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2017 ORMTA Music Writing Competition


Ontario Young Artist Tour 2016


Canada Music Week Reports


ORMTA Awards Luncheon


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Annual General Meeting


From the Registrar’s Desk


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Calendar of Events 2107 March 1

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March 15

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March 15

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April 15

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Provincial Council Executive Meeting

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Provincial Council Meeting

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July 1

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July 21

Provincial Executive and Council Meetings

July 22

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from your NOTES Editor! how what plans he has for performing this coming year. Please note that the

Please make every effort to get out to workshops in your area this Spring. Teacher development is something we all Winter normally gives us lots of indoor tour will now be taking place only in even time to get together and enjoy our musical numbered years to coincide with the National need and professional networking remains invaluable. endeavours and that certainly seems to competitions, so your next opportunity to be the case once more, given the exciting host an inspiring young ORMTA student will Happy teaching everyone – I look forward range of activities our branches have to be in 2018. to hearing from you all throughout the report. year! Be sure to check out what ORMTA Each year we’re excited to announce a Branches were up to during Canada Music Patrick McCormick new ORMTA Young Artist Competition Week – there’s lots of inspiration and some Editor winner. Andrew Fu is our 2016 stand-out; great stories. be inspired by his achievements and see Welcome to the latest issue of NOTES.

From the President Welcome to 2017! The start of a new year can fill us with excitement and expectations of change for our ourselves, our students and our studios. A time to reflect on what we have accomplished and a time to look ahead with plans for improved productivity. As I write this, the snow is gently falling and I feel a sense of calm and peacefulness. I know this will soon give way to the frenzy of spring complete with festivals, competitions, exams and year-end recitals. This year Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary of

represent ORMTA at the competitions. We wish him all

Confederation. Events will be hosted across the country

the best!

in a year of celebration. Our national organization CFMTA/FCAPM sponsored a Call for Compositions

On a final note I would like thank all the dedicated

2017-Reflections of Canada. By the time you read this,

colleagues who give of their time to serve on Provincial

the winning compositions will have been announced

Council. Zone Representatives serve a three- year term

and you will be able to download the selections online

and this July we will see a significant number complete

at; as well branches that host a Canada

their term. I urge you to consider becoming involved

150th Birthday Celebration are eligible to receive $100

at the Provincial level. If you feel a member in your

from the Branching Out Project. I would encourage

branch would be a candidate for the position, talk to

ORMTA branches to start planning a special 150th

them and ask them if they would let their name stand for

birthday celebration for Canada Music Week 2017! Look

nomination. If you are interested in Council yourself and

for opportunities in your local cities and communities to

think it is time for you to participate in this way, and want

involve your students in during this exciting year. Engage

more information on becoming a Zone Representative

your students and parents and share your ideas on

please don’t hesitate to contact your current Zone

ORMTA’s social media. We would love to hear from you!

Representative or me for more information. The deadline for Branches to make Zone Representative nominations

The CFMTA/FCAPM meetings and National Piano

is May 15th. The bottom line is that consistent and active

Competitions will take place in Baltimore this year in

involvement is the key to a successful organization.

conjunction with the MTNA Conference. Sue Jones and I will be attending as your delegates and will do our best

I wish you all joyful and inspired teaching!

presenting ORMTA’s concerns. Sue as well as being a delegate, is the chair of the CFMTA/FCAPM competitions


and I know she has spent many hours co-ordinating this


event. Andrew Fu, our 2016 Young Artist winner will

Elizabeth Tithecott

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From the Branches BARRIE What a wonderful start to our Barrie Branch ORMTA with Clayton Scott launching us forward. We enjoyed her workshops entitled “Motivation! Igniting the Flame and Keeping it lit and Music As Story”. The workshops had a fantastic response from our parents and students, which set the tone for our year ahead. Our students performed a wide range of repertoire from both Canadian and other composers at our Canada Music Week Recital this fall. Performers received celebratory gift packets of maple leaf candies and a maple leaf pencil. Our branch hosted the “Celebrating Theory: Introducing the Theory Syllabus, 2016 Edition and Supporting Publications” workshop in our area. This very informative workshop was well attended and we appreciated the expertise of Elaine Rusk, Vice President, The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program. We are now looking ahead to our much anticipated Scholarship Evaluation Day. We welcome Lisa Iwaski as our Adjudicator this year. Students who receive an A+ or A will be given awards. Award winners will then have the privilege to participate in an Awards Recital in March. We are excited to announce that our Branch Competition will be held this April 29th with Adjudicator Rudin Lengo. Mr. Lengo will also be presenting a morning workshop entitled “Piano Technique and Approaches to Common Technical Challenges”. We have also planned a Teachers Recital in May. This enjoyable evening will be a fundraising event towards our Jane Black, Joyce Langford and Maude Fleming Memorial Scholarship Funds. We are marching forward to a wonderful spring ahead in Barrie. – Sarah Law

BOLTON-BRAMPTON-CALEDON Andrew Fu The Bolton-Brampton-Caledon branch is proud to congratulate Andrew Fu, who is the 2016 ORMTA Provincial Young Artist first place winner and the first winner from Brampton in 80 years since ORMTA began. Fu completed the Young Artist Tour, which included performances in six cities across Ontario including Brampton, which, was held on November 12, 2016. Fu was also invited to perform at Roy Thompson Hall at a piano concert hosted by Emanuel Ax, a Grammy-winning American classical pianist. Congratulations also to Fu’s piano teacher Dr. Koichi Inoue of Brampton. Andrew Fu is also featured on the OMRTA website at http://www. Other Branch Highlights We celebrated Canada Music Week with our annual students’ awards ceremony and concert on Nov. 26, 2016. The concert featured outstanding piano performances by students from beginner to associate level. Awards and trophies were presented to students for high achievement on their 2016 music exams. Several students also received the Piano Festival Adjudicator’s Choice Scholarship for exceptional performances at our local branch Festival. The branch hosted The Wellspring concert on January 21, 2017, which featured a musical afternoon with performances of flute, piano, drums, vocals and more! The event had the largest crowd ever raising over $1000 to help support Wellspring

Chinguacousy, a cancer support centre located in the heart of Brampton. We look forward to a workshop with Joe Ringhoffer, “The Theoretical Pianist” (new RCM curriculum) on February 27, 2017, which will be hosted at the home of ORMTA member Jen Smele. The 2017 branch festival is scheduled to take place on May 6, 2017. Our new branch president Evelyn Nojd is finalizing the festival syllabus. We all look forward to the months ahead and thank all the branch members for their time and tireless efforts to make this a great branch for our teachers and students. – Marlene Sampaio

CENTRAL TORONTO The Central Toronto Branch has wonderful events and initiatives lined up for the next few months. We started off our 2017 with a workshop on Yoga and Meditation for musicians by one of our own members (and Treasurer!) Sheila Miller. While very zen and relaxed we had a productive Winter General Meeting. We are excited to host a “Workshop Weekend” in February where we will have two workshops back to back at Tapestry Opera in the Distillery District. In the morning, Liz Craig will be offering a workshop and Master Class on Pop music and popular selection pieces.

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In the afternoon, dance annotator and music teacher Natasha Finlay will give an “interactive” presentation on Baroque dance. In March we have a fabulous clinician Leslie De’ath coming in to give a vocal and piano Master Class at the Canadian Music Centre. This event organized by Elaine Lau is never one to be missed as the guest artists always give so much to our advanced students. In April we have our annual scholarship auditions and recitals programs as well as our Teachers in Concert fundraising event. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, we will be inviting our students and membership to submit 150 videos of music in Canada theme. This can be in the form of performances, talking about Canadian music or perhaps showcasing a student’s Canadian themed composition. We will be accepting videos throughout the year until our AGM in May. Detailed information about our upcoming events can be found on our branch website at Please also like our Facebook page (ORMTA Central Toronto Branch) for instant updates and branch member news. – Liz Craig


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The opening meeting of the ChathamKent ORMTA branch was held at the Parkfield Restaurant on Wednesday, September 28. Many of our students had fun playing at our annual Hallowe’en recital: costumes, scarey songs and special treats made this an enjoyable evening for everyone. Our annual Contemporary Showcase of Canadian music was held November 19th. Our Canadian composer/ Adjudicator was Susan Greisdale. Many thanks to our committee of: Alice Van Stempvoort, Elizabeth Tithecott, Charline Farrell, Angie Sikkema, Beth Gladstone and Marion Visser for organizing this successful event. Studio One at the Chatham Cultural Centre was the venue for our Awards recital, held near Canada Music Week: November 19th. Medals were presented to vocal and instrumental students receiving first class honours in their Conservatory examinations during 2016. Our Christmas student recital was held on Sunday afternoon, December 18th. Holiday decorations, carol singing and a seasonal snack of cookies and hot chocolate, helped students and their families enjoy a special Christmas event. – Roberta Dickson

HAMILTON-HALTON Hamilton-Halton Branch was off to very good start in its programming for the fall / winter sessions. The branch held its first student recital event on October 30, 2016; Hallowe’en. Fitting for the theme, it was fun to see each student performing in costume. Featuring Canadian composer’s work in Canada Music Week Recital held November 27, 2016, it included our very own branch member / composer, Jana Skarecky performing one of her own works Down River. At the refreshments table the teachers, parents, students were served a slice of delicious home baked chocolate cake creatively decorated as the Canadian flag by member, Diane Manojlovich. Once again “Excellence in Music” is highlighted as Hamilton-Halton acknowledges the commitment and dedication of its teachers and their students. Congratulations are extended to Naoise McCarthy and Boya Zhang, students of branch member, Andrea Battista. Selected for their outstanding

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performances by the adjudicators, each student was presented with a major scholarship at the Rotary Burlington Fall Music Festival Grand Festival Concert; the Irish Memorial Scholarship and Elstone Scholarship respectively. At the convocation ceremony held in Koerner Hall, Toronto on November 27, 2016, member, Linda Fletcher receives the Royal Conservatory of Music inaugural Teacher of Distinction Award. This award recognizes Linda’s commitment to music education and her contribution to the field of teaching. Once again Linda has done the H-H, ORMTA branch, her music studio /church / home families, and her community proud with this accolade. The spirit of the season is felt as the twenty nine students help get us in the mood for Christmas. Many traditional and timeless sacred and secular Christmas songs were performed on the program in the Christmas Recital program. This event was held on December 11 at St. Matthews-on-the-Plains Anglican Church. In the 2017 New Year, the branch begins to prepare for the eventful First Class Honours Recital; to be held on February, 12 where branch and scholarship awards will be handed out to those students who achieved the highest marks (80%+) in the

From the Branches RCM / CC practical and theory exams taken in 2016. While the current branch Executive strives to maintain balance in tradition and change - for progress within the organization’s culture - members present at the General Meeting on February 27, 2017 will have the opportunity to provide further input for what types of activity and events would best serve their needs as Music Educators. – Kamara Hennessey

HANOVER-WALKERTON The Hanover-Walkerton Branch held its December meeting at the home of President Laura Gray. This was essentially a planning meeting followed up by a video “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect” and the ensuing lively discussion. A founding member of the branch, Jean Allison, died in November. We wanted to recognize her contributions and have assigned the 2017 scholarship from our branch to the Mid-western Ontario Rotary Music Festival in her memory. Our branch had quite a brainstorming session with the goal of dreaming up some possible events with which we could celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. We are very excited that one of our planned activities has already been launched. We are billing it as: “CELEBRATE CANADA 150 with 150 CANADIAN COMPOSITIONS and WIN 150 Dollars”. This is a contest open to all students of our ORMTA Branch. The idea is that students will post to our Facebook page videos of themselves performing Canadian music. Each posting is an entry to win $150, with the goal to have a minimum of 150 posts. The draw will take place at a special event in June. We are pleased that Dana Davidson, a member and also the adult student of one of our teachers, Sharon Johnston, has been featured on an inspirational RCM video. As an adult learning a new instrument the message is that it’s never too late to learn and that life is too short not to follow your dreams. Dana was awarded a Gold Medal this year for her Grade 2 Harp exam. videos/10154827385279919

Our February gathering was a work meeting for the Mid-Western Ontario Rotary Music Festival. – Dawn Toombs

KINGSTON The Kingston branch enjoyed a fun potluck lunch planning meeting at the end of August at the home of Fran Martin-Winchester. November brought our annual Canada Music Week festival with many fine performances and our own Martha Hill Duncan adjudicating. In December the younger students took part in our annual Candy Cane recital, which is always very popular. In January several of us were able to attend performances of ORMTA member and composer John Burge’s stunning new music drama (written with Queen’s drama professor Craig Walker) One Last Night with Mata Hari. February showcases many of our students in the Kiwanis Music Festival, and then later in the spring we host the Eastern Zone instrumental competition with Cindy Tormann of Queen’s University adjudicating.

branch organized a Masquerade recital in October which was a huge hit with over 100 students participating dressed in their Halloween costumes. All the students received a Halloween treat bag after the recital. In November, to celebrate Canada Music Week, Joanne Bender organized a Master class with Terry Kroetsch and a recital . Many teachers and students participated and enjoyed this event. Later that month, Frank Horvat visited our branch and gave his Improvisation workshop which was also well received by all the members. The executive committee had a chance to visit with Frank over lunch after the meeting. Susan Robinson organized the Holiday lunch at Kings Buffet which gave members a chance to meet and socialize and enjoy a great lunch as well. The executive committee is busy planning events for the New Year which include a Pop recital in February and a social Bowling event for our members. – Fiona Mendes


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The Kitchener Waterloo Branch orgsnized a RCM theory workshop with Tom Green in September 2016 . The event was well attended and everyone learned a lot about the changes to the curriculum. The

The first few months of the 2016-17 season have flown by in the blink of an eye. Our first branch meeting was held Friday, September 16 at the home of Catherine Frair and was followed by the North East Zone Conference in Timmins on September 24 and then a RCM Workshop on the new Theory Syllabus September 30. On October 16, we held a “Celebrity Night” at Boston Pizza as a continuation of our fundraising for the purchase of a Grand Piano. The event, along with a silent auction organized by branch member Cynthia Roveda, was a great success raising over a thousand dollars. Our October 28 meeting was hosted by Amy Stevenson at her residence.

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From the Branches Our first meeting of 2017 was held Friday, January 13 at the studio of Brian McDowell where our new Kiwanis coordinator, Lyanne Foster made a presentation on this year’s Festival. At this meeting it was announced that we have almost reached our fundraising goal for our Grand Piano and expect to make a purchase within the next few months. – Brian McDowell

As always, we are thrilled to have such a valuable and appreciated group of teachers within our branch - many thanks to all our volunteers and membership for their ongoing support. Wishing all teachers across Canada an enjoyable and successful spring! – LaDawn Ouellette


OTTAWA REGION Happy New Year! January 2017 has already come and gone - and time will continue to pass more quickly than ever as we prepare our students for spring festivals and examinations.

We introduced a new general recital which was held November 12 as a pre-Canada Music Week event. There were over 25 participants of all ages and levels who were encouraged to perform the music of Canadian composers. On November 26, we held our annual “Honour Recital” during which we recognize the accomplishments of our students who have excelled in practical and theoretical examinations over the previous season. This year we were delighted to have the participation of North Bay Mayor Al Macdonald and our representative to Queen’s Park Vic Fedeli, who both took time to offer their encouragement and congratulations to our students as well as help in handing out some of the awards. Member Frances Balodis was the adjudicator for the Mary Gardiner Junior and Senior Level Performance of Excellence award for 2016. Participants were from across Canada for the ACNMP Contemporary Showcase award. The adjudication was done by YouTube access. We enjoyed a luncheon meeting December 2, held at “Average Joe’s Restaurant” followed two weeks later by our annual “Candy Cane Recital” This year we had almost 50 participants, our biggest recital in some time. Congratulations to member Frances Balodis on the premier of her four part arrangement of “C is for the Christ Child” for male choir taking place December 10th.


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The Ottawa region experienced a fabulous fall and early winter of activities and the spring months promise only more enjoyment and professional development for both teachers and students alike. Our Canada Music Week recital took place on a snowy, November day at Orleans United Church. Forty-five young musicians treated the audience to a variety of Canadian works as well as some of their own compositions. Performances featured the piano, harp and violin. Afterwards, each participant was presented with a beautiful ORMTA certificate and a cupcake baked by ORMTA member Danielle McIntyre, followed by a lovely reception. Many thanks to all who braved the weather in support of this event! February’s agenda includes our Variety Show, First Class Honours Recital, and a Piano Concerto Masterclass with Professor David Jalbert at the University of Ottawa. Additionally, we look forward to a Professional Development workshop with Nikki Loney on teaching websites and social media, as well as an Information Sharing Session with Dr. Elaine Keillor on Bach’s Preludes and Fugues and rhythmic elements at the intermediate level. At the end of March, we’ll be graced with a full weekend of musical opportunity; a Piano Workshop and Masterclass at Ottawa Pianos, an Adult Student Recital at City View United Church, and a Vocal Masterclass with Professor Christiane Riel at the University of Ottawa.

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We are very pleased to welcome new members David Warwick and Connie Newland. On Saturday, October 26th, our own Gwen Beamish was the clinician for our ORMTA workshop held at Dunlop United Church. The topic was “Weekly Lessons, Lifetime Skills”. Gwen demonstrated her expertise and vast knowledge with students in a master class setting. Canada Music Week was celebrated by the Sarnia Branch holding a student activity event on Sunday, November 20th, with performances by twenty students from various studios. The afternoon began with the playing of ‘O Canada’ arranged by Karen Rowell for two pianos/ eight hands. The four students, with limited rehearsal, performed it very successfully. Special guest, Jonathan Clarke, a grade 10 student of Jane Levesque, delighted the young people by playing two of his own compositions. Teachers Dorothy Miller and Sharon Sedgeworth did a reprise of their duet performance of the enjoyable selection ‘C.S. Theme and Variations’ by Randall Compton. The students then had the opportunity to explore several rhythmic activities with instruments from

From the Branches Jane’s MYC studio. A Canada Music cake and other treats completed the afternoon event. Also, during Canada Music Week, Branch member Gwen Beamish presented her 28th annual Canada Music Week Concert ‘Gwen Beamish, piano and Friends’ on Monday, November 21st at von Kuster Hall (UWO). This Canadian composer programme featured a variety of solos and ensembles played by: Gwen Beamish, piano; Robin MacMillan, English Horn, Oboe & Piano; Ron George, French Horn; and Christine Tithecott, piano. Sarnia Branch has indeed had a very successful and enjoyable start to the 2016/17 year of teaching and music. – Sharon Sedgeworth

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Halton Hills musicians earn awards at annual exam achievements at the recent annual ORMTA Student Awards Ceremony and Concert. Several students of Marlene Sampaio’s Music Studio from Georgetown were presented with ORMTA music awards for achieving high marks on their 2016 RCM examinations.

From left to right: Joshua Lapsley, Tyler King, Matthew Sampaio, Justin Tomkin, Kaitlyn Love. Absent: Sabrina Henriques, Christine Hoskin, Rachel Love.

Local music students receive praise for their high grades at a provincial examination. The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association of BoltonBrampton-Caledon Branch celebrated music students’ high

Joshua Lapsley was presented with a trophy for achieving the highest marks in the Basic Theory/Theory 1 category. The ORMTA is a not-for-profit provincial organization managed by a volunteer council and comprised of more than 1,300 Registered Music Teachers and related members across Ontario. For more information about ORMTA, please visit Joe Ringhofer 2017

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The Coalition for Music Education in Canada Music Monday 2017 The Coalition for Music Education will celebrate the power of music in the lives of all people living in Canada with this year’s Music Monday (May 1, 2017) celebration - Canada’s only national celebration of the importance of music in our country that actively engages children and youth where the live in schools and communities. Highlighting Canada’s sesquicentennial, we celebrate our musical heritage with a brand new Music Monday Anthem which captures the musical diversity of our many regions. Canada lives music. It’s essential to our culture and history. Canadians will celebrate so many aspects of Canada this year, let’s RAISE OUR VOICES for the value of learning and making music! There are a variety of ways for schools and communities to become involved and show how music lives where they do - raise your voice! Co-written by award winning songwriters Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas, this year’s Music Monday Anthem Sing It Together


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focuses on the power of voices, and ask us to sing for joy, for truth, for healing and for freedom. Creating Sing It Together was a journey of discovery and the songwriters encourage music makers to continue this discovery where music lives in their schools and communities. “Music is the landscape of Canada,” explains Marc Jordan. “We hope it will be a song that illuminates the mosaic of music and cultures that thrive in every corner of the country”. The recording and video feature Inuit throat singing, Métis fiddling, indigenous drumming, and children’s choirs in celebration of Canadian musical heritages. Sing It Together also features Youth4Music musicians and advocates who are part of a national network of youth leaders. Visit for FREE resources including a variety of choral and instrumental arrangements, audio learning tools. #MMC2C2C - Music Monday Coast to Coast to Coast. Schools are encouraged to submit videos of music and messages to show how their region celebrates music. We want to engage young

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people to tell the musical heritage stories of their schools and communities by creating video submissions. We are calling on students, teachers, and schools to show the rest of Canada how music lives in their community. Submit a video by March 15th for the chance to have your video seen during our day long #MMC2C2C webcast on Music Monday. For more information visit www. This year’s nation-wide simultaneous sing-along will be led from our nation’s capital. The 2017 National Showcase concert will take place in Ottawa on Monday, May 1st, live-streamed for everyone to Sing It Together across the country. The link will be live on May 1st through You believe in music in schools! Sign up now so we can start counting the voices who stand for music education across Canada. Register your celebration and get your school on the Music Monday Map! Ashley Boychuk Program Coordinator

2017 ORMTA Music Writing Competition THE LAST CHORD by Peter G. Davy When I was a child some 80-odd years ago, it seemed almost everyone had a piano, and most kids I knew took piano lessons. These were not wealthy people, just middle-class folks. My mother was very musical and derived a modicum of relaxation from looking after her six kids at the keyboard of our beautiful walnut Mason and Risch baby grand piano (a replacement for a much older Heintzman upright). I had shown an early talent for music, and Mother dutifully arranged for Miss Sterling, a piano teacher, to come once a month to our house. I don’t remember much of what she tried to teach me, probably because after she left, I immediately played tunes in my own way, “by ear”. For some totally unknown, illogical reason, I fell in thrall with the key of E flat. The key of “C” – with no sharps or flats – was the most logical key to start in, but not for me! I did not practice according to Miss Sterling’s way, and I don’t know if Mother dispatched her of if she just gave up. In any case, finally more of her time was spent having tea and cake than getting me beyond the names of the lines and spaces in the treble and bass clefs. I continued playing in my own way until I was about 13, when Mother suggested that I should consider “popular” piano lessons. I started with a man named Art Waters, an excellent pianist of “popular” music. In two lessons he taught me the “rhythm bass”. When I left the second lesson, he handed me a green book with the name “Hanon” on it and said “Practice this”. When I got home I opened the book

and was horrified at the pages and pages of “Un-Music”! I didn’t go back to Mr. Waters, but I do believe I had learned more about piano-playing from him (with the “rhythm-bass”) in a few lessons than I had learned from Miss Sterling in at least 10. I went on to have fun playing my style of music (mostly in E flat) at parties and later in the Queen’s University Common Room. But the piano is the master instrument. I listened for hours to classical pianists like Horowitz and Rubinstein, felt my spine tingle, and marveled at the skills of the great performers. Alas, to my never-ending regret, I never did learn to play this beautiful instrument well. The piano is, however, more than a musical instrument. It is almost like a living being and it has a very adaptive personality. In a home it offers happy accompaniment to family singing, in a church it’s the sedate and solemn partner of hymns and in a bar it supports the raucous and boisterous musical attempts of the patrons. And on the concert stage it takes on a personality of mightiness and authority. Most of us have a piano memory. It might be of a child’s single finger poking out Three Blind Mice or playing Chopsticks with Daddy, or learning serious skills to pass a Grade 8 piano exam. Or maybe we recall the warmth of many sing-a-longs at longago parties. This reverie was prompted by the piano in the above photo. Now you know why I look at this old castaway “instrument” and I quietly and reverently say, “Well done, old friend. Goodbye and thank you.”

The 2017 ORMTA Music Writing Competition is now underway (deadline March 15)! Students of ORMTA members in good standing are invited to submit their compositions to the ORMTA Music Writing Competition. Students receive helpful written feedback from a knowledgeable adjudicator – this year, it’s renowned Red Leaf Pianoworks composer Beverley Porter. Students awarded first, second or third place in various classes based on age and genre are awarded scholarships. First place compositions for each level are entered in CFMTA’s National Student Composer Competition. Last year, four of our students took 1st place, and one 2nd place, in the national competition -- but even students who do not write at that level benefit from the adjudicator’s encouragement, helpful suggestions, and (gentle) critiques. Entries and payment are submitted online: I look forward to receiving your students’ music! Alice Dearden ORMTA Music Writing Competition Convener

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ONTARIO YOUNG ARTIST TOUR 2016 Our Young Artist for 2016 was Andrew Fu, a student of Koichi Inoue of Brampton. Andrew is studying accounting and finance at the University of Waterloo, and still found time for a successful and polished tour of Ontario. Concerts were hosted by branches in Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara Falls, Windsor-Essex County, Ottawa Region, Etobicoke-Mississauga and Brampton-BoltonCaledon. Positive and encouraging reviews were submitted by all. According to Andrew: “It was a great challenge to balance piano practice and performances with my studies... I found the variety and diversity in the teachers, parents, students and listeners whom I played for to be quite impressive. “ Thank you to the host branches and conveners for another successful Young Artist tour. Please note that the tour will now be taking place only in even numbered years to coincide with the National competitions, so your next opportunity to host an inspiring young ORMTA student will be in 2018. More information about Andrew and the Young Artist tour can be found at Submitted by Susan Robinson ORMTA Young Artist Tour Convener

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Canada Music Week 2016 Branch Reports stickers were given to all. Dr. Burge presented participants with a signed score of one of his piano collections.

Over 50 students performed in Barrie branch’s Canada Music Week recitals, each of which began with singing O Canada. Piano and vocal students – beginner to advanced -- performed a wide range of repertoire from both Canadian and other composers. Performers received a maple leaf gift packet – candies and a pencil. Between the two recitals, Barrie students who received the highest marks in RCM exams during the past year received certificates and honorariums. Certificates were also handed out to many honourable mention students. Many thanks to our CMW committee of Margot Hamilton and Megan Newcombe! Central Toronto branch hosted an event at the Canadian Music Centre (CMC). Participants and auditors began by perusing scores (which they could borrow) from the CMC library. After a tour of the facilities came a composition master class with Dr. John Burge, professor of theory and composition at Queen’s University. Participants aged nine through adult brought compositions including works for various instruments (including choir). Some compositions were performed live; others were presented as recordings or video. Copies of scores were distributed to participants, and Canada Music Week pencils and


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from the local hockey team, in the theme of celebrating Canada. It was a great celebration of Canadian music as students and teachers in Kitchener-Waterloo marked Canada Music Week on Saturday, Nov. 26. Master classes were held throughout the day for forty young pianists. In his comments, clinician Terry Kroetsch, WLU piano instructor and RCM examiner, emphasized the value of studying Canadian music.

The Hamilton-Halton branch held its annual Canada Music Week recital on Sunday, November 27 at the Anglican Church of the Incarnation in Oakville. This was a lovely performance venue and a resonant open space for musicmaking. The recital featured students of Diana Emery, Chris Foley, Diane Manojlovich, Warren Nicholson, Leslie Polci, Jana Skarecky, and Olga Tcherniak playing a program of diverse Canadian works. One memorable performance in particular was by Jana Skarecky, who played her own composition, Down River, for piano. A Canada-themed cake was brought by Diane Manojlovich and enjoyed by all following the concert. The Kingston branch was thrilled to have local composer, conductor and piano teacher Martha Hill Duncan adjudicating for their 6th annual Canada Music Week festival, held in conjunction with Queen’s Community Music. This year’s event had several piano and flute students performing a variety of Canadian pieces, including some by Hill Duncan as well as fellow local composer John Burge. The weekend concluded with a highlights concert with some outstanding playing, as well as a giveaway for merchandise

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He commended the students for their colourful and imaginative playing, and encouraged them to use their music to tell a story. In their recital, thirty-two students performed Canadian music while photos or drawings they had chosen were projected onscreen. The Newmarket and Area Registered Music Teachers hosted two recitals on November 13, 2016 with lovely refreshments as a thank you to the parents and students who participated. Many Canadian composers were honoured by enthusiastic students. North Bay branch celebrated the beginning of Canada Music Week a bit early but with great enthusiasm with their pre-Canada Music Week Recital, with over twenty five performers of piano, guitar, trumpet and voice.

Canada Music Week 2016 Branch Reports Featured were forty-five students performing works by Canadian composers, including some of the students’ own compositions. The audience was treated to performances from a variety of talented young musicians including harp, voice, and piano solos and duets. Each performer was presented with a beautiful certificate and treated to a cupcake, baked by member and council member Danielle McIntyre. Following the recital, a lovely reception was enjoyed by family and friends.

Later in the month, their “Honour Recital” recognized top students from the previous year’s RCM examinations. The church where this event was held was decorated with the North Bay Mayor’s “Canada Music Week Proclamation” as well as an oversized Canadian flag along with lots of red and white balloons. The mayor, MPP, and representatives of Elk Lodge #25 attended and presented awards.

On November 20, Orleans United Church was filled with a wonderful audience who braved the snowy weather to enjoy Ottawa Region branch’s Canada Music Week Recital.

On November 18th, the Owen Sound branch celebrated Canada Music Week with a student recital. Twentytwo piano students performed pieces from Preparatory to Grade 9. The all-Canadian program included works by Debra Wanless, Andrew Harbridge, Beth Hamilton, Jen Smith Lanthier, and John Burge. Scholarships were awarded to students who obtained the highest mark in practical and senior theory examinations. A draw was held for a beautiful painting by Rémi Bouchard, and students received Canada-themed souvenirs. The evening concluded with a reception featuring a huge Canada cake and delicious punch. Peterborough branch collaborated with the Peterborough Suzuki School of music in sponsoring Second Nature, an environmental opera for youth composed by Matthew Aucoin and performed by the Canadian Opera Company. The capacity crowd of parents and children aged 7 and up enjoyed an informative afternoon with the young performers. A pre performance workshop and a question and answer period after the performance were enjoyed by all.

Sarnia branch’s Canada Music Week program on November 20th began with the playing of “O Canada” arranged by Karen Rowell for 2 pianos/8 hands. This was followed by performances of twenty students from various studios. Teachers Dorothy Miller and Sharon Sedgeworth performed a duet, “C.S. Theme & Variations, Opus 6,” by Randall Compton. Jane Levesque, an MYC teacher, then led the students in various rhythmic activities using percussion instruments. A special guest, Jonathan Clarke, a grade 10 student of Jane Levesque, performed two of his own compositions. Refreshments included a Canada Music cake and various other treats. Welland/Port Colborne branch held a Presentation Recital, honouring students who received first class honours on their conservatory exams in piano and theory. Many students performed pieces written by Canadian composers. The branch also hosted two helpful and informative workshops: “Master Classes for All Levels” and “Comments and Observations after 10,000 Exams”, with clinician Jennifer Knelman. Several students participated in the Master Class workshop, which was also attended by teachers from the Niagara Falls branch.

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How to Create a Studio Policy: Tips and Tricks by Ian Green As music educators, there are many options for employment in which we are engaged. There are employment opportunities to work for a music school or institution (university, college, or conservatory); there are also opportunities within the public or private school system. In many cases, music instructors are entrepreneurs working for their own music studio. For those of us that are entrepreneurs, one important document that secures our employment with our clients (students and parents) is a strong studio policy. Offering a studio policy creates a professional image to potential clients as well as offers the entrepreneur the ability to create guidelines that fit within their music studio. There are many ways in which to create a studio policy. Here are some tips to consider when creating (or editing) a music studio policy to suit your needs: 1. Be clear regarding the number of lessons you wish to teach within the school year It is important to include the exact number of lessons you wish to teach within your studio policy document. This will offer clarity to your clients on the expectations for the year. You can include weeks in which you will not be teaching (Christmas Break, March Break, etc) as well as any other weeks you wish to take off for vacation or business travel. 2. Offer clear instructions on acceptable methods of payment In this day in age, there are many options for banking and shopping: online, in-person, or anywhere in between.

Within your studio policy, outline the ways with which you prefer payment. E-mail money transfer, cash, post-dated cheques, credit card payments through such programs as Stripe ( or Square ( create flexible options that create conveniences for your clients. Be clear with your expectations for payment schedules (such as the first day of the month), this will create monthly financial stability. 3. Make-up lessons: to do or not to do (that is the question) One “grey” area within all studio policies is regarding make-up lessons. Truthfully, there are no “hard and fast” rules that are created as a standard by which all music instructors should follow. Some teachers believe there should be make-up lessons offered, especially when teaching private music lessons. Other teachers do not believe makeup lessons are a necessary element of the music lesson experience, they are more of a nuisance. After all options are considered, be certain to outline your preferences in clear language. These preferences should offer a clear guideline that can be used as a gentle reminder when scenarios come up during the school year in which make-up lessons should or should not be granted. For example, in my studio policy, I do not offer make-up lessons for student illness (coughs and colds), school trips, or student vacations. However, if I were to miss a lesson and cannot find a substitute teacher for the class, a make-up lesson is offered during make-up weeks (the last weeks of June). In addition, I offer performance classes to all students that are eligible for a make-up lesson.

4. Withdrawal from lessons In the circumstance in which students are no longer able to continue with lessons (moving away, finishing school, scheduling conflicts, etc.), a clear guideline should be in place within the studio policy to protect the teacher and student. Such policies protect the teacher to ensure a minimum amount of notice is to be given (such as 30 days). Such policies protect the client (parent and student) so that a defined “last day” of lessons can be established. Based on personal experience, having a withdrawal policy also allows for teachers to become “picky” with students or parents that may deem to be disagreeable to work with. Within my career as a music instructor (15+ years of active full time teaching), I have only had to “fire” two students, one for lack of payment for lessons, the other was due to a complete lack of respect for the lesson time and make-up policy I had in in place. It is unfortunate that we all encounter the occasional “bad apple”, but having a secure withdrawal policy offers leverage and professionalism without being taken advantage of. Conclusion When creating a studio policy, always make sure to set guidelines that are suitable for your situation. The studio policy is not to be “set in stone”, but should offer good protection. If changes are required, make each necessary change in the summer months to ensure that the following school year contains a studio policy that fits your current needs.

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Nancy Dale, Provincial Treasurer PO Box 1639 Niagara-on-the-Lake ON L0S 1J0

The 2017-18 membership fees have been prepared and the component breakdown may be viewed below. The invoices will be generated on the ORMTA website (www. in late April 2017. Traditional paper invoices will be mailed for those who do not have an email address or access to a computer. There are three available methods of payment: email transfer, PayPal (debit or credit card) by logging into the ORMTA website or cheques/money orders sent by mail. Please note that all branch levies are a mandatory annual fee. -from ORMTA bylaws Part VIII 68. Branch Levy: 3. A Local Branch Levy is part of the Association’s Annual Fees as determined by Council and as such will cause the suspension or cancellation of a membership if it remains unpaid. (Passed by the general membership in the July 2016 Matters for Voting)

On January 23, 2017, the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the year 2016 was officially confirmed at 2%. This percentage has been applied to the 2017-18 Provincial and Branch fees. (The 2015 CPI was 1.7%.) The CFMTA 2017-18 fees have increased from $26.00 to $30.00 per member (optional for RETIRED and SEMI-RETIRED members). Westland Insurance Company rates will remain at $35.00 per member for the July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 fiscal year. The ORMTA member Perks program (Venngo) has been offered since September 2015 and feedback has been very positive. The 2017-18 annual fee, specifically designed for the not-for-profit sector has once again been added to the Special Projects field of the invoice. ORMTA members in good standing have access to over 1200 discounts and special deals from brand name companies and trusted local business.

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Elizabeth Tithecott – 34 Gladstone Ave., Chatham, N7L 2C1; Phone: 519-351-6387 E Mail: CFMTA Delegate


Kathy Schmidt – 588 Riverview Dr.; Thunder Bay; P7C 1R7; Phone: 807-251-0572 E Mail: Finance Chair; Bylaws/Policies and Procedures


Sue Jones – 259 Crocus Ave., Ottawa, K1H 6E7; Phone: 613-523-5317 E Mail: CFMTA Delegate


Nancy Dale – Box 1639; (58 Shakespeare Ave.); Niagara – on – the - Lake; L0S 1J0 Phone: 905-468-5639 E Mail:


Ron Spadafore – Box 635 Timmins, P4N 7G2; Phone: 705-267-1224 Fax: 705-264-0978 E Mail:

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(year 3) Susan Robinson - 147 Brookside Cr.; Kitchener, N2N 1H2 Phone: 519-742.4129 E Mail: Young Artist Tour


(year 1) Shirley Walgate Mueller - 4 Paradise Rd, Bolsover, Phone: 705-328-6543 E Mail: Professional Development


(year 3) Alice Dearden - 2 Norval St., Toronto, M6N 3Z2; Phone: 416-763-0490 E Mail: Canada Music Week/Music Writing Competition (year 3) Irene Fong Leung - Box 23552 Dexter, 5899 Leslie St., Willowdale, M2H 1J0; Phone: 416 496-9680; E Mail: ORMTA Pedagogy Award (year 3) Eric Shaw - 172 Redpath Ave.; Toronto; M4P 2K6; Phone: 416-884-4846 E Mail: Membership and Initiatives


(year 2) Laura Gray - Harriston, Ontario; Phone: 519-338-5891 E Mail: Advertising


(year 3) Frances Balodis - 1204 Ed Briese Rd. (Ullswater) R. R. #1 Utterson; P0B 1M0; Phone: 705-769-3449; E Mail: Fundraising


(year 4) Kathy Schmidt - 588 Riverview Dr.; Thunder Bay; P7C 1R7; Phone: 807-251-0572 E Mail: Bylaws/Policies and Procedures


(year 3) Tania Granata - 89 Switch Grass; Nepean; K2J 5Z3; Phone: 613-447-2618 E Mail: ORMTA Contribution to Teaching Award; 2018 Provincial Convention Liaison (year 2) Olivia Riddell - Ottawa, Tel: (613) 680-2996 E Mail: Bylaws/Policies and Procedures


(year 3) Jacqueline Huffman-Krisza - 1026 Earl Cres.; Burlington: L7T 3P9; Phone: 905-333-3128; E Mail: College/University Liaison


(year 1) Alde Calongcagong - 2740 Radisson Ave., Windsor; N9E 1Y3; Phone: 519-250-7873 E Mail: Competitions (Performance)


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