The AAAPTG Foundation and the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild are two separate and independent organizations. The Guild, founded in 1961 by Frances Danforth, is a chapter of the Music Teachers National Association, a professional association for music teachers with national and state programs and publications. Membership dues are paid directly to MTNA and filter down to local chapters.
Local chapters offer monthly meetings with speakers and promote MTNA’s Student Activities Testing Day where members’ students perform and are judged annually on their progress in piano study. The Ann Arbor chapter has a performance group that plans programs and appears locally in recitals, along with a monthly seminar where members meet to discuss teaching topics in depth. Members can meet online in the AAAPTG Facebook group. The Guild focuses on providing and organizing events and projects for teachers and students.
The AAAPTG Foundation was founded in 1993 by Merrilee Magnuson as a fundraising mechanism to support additional projects for piano teachers and students not covered by MTNA dues. Programs supported in the past include Music Explorer Day (where member students spent a day at UM School of Music learning about instruments and music topics), Mostly Music Camp (a day camp for elementary and middle school students) and Awards Auditions (a competition for local students offering cash prizes). Current fundraising events include the annual Halloween Hoot and Spring Fling, along with the Annual Campaign. Board members are generally teachers from the Guild, however, general members from the community with an interest in supporting music are welcome.