2019 PPG Festival

Welcome to the tenth annual PPG festival. The Piano Pedagogy Group is a group for teachers studying piano pedagogy or working towards an exam goal.

The festival is organized for PPG teachers and their students. All students of any age or level are encouraged to enter any style or genre of piece. The festival also offers a teachers class for PPG teachers who are working on repertoire.

Our mission is to:

– Provide a positive learning atmosphere
– Give students a chance to perform for other students and parents
– Learn from a qualified adjudicator to gain extra insight into repertoire

Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

Time: approx. 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (class times will be sent to teachers 2 weeks prior to festival date)
Place: Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos, 6033 Centre Street SW, Calgary
Contact: festival@calgarypianopedagogygroup.ca

Registration deadline: February 23, 2019, 11:59 PM
Registration: is now open, at Formsite https://fs29.formsite.com/eLemUR/bvydhaquzr/index.html. Payment will be processed via PayPal at time of registration.

Our adjudicator is Kathleen Van Mourik

Alberta-born pianist Kathleen van Mourik is an in demand adjudicator and performer, locally and internationally.  She earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Calgary in Piano Performance, studied with lied and chamber music at the Hilversum Conservatory under Hans Broekman in Netherlands.  Upon returning to Canada, she earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance under thetutelage of Vladimir Levtov at the University of Calgary.  Ms. Van Mourik is the founder and co-artistic director of the Mountain View International Festival of Song, Canada’s only summer master class programme and concert festival combining art song and chamber music, as well as the Mountain View Connection, Calgary’s only concert series devoted to presenting emerging artists in concert.  In addition to her work with Mountain View, she maintains an active performing schedule, and has appeared across Canada, as well as in the United States, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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2018/2019 Activities

September 9, 2018
Lesson Planning for the Young Beginner
Facilitator: Carrie Kalmykov

October 14, 2018
Confidence in the Professional Realm
Speaker: Michelle Minke of Cowtown Opera and Minke, Inc.

November 18, 2018
Composition in Lessons
Speaker: Linda Kundert

January 13, 2019
Method Book Reviews

February 10, 2019
Student Saver Pieces
Facilitator: Marian Parrot

March 24, 2019
PPG Festival
Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos

April 9, 2019
TBD

May 5, 2019
Group Classes
Facilitator: Carrie Kalmykov

June 9, 2019
Reflections and Recap
How to Maintain Your Piano
Speaker: Kendall Hafermehl (Piano Tuner, Michael Lipnicki)

2018 PPG Festival

Welcome to the ninth annual PPG festival. The Piano Pedagogy Group is a group for teachers studying piano pedagogy or working towards an exam goal.

The festival is organized for PPG teachers and their students. All students of any age or level are encouraged to enter any style or genre of piece. The festival also offers a teachers class for PPG teachers who are working on repertoire.

Our mission is to:

– Provide a positive learning atmosphere
– Give students a chance to perform for other students and parents
– Learn from a qualified adjudicator to gain extra insight into repertoire

Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018

Time: approx. 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (class times will be sent to teachers 2 weeks prior to festival date)
Place: Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos, 6033 Centre Street SW, Calgary
Contact: festival@calgarypianopedagogygroup.ca

Registration deadline: January 31, 2018, 11:59 PM
Registration: is now open, at Formsite, https://fs29.formsite.com/eLemUR/2018-PPG-Festival/index.html. Payment will be processed at time of registration.

This year’s adjudicator is Eric Nyland.

Adjudicator Biography:
A pianist and professional actor, Eric holds Associate and Licentiate Performance Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music, is a Registered Music Teacher with RCM Advanced Teacher Specialization, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta.

He has performed throughout Western Canada as an actor for theatre, film, and voiceover, and has held solo concerts in Edmonton and Calgary, performing through the National Music Centre’s Street Sounds series and the Pro Arts Society. In 2015, Eric appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto for the inaugural concert of the Calgary Arts Orchestra. He is the 2013 winner of the Jack Friedenberg Memorial Scholarship for pianists.

Eric is the musical director for the theatre improvisation company The Kinkonauts and for the long-form theatre improvisation duo One Lions, as well as serving as accompanist for instrumentalists and singers. Eric is an active festival adjudicator in high demand.

Eric has developed two courses for the Conservatory at Mount Royal University called Introductory Keyboard for Adults: Play-by-Ear/Improvisation, and Reading Standard Notation.

In 2015 Eric was a nominee for Outstanding Actor in a Play for the Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards for his work in the world premiere of Butcher by Governor-General Award-winning playwright Nicolas Billon. In 2016 Eric served as a lead actor, pianist, and composer for Station Arts Centre’s production of Armin Wiebe’s The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz. Recently, Eric studied with Dr. Irena Kofman in Italy at the Cremona International Music Academy.

2017/2018 Activities

September 17, 2017
Lesson/Yearly Planning
Facilitator: Katrina Thompson Fost

October 15, 2017
Use of Social Media in Marketing
Speaker: Kat McCauley

November 12, 2017
Group Class Observations

January 14, 2018
Teaching Philosophy
Facilitator: Katrina Thompson Fost

February 24, 2018
PPG Festival
Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos

March 11, 2018
Yoga+Piano
Speaker: Jennifer Latta

April 8, 2018
Performance Anxiety
Facilitator: Katrina Thompson Fost

May 6, 2018
Music Advocacy
Facilitator: Katrina Thompson Fost

June 10, 2018
Reflections and Recap

2017 PPG Festival

Welcome to the eighth annual PPG festival. The Piano Pedagogy Group is a group for teachers studying piano pedagogy or working towards an exam goal.

The festival is organized for PPG teachers and their students. All students of any age or level are encouraged to enter any style or genre of piece. The festival also offers a teachers class for PPG teachers who are working on repertoire.

Our mission is to:

– Provide a positive learning atmosphere
– Give students a chance to perform for other students and parents
– Learn from a qualified adjudicator to gain extra insight into repertoire

Date: Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Time: approx. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (class times will be sent to teachers 2 weeks prior to festival date)
Place: Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos, 6033 Centre Street SW, Calgary
Contact: festival@calgarypianopedagogygroup.ca

Registration deadline: February 10th, 2017
Registration: click here to register online. Note: fees are paid directly to your teacher after registering online.

This year’s adjudicator is Charles Foreman.

Adjudicator Biography:
Pianist Charles Foreman was born near Chicago, where he was a scholarship student of Rudolph Reuter at the American Conservatory. His undergraduate degree, awarded with high distinction, is from Indiana University, where he studied piano with Abbey Simon and Joseph Battista and conducting with Julius Herford and Fiora Contino. He also holds the Artist Diploma and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Anton Kuerti and Katharina Wolpe. Foreman has done postgraduate work with William Aide, and also at the Juilliard School with Abbey Simon.

He is currently the Vice-President of the International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society and Artistic Co-Director of the Mountain View International Festival of Song, Canada’s first summer music workshop and festival to focus primarily on art song, and of the Mountain View Connection, Calgary’s only concert series dedicated to presenting young professional classical musicians in recital. Charles repeated his nine-concert Beethoven cycle of the 32 solo piano sonatas, begun on February 28, 2015 and concluded on May 28, 2016, for the benefit of Mountain View.

2016/2017 Activities

September 18, 2016
Previous Year Review, Planning for Upcoming Year

October 16, 2016
Overview of Examination Boards

November 13, 2016
Off the Bench Activities

January 8, 2017
Improvising and Composition

February 2017
The Renegade Student

March 5, 2017
PPG Festival
Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos

April 9, 2017
Using Solfegge for Musicality Training
Marian Parrot

May 7, 2017
RCM Exam Preparation
Allan Reiser

June 11, 2017
Reflections, Kodaly teaser

2016 Fundraiser

PPG Fundraiser May 28, 2016 Northmount Baptist Church 6:30 PM

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