Convention 2022 Schedule

Friday, October 28, 2022

  • 1:00 p.m.
    • Registration at Emmanuel Anglican Church
    • Trade Show
  • 1:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction
  • 1:40 p.m. Joan Hamo: Musician and Mentor – a Legend, a Legacy
  • 2:00 p.m. Karen Gerelus: The Musical Grove: experience, social environment, and musical identity
  • 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break & Trade Show
  • 3:30 p.m. OUT Saskatoon – presenter Janna Bernatsky: Includion and Diversity in the Music Studio
  • 4:30 p.m. RCM: Exploring the Celebration Series, Sixth Edition
  • 5:30 p.m. Supper Break
  • 7:30 p.m. Concert Event: Schubert in Community: Naomi Piggott-Suchan and Friends
  • President’s Reception

Saturday, October 29, 2022

  • 9:00 a.m. Jared Dunn: Through Chopin’s Eyes: Editions and Filliation
  • 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break & Trade Show
  • 10:45 a.m. Masterclass with Jarred Dunn
  • 12:15 p.m. greetings from Laura Gray, CFMTA President; Lunch including cake to celebrate 90 years of SRMTA
  • 1:00 p.m. SRMTA Annual General Meeting
  • 2:30 p.m. Diana Woolrich: Sharing Secrets – A Discussion on Teaching Young Singers
  • 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break and Trade Show
  • 3:45 p.m. Irina Gorin

Convention 2018 Schedule & Registration

Click here to download a registration form for convention!

Click here to download the convention schedule!


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 lecture.

Medieval and Renaissance Feast and Festivity

We’re hosting an exciting event in January! Come join us for the Medieval and Renaissance Feast and Festivity.

With Guest Speakers Gerard Weber and Weldon Gray
Performances by Troubadors de Bois and Voci Strane
Medieval Feast catered by Prairie Meats and cash bar.

Tickets are $35, (or $30 for RMT Members)
If you’d like tickets, please contact us at this number: 306-652-2335


FAQ: Why Join the RMT?

So you’re wondering about the Registered Music Teachers Association. Why should you join them? Do you know what joining the RMT requires? This post is to help answer some common questions we have about our group.

  • What is the benefit to me?
    • The Saskatoon branch holds monthly meetings from September until May.  These events are a great way to keep educating yourself, as well as giving you the opportunity to network with other musicians and music teachers in your local branch area. You can check out our calendar to see what kinds of topics we discuss.
    • Participation in the Liability Insurance Plan.
    • Students of RMT can enter various competitions, and can apply for some of the organizations’ scholarships.
    • Belonging to our organization shows your students that you are a professional.
    • Our provincial branch has an even more comprehensive listing of benefits – check it out for more details!
  • Do I have to be a piano or a voice teacher to join?
    • Whilst there are a lot of piano teachers in our organization, our local Saskatoon branch includes members who teach saxophone and clarinet as well. Music teachers who have the necessary qualifications are welcome, no matter what instrument you play.  We would love to have a variety in our organization!
    • We regularly have workshops that apply to all kinds of students – for example, our past seasons have included subjects such as composition, playing by ear, and how to teach rhythm, to name only a few. There’s a lot teachers can learn from each other, no matter what your instrument is.  Your presence in our association would be beneficial for you as well as enriching our membership.
  • What credentials do I need to join the RMT?
    • Our provincial website has much information on this topic as well, as do we elsewhere on our local branch website.
    • There are a few levels of membership. These are all outlined wonderfully on the provincial and local website, but here’s a summary for your help. The three levels of membership are: Affiliate level 1, Affiliate level 2, and Full member.
    • A Full member can use the designation “RMT” and must have completed pedagogical training (either as part of their diploma/degree or as a supplement to their diploma/degree) or show  proof of successful teaching and have completed at least one of the following:
      • A music degree from a university recognized by the Executive, subject to approval by the Board of Examiners.
      • Associate Diploma or equivalent to that granted by the Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, Canadian National Conservatory of Music, or any university or school of music recognized by the Executive.
      • An Associate or Licentiate Teacher’s or Performer’s Diploma granted by Trinity College, London, England, any one of the Royal Schools of Music, London, England, accompanied by successful completion of all the Royal Conservatory Grade IV theory exams (Harmony, History, and Counterpoint) or their equivalent.
    • Affiliate Level 1 – Applicants may apply for this category if all requirements for Full Membership are not yet met, and must have completed a Grade 10 certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, or the Canadian National Conservatory of Music, or the equivalent thereof.
    • Affiliate Level 2 – Applicants may apply for this category if all requirements for Affiliate Level 1 Membership are not yet met, and must have completed a Grade 9 certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, or the Canadian National Conservatory of Music, or the equivalent thereof.
  • Do I have to charge a certain amount if I join your group?
    • The RMT has a suggested fee, the purpose of which is to sustain a province-wide minimum.  The RMT recommends this rate as it is important to assure professional music teachers are being fairly paid for their services.

If you’d like further information about us, please drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to join us, here’s links to our provincial membership application form, and also the local branch membership application form.