2018 Calendar of Events
February 7        Teaching Challenges: initial approaches, technical, stylistic, and performance practises in repertoire currently being taught by STA members

March 4             Attended Marc-Andre Hamelin recital and pre-performance talk

March 8             Coping with Performance Anxiety presented by psychotherapist/musician (violin and viola) Paula Wise

April 23             Master Class with Dr. Carla Dodek in preparation for the Annual Recital

May 27              Annual STA Recital for members and their students at the Vancouver Unitarian Church

June 10              On improvisation with Boris Favre

September 12    Sharing of favourite materials, pieces, and other resources including a music swap

October 9          Attended Evgeny Kissin recital at the Chan Centre

November 7      A critique of pre-recorded teaching sessions of members of the STA

December 12    Music and the Brain - Cognitive Development from birth to senior years with Andrea Unrau


2017 Calendar of Events

January 29         How to Read Lead Sheets with Boris Favre

February 19       Presentation by the Vancouver Adapted Music Society including a tour of their recording studio and demonstrations of adapted instruments

March 12           Art and Music facilitated by Estelle Copéry

April 9               Rhythm explored through Orff and African Drumming with Kofi Gbolonyo

May 28              Master Class with Dr. Carla Dodek in preparation for the annual recital

June 11              Annual STA recital for members and their students at the Vancouver Unitarian Church

July 17               Potluck dinner and planning session for 2017-2018

November 15    Concepts of sight-reading and ear-tests: how to integrate them in teaching

December 14     The Russian School of Playing and Teaching with Sergei Saratovsky


2016 Calendar of Events

January 17         “Let’s Compose!"with Teresa Richert. Aimed at teachers who would like to introduce composition to their students or are even interested in doing composing themselves and aren't sure how to get started. Her has typically been piano teachers and she will include several piano compositions from Canadian repertoire (including her own) as examples of the various composition techniques.

February 7 & 9  Andras Schiff recitals with a pre-concert lecture

March 6             Pedagogy Q&A

April 10             Pedagogical Questions and Musical Games

May 15              Master Class with Dr. Carla Dodek in preparation for the annual STA Recital

June 5                Annual STA recital at the Unitarian Church

August 16         Potluck Dinner and Planning Session for 2016-2017

September 18    Investigating the RCM Teacher Certification program at the professional development offerings AND Look at the New Theory Syllabus

November 6      Workshop presenting basic concepts needed for a teacher to gain confidence in using a Kodaly-based music program with insights into teaching sequential music education through singing and action games, emphasizing rhythm and sol-fa with Jo Yawney

November 13    Behzod Abduraimov piano recital, including pre-concert lecture

December 11     Tour of the Canadian Music Centre


2015 Calendar of Events

February 15       Prevention and Management of Musicians’ Injuries presented by Physiotherapist, Kinesiologist and Music Educator, Shirley Lecker

March 1             Pre-Concert talk by David Duke / attended Andras Schiff Piano Recital at the Chan Centre

April 26             Incorporating Music Rudiments and Theory into the Music Lesson, presented by Heather Mahaffy

May 10              Duet Repertoire Master Class with Dr. Carla Dodek

June 7                Annual Recital at the Unitarian Church for STA members and their students

July 22               Potluck and Brainstorming Session

September 20    An overview and grade-by-grade summary of changes in the new RCM syllabus

October 18        Angela Cheng master class at the VSO School of Music

November 22    How to prepare and practise for the new requirements for the RCM ear and sight reading tests with Aline Banno

December 6       A brief history of the piano with insights into construction and mechanisms including the differences between uprights and grands with Chantall Fennell

February 7 & 9  Attended Andras Schiff recitals and pre-concert lecture

June 5                Annual STA recital for members and their students at the Vancouver Unitarian Church