2019 Keys to Piano Workshop

2019 Keys to Piano Workshop (March 1 & 2)

In collaboration with the Lethbridge Registered Music Teachers' Association, we are hosting our 5th annual piano workshop on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Casa (230 8th Street South). This workshop is open to any piano student and piano teacher in Lethbridge or area. Suzuki piano students and teachers are also welcome and encouraged to attend! Be prepared for a full immersion in everything to do with the piano! Featuring two very talented pianists, this day will include masterclasses, clinician-led talks, break-out sessions, lunch and a special performance by the clinicians. Over the course of this day, pianists will be inspired, energized and excited to learn! Check out the detailed brochure and registration form here: 

Featured Clinicians

Magdalena Adamek

Magdalena Adamek holds Master of Arts in Piano Performance from the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland, and Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Her principal teachers include Professor Barbara Hesse-Bukowska and Professor Jacques Després. She has also participated in masterclasses under renowned pedagogues, such as Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Andrzej Jasinski, Paul Badura-Škoda, Stêphane Lemelin, Kyoko Hashimoto, and Kevin Fitz-Gerald. Currently Magdalena serves as Assistant Professor in Collaborative Piano in the Department of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches chamber music ensembles involving piano, oversees the chamber music program, and performs in numerous recitals.

Akiko Tominaga

A native of Japan, Ms. Tominaga began her studies at the age of 4, and made her solo debut in 1992, playing the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Since then, she has performed at various venues and concert halls in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan and her solo and chamber performances have been broadcasted on C.B.C. and Radio-Canada. This season, she is performing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra with Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals. Other engagements include concerts at the Instrumental Society of Calgary in March and May. Ms. Tominaga holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Eleanor Sokoloff, an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music studying with John Perry, and a Doctorate of Music from the Universite de Montreal under the guidance of Marc Durand. She has been invited to give master classes, lectures and adjudicate festivals in Alberta and was on the faculty of University of Lethbridge. She currently teaches at the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, where she is a faculty member of the Academy for the Gifted Youth Program.


Friday, March 1, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Teacher Session, Presented by Akiko Tominaga

This dynamic session is for teachers and older students, and will draw on the experiences of Akiko Tominaga. She will share stories and experiences as well as teaching and performing tips from her vast experience as a musician and piano pedagogue. All piano teachers are encouraged to attend, and bring with them questions on all aspects of musicianship as we anticipate a lively discussion and sharing of ideas throughout this session. Advanced piano students are also welcome to attend this session.


Saturday, March 2

Please see the Registration Form for all of the options available to students of all ages and levels.

9:15am - Registration

9:30 - 12:00pm* Piano master classes and breakout
sessions (Yoga, Performance Practice, Theory Games,
Music Mind Games, Drumming, Sonic-Pi, and
*If your child is 10 or younger, you can register in the
quarter day session and arrive at 10:30am for
masterclasses and the drumming class (and stay for
lunch and the performance, too)

12 - 1:30pm - Lunch(included) & Performance by the
guest clinicians

1:30 - 4:30pm - Piano master classes and breakout


Please register and pay for the Keys to Piano Workshop in person at our Conservatory of Music front desk, located on the main floor of Casa (230 8 St S). Cheques, debit and credit cards are accepted. Please note: cheques should be made out to The University of Lethbridge.  You can download a registration form above (as part of the brochure).