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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April 15 – June 1
Creative Music Writing Competition open for applications.
APTA invites your submissions of an original composition for any solo instrument, including voice, or any combination of instruments, to the annual Creative Music Writing Competition.  Entrants will receive a critique of their work by a highly qualified adjudicator in August. Award winners and those receiving honourable mention will be invited to perform their selection at the annual CMWC Concert in late September.  
 
 
 
Saturday, April 27
Webinar with Melanie Bowes
Inclusively Minded: Exploring Learner-Centred Piano Instruction and Collaborative Music-Making
11:00 a.m.
Register here
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.
 
 
 
Saturday, May 25
Webinar with LaDona Ahenda
Introduction to Piano Teaching
10:00 a.m.
Register here
In this one-hour webinar Mrs. Ahenda will begin by exploring the minimum requirements to be a
teacher (knowledge, a piano, and a student) and then expand on that as we discuss:
• The business side of teaching – finding students, setting rates, developing policies and
other logistical issues
• The pedagogy – choosing a method, the fundamentals that will set up a student for
success, resources for teachers at any stage
• Your own development as a teacher – musically, pedagogically, and developing the soft
skills needed to be a successful long-term studio music teacher.
A Mentor Teacher can be lifesaver as you work through this on a weekly and yearly basis. We’ll
look at concept of mentoring. Who is a mentor? What is the process? How does that look in our
community? 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.