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.  


September 22, 2021
APTA Pedagogy Etude
9:30 a.m.
57 Longview Crescent, St. Albert, AB
It’s been too long since we’ve gathered but we’re ready to start meeting as enthusiastic APTA teachers to share ideas and concerns and solutions once again!  The focus for discussion for our first Pedagogy Etude of the season will be Motivation and Goal Setting for our Students and Ourselves.  For more information or to RSVP please contact Joan Ritchie at joan.studio1@gmail.com or by telephone at 780-458-5771


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  Agenda
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 15, 2021
Registration Opens for the Calgary APTA Festival
Please put this poster up in your studio so students can see it at every lesson!
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
February 26 – March 12, 2022
Calgary APTA Festival
Renfrew Baptist Church
1204 Renfrew Drive NE (directions)
Calgary, AB
February 26:  Quest for the Hidden Tale
February 28 – March 11:  Festival Performances
March 12:  Festival Showcase, 7 p.m.
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.