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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2020-2021 Membership Renewals
Renewals are $50 and can be paid online or by cheque made payable to APTA.  Your membership fee helps us in our efforts to provide support to teachers as we wait out coronavirus restrictions and adapt to the “new normal” in our teaching profession.   
New Members – $45, regardless of when you join in the calendar year.
Memberships run from July 1 to June 30 annually.

 

Edmonton Pedagogy Etude
“Memorization” (the focus for last April’s cancelled meeting)
Wednesday, September 23
9:30 a.m.
Location: Backyard of 57 Longview Cres. St. Albert
Edmonton and area members are invited to attend an outdoor in-person gathering to start off the teaching year.  The forecast is for a lovely day but please dress for the weather and bring a lawn chair if you can.  If the group becomes too big for physical distancing on the deck, it will be moved into the park directly behind Joan’s house.  Bring your own coffee and snacks if you wish.  Please RSVP to Joan Ritchie.

 

Webinar:  “How to Compose in Online Lessons”
Friday, September 25
10:00 a.m. 
Clinician:  Rosemarie Penner
There is something special about creating music from scratch.  When students have the chance to do this during lesson time, it creates a bond with both teacher and music.  It also creates a powerful moment in performances when parents and loved ones realize what their student has created.  In this session, Rosemarie will share how she composes with students during both in-person and online lessons while guiding them to push themselves musically to take the creative risks necessary for great music.   A registration link has been emailed to members and posted to our closed Facebook group.
This webinar is part of a series APTA will be holding on the fourth Friday of every month.  All webinars will be available in the members sign-in area until August 31, 2021.  

 

Annual General Meeting
Friday, September 25
1:00 p.m.
Since we are unable to meet in person, this year’s AGM will be held over Zoom.  All pertinent documents have been emailed to members.  Please email Chelsea to confirm your attendance beforehand.  

 

Creative Music Writing Competition Concert
Friday, September 25
2:00 p.m.
Every year, we dedicate one session of conference to showing off the talents of student and teacher composers.  This year, our concert will be released live over YouTube.  The link will be emailed to members and posted in our closed Facebook group one week prior to the concert.

 

Webinar:  “Body Mapping”
Friday, October 23
10:00 a.m.
Clinician:  Bianca Baciu
Body mapping is the intentional and continuous correcting and refining of our body maps to increase movement efficiency and ease.  We move according to how we think we are put together, so in order for movement to be healthy, our self-representation in our brains of what our bodies are like has to be accurate.  It is a wonderful tool for eliminating tension, discomfort, and pain from playing, and for developing healthy, effortless movement in all directions.  
This webinar is part of a series APTA will be holding on the fourth Friday of every month.  All webinars will be available in the members sign-in area until August 31, 2021. 

 

Webinar:  “May the Force be With You: Finding Nature in the Notes”
Friday, November 27
10:00 a.m.
Clinician:  Adam Johnson
Bring life and possibilities to musical phrasing through playing with the natural forces behind the notes, whether at student or professional levels.  This simple but powerful dimension will enliven the way you and your students experience music, and will quickly raise the quality of musicianship.
This webinar is part of a series APTA will be holding on the fourth Friday of every month.  All webinars will be available in the members sign-in area until August 31, 2021. 

 

27th Annual Conference

September 24 & 25, 2021
Red Deer AB

Rather than facing a compromised 2020 conference with limited registrations and social distancing procedures, we have made the decision to postpone our “World of Piano Teaching” conference to September 2021.  We will still have the same headliner, Nicola Cantan, the powerhouse behind Vibrant Music teaching based in Dublin, Ireland.  Much as we will miss the warmth, comradeship and mingling over meals that accompanies our in-person conference, we are making enthusiastic plans to reach out to you in other ways during the 2020-2021 membership year and are looking forward to being able to hold workshops, professional development gatherings, and public recitals once the threat of COVID-19 has been mitigated.  Thank you for your understanding.