This website is designed to help piano teachers interested in developing a network of colleagues and accessing professional development opportunities as well as for parents looking to enroll their children in piano lessons. We encourage existing members of APTA to log into the members-only area where we have posted electronic versions of our newsletter and a detailed, searchable database. Should you be unable to find what you’re looking for, please contact us. We’d be glad to help.
If you have an idea for an online session that would be beneficial to your piano teacher colleagues, please let us know. APTA has continuing education funds to help bring clinicians and workshops to our members.
Due to the cancellation of our 2020 conference because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have curated a series of webinars which are held on the fourth Friday of every month throughout the 2020-2021 teaching year, with the exception of December. All webinars can be accessed in the members-only sign-in area of the website until August 31, 2021.
2021 Conference Survey Deadline
This is the time of year when your Alberta Piano Teachers Association executive begins signing contracts for the annual fall conference. Binding agreements must be put in place with hotels, conference presenters, and trade show vendors. This year, we have the added difficulty of doing so under the ever-changing Alberta Health Guidelines. We are asking our members to share their feelings and concerns about an in-person conference, a hybrid alternative, or postponement for another year. A survey link is being emailed to all members in early March.
March Coffee Time Chats
Monday, March 15 @ 10:00 a.m.
Friday, March 19 @ 1:00 p.m.
Topic: Teaching Piano as Your Main Source of Income.
We all love teaching, but it doesn’t come with a benefit plan or other perks of year-round full-time employment. What financial and practical advice do you have for people who are young and single, or perhaps older and suddenly single, who want to make teaching their career? Join us on the day which suits your schedule best. Our coffee time chats are held over Zoom with a limit of 15 participants in order to keep the conversation flowing smoothly.
March 26 Webinar
“Takadimi Rhythm Syllables”
Clinician: Joan Blench
We all know that rhythm is the foundation of music. Students who have a solid foundation in feeling rhythmic units will be able to transfer that knowledge to their playing. So how do we develop a secure sense of rhythm? In this webinar, Joan will introduce you to Takadimi rhythm syllables and how she uses them in her studio in off-bench activities and at the piano for learning new pieces. Be prepared to sing along at home as we explore the vocabulary of Takadimi together. Extra resources will be supplied for further practice at the end of the session.
April 23 Webinar
“Transfer Students: Suggestions for a Smooth Modulation into your Class”
Clinician: Linda Kundert
May 28 Webinar
Clinicians: Eric Nyland and Stephen Bonfield
September 23 & 24, 2022
Red Deer AB
We are pleased that Nicola Cantan, the powerhouse behind Vibrant Music teaching based in Dublin, Ireland, is committed to coming to Red Deer for our 2022 conference. As the headliner, Nicola will present four sessions to an eager audience of APTA members, and will be joined by other session clinicians to provide a conference you won’t want to miss.