December Workshop and Luncheon: Liana Bramlett, guest speaker

Please plan to attend our annual December Workshop and Luncheon! The Workshop will take place at Steinway Piano Gallery from 10:15 to 11:30 am, Our featured speaker, Liana Bramlett, will present: How to Grow Your Studio to its Full Potential. “Running a piano studio in 2019 is so different than the studios we grew up in!  This discussion will help to bring insight into how to reach new and current students, parents and colleagues by staying modern and visionary in 2019 and beyond.”

Liana Bramlett is currently the Director of the Coppell Conservatory. She began her piano studies at the age of 7 in Denver, Colorado, and continued her studies in Texas at the Tarrant County College Preparatory Piano Program. During her higher education, she attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas where she studied under the direction of Dr. Sophia Hyun-Me Park. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance in 2003. While a student at Tarleton State University she was one of 20 students to be enrolled in the Presidential Honors Program, earning both the highest academic and music scholarship awards available to students. She was awarded the Outstanding Freshman Pianist award in 2000, the Most Improved Pianist award in 2001, the Outstanding Pianist Award in 2002 and 2003 and the Outstanding Graduate in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

After graduation, Mrs. Bramlett taught private piano, musicianship, and group piano at the Coppell Conservatory from 2003-2007. From 2008-2014, she opened a private studio in her home in Frisco, TX, where she maintained a studio of over 20 students. Her students have been frequent participants in many local festivals and competitions, where they frequently earn the highest marks and awards. She served as President of Carrollton Music Teachers Association from 2011-2013. She was also awarded Teacher of the Year for Carrollton Music Teachers Association in 2012.

Mrs. Bramlett returned to Coppell Conservatory as Director in 2015. She values excellence in music and teaching and shares her values through her warmth, compassion, and dedication to her students. She values a comprehensive music education, working diligently with her students to create musicality in their performances as well as an intimate knowledge of theory and history to accompany their playing.

LUNCHEON INFORMATION: Immediately following our workshop, members are invited to attend a catered luncheon at Pappadeaux, 11617 Research Blvd., Austin, 78759. We’ll have our own separate dining room, so it will be a very friendly atmosphere.

TIME: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM COST: $30 includes beverage, salad, French bread, entrée, and dessert (vanilla cheesecake with fresh strawberries).

HOW TO PAY: There are three ways to pay: 1) request that we send you a bill through Affinipay so you can pay by credit card; 2) you can write a check made payable to ADMTA and send to Jodi Blount, Treasurer; or 3) bring check or cash (exact amount please) on the day of the luncheon.

Please RSVP on or by December 5th using below:

AYMA Master Class: Prof. Patti Wolf, clinician

A Master Class given as part of the Austin Youth Music Ambassadors program will take place next Saturday, November 23rd.   Music Masters Piano Showroom has generously agreed to host this class at their piano showroom in South Austin.  Professor Patti Wolf will serve as the clinician for the class, and ADMTA members and piano students are welcome to attend.  In order to respect the master clinician and the professional format of a master class, we request that guests be age 6 and above.  The students participating in the class have been pre-selected as part of the AYMA audition process.   Location: Music Masters Piano Showroom, 11190 Circle Drive, #102, Austin, TX 78736.
Date: November 23rd; 10am to 12pm

Student Performers include:  Ichiro Lin, Ashley Xu, Aidan Zhao, Joshua Henselman, and Padt Skawratananond.

Dr. Ivan Hurd Presents at General Meeting, October 7th, 2019

Please attend our next general meeting on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, 10:15 am.  Dr. Ivan Hurd, will present “Colors of Sound:  Preparing Students for the Music of Debussy.”  

Ivan Hurd

Piano Pedagogy and Class Piano


Ivan Hurd currently serves as Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Class Piano at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he teaches piano pedagogy, piano literature, class piano, applied piano lessons, and coordinates the class piano program. He holds piano performance degrees from Eastern Michigan University (M.M.) and the University of Iowa (B.M.), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. His major teachers include Dr. Jane Magrath, Dr. Barbara Fast, Dr. Joel Schoenhals, and Dr. Réne Lecuona.

In summer 2013, Ivan attended the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, where he performed in the famed Haydnsaal at the Esterházy Palace. Ivan has performed in master classes for pianists such as Alan Chow, Theresa Bogard, and Read Gainsford. Ivan was one of ten pianists in the state of Michigan selected to compete for the Rosamond P. Haeberle Memorial Piano Award. As a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, Ivan received the Provost Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching for two consecutive years.

Ivan has presented at workshops at national conferences such as MTNA, GP3, and NCKP  in Illinois, Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, and Ohio. In 2019, Ivan presented at the CFMTA conference in Winnipeg, Canada. He has also served as co-chair for the planning committee of the Young Professionals Track for the 2016 MTNA National Conference, and currently serves on the Collegiate Pedagogy Committee for NCKP. When he is not teaching or performing, he enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.