The Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association Edmonton Branch is a vibrant professional organization offering many varied and exciting programs to its members. We provide continuing education, recitals, advertising, music teacher referral services and much more. Most importantly, our members have an opportunity to network with other teachers. We welcome anyone who is a member of our provincial association to become a member of our branch. In addition to the benefits available through provincial membership, there are many more benefits to becoming a member of our branch:
FIND A TEACHER WEBSITE
The Find a Teacher portion of our website is the most frequently visited portion of our website. You can edit which contact information you would like to have displayed in the online directory and include a profile description to help prospective students learn more about you.
Members receive a monthly email newsletter with information about local upcoming events, workshops, conferences, and continuing education opportunities. Each month we feature a member in our Meet our Members section to help you get to know other teachers. Members may advertise the non-profit activities in their studios for free or their for-profit announcements for a small fee .
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WORKSHOPS
We offer workshops and ongoing programs to help you continue to learn in a variety of areas. Upcoming sessions are advertised on our website and in our newsletter. Continuing Education events take place about four times a year and include sessions for teachers on a variety of topics. You can register for individual sessions or an entire year. While there is usually a fee for sessions, they are subsidised by the branch. Theory Etudes are a once a month meeting of teachers who help each other with teaching the intricacies of advanced theory.
Our branch works with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra to put on the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition which offers Junior and Senior levels of competition for piano, organ and voice one year and strings, winds and brass instruments in alternating years. The winner plays their concerto in concert at the Winspear Centre with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra in addition to cash prizes. Our branch also supports the Provincial Piano Competition with prize money.
As a member, your students are eligible to receive scholarships of $50 to $100 for top marks in Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada exams at our Awards Recital. Teachers must apply on behalf of their students by the middle of October each year. Application forms and more information are available online. We offer a Further Education Scholarship for Studio Teachers annually to northern Alberta studio music teachers who are seeking funding for further education projects.
Our branch is also proud to support scholarships through local festivals including:
Kiwanis Music Festival
Grant MacEwan College Fall Festival
Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival
St. Albert Rotary Music Festival
Parkland Music Teachers Association
Sherwood Park Music Festival
Leduc Music Festival
In addition, we are a proud supporter of Contemporary Showcase. As already mentioned, we also provide scholarships to the winners of the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition and the Provincial Piano Competition.
STUDENT RECITALS AND PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
Three times a year, we have Student Recitals that are open to your students to give them additional performance opportunities. These are timed just before exam sessions and festivals to help them prepare for critical performances. Our Clementi Sonatina Project gives students the opportunity to play their first mini-piano-concerto by performing a movement of one of Clementi’s Sonatinas with members of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, arranged by Michael Massey.
STAFF (STUDENT TEACHER ADVANCEMENT FOR THE FUTURE)
Student teachers may ask for help with their students having problems in Piano, Singing or Theory. A student teacher is someone with Grade 8 Piano or Vocal & accompanying theory requirements, and up to 2 years after your ARCT or CC equivalent is finished. A consultant with 57 years teaching experience is ready to help either by phone or at her home with the student or student-teacher at no cost.
Members of our branch receive discounts on room rentals at Alberta College of approximately 33% off. Rooms are available that provide an excellent location for your studio recitals both small and large. Details of rooms available at their current rates are posted in the Member’s Area.
EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PARTNERSHIP
The ESO is happy to provide tickets for many of their concerts to you and your students at a discounted rate. Details for the current year with promo codes are found posted in the Member’s Area of our website. For information on these concerts or to purchase tickets, please visit www.edmontonsymphony.com. Our students are also invited to perform in the Winspear Centre lobby prior to select concerts as part of their “Musicians in the Making” program. For more information on this and the ESO’s other education programs, including their Young Composers Project, please visit www.edmontonsymphony.com/education.
EDMONTON OPERA DISCOUNT ARMTA
Edmonton branch members can receive a discount on tickets. Details for the current year with promo codes are found posted in the Member’s Area of our website.
Our general meetings and annual Member Appreciation provide the opportunity for you to get to know other registered music teachers and members of Edmonton’s musical community. Both the camaraderie and the professional connections are of great value.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES AND AWARDS
We are a volunteer-run organization and run all of our programs based on volunteer work! You have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and make a real impact in the lives of your fellow teachers, their students, and the greater musical community by getting involved with the executive in positions both small and large. Each year, we accept nominations for the Exceptional Service Award to recognize outstanding contributions to our branch.