Seminar- “Real Kids – Real Solutions Teaching to the Unique Differences of Each Student”

Dear Teachers,

You are invited to the event
Real Kids – Real Solutions Teaching to the Unique Differences of Each Student”

Speaker: Diane Hidy

Date: Oct. 13th (Tuesday)

Time: 1030AM

Question ?

please email : chrissy Huang at


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church,
600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto

Suggested donation : $10



Certificate of Merit Information Meeting

We will have our annual Certificate of Merit informational meeting

Wednesday, September 9
9:30 A.M.
Lincoln Glen Church

2700 Booksin Avenue, San Jose, CA 95118

Please note that attendance at this meeting is required for all teachers who will enter students in the Certificate of Merit program this coming year.

2015 MTAC Santa Clara Luncheon-June 10(Wed)

You are invited …

2015 MTAC Santa Clara Luncheon-June 10(Wed)

Let’s enjoy piano duo,  delicious Italian gourmet,  lucky drawing,  laugh and have fun together…

 Your Fee for Delicious Italian Gourmet –

 1) Only $5/ member –If you REGISTER online before midnight of June 4, 2015

 How to register & select your delicious Italian Lunch?

Please fill the Registration Form by click “”  (Or typing this web address.)

 2) $30/member- If you “do not” Registration online before June 4.   ***Registration closed at June 4****

(Please – No phone call or email reply for your registration. Please register online!)  

(Thanks to the Board of MTAC Santa Clara for a generous subsidy for Early bird!


-Program & Schedule  as following—————————–

1030am-  *Officer Announcement

 **Suite for Two Pianos, No. 2, Op. 17 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Performed by Dr. Chia-Lin Yang & Dr. Vivian Ying Chen

 Location: Steinway & Sons Los Altos-316 State Street, Los Altos, CA 94022


———–After beautiful Rachmaninoff, we will walk to nearby famous Italian Restaurant———–


11:00am- “Aldo “ Famous Contemporary Italian Food with Lucking Drawing

 Location :  388 Main Street, Los Altos

 Questions? Chrissy Huang at




Teaching Composition in the Private Studio

This coming Wednesday, Mr. John Syzygy is going to share with us  “how to teaching composition in our private studio”. This event will be a hands-on learning lecture for us to use in daily teaching. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 11, 9:30 a.m.

Lincoln Glen Church, 2700 Booksin Avenue, San Jose


  • How and why to teach composition
  • How to recognize a student who might want to compose, and what to do next
  • How to use composition assignments to improve musicianship and theory knowledge
  • Compositional tricks to help students break past technical and musical plateaus
  • How to teach theory through composition
  • How to compose without writing anything down
  • How, when, and why to teach notation

About John Syzygy-

John Syzygy received his B.M. and M.A. in Composition from San Jose State University, where he was a two-time winner of the Eva Thompson Phillips Award for Composition. He has won numerous awards for his solo and small ensemble works, most recently winning 1st Prize in the MTAC Composers Today Contest (2011). He has studied piano with Dr. Gwendolyn Mok, Dr. Laurel Brettell, Debbie Poryes, and Marc Steiner. His primary composition instructors include Dr. Pablo Furman, Dr. Brian Belet, and Dr. Daniel Wyman.


Concerto and Ensemble Festival

Second Annual MTAC Santa Clara Branch

Concerto/ Ensemble Music Festival 


The mission of the MTAC Santa Clara Branch Concerto/ Ensemble Music Festival is to provide a formal stage with competition atmosphere to gifted young musicians who are participating in the State Concerto Competitions or VOCE Competitions, as well as to all junior ensemble performers who want to show their music talent in a team. It is a good opportunity to participate in a smaller festival in preparation for other music competitions in the following months of 2015.

Description of Activities

  • Time: Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:00pm
  • Venue: Santa Clara University Recital Hall.
  • Registration: the 2015 Festival is open to students playing at a level comparable to Certificate of Merit Level V and up. Students must be enrolled by their teachers. Click here for the online registration form.
  • Fee:   Concerto: $65
    Duet: $110
    Ensembles of 3 or more: $45 per performer (not counting accompanist)
  • Award: all participants will receive certificates signed by MTAC Santa Clara Branch President and Piano Concerto/ Ensemble Music Festival Committee. One or two students from each category will be awarded “Best Performer of 2015 Festival” and will receive a cash prize.
  • Age: all music performers must be age 24 or younger.
  • Repertoire Length: no more than 12 minutes.
  • We encourage teachers who enroll their students to work as volunteers on the event day.
  • Space is limited. First come, first served.

Four Categories:

  • Piano Concerto
  • Other Concerto
  • Duet and Ensemble
  • Vocal Ensemble

Evert Coordinator: Lin Pan (408) 931-1339


To register, click here and fill out the online registration form. Make a check payable to “MTAC Santa Clara” and send checks to: Lin Pan, 883 S. Tantau Ave, Cupertino, CA95014.

CM Workshop

Please join us for a workshop to discuss using the Syllabus to select appropriate repertoire for you students, and to prepare them for the technique and theory parts of their CM Evaluation

We will also discuss Panel Evaluations, and how to enroll your students and prepare them for the Panel evaluations.

Please bring any questions you have about repertoire so that you don’t have to ask your CM Chairperson at the last minute.

Please bring your Syllabus to this meeting

Wednesday, October 8, 9:30 a.m.

Lincoln Glen Church, 2700 Booksin Avenue, San Jose

Coming Events

November: John Perry Master Class

December: Holiday luncheon and Program