2015 PPG Festival

Welcome to the sixth 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 student 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 8th, 2015

Time: approx. 9:30AM-4:30PM (class times will be sent to teachers 2 weeks prior to festival date)

Place: Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos, 6033 Centre Street SW, Calgary

Coordinator: Please contact Brenda Drake with your questions and for more details

Home Phone: 403-277-1991; E-mail: brenda.drake@shaw.ca

Registration deadline: February 1st, 2015

This year’s adjudicator is Edwin Gnandt. Edwin serves as an associate professor of music at Ambrose University College in Calgary Alberta. He has written the book, “The Soul of Music, Gifts from the Golden Age of Piano”.

2014/2015 Activities

September 14, 2014
First Meeting
Transitioning method books to RCM

October 19, 2014
Potential Paul Sheftel

November 9, 2014
Survey of Method Books

January 11, 2015
Theory applied to the lesson

February 8, 2015
Gender, teenager, group teaching

March 8, 2015
PPG Festival
Adjudicator: Edwin Gnandt

April 12, 2015
Ensemble playing, duets

May 3, 2015
Reflective Meeting

June 14, 2015
The Soul of the Music, a discussion
Guest Speaker: Edwin Gnandt

2013/2014 Activities

September 15, 2013
First Meeting

October 20, 2013
Panel Chat: 3 different Examining Boards to speak about their Programs
Guest Speakers:
Joan Ritchie – Canadian National Conservatory
LaDona Ahenda – Conservatory Canada
Robyn Cabrera – London College of Music

November 17, 2013
Blended Learning and Distance Learning

January 12, 2014
Lecture Recital – Jazz piano in our studios
Proposed guest: Kay Alexander

February 9, 2014
Your career as a teacher, your mission and philosophy

March 8, 2014
PPG Festival

April 13, 2014
Business Plans, Learning Theories, Active Learning

May 4, 2014
Business Plans, Learning Theories, Active Learning

June 8, 2014
Reflective Meeting

2012/2013 Activities

September 9, 2012
First meeting (introduction, schedule, fees)
The role of technology in teaching piano
Denisa Calcan – MusIQ, interactive music software produced by Adventus
Marian Parrot – “iReal b” iPad and iPhone application

October 14, 2012
Repertoire choice for very young and teenagers

October 27, 2012
Tone production
Guest speaker: Edwin Gnandt

November 11, 2012
Teachers’ choice of beginner series

January 13, 2013
Teaching approaches in contemporary music
Guest speaker: Rhona-Mae Arca

February 10, 2013
The role of ear training in learning to play piano
Speaker: Marian Parrot

March 9, 2013
PPG Festival
Adjudicator: Katrina Thompson

April 14, 2013
Watching teachers teach at beginner to grade 5 level

May 4, 2013
Charles Foreman Recital – Playing and Teaching Brahms Op 76
Location: Steinway Pianos of Calgary
Time: 7:00PM

June 9, 2013