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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June 30, 2021
Early Bird Renewal Deadline
The 2021-2022 membership year is now open.  Members who renew before July 1 save 10% off the $50.00 annual fee.  New members pay $45.00 regardless of when they join.  Thank you for supporting the arts and the professional development of piano teachers.  Purchase your membership online or by sending a cheque for $45.00 to Alberta Piano Teachers Association, Box 59, Crossfield, AB, T0H 0S0.

 

June 30, 2021
Deadline to order The Dynamic Studio
In anticipation of Philip Johnston presenting to us at the end of September, APTA is giving members the opportunity to purchase one of his books. Though the kindle edition is available on Amazon, the physical copies are very expensive ($60+) for Canadians to purchase. Philip is working with us to provide copies of “The Dynamic Studio” (view Amazon description HERE) at a much lower rate. APTA will receive these and ship you the book for $20…a fantastic deal! We hope to have these to you in mid-late summer so that you can read them before September 24. Information and the order form can be found HERE.

 

July 15, 2021
Continuing Education Scholarships Application Deadline
APTA is pleased to offer several scholarship opportunities to members to encourage and reward continuing education. If you have taken a written or practical exam from Conservatory Canada, the Royal Conservatory of Music, or the Canadian National Conservatory of Music this past year, if you intend to take a course or private lessons this coming year, if you are new to teaching, or if you have spent time during the pandemic practicing your performance skills, we encourage you to apply.   More information is on our Continuing Education Scholarships page.  

 

August 31, 2021
Last day to view websites from the 2020-2021 membership year
In the spring of 2020, the pandemic curtailed in-person gatherings and APTA responded by launching a monthly set of webinars to replace our annual conference in Red Deer.  Those webinars are available to watch again in the members sign-in area until the end of August, at which time we will remove them to make space for a new set we are affectionately calling The Launch 2.0.  

 

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
Join us to hear reports from the APTA executive and other business. The agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting.
 
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 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
 
 
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.