Continuing Education for Teachers

ARMTA Edmonton Branch, Continuing Education 2016-2017

Look forward to an exciting series of workshops, to provide inspiration and new teaching ideas for teachers. Reconnect with old friends, make new friends and learn from each other. 

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Bring payment to the first workshop or pay online with registration.

Pre-registration is required. Registration form is below session information.


4. Workshop and Masterclass by Dr.  Magdalena Adamek – Clinician from Virginia Commonwealth University
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Location: PCL Hall, 5th Floor, Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Dr, Edmonton)

Pedagogy Workshop: 9:30-11:45am
Lunch: 11:45-12:30pm
Masterclass: 12:30-2:00pm

Morning Pedagogy Workshop: Strategies to teach young students beautiful tone production and how to establish natural habits from the very beginning. Learn how to teach active listening and how to gain a desirable level of comfort in playing the piano at a young age.

Afternoon Masterclass: Will be devoted to collaborative playing.  A brief lecture on collaborative piano playing will befollowed by a masterclass featuring the following:

Piano Trio No.6 in B flat major Op.97, Beethoven
Violin, Cello, Piano

Tarantella for two pianos, Shostakovich
Two Pianos

Danza de la Moza Donoza, Ginastera,
Piano Solo  

Morning workshop: $30 (members) /$35 (non-members) / students: $10
Afternoon workshop: $30 (members) /$35 (non-members) / students: $10
Lunch:  $20 (wraps, fruit, veggies & dip, dessert)
Must register by April 28 to include lunch. You may register after April 28 but will need to bring your own lunch. 


Magdalena Adamek holds a Master of Arts in Piano Performance from the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland, and Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Her principal teachers include Barbara Hesse-Bukowska and Jacques Després. Dr. Adamek has led an active performing career giving solo and chamber music performances across Europe,  Asia,  United States and Canada, with repertoire ranging from  classical to  contemporary music.

Apart from being an active performer, Dr. Adamek is also an active teacher/instructor. She has been piano instructor and collaborative pianist at Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and the University of Alberta in Edmonton; collaborative pianist at the String Quartet Program at S.U.N.Y Fredonia; and piano instructor at the Alberta Music Academy and the Alberta College Conservatory of Music (Grant McEwan University) in Edmonton.  Dr. Adamek enjoys serving as an adjudicator, clinician and workshop presenter. She also works as freelance assisting pianist-accompanist.- and currently an assistant professor specializing in collaborative piano at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Previous sessions:

1.    Canadian Music Celebration
Saturday October 29:  7:00–9:00pm  

At Leslie Bai’s studio,  7811-158 Street.  Come enjoy some music, wine, cheese and appetizers!  A gathering to share Canadian music with friends and colleagues.  We are featuring  local composer and ARMTA member Heather Hindman and some of her music.  Several other teachers will be presenting and performing some of their favorite Canadian pieces with us. We are hoping to include some vocal works and some other instrumental selections, in addition to piano works.  More program information will be available closer to the event.    Come out for an interesting and fun musical evening.   

Fee: $10.00 for all attending (including performers)
LIMITED SEATING: Register Early!

2.  Faye Stollery workshop “Confidence Building and Stage Presence”
Monday January 23, 2017,  9:15 – 11:45 am 

Location: Eleanor Tsui's studio – 3135 Allan Landing SW Edmonton (you may have to leave off house number on your GPS to find Allan Landing)

This workshop gives a brief overview of the brain’s response to stress and teaches calming techniques, to lessen performance anxiety and increase self- awareness on stage.  Gain help with focus, relaxation and confidence for your students and personal performance.  

Fee - $25.00 for members/$30 non-members*

NOTE: * Workshops #2 & #3:    
Members: $25.00 each or $40.00 to attend both 
Non-members: $30 each or $50 to attend both 

3.  Cameron Watson workshop “Composing and Exploring Creativity at the Piano”
Monday March 20, 2017,  9:15 – 11:45 am 

Location: Sylvia Shadick-Taylor’s studio  (10327 - 137 St, Edmonton — use the side door)

Let’s get creative at the keyboard using some of the contemporary elements such as the blues scales, pentatonic, whole tone and other 20th century idioms.  This will help give teachers tricks and tools to bring these theoretical concepts “to life” with hands-on ideas for improvisation and creativity in the student’s lessons. 

Fee - $25.00 for members/$30 non-members*

NOTE: * Workshops #2 & #3:    
Members: $25.00 each or $40.00 to attend both 
Non-members: $30 each or $50 to attend both