One of the best pedagogy conferences is the Alberta Piano Teachers’ Association conference, held every year in September. This year’s headliner is Marvin Blickenstaff – no stranger to piano teachers in North America. By all accounts, he’s well worth hearing.
Joy Morin at Color in my Piano reminded us last week of some of the gems he has to offer in her post about his Rules of Thumb – also the subject of an article in the latest issue of Clavier Companion. And I concur with Joy – Clavier Companion is worth its weight in gold – both for those new to the world of piano pedagogy and for those of us who have loads of experience by now
If you’re anywhere in Western Canada, consider coming to the APTA Conference. It’s in Red Deer, Alberta (half-way between Calgary and Edmonton, a 90-minute drive from either city) September 28-29. Blickenstaff is giving 3 sessions plus a masterclass; there are 3 other presenters as well, one of whom is Edwin Gnandt, who is giving his talk on The Golden Age of Piano Teaching (reviewed here).
The cost is $295 for APTA members, $375 for non-members. But here’s the thing – to become a member costs only $45 per year, and there are no qualifications necessary to be a member, so that would be the cheapest way to go. All sessions and meals are included.
Almost as good as any session are the discussions around the tables during coffee and lunch breaks, the chance to see old aquaintances and make new ones, and the trade show. For more complete information go to the APTA website. And if you’re there, do stop me and say hello.
Image: The Piano Studio