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Frances E. Schwemmer


Private Piano Teacher - All ages

Upcoming Events

May 18, 2021

May 12 -- AMTA State Audition judging was completed. Thirteen students entered this audition from this studio. Two students were selected Winners, six students were Honorable Mention Winners and five students were rated as Outstanding. The grades are Outstanding, Excellent, Good, Comments Only (no grade). A percentage of Winners and Honorable Mention winners are chosen from the Outstanding rated students. The Winners will submit a video to be viewed at the virtual AMTA State Conference beginning the last week of May. These videos will be available to view until Sept. 1. The judges were out-of-state college piano faculty members.

May 24 - June 4 -- Studio closed.

June 7 -- Lessons resume.

May 2, 2021

April 10 -- The District AMTA Audition was held virtually with You Tube Videos presented to the judges. Thirteen students from this studio entered and all made the double Outstanding grades and will advance to the State AMTA Audition.

April 25 -- Timothy and Katerina won 2 of the 3 piano scholarship awards of $400 each, given annually by the Huntsville Music Study Club. Congratulations to both of them. They made a You Tube video of 2 pieces which were submitted to the Scholarship Chair. These 2 students will have their videos streamed via Zoom on May 13, at 7:30 p.m. If you want to view this HMSC program that features the Scholarship Winners -- just let me know and I'll send you the link. The students performing will be: Piano, Strings, Woodwinds/Brass, Voice, College Piano and College Voice. The high school students are in grades 9-12 and their teachers live in Madison County.

May 1 -- The State AMTA Piano Audition date for submitting videos for a virtual audition. This audition is for those students making the grade of Outstanding in both Performance and Theory. There is no theory requirement for the State Audition. The registration fee is $30. I will add that cost to your May invoice. Check your email for further information sent by me.

April 5, 2021

Congratulations to Timothy for winning the 3rd place in the Omega Psi Phi Audition held in March!

April 10 -- AMTA District Piano Audition Videos judging begins.

April 14 -- The Annual HMSC Scholarship Awards will be held virtually. The video links are to be sent to me by this date. I have already pre-registered the students who are entering this event.

April 26-27-28 -- The State Piano Videos are to be sent to me during this time frame. This is for all students who made an Outstanding rating in both theory and performance. The videos contain only the 3 pieces, no theory is played at the State level.

May 1 -- Judging begins for the State AMTA Piano Auditions.

March 1, 2021

March 6 -- Spring Piano Recitals, The Art Museum's Great Hall, 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

March 20 -- AMTA forms are due and the entry fee ($30.00) will be added to the monthly invoice.

April 5-6 -- You Tube videos are due to be sent to me.

April 10 -- AMTA District Audition.

Congratulations to Timothy!!! He won 1st place in the recent Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt audition.

February 1, 2021

Happy Valentine's Day!

Recitals -- March 6th

  • Students will sit with their family and I will clean the keys after each student's performance. We will all wear masks and stay socially distanced from each other. Details will be sent to each student by email later.

    AMTA -- Update

  • AMTA Cost is $30.00 per entry.
  • March 20 -- deadline for me to send in AMTA forms.
  • April 5 -- You Tube Video links must be sent to me.
  • April 10 -- Audition.
  • January 9, 2021

    Happy New Year!

    March 6 -- Recitals at the Huntsville Museum of Art, details will be sent at a later date.

    March 20 -- Registration is due for the AMTA virtual auditions, which I will send in for each student. Entry fee is $30. which will be added to your March monthly invoice.

    April 7 -- YouTube videos are due for you to send to me and I preview them and send to the district chair.

    April 10 -- The videos are sent to judges and we get the results back that week.

    December 5, 2020

    Merry Christmas!

    Dec. 1 - 18 -- Lessons.

    Dec. 21 - Jan. 1 -- No lessons in observance of Winter Break.

    Jan. 4, 2021 -- Lessons resume.

    AMTA District Auditions will be April 10, 2021. All auditions are virtual this year. YouTube videos must be sent to me by March 19th. State AMTA Videos are due to me 2 weeks after the District Auditions.

    November 5, 2020

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    Nov. 23 -- Monday students will have lessons.

    Nov. 24-27 -- No lessons in observance of Thanksgiving.

    Nov. 30 -- Lessons resume.

    October 9, 2020

    Oct. 5-6 -- No lessons, Fall Break.

    Oct. 12 -- Lessons resume.

    Nov. 24-27 -- No lessons, Thanksgiving Break.

    Nov. 30 -- Lessons resume.

    August 30, 2020

    Sept. 7 - No lessons, Labor Day holiday.

    No group Theory-Performance classes are scheduled at this time because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Stay Well!

    July 27, 2020

    Most summer lessons will continue to be taught online with Zoom or FaceTime for the month of August.

    August 17-21 -- The studio will be closed.

    August 24 -- Lessons resume.

    June 20, 2020

    UAH 7th Annual Piano Festival Results:

    Jr. Category:

  • Second Place: Sophia
  • Honorable Mention: Timothy

    Sr. Category:

  • Honorable Mention: Noah

    Congratulations to all students who participated!

  • May 24, 2020

    AMTA Auditions were conducted with YouTube Video submissions and 19 students from this studio entered: All judges were out-of-state college piano teachers. The grades are Outstanding, Excellent, Good and Not Acceptable. The Winners and Honorable Mention Winners are selected from the Outstanding grades.

  • 3 Students were selected as Winners: Sophia, Timothy and Simon
  • 6 Students were selected as Honorable Mention Winners: John, Jenny, Austill, Katerina, Joey and Mike
  • 10 Students were selected as Outstanding: Erik, Eli, Melodie, Noah, Brandon, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Jolyn, Katelyn and Lindsey

    These students will submit a YouTube Video to be viewed at the annual AMTA State Virtual Conference in June.

    Summer Lessons begin: June 8th on line by FaceTime, Zoom or Telephone

    UAH Audition 7th Annual Piano Contest was conducted with You Tube Video submissions: The results have not been posted.

  • May 3, 2020

    May 1 -- Invoices were emailed.

    May Lessons -- May 4 - 22.

    June 8 -- Lessons resume.

    April 5, 2020

    March 21-28 -- Twenty-one AMTA District You Tube videos were submitted to the judges. Twenty students made the top grade of double Outstanding in both theory and performance and may now submit videos for the State Audition.

    April Lessons -- All lessons will be taught on line by using FaceTime or Zoom.

    April 11 -- the Spring Recital is canceled.

    April 20 -- The AMTA forms must be mailed to the Registrar.

    April 24 -- All AMTA State You Tube Videos must be submitted to the AMTA State Chairman.

    Stay Safe -- Stay home and Practice!

    March 7, 2020

    March 14 -- Group Theory Classes

    March 14 -- HMSC Scholarship Auditions at UAH, Roberts Recital Hall

    March 21 -- District AMTA (Alabama Music Teachers Association) Auditions

    March 30 - April 3 -- Spring Break, no lessons

    January 16, 2020

    Jan. 12 -- Joey won the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition at UAH and will perform 4 times with the HSO at the VBC for the Young Peoples Concerts! Congratulations to all contestants, parents and teachers!

    January 7, 2020

    Jan. 6 -- Lessons begin.

    Jan. 12 -- Young Artist Audition Finalist Recital at Roberts Hall, UAH, 2:00 p.m. Joey will be competing with his Haydn Concerto!

    Jan. 25 -- Group Theory - Performance Classes at my studio.

    December 7, 2019

    Studio Closed: Dec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 3, 2020

    Lessons Resume: Jan. 6. 2020

    November 4, 2019

    Oct. 19 -- Jenny won 2nd place in the Regional Omega Psi Phi contest at Auburn.

    Nov. 16 -- Group Theory-Performance classes.

    Nov. 25-29 -- No lessons during Thanksgiving Break. Lessons resume Dec. 2nd.

    October 1, 2019

    Oct. 7 - 11 -- I will be teaching during Fall Break.

    Oct. 19 -- Jenny and Timothy will travel to Auburn to compete in the next Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt Competition.

    Oct. 26 -- Group theory and performance classes at my studio.

    September 4, 2019

    Jenny was chosen as the 3rd place winner for Omega Psi Phi Talent Contest in August. Noah, Timothy, and Mike all received the Honorable Mention Award. All 4 received a trophy and prize money! Congratulations to all and Jenny advances to the next competition in October.

    Group Theory-Performance Classes -- Sept. 21. My studio -- check this web site for time. Please bring your music if you are performing for the class.

    July 22, 2019

    Back to School!

    July 31 -- End of Summer Lessons.

    August 5 -- Lessons begin for the Fall Schedule.

    Omega Psi Phi -- August 18th.

    July 4, 2019

    I've been busy attending conferences in June and learning some new pieces! I was attending the AMTA State Conference in Huntsville May 30-June 1. I attended my first Matthay national conference in June (19th-22nd). It was held in Tuscaloosa, AL at the University of AL. I was in the midst of "greatness" in the piano world. Many of the people who attended are world famous teachers and concert artists. Tobias Matthay opened his school of Pianoforte Playing in London in 1895. He attracted students from all over the world. Later his students founded the American Matthay Association to promote his teaching principles. In the beginning he chose the members of this society and since his death members must be those who had actually worked with him or those pianists who have studied with a member of this group. I was a "guest" of the association since I was invited to attend the conference as an active teacher of piano in Alabama. Several Alabama teachers did attend some if not all of the conference. This is the first time it has been in the south.

    Lessons began again 1 July.

    Congratulations to Lindsey for attending the Young Musicians Camp at the University of Montevallo. She performed as a recitalist, a chamber music pianist, and was a duet partner to another student from another studio.

    May 24, 2019

    April 28 -- Huntsville Music Teachers Association Honors Recitals were held at UAH, Roberts Recital Hall. Sarah played the Abegg Variations by Robert Schumann in the first program and Kevin played a Chopin Ballade in the second program.

    May 1 -- Huntsville Music Study Club's Music Scholarship Award Program was held at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Melodie was one of the piano winners and performed a piece by Samuel Barber.

    May 10 - 11 -- The State AMTA Piano Audition was held at the University of AL in Tuscaloosa. Fourteen students from this studio participated.

    Four students were chosen as Winners: Kevin, Div. III; Mike and Timothy in Div. II; Sophia in Div. I. Kevin, Timothy and Sophia will play in the Winner's Circle Recital on Thursday, May 30 at the Roberts Recital Hall at UAH at 3:00 p.m. This is a new recital in honor of those students who have won more than once in their respective divisions! Mike will be on the Div. II recital on Saturday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m.

    Five students were selected as Honorable Mention Winners: Melodie, Simon, Noah and Eli from Div. III (ages 15-18); John from Div. I (ages 10-11).

    Five students received the grade of Outstanding: Jerry and Katelyn from Div. II (ages 12-14); Erik, Jonathan and Jackie from Div. I.

    Four students are graduating from high school this week: Sarah and Ange from James Clemens and Kevin and Alison from Grisson. Congratulations to all 4 for studying piano through their pre-college school years! They shall be missed but not forgotten and best wishes to all of you!

    June -- No lessons for the month of June.

    July -- Lessons Resume.

    April 15, 2019

    Looking Ahead ------------

    April 6 -- Congratulations to all for good performances at the spring recitals held at the Huntsville Museum of Art.

    April 13 -- Alabama Music Teachers Association (AMTA) District Piano Audition, Huntsville is over! Congratulations to all! Twenty-one students from this studio entered and eighteen made the top grade of Outstanding in both Keyboard Theory and Performance of 3 memorized pieces from different musical styles.

    April 19 - 20 -- Piano Competition and Festival at UAH.

    April 27 - Huntsville Music Study Club's Annual Scholarship Audition, held at UAH.

    April 28 -- UAH Roberts Recital Hall, Huntsville Music Teachers Association's Honors Recitals at 2:00 and 3:30. The public is invited.

    May 10 - 11 -- The AMTA State Piano Audition held at Univ. of AL in Tuscaloosa, Moody Music Building.

    March 5, 2019

    Feb. 22 -- Piano Masterclass with Dr. Jihye Chang Sung at UAH Recital Hall -- Sarah H. was one of the 3 participating students.

    March 18 - 22 -- Spring Break -- I WILL be teaching during Spring Break since I had to be out of town in Feb.

    March 30 -- Group Theory and Performance Classes at my studio.

    April 6 -- Recitals at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Great Hall.

    April 13 -- AMTA -- First Baptist Church, Governors Drive, Huntsville.

    February 6, 2019

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Jan. 9 -- The Young Artist Audition -- Jenny won 3rd place and a violinist was selected as the 1st place winner. Congratulations to all 5 finalists!

    Feb. 9 -- Pizza, Pipes and Pedals -- An informative review of the pipe organ presented by the American Guild of Organists. It's free, open to the students and parents from 10:00 - 1:00. You may come and go and do not have to stay for the entire time.

    Feb. 23 -- Group Theory-Performance classes, my studio.

    January 2, 2019


    Jan. 7 -- Lessons Resume.

    Jan. 13 -- The Final Recital for the Young Artists Auditions will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Roberts Recital Hall, UAH. Congratulations to Jenny for advancing to this recital. The public is invited and there is no admission charge. Young children are not encouraged to attend.

    Jan. 26 -- Theory and Performance Classes, my studio.

    December 3, 2018

    Dec. 1 -- HMTA Christmas Palooza Recital at the Huntsville Public Library. Thanks to Jolyn, Elizabeth, Austill, John, Jackie, Macy, Timothy, Noah, Jenny, Lindsey and Melodie for performing.

    Dec. -- No group theory-performance classes are scheduled in December.

    Dec. 15 -- Recital at Redstone Village for older students.

    Dec. 21 -- Jan. 4 -- No lessons.

    Jan. 7 -- Lessons Resume.

    November 21, 2018

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    October 29, 2018

    Oct. 20 -- Jenny won first place in the State Omega Psi Phi Competition held in Montgomery! She received $750. and the opportunity to compete in the national audition in March! Congratulations to her.

    Nov. 17 -- Group Theory-Performance Classes, my studio.

    Nov. 19-23 -- No Lessons, Thanksgiving Break. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Nov. 26 -- Lessons Resume.

    October 10, 2018

    Oct. 20 -- Omega Psi Phi Auditions in Montgomery.

    Oct. 27 -- Group Theory and Performance Classes, my studio.

    August 27, 2018

    August 19 -- Omega Psi Phi Audition, the first 3 students will progress to the next level in October.

  • 1st place – a Violinist
  • 2nd place – Jenny W. ($150.)
  • 3rd place – Kevin Y. ($100.)
  • Honorable Mention – Melodie Z. ($50.)
  • Sept. 3 – Labor Day – Studio Closed

    Sept. 22 – Theory and Performance Group Classes. Times and dates are listed under “Calendar.”

    Sept. 24 – Oct. 3 – No Lessons – Vacation!

    Oct. 4 – Lessons Resume

    August 1, 2018

    I am really proud to announce that my studio website has been launched for 10 years since August 2008.

    2018-2019 Studio Summary

    Three students entered the Omega Psi Phi Audition in August, 2017 and two advanced to the next level. All three received awards: 2nd place, 3rd place and Honorable Mention. They received monetary prizes and two advanced to the next level. That was held in Montgomery and one student received 1st place and did compete again in March 2019.

    One student entered the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition in October. She advanced to the finals and was selected as the 3rd place winner. All finalists received a monetary award.

    The HMTA sponsored a Christmas Palooza in December at the Huntsville Public Library. Eleven students participated in this event which was open to the public and all library patrons.

    In December eight students performed in a solo recital at Redstone Village. The resident who donated her beautiful grand piano to the Village also performed for everyone!

    My studio’s Spring Recitals were held at the Huntsville Museum of Art’s Great Hall in April. All students participated in one of the three recitals. Four seniors were honored and none will major in music. They will not be forgotten and will be missed!

    The Huntsville Music Study Club hosted their annual Scholarship Audition and 1 student from this studio was selected as a winner and performed for the May meeting. All received monetary prizes!

    One student was asked to perform in a master class with Dr. Jihye Chang Sung. This was sponsored by the music department of UAH.

    Twenty-one students entered the AMTA District Piano Audition held in April. Eighteen made the top grade in both performance and theory. Most advanced to the State Audition in May. At the State audition the judges were out-of-state college piano faculty. One winner was selected in Div. I, ages 10-11. Two winners were selected in Division II, ages 12-14. One winner was selected in Division III, ages 15 – 18. Five students were chosen as Honorable Mention Winners, and five students received the grade of Outstanding. The Winners performed at the AMTA State Conference at UAH May 30-June 1. Three students performed on the Winners Circle Recital, which is for students who have won previously in their respective divisions.

    One student attended the University of Montevallo’s Young Musicians’ camp in June. She performed three times in the final concert: solo piano, a Chamber Music Trio and Piano Duet.

    I attended the AMTA State Conference at UAH in Huntsville May 30-June 1. I also attended the National Matthey Conference at the Univ. of AL in Tuscaloosa in June.

    Several students play the piano for church services regularly. Other students have been asked to fill in as substitute pianists or accompanists when needed. I am delighted that they can do this easily! Congratulations to all students and parents for another good year of piano lessons.

    For any comment or suggestion, please write to me via email at eddosch@aol.com

    May 18, 2021

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