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Branch Lectures are a part of the MTAC-Alameda East continuing education program. Experts provide insightful information about a variety of topics for use in daily teaching. These lectures are given throughout the year and are open to all branch members.
Title: Beethoven, beyond Heroics and Titanic struggles
Online Fall Lecture via Branch Zoom Account
Lecturer: Betty Woo
When: 10/19/2020, Monday morning, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
High level and older students are welcome if they do not have school.
Otherwise, there will be a recording of the lecture to be put up on YouTube later.
Click here for the description of the lecture and Dr. Betty Woo's bio.
Workshop with Jason Lyle Black
Where: Music Exchange, 7704 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568
We are fortunate to have award-winning pianist, composer, arranger, and comedic entertainer Jason Lyle Black present a fun and motivational workshop for our branch on February 26!
He has generously offered to share his gift and knowledge in an inspirational work- shop where he will share practice tricks as well as fun arrangement and composition techniques including his very popular "song on the spot" segment. He will end the workshop with an engaging miniperformance.
Jason, a former student of branch member Mary Beth Cheney, will also be performing his unique act combining comedy and piano at the Bankhead Theater in his hometown Livermore on February 28 dur- ing his nationwide tour. More information about this performance can be found under the “Around the Community” section or at
Jason Lyle Black, also known as "The Backwards Piano Man®", is an award-winning pianist, composer, and comedic entertainer, known for his performance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in Hollywood and for his 30 million music video views worldwide. He is well-versed in both classical and pop styles and is a bestselling arranger with Hal Leonard in addition to his career as a national touring artist, television/ radio guest, and luxury cruise performer. Learn more about Jason at
This free-of-charge workshop will be a motivational and exciting experience for teachers, students, and parents of all ages. We hope to see you there!
Guest Lecture by David Abdalian
Time: 10:00 am - noon
Where: Bankhead Theater in Livermore
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David Abdalian is the president of the Piano Technician’s Guild for the San Francisco Chapter, and has served as a technician for many of our local churches and theaters including Bankhead, Firehouse, Amador theater etc.
Most of the musicians knows how to maintain and adjust their own instrument to their own specific needs. Unfortunately, the piano is one of those exceptions due to the complexity and a different level of expertise required to tinker around with the instrument. If you have any interest in getting to know the piano, please come and join us as we explore the Steinways in Bankhead with your colleagues! We will explore topics such as self maintenance, Do's and Don'ts, history and mechanism of the piano, and leave a good amount of time for Q&A at the end. We hope to see you there!
Guest Speaker Lecture by Frank Wiens
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Where: Lynnewood United Methodist Church. 4444 Black Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Frank Wiens is a pianist known for his strong emotional commitment and virtuosity. His meticulous attention to detail and seemingly effortless control bring out even the most subtle musical elements. Dedicated to bringing his love of the classical piano repertoire to audiences of all levels of concert-going experience, his “nobility of conception” (Los Angeles Times) and command of “tone color” (Fresno Bee) coupled with a “formidable technique” (Sacramento Union) have thrilled audiences on three continents. His ability to establish rapport with an audience with the spoken word is matched by the obvious sincerity with which he communicates the emotional content of each work. For more info. www.frankwiens.com