2024 Conference

Friday & Saturday, September 27 & 28
Leduc, AB

As you plan your lessons for next year, make sure to allow two days for professional development.  Your studio parents will appreciate knowing that you are committed to being the best possible teacher for their child.  Our conference will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Leduc.  All the sessions, meals, banquet and concert will be under one roof so you can slip up to your room between sessions if you need to freshen up, something many of you asked for on the conference evaluation forms last year.  An added benefit of the hotel is that it’s only 5 minutes from the airport so those travelling from afar can fly and take the hotel shuttle.  No rental car required!  And for those driving from Southern Alberta, you don’t need to go into the city of Edmonton proper.  Those from Northern Alberta can take the Anthony Henday to get to Leduc. Super easy.

Our headliner will be Dr. Pamela Pike, Professor of Piano Pedagogy from Louisiana State University.  You may remember Dr. Pike as having presented the webinar called Sight Reading Strategies and Tips to Improve Student Success back in April, 2022.  We are thrilled to be able to welcome her to Alberta in person and we know you will be inspired by her sessions. Our concert will feature the piano duet team of Janna Olson and Leanne Regehr. As always, the concert will be open to the public so if you live in the Edmonton area, you may want to start priming your students early so they can be inspired by some fabulous 4-hand repertoire.

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Conference at a Glance

Thursday, September 26
7:00 pm – Attendee Mix and Mingle in Eclipse Restaurant (located in conference hotel)

Friday, September 27
8:00 am – Attendee Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:45 am – Opening Remarks
9:00 am – SESSION 1: Pamela Pike presents “Sight Reading: A Fresh Perspective on a Familiar Topic”
10:15 am – Coffee Break & Tradeshow
11:00 am – SESSION 2: Brad Parker presents “How to WOW an Adjudicator”
12:15 pm – Lunch & Annual General Meeting
1:30 pm – SESSION 3: Pamela Pike presents “Maintaining Motivation in the Piano Studio”
2:45 pm – Coffee Break & Tradeshow
3:15 pm – SESSION 4: Eleanor Gummer & Sarah Sylvia present “Clara Schumann: Romantic Trailblazer”
4:30 pm- Break (Tradeshow space open but banquet space closed for set up)
5:30 pm – Banquet & Scholarships
6:30 pm- Break (Tradeshow space open but banquet space closed for set up)
7:30 pm – “Venn Duo” in Concert (Ensemble Concert by Janna Olson and Leanne Regehr, also featuring Katie Tilbury and Ariane Lowrey)

Saturday, September 28
8:00 am – Breakfast and Tradeshow
9:00 am – SESSION 5: Pamela Pike presents “Behind Closed Doors: What Intermediate Students Really Do During Practice and How We Can Help Them Improve”
10:15 am – Coffee Break & Tradeshow
11:00 am – Creative Music Writing Competition Recital
12:00 pm- Lunch & Tradeshow
1:00 pm – SESSION 6: Janna Olson & Leanne Regehr present “Look-Listen-Breathe! Delight in Duets”
2:15 pm- Break
2:30 pm – SESSION 7: Pamela Pike presents “Developing Artistry in the Late Elementary and Intermediate Years”
3:45 pm – Head Home

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2024 Conference Fees

Full Conference (includes sessions, coffee, meals, banquet and concert)
APTA Members before August 15 –  $375
APTA Members after August 15 – $425
APTA Member Student Rate – $225
APTA Member Extended Executive before August 15 – $350
Non-Members before August 15 – $445
Non-Members after August 15 – $495

Partial Conference (includes sessions, breakfast, lunch, and coffee)
APTA Members Full Day pass – $275
Non-Members Full Day pass – $300

Video Pass (includes all sessions , no concert) – TBD

Individual Sessions
Single session – $75
Single session, student rate  – $40

Additional Tickets
Friday Banquet & Concert – $65


2024 Tradeshow Presenters

One of the best parts of conference is checking out all the vendors at the tradeshow.  Browse through books and teaching resources, try out the beautiful instruments, learn about further education programs, talk to publishers, and bid on hand-crafted items at the silent auction table.  If you feel like a kid in a candy store as you make your way around the trade show, you’re not alone. It’s a dream come true for piano teachers!  We’ll be posting the participating vendors here by mid-August.

Do you have something to showcase?  We will be releasing our music industry tradeshow package on July 1st with pricing options for various booth sizes and add-ons.  Come back to this page for the link.  We’d love to see what you have to tempt our conference attendees 🙂