Buenos Aires," by Richard Brodhead

Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky

Don't miss this amazing music!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Cunningham Piano "Evening in Vienna"

Cunningham Piano Company is hosting a special event:

What:      "An Evening in Vienna"
When:      Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 7pm
Where:    The Cunningham King of Prussia Showroom
                 198 Allendale Road
                 King of Prussia, PA
                 Across from Costco
Who:       Jan Jiracek von Arnim, Busoni and Van Cliburn competition prize-winner, concert pianist, teacher at Vienna School of Music piano department, Artistic Director of the International Beethoven Competition (Austria's oldest and most prestigious music competition)

Jan will be sharing experiences from his life.

The event is free but seating is limited.

Please RSVP - 215-991-0850

For more information, visit the Cunningham Piano wesbite by clicking the link below:

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Westminster Open House and Parent Orientation

On Saturday, September 8 at 8:45 AM, the Westminster Conservatory of Music is hosting an open house and parent orientation.

There will be early childhood demonstration classes and a special parent session. New as well as returning families are invited. Refreshments will be served. 

This orientation will be held at the Marion Buckelew Cullen Center at Westminster Choir College.

Westminster Conservatory of Music offers private instruction, lessons, and classes, and honors music program, and more. For more information, click the link below:

Please RSVP by calling 609-921-7104

or emailing

Westminster will also be hosting an event for prospective students on Friday, September 14, 2018. This is an all day event on campus.

Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers Blog!

Since 1982, the BCAPT has served piano students and their families in and around Bucks County, PA. We offer frequent performances and evaluation opportunities for students, as well as valuable pedagogy workshops for our teachers. We are proud of our long history of serving music students and their families as they learn to enjoy and gain skills in making music.

In this blog, you will learn more about our association, teachers, and interests. In the future, there will be articles, interviews, and all the information we can share about piano, teaching, and music as we bring you closer to our community and the wonderful world of music and how it can enrich your life experiences!

Upcoming news on our fall event calendar will include:

Westminster Choir College Open House on September 8
Cunningham Piano's Evening in Vienna on September 15 Cunningham Piano's Clavinova Cafe
Dr. Carol Ann Aicher's lecture at Jacobs Music on October 19
Crescendo International Music Competition
And our November recitals

To the left of our blog, you will find a list of our board members, teachers, meetings, and various events. There is also information about joining our organization. To access our membership application, please click the link below:

And please sign up for our email list to be notified when our blog is updated. You won't want to miss the latest news!

We are proud to recognize and partner with the following institutions who also support the arts and music in our community:

Jacobs Music - 

Cairn's School of Music - 
The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County -
Bucks County Choral Society - 

Newtown Chamber Orch -

Be sure to visit our web page:

And our Facebook page:

Please email us with questions or comments or information you think would be of interest to our readers:

                                 Thank you for joining us!