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 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.  

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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.

January 15 & 16, 2021
Friday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Coffee Time Chat (Zoom)
Topic:  Professional Development Goals for 2021
What courses, lectures, conferences, webinars, books, or other resources are you hoping to make use of this year?   What resources have you found super helpful in the past that you’d like to recommend to other teachers?  Even a small, easily implemented decision can have a big impact. Share your thoughts with colleagues and get some inspiring ideas at the same time. Our Coffee Time Chats are held over Zoom with a limit of 15 participants in order to keep the conversation flowing. 

January 22, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Webinar:  Once Upon A Story
Clinician:  Lynn Sawatsky
Everyone loves a good story. From the time we are children, stories grab our attention and ignite our imaginations. As adults, stories foster understanding and provide ways of connecting to each other. What makes stories so powerful? And how can storytelling be used in the music studio to
enhance instruction? This presentation will inspire you to add storytelling to your teaching toolbox with practical suggestions of ways to include stories in your lessons.

February 26, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Webinar:  Beyond Rote
Clinician:  Janna Olson

March 26, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Webinar:  Takadimi Rhythm Syllables
Clinician:  Joan Blench

April 23, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Webinar:  Transfer Students:  Suggestions for a Smooth Modulation into your Class
Clinician:  Linda Kundert

May 28, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Webinar:  Beethoven Sonatas
Clinicians:  Eric Nyland and Stephen Bonfield

 

27th Annual Conference

September 24 & 25, 2021
Red Deer AB

We are pleased to be welcoming Nicola Cantan, the powerhouse behind Vibrant Music teaching based in Dublin, Ireland, to Red Deer for our 2021 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.  More information will be released in the Spring.