What is LAPTF?

The Livonia Area Piano Teachers Forum (LAPTF) is a professional organization dedicated to the enrichment of piano teachers. It has been an important part of the local music community since 1970. It reaches many other music areas from the greater Detroit area and it has teachers located in 33 different communities in Southeast Michigan.   The Forum’s purpose, as stated in the yearbook, is “to encourage the understanding, appreciation, and study of the teaching of music through our instrument”. Members are eager to encourage and strengthen each other as teachers and friends.

How to Join LAPTF

LAPTF is a local chapter of the Michigan Music Teachers Association (MMTA). Members need to join both the national (MTNA) and state organizations to belong to LAPTF. An application can be obtained from the LAPTF Membership Committee Chairperson.

Teachers who join these organizations will receive a one-year subscription to the American Music Teacher Magazine, the MMTA Student Achievement Testing (SAT) Handbook , a LAPTF Yearbook and  MMTA State Directory. New LAPTF members will be linked to an experienced mentor who will be available to answer questions and help the new member become acclimated to the group.

Guests are invited to attend two regular meetings but must affiliate in order to continue attendance.

Members who enter students in MMTA Student Acheivment Testing are required to work all day on test day. They are also required to work at the “Teachers Work Day” which is held in February prior to SAT.


Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month October through May at one of the following locations: Steinway Gallery, Commerce and Evola Music, Canton. Exceptions may occur occasionally and will be announced in advance. There is time for coffee and browsing the check-in table is 9:15AM. The meeting starts at 9:30AM and is followed by a scheduled program which lasts from 10:00-11:30AM. All members are welcome to have lunch with the speaker at their own cost.

Meetings include master classes using students of member teachers or various outside speakers. The May meeting includes the annual business meeting with election of new officers, APPE winners and a lunch.

Activities Officially Sponsored by the LAPTF

Community Recitals: Students of member teachers can participate in recitals that are scheduled several times a year at community venues like assisted living places and area malls.

Honors Recitals: Recitals are held presenting the students of member teachers. Students qualify to play at the recitals based on their SAT or Federation scores. The repertoire for middle and high school students must be recognized master composers.

Award for Piano Performance Excellence (APPE): This event is held in April, and the student qualifies by passing an audition. Cash awards are given in several categories: lower elementary, upper elementary, intermediate, and senior high school. The student must play two memorized pieces of repertoire from different historical music periods.

MMTA Student Achievement Testing (SAT): LAPTF hosts a local testing site for the state test usually held in February or March. The test covers performance, theory, aural awareness, technique, sight reading, transposition, harmonization and history. Teachers who enter students in SAT are required to help administer the tests on test day. For more information contact Diana Munch or Chris Smith.

MTNA Certification: Certification is awarded to applicants who pass professional standards set by the National organization. Please contact LAPTF for mentoring or information can be found on the MTNA website.

Teacher Referrals: A contact person in our group fields request from the public for teachers who have openings in their studio for new students. LAPTF contact is LAPTF or visit the Michigan Music Teachers Association for teachers in your area.

Other Non- Sponsored Activities

National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC): Information about this festival is readily available to our members. Many LAPTF members belong to the NFMC senior Club, Camerata. This festival takes place in February and March.

American College of Musicians: (National Guild of Piano Teachers); Guild auditions are another opportunity available to students, with testing centers located in Livonia, Northville/Novi, and Plymouth/Canton. Guild information can be obtained through LAPTF . These auditions are held in May and June. Website: pianoguild.com

Other Piano Competitions and Festivals: Students can also enter competitions and festivals in the area that are sponsored by other organizations like the Ann Arbor Bach and Sonatina Festivals and the Schoolcraft College Honors Recital.

LAPTF followed the leadership of distinguished member, Betty Kowalski Stasson and husband, in seeing through the passage of MI Senate Bill 532 which states: “A zoning ordinance under this act shall not prohibit the use of a residence by an occupant to conduct or receive music lessons.” LAPTF invites you to join our group and take advantage of this provision and the many opportunities LAPTF holds for you and your students.

Further questions concerning LAPTF may be directed to livoniaptf@gmail.com.