About the HPTA
In 1949, Cecil Allison proposed the formation of a music teacher’s organization to serve all teachers in Honolulu. Plans were laid and the first meeting of the HONOLULU PIANO TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION was held in 1950 with nine teachers from the Honolulu area. Since then, membership has grown to approximately 70 teachers from the island of Oahu and Hawaii.
HPTA’s goals reach out to its members’, students, the members themselves, and the community. We aim to teach and seek good music, to create fellowship among colleagues, to maintain ethical standards in our profession, and to bring outstanding pedagogy to Hawaii. Accordingly, student recitals are held bi-monthly and workshops by members and visiting pedagogues are regularly scheduled. Each year, deserving piano students are awarded University of Hawaii applied music scholarships. The Association regularly sponsors social events in honor of visiting artists. These social gatherings allow members, students, and the community-at-large to meet informally with musicians such as the Van Cliburn competition winners, etc.
We are very proud of our Association, the goals we have achieved, and our growing membership. We strive to continue this success and growth in the coming year.