Thanks to the Regina Registered Music Teacher’s Association for hosting a wonderful virtual convetion!
Namoradze in Recital – 2018 Honens Winner
The Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers and the SSO are excited to present Nicholas Namoradze in recital. The recital is part of the 2018 Provincial Convention of the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers.
Namoradze was the recent winner of the the 2018 Honens Competition – hailed for his exceptional performances in recital, chamber music, and with orchestra. His Saskatoon concert will feature the music of Scriabin, Bach, Schumann, and more, including his own compositions.
The Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years and is considered one of the world’s most prestigious events of its kind. Honens prepares its Laureates for the rigours and realities of professional careers in music and creates opportunities for growth and exposure. The annual Honens Festival is one of Canada’s premier piano events.
This event will be taking place on Friday, October the 12th at 7:30 in the Peter MacKinnon Building (U of S Campus).
Come check out convention 2018! Register soon to get the early bird rate – you can download the registration form here.
Teaching Music: Staying Relevant in Today’s World
SRMTA Convention and AGM 2018
The Parktown Hotel in Saskatoon
October 12 and 13
- Dale Wheeler
- Mary Joy Nelson
- Karen Gerelus
- Janice Elliott – Denike
- Maria Case
- Recital by 2018 Honens Piano Competition Lareate Winner Nicholas Namoradze
SRMTA FALL CONVENTION & AGM 2018
Teaching Music: Staying Relevant in Today’s World
Park Town Hotel & University of Saskatchewan
Friday, October 12, 2018
12:30-1:20 Mini recital/talk by Honens Competition Laureate Winner – Nicholas Namoradze
Quance Theatre- U of S- (free to Convention registrants)
1:00 p.m. Registration at the Cedar Room, Park Town Hotel
Trade Show- Maple Room
1:30 p.m. Welcome & Introduction
1:45 p.m. Maria Case-The Royal Conservatory of Music- Part 1
The Royal Conservatory has been a leader in education for over 130 years and continues
to evolve in response to the changing world. Join Maria Case for an
exploration of recent initiatives, and an opportunity to have your questions answered.
This guided tour of new resources and tools developed by the RCM to support the
development of the complete musician will include: The Theory Syllabus, 2016 Edition,
and Celebrate Theory series; Engaging Digital Apps that serve as valuable practice tools;
Innovative online courses for students, and how to incorporate them into your teaching.
2:30 p.m. Maria Case-The Royal Conservatory of Music Part 2
3:30 p.m. Janice Elliott-Denike: During this centenary year of Debussy’s death, Janice will give a
practical, “hands-on’ presentation about teaching his piano music, looking at specific
pieces as well as an overall repertoire guideline. Bring your Debussy scores and a pencil!
4:30 p.m. Janice Elliott-Denike- Debussy Part 2
7:30 p.m. Concert Event: Convocation Hall- in the Peter MacKinnon Building (U of S Campus).
The Saskatoon Registered Music Teachers Association and the SSO are proud to present
a recital featuring one of the brand new 2018 Honens Piano Competition Laureates.
The Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years and is considered one of the
world’s most prestigious events of its kind. Honens prepares its Laureates for the rigours
and realities of professional careers in music and creates opportunities for growth and
exposure. The annual Honens Festival is one of Canada’s premier piano events.
President’s Reception to follow at the Park Town Hotel- Presidential Suite
Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. Brainstorm Session: “You Tube vs. You Teacher”.
Why would a student choose to learn a piece of music from one of us rather than the
internet? (Facilitator- Michelle Aalders)
9:30 a.m. Dale Wheeler: “Teacher Know Thyself”
How do our teaching practices contribute to our personal growth and ongoing
professional development. Explore how our studio environment, lesson procedure and
analytical and diagnostic skills contribute to our success as teachers, and as a result, the
success of our students.
10:45 a.m. Dale Wheeler: “Do You Hear What I Hear” Teaching Students to Listen.
One of the major tasks facing a teacher is getting students to listen to themselves. The
main difficulty is in teaching WHAT to listen for–the HOW to listen comes later
– strategies for helping students to become better listeners.
12:45-p.m. Annual General Meeting (AGM)- Cedar Room
1:45 p.m. Karen Gerelus: “It’s Not You, It’s Me”
Teachers often wonder why students quit piano lessons. This study is the first to use
Self-Determination Theory to assess levels of motivation in piano students and also
analyzed seven predictors of student attrition. This session will take the inverse of
the dropout results and offer recommendations on how to retain students.
3:00-4:00 Mary Joy Nelson- “From Bellini to Belt”
This presentation will focus on a specific branch of Contemporary
Commercial voice: the female belt voice. Classical pedagogical approaches will be
compared and contrasted with those used to train the female belt voice,
including similarities in breathing, posture, registration, tone quality/resonance, and
range. The benefits of cross training for both the musical theatre and
the classical voice student will be addressed. For the recital portion of the presentation,
a performance of song selections will allow the listener to compare and contrast aurally
the various sounds and approaches in classical and musical theatre singing described in
The Saskatoon branch of the Registered Music Teachers is happy to be hosting the 2018 provincial convention. We welcome you to join us October 12th to 13th 2018 at the Park Town Hotel!
Whilst some of us were having fun at Knox, there was more activity at the Parktown as well! The morning was extremely interesting – attendees enjoyed Post-Romantic and Contemporary Style followed by a Masterclass on Teaching Chopin’s Most Popular Works by Marc Durand. Later, Mark Durand and Thomas Yu did a clinic on The Piano Teacher – This is Your Life.
The AGM luncheon started with a great performance by Whitney Mather and Karen Reynaud.
Penny Joynt won the 2014 SRMTA Outstanding Achievement Award. Congrats, Penny!
After lunch, another Masterclass: The Senior Student: Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven and Grieg. Look how well attended it was.
The conference ended with The Journey from Here with clinician Marc Durand and Pianist Thomas Yu.
It was an excellent conference, and thanks to all the folks who worked so hard to put it all together.
Another exciting day at the SRMTA conference! There was much going on today, and I’m sure the teachers had difficulty deciding what to go see.
At Knox United Church, the morning began with Phoebe Voigts, who gave a great lecture: Motivating Our Students. A great topic for all teachers! The photo is of the attendees warming up our voices. Members of the Saskatoon Children’s Choir were present to show us how it’s done.
Following this at Knox, Mary-Lou Fallis and Peter Tiefenbach’s first Masterclass of the day was: Performance Skills: Expression in Folk Songs and Contemporary Literature.
After lunch, we returned for another excellent Masterclass: Performance Skills: Expression in French and German Art Songs.
The first afternoon of the SRMTA conference was great! We had four great lectures – Two by Dr. Thomas Green (the RCM 2015 syllabus and From Excellence to Artistry: Building an Elegant Technique).
Presenting also were Noreen Wensley and Karen King with their lecture In the Key of “Now”: Junior Piano Pedagogy from a Multi-Generational Perspective.
Finally, at Knox United Church: Twenty-First Century Voice: Bel Canto and Beyond by Dr. Helen Pridmore. What a great way to start off the conference!
Hope to see you all at the Fallis and Tiefenbach concert in half an hour!
Announcing the SRMTA Fall Convention and AGM 2014!
Inspiring the Next Generation – October 17th and 18th, 2014 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
The convention is going to be a great experience. You can read about the workshops, masterclasses, and other events planned in the documents linked to on this post. You will also find the events in our events calendar. We hope to see lots of you out at the conference in the fall!
To Register, you can download this registration form. Full registration is $140 before the early bird deadline of July 2, 2014.
Here you can look at the schedule for the conference.
Read about Marc Durand by clicking here.
Read about Mary Lou Fallis and Peter Tiefenbach.