Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association
Lethbridge Branch 

Welcome:

Welcome to the Lethbridge Branch of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers!  We hope you find being a member of our organization rewarding.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact any of the executive.

 

Executive:  The members of the current executive

            Past President:  Lorrie Wittke                                                 ph. 403-381-1350

            President:  Christine Rogers                                                   ph. 403-327-2073

            Vice President: Brenda Lockmuller                                       ph. 403-894-4481 

            Treasurer:  Karen MacDonald                                               ph. 403-553-3365

            Secretary:  vacant

            Corresponding Secretary:  Mary Lee Voort                         ph. 403-381-3461

 

Meetings:  Meetings are usually held the first Monday of the month. There are usually 8 meetings a year, September to May.  Meetings are most often 1 - 1 ½ hours in length and sometimes include a brief presentation or forum discussion on a teaching topic. Our Annual meeting with election of officers takes place in April.  Minutes are e-mailed or mailed to all members.

 

Recitals:  Our membership holds a number of recitals a year:

  • Canada Music Week recital in November (awards presentation)
  • Christmas drop-in recital and/or Adult recital in December (optional)
  • Festival Preparation recital in March or April
  • Adult student recital May/June
  • Final general recital May/June (optional)

 

Teachers are encouraged to submit well-prepared students for these recitals.  A recital guideline sheet is available, as well as a form letter that can be copied and used for students participating in recitals.  We do not usually limit the number of students a teacher can submit unless there are an unusually high number of entries.

            Members are also encouraged to volunteer as convenors for at least one recital a year.  Two convenors are needed for each recital.  Convenors are responsible for collecting names, planning and printing a program, providing a basket for the silver collection, and hosting and making announcements at the recital.  Photocopying of the program can be done at the UPS store where we have a prepaid copy account. 

            In November we present awards for the top first-class honours marks for practical and theory exams for the previous year.  We usually award up to $1500 annually in various categories.  Marks are submitted in September and a committee is formed to organize and award prizes.  Members are encouraged to submit all their first-class honours marks and not just the top ones in each grade or category.

 

Photocopying:  Our branch has a copying account at the UPS Store at 210A-12th Street A North.  This account is to be used only for copies related to branch business (e.g. branch recital programs) and not for personal teaching business.

 

Website:  Our branch website address is:  www.lrmta.com

Signboard plates:  Our branch has signboards with members' names, addresses, teaching information and contact information at 2 music stores in Lethbridge:  Long & McQuade, and The Music Court.  New members can have plates engraved for one or all of the signboards.  Contact Christine Rogers (403-327-2073) for more information or to make arrangements.

 

Other Activities:  Our branch supports and organizes other events throughout the year.

 

  • Workshops:  Our branch is committed to continuing education for our students and for ourselves as teachers.  We try to sponsor at least one workshop or master class every year. 
  • Lethbridge and District Music and Speech Arts Festivall:  The Lethbridge Music Festival takes place in the spring every year and a number of teachers support the Festival.  We have a representative from our branch that attends the Festival Committee meetings.  Questions or concerns can be brought to meetings or can be directed to our Music Festival representative, Doreen Laing, at 403-328-6786.
  • Piano Class Festival:  Each year in May, Lethbridge and area teachers organize a Piano Festival open to all piano students.  Classes include Baroque, Sonatina/Sonata, Recital, Concert, Pop, and Duet.  Awards, determined by the adjudicator are presented by the adjudicator at an Honors Concert at the conclusion of the Festival which features outstanding performers. The Festival focuses on student participation, emphasizing the educational experience of performing and receiving comments from the adjudicator.  Deadline is usually April 15th.  For more information, contact Marilyn Sinclair at 403-329-9188 or Karen MacDonald at 403-553-3365.
  • Socials:  Our branch often arranges to have lunch with the Royal Conservatory examiners during the January and June exam sessions.
  • Fundraising events:  Our branch organizes fundraising events to raise money for our awards program.  Past events have included a practise-a-thon, a teacher's recital featuring a guest performer and members of our branch, and a family scavenger hunt activity.  Most recently we have been sponsoring a practise-a-thon every two years. 
  • AMEF:  The Alberta Music Education Foundation (AMEF) is a registered charity which promotes and supports music education in Alberta.  It offers many programs including an annual conference.  Teachers are invited to become members of AMEF.  The fee is $20 per year (group fee) or $40 per year (individual fee).  

 

 

Linda Dickey (329-4874) and Marilyn Sinclair (329-9188) have agreed to be available to assist new members with any questions they have about our organization or help them with any concerns they have.  Please feel free to contact them.