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.

Upcoming Events

If you have an idea for a 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.  




August 24, 2021
Coffee Time Chat – Book Discussion
“The Dynamic Studio” by Philip Johnston
7:00 p.m. over Zoom
Ealier this summer, many APTA members took advantage of a group discount to purchase Philip Johnston’s book, The Dynamic Studio: How to keep students, dazzle parents, and build the studio everyone wants to get into.  Whether you own the print version or the e-book, we invite you to join us over Zoom as we discuss some of his ideas and strategies to liven up our lessons and connect with kids today.  In September we will be able to engage with Johnston directly as he will be the featured webinar presenter for The Launch 2.0.  Registration links will be emailed to members and posted in our Facebook discussion group.


August 31, 2021
Last day to view websites from the 2020-2021 membership year
In the spring of 2020, the pandemic curtailed in-person gatherings and APTA responded by launching a monthly set of webinars to replace our annual conference in Red Deer.  Those webinars are available to watch again in the members sign-in area until the end of August, at which time we will remove them to make space for a new set we are affectionately calling The Launch 2.0.  


September 24, 2021
The Launch 2.0
Based on the feedback from our members survey earlier this year, APTA will continue our monthly webinar series through the next teaching year.  When planning your 2021-2022 teaching schedule, we hope you will reserve time to join us for our virtual kickoff.  Registration links will be emailed to members this summer.

10:00 AM: Jane McGrath Book Launch
Jane Magrath has had a soft spot for APTA ever since headlining for us at our 2007 conference.  Join us as she talks about her new book, “Piano Literature for Teaching and Performance,”  a resource book with information about composers and compositions from the Baroque to Contemporary period.  The text features listings from under-rated composers, women composers, and newer works by living composers, their biographies, musical characteristics, and pedagogical considerations, with suggested grade levels 1-10.  APTA members who attend the session will get a discount on the first edition of the book, hot off the presses in November 2021.
11:15 AM: APTA Annual General Meeting
Join us to hear reports from the APTA executive and other business. The agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting.
1:00 PM: Scholarship Presentations & Creative Music Writing Competition Concert
We’re excited to recognize our scholarship winners and enjoy the compositions of students across the province!
2:00 PM: Philip Johnston Presents “Rethinking the Practice Revolution: A Live Brainstorming Session for the Updated Edition”
It has been 20 years since Philip Johnston wrote his hugely popular book, “The Practice Revolution: Getting great results from the six days between music lessons.”  So much has happened since then — social media, digital scores, Youtube, SoundCloud, individualized playlists, virtual symphony orchestras and Steinways-on-demand notating in real-time whatever is played into portable devices, and most recently, the great teach-by-Zoom experiment.  Our students are a generation of digital natives, deeply immersed in computer games, their attention fractured in multiple directions, and we are faced with the challenge of both reaching them and teaching them the necessary skills which will help them to be disciplined, independent, lifelong learners.  Join Philip as he brainstorms ideas for the book’s revision.  This is more than just a webinar.  It’s an invitation by the author to assist him, by virtue of a question and answer session after the initial presentation, in the writing of a brand new book that will hopefully grace the shelves of piano teachers the world over.
October 29, 2021
Webinar, 10:00 a.m.
Details to follow
November 26, 2021
Webinar, 10:00 a.m.
Details to follow
January 28, 2022
Webinar, 10:00 a.m.
Details to follow
February 25, 2022
Webinar, 10:00 a.m.
Details to follow
March 25, 2022
Webinar, 10:00 a.m.
Details to follow
April 22, 2022
Webinar, 10:00 a.m.
Details to follow
May 27, 2022
Webinar, 10:00 a.m.
Details to follow

2022 Annual Conference

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.