By Sulz, Dave on March 23, 2020.
Submitted by Lethbridge Registered Music Teachers
The University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music and the Lethbridge Registered Music Teachers recently collaborated on an event for piano teachers and students in our community.
The seventh annual Keys to Piano workshop took place March 6-7 at Casa in Lethbridge. The workshop was presented by the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music in collaboration with the Lethbridge Branch of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ARMTA).
Featuring clinicians Heather Campbell and Brad Parker, the event included a Friday evening presentation for teachers on the Alexander Technique by Campbell, and a presentation by Parker on his experiences volunteering at music camps in Haiti, as well as Saturday masterclass sessions in which students performed and received comments and direction from the clinicians.
Students and teachers also participated in breakout sessions on the Saturday, including drumming; prepared piano; listening to professional recordings; and fiddling, led by Marc Vantol, Christine Rogers, Nick Sullivan and Jessica Groeneveld respectively. Between the morning and afternoon Saturday sessions, the clinicians performed a wonderful program of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin and Claude Debussy.
More than 65 teachers and students participated in the weekend event. The workshop was sponsored by the Alberta Piano Teachers Association (APTA), the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ARMTA), the Alberta Music Education Foundation (AMEF) and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA).