January 20, 2023

Our invited guest was Gary Wozny - on bookkeeping practices and tax matters - here is a link to the hand out 

November 18 - Topics
  • Canadian composers share their live performances and composition inspirations to kick off Canada Music Week.
    • There were 5 composers who presented
    • 37 members zoomed in
    • The format of having composers present by playing and talking about their music, followed by a Q-A and discussion afterwards worked well, and gave everyone ample time
    • The chat line was well used - many commented enthusiastically about how they liked the session
    • Composers offered to let teachers contact them through their website or email
    • Rebekah Maxner's challenge to everyone "to compose a piece of music for their student every month?!"

October 21- Topics
  • Everett Hopfner from Brandon, Manitoba discusses preparing students for performance. Prof. Hopfner is a sessional instructor at Brandon University and is the Director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music.
    • Everett Hopfner shared tips and tricks for helping students prepare for performance. An engaging speaker, Everett’s presentation was viewed by over 40 RMTAs across Canada. The audience participation was much appreciated.

September 23 - Topics
  • Planning to celebrate Canada Music Week, featuring William Andrews Award winning branches
    •  Karen Wood and Ingrid Fast from the Coquitlam/Maple Ridge Branch of BCRMTA went over the process of getting ready for their event in 2021 - setting up, getting students ready, workshop. Very interesting and helpful ideas
  • Organizing digital music and resources
    • Apps discussed - ForScore - PiaScore - Henle app
    • Pros and Cons of different sized tablets
    • Foot pedal (for page turning) - Donner Wireless Page Turner Pedal for Digital Devices (Black)
    • Microphones to improve sound from students

Great collaboration between attendees

August 19 - Topics
  • Welcoming new and returning students & families into your studio with friendly boundaries.
  • Choosing and using repertoire beyond your “go-to” piece.
  • Link to topic notes - click here

Suggestions from attendees

  • platform fortelessons.com
  • Books
    • Teacher-Student Piano Duets - original pieces selected and edited by Gayle Kowalchyk & E.L Lancaster, Alfred Publishing
    • Wunderkeys - Andrea and Trevor Dow
    • Diane Hidy - Mean Little Monsters - dianehidy.com
    • Wendy Stevensl - her website is ComposeCreate.com
    • https://pianoadventures.com/blog/category/teaching/creative-improv/
    • https://www.debrawanless.com/product/loud-and-clear/
    • Rebekah Maxner from Nova Scotia