We’re Back! 2022 Conference Your Way

September 23 & 24, 2022
Crossroads Church
Red Deer, AB

Our first-ever hybrid conference will give members the choice of attending in-person or through live streaming.  Plan your 2022-2023 teaching year to leave September 23 and 24 available for two very inspiring days of professional development and renewing connections with your APTA family.

Adam Johnson holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal and a Prize in Orchestral Conducting from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.  Prior to becoming the Resident Conductor of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, he served three seasons with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and he continues to maintain a frequent presence on the podium as guest conductor of orchestras across Canada and Europe.  In high demand as a pedagogue, he served on the faculties of the McGill Conservatory and the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has also taught harmony, analysis, and chamber music, and translated a major treatise on harmonic analysis from French to English. He is actively working to create societal change through increasing the impact of music education, reaching thousands of students by providing online training for music educators.

Dr. Johnson’s 2020 webinar for APTA on the topic of phrasing was so popular, we brought him back for a sequel in 2021.  We are thrilled to be able to meet him in person this September when he will be presenting four sessions along with other clinicians guaranteed to inspire.  Our annual conference is a time for warmth, comradeship, and mingling as we attend sessions, share meals, browse new music releases, and celebrate accomplishments.   This year, we will also offer a live-streaming option for those who would prefer to attend from home.  Your conference.  Your way.

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Friday, September 23

Session One – “Inspired Teaching: A Practical Workshop” (Adam Johnson)
This session will explore how to achieve more of our potential – and therefore more of our students’ potential – through applying practical tools to refine and raise our vision to better serve our students and make this our best year yet. Through harnessing the power of intention and raising the quality of our questions to improve the results we achieve, this workshop is hands-on and immediately implementable.
Session Two – “The Secret Life of the Left Hand” (Dale Wheeler)
In teaching and playing, the left hand is sometimes treated as the “ugly step-sister.” In our efforts to ensure that the right hand projects and sings, the left hand is often ignored. In truth, the left hand is an essential contributor to the overall musical integrity of a piece. Among other things, it provides the bass line, harmonic structure, harmonic fill, and rhythmic propulsion. Using typical intermediate teaching repertoire as examples, various types of left-hand figurations are examined from the perspective of how to increase the vitality of students’ playing.
Session Three – “Bringing Music to LIfe” (Adam Johnson)
Explore great music-making at all levels through a practical framework for exciting and meaningful musicianship. This session highlights the most important elements of professional performing that can be applied to earlier levels of learning.
Session Four (Option #1) – “Creative Ways to Practise Technique” (Colleen Athparia)
Tired of reminding students to practise their scales?  If you have run out of ideas, this workshop offers some creative ways to vary traditional scales, chords, arpeggios, etc. from elementary to advanced levels,
so that students are engaged in the challenge of improving their techniques. From her 40+ years of teaching experience, Colleen Athparia will share some of these ideas to keep students interested using creative approaches.
Session Four (Option #2) – Panel Discussion: Studio Business Tips
Join a variety of experienced teachers who will be a part of a moderated panel discussion on the topic of studio business systems and policies. From studio structures to business systems to studio policies, this session is perfect for teachers who are just starting a studio or who want to implement some new tips and tricks from teachers about best business practices. There will be plenty of time for questions!
Banquet & Presentation of Scholarships
Concert – Jani Parsons

Saturday, September 24

Session Five – “Influence in Teaching” (Adam Johnson)
This session offers two frameworks for increasing our influence as teachers: one for understanding universal human needs that we can help meet through our teaching, and another framework for consciously creating states that help our students (and us!) achieve their best.
Session Six – “Phrasing in Classical Repertoire: Inspiration from Conductors and Singers” (Leanne Regehr)
How can we be inspired by our friends at the opera? An exploration of how conducting and singing can lengthen and shape our phrases at the piano in repertoire of the Classical Era.
Session Seven – “Playing Naturally: Piano Technique” (Adam Johnson)
Dr. Johnson will share the most helpful technical tips he learned from 12 years of university studies in piano as well as recent reflections on how to experience more natural piano playing.


Full Conference (includes all sessions, meals, coffee breaks, banquet and concert ticket)

APTA Member- Early Bird (Before Aug 15) $325
APTA Member- After August 15 $375
APTA Member- Student Rate (include copy of student ID) $175
APTA Member- Extended Executive Rate $300
Non Member- Early Bird (Before August 15) $400
Non Member- After August 15 $450

Livestream (includes all sessions) – $199

Partial Conference (includes sessions, lunch and coffee breaks for Friday OR Saturday)

APTA Member – Full day pass $225
Non Member – Full day pass $250

Individual Sessions

Single Session – $60
Student Single Session (with student ID) – $30

Add Ons

Banquet & Concert Ticket (Friday, September 23) – $75
Concert Ticket (Adult) – $25  (under 18 free)