Welcome!

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.  

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Saturday, March 2
Handling Performance Jitters’
9:00 a.m.
St. David’s United Church (3303 Capitol Hill Crescent NW, Calgary)
Cost: $10 per student

We invite all festival participants to register for and attend this pre-performance workshop to help work through all the thoughts and nerves that can come up with playing in front of others. Whether this is your first time performing or you are a seasoned musician, come discuss and learn the many things we can do to help alleviate some of the anxieties that come up for everyone. 

This is a great opportunity to come see the venue and get a feel for the space where you will be playing. Please feel free to forward any questions beforehand, or come and ask at the workshop. We look forward to meeting with you and making this a really positive experience!
 
 
March 2 – 16
Calgary APTA Festival
St. David’s United Church (3303 Capitol Hill Crescent NW, Calgary)
This non-competitive, volunteer-run Festival is open to students of all ages, interests, and levels, providing they study with a member of the Alberta Piano Teachers Association. The goal of the festival is to provide students with an opportunity to expand their musical and performance skills in a non-competitive setting.
Poster here.
 
 
Wednesday, March 13
Edmonton Pedagogy Etude
9:30 a.m.
5603 179 Street NW, Edmonton
Focus – Office Administration: Keeping your piano teaching business organized
RSVP to Elizabeth at lizzardf@telus.net
 
 
Saturday, April 13
Webinar with Linda Kundert
Technique Tips for RCM Levels 5 – 10
2:00 p.m.
In this one-hour webinar, Ms. Kundert will share some of her favourite tips for achieving high marks in the technique portion of intermediate and senior exams.
1. What is the goal, or end result, we are striving for?
2. What specific techniques do we move towards in each level?
3. How can we teach students to learn to play challenging scales, chords, and arpeggios?
4. How can we teach students to gain memory, speed, and accuracy?
Following the presentation, there will be a 30-minute Q & A period. The webinar will be recorded and accessible in the members sign-in area until August 31, 2024.
 
 
Friday, April 19
Calgary Coffee Workshop
10:00 – noon (+?)
Location to be decided
We will invite a local RCM examiner to speak about current expectations and if/how things have changed with online, in-person etc. We plan to include an extra long question/answer period as it’s likely many teachers have both general and specific questions concerning exam procedures.
 
 
Saturday, April 27
Webinar with Melanie Bowes
Inclusively Minded: Exploring Learner-Centred Piano Instruction and Collaborative Music-Making
11:00 a.m.
In this one-hour presentation, Ms. Bowes will discuss the efficacy of traditional teaching methods – are we truly catering to the diverse learning needs of our students or are we inadvertently adhering to rigid structures that overlook individual differences? How can we facilitate group experiences that not only foster collective learning but also allow individuals to thrive? By integrating learner-centred principles and collaborative learning strategies, we aim to transform our teaching approaches, enriching the musical journey for educators and students alike.
Following the presentation, there will be a 30-minute Q & A period. The webinar will be recorded and accessible in the members sign-in area until August 31, 2024.
 
 
Friday, June 21
Calgary Coffee Workshop
10:00 – noon
Location to be decided
To wrap up the year, we will be sharing repertoire favourites in a casual setting. Further details will be announced closer to the date.  
 
  
Friday and Saturday, September 27 & 28
Annual Conference
Holiday Inn & Suites, Leduc
This year’s conference headliner is Dr. Pamela Pike, Professor of Piano Pedagogy from Louisiana State University.  Our concert will feature 4-handed repertoire from the duet team of Janna Olsen and Leanne Regehr.  Further details will be posted here over the next few months.  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us this fall.  Registration opens in June.