Promoting the love and knowledge of music through teaching and performance.”

Yukon Registered Music Teachers offer lessons in piano, strings, orchestra, woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice and theories. Instruction varies across many musical styles, from classical to jazz.

Our teachers maintain high musical and academic qualifications. It is important that students receive quality music instruction from the beginning. Students are encouraged to achieve their best musical potential.

YRMTA is committed to furthering the art of music through programs that support teaching and performance while offering professional growth and networking opportunities for teachers and musicians.  Master classes, workshops and private lessons with visiting musicians and instructors inspire students, teachers and parents.

The association presents a number of fine cultural events through public concerts and organized studio recitals. Many of the YRMTA members are active performers who contribute to the Yukon arts community.

 

YRMTA strives to educate and encourage teachers and students alike in their musical pursuits through its support of the following local programs and events:


Suzuki Strings Association –Camps and Workshops
RCME: Practical Exams
RCME: Theory Exams
Rotary Music Festival
Yukon Summer Music Camp

As well YRMTA cooperates with other musical organizations in the community and Territory.

From the small salon concerts of the late 60s to the present day association of dedicated  teachers, YRMTA has become intrinsically woven into the cultural fabric of the Yukon.

Any musicians and teachers interested in becoming a member of the YRMTA, or parents and students seeking quality music instruction please contact us. A directory of current music teachers is available here.

Yukon Registered Music Teachers' Association

Yukon Registered Music Teachers' Association

Latest News and Reviews

YRMTA Student Composer Competition 2022 

Calling all young composers!

The YRMTA Student Composer Competition 2022 is now accepting entries. 

The YRMTA Student Composer’s Competition is open to students 19 years of age and under, currently studying music with a teacher who is a member of the YRMTA. 

Winners will be announced towards the end of May and winners in each category will be eligible to enter the Canada-wide  Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association (CFMTA) Student Composer Competition. 

Information for teachers:

  • To enter, submit an electronic copy of the music to Andrea McColeman at amccoleman88@gmail.com by May 9th. Please do not put the student’s name on the music. 
  • If possible please also send a recording of the piece – a phone voice memo quality or midi recording is fine. 
  • You may also include a short paragraph talking about your piece or a picture that tells the story of the music. 
  • In your e-mail please tell us the young composer’s name, age, and the name of the teacher as well as parent’s phone number and e-mail. 

Any further questions please contact Andrea at amccoleman88@gmail.com

Yukon Music Festival Program Now Available! 

The full program for the Yukon Music Festival is now available!

Check out the program here!

The Yukon Music Festival takes place April 21-23, 2022, and features 130 student performers!

Everyone welcome. Admission by Donation.

Save the date for some great music! 

Mark your calendars for the Yukon Music Festival: Our Students in Concert

130 performers representing 16 teachers, six instruments and four centuries of music!

Full schedule coming soon. Stay tuned!

 

 

Call for Performers: Yukon Music Festival 

 

Attention Yukon Music Teachers and Students!

The YRMTA and Whitehorse Concerts are inviting you to be part of the Yukon Music Festival: Our Students in Concert,  April 19-24, 2022. 

The Yukon Music Festival is a series of music showcases that provide students with performance opportunities, as well as exposure to different instruments, musical styles and playing levels. 

All students with a private music teacher are invited to participate (teachers do not need to be a member of the YRMTA). Thanks to the support of Whitehorse Concerts, all registration fees have been waived and cost to attend the festival is by donation. 

Interested in signing up?  The registration form for solo entries can be found here. Small ensemble entries (maximum 5 people) can be found here.

Registration Deadline is February 28, 2022.


Yukon Music Festival FAQ 

What is the Yukon Music Festival? The Yukon Music Festival: Our Students in Concert is a series of student showcases providing performance opportunities for Yukon music students, and sharing music programming with our community.   

When? The festival takes place April 19-24, 2022. There will be evening performances April 19-22, and afternoon/evening performances on April 23-24.  

Where? All events take place at the Riverdale Baptist Church and Whitehorse United Church.  

Who can sign up to perform? Anyone taking private music lessons is welcome to participate.  All ages and abilities are welcome, and teachers do not need to be members of the YRTMA to sign up their students. 

Is there a cost to register? Thanks to support from Whitehorse Concerts, all registration fees have been waived. 

When is the deadline to register as a performer? February 28, 2022 

How many pieces can I perform? Students can submit up to three selections, but are only guaranteed one recital slot. 

What equipment will be provided?  A grand piano and music stands. (Please note we are not able to provide amplification at this time.) 

What COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place? The Yukon Music Festival will follow all protocols recommended by the CMHO at the time of the festival. 

When will I know which showcase I am performing at? Programming will be completed by March 21, 2022.    

Need more information? Contact Yukon Music Festival coordinator Katie Avery

Yukon Music Teachers in Concert 

Yukon Music Teachers In Concert

Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association presents their annual fundraiser concert featuring Yukon Music Teachers. This year’s performance was an on-line streamed show, recorded at the Yukon Arts Centre. You can hear piano, guitar, marimba, violin and voice playing classical, jazz, pop, original compositions, and more! Performers include Barry Kitchen, Mother-daughter duo Joyce Klassen and Connie Penner, Annie Avery, Keitha Clark, Katie Avery, Tom Connor, Keiko Fujise, Brenda Lee Katerenchuk, Barbara Chamberlin and Logan Bennet. 

 The concert is now available to the public here

 Enjoy this much loved and anticipated annual offering and support your local music teachers!

Canada Music Week Online Concert  

Celebrating 60 Years

The Yukon Registered Music Teachers' Association is hosting a special online concert to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Canada Music Week.  

This concert features respected Yukon composers and performers, as well as talented YRMTA students playing Canadian compositions. 

The show is being pre-recorded at the Yukon Art Centre and will be available to watch online at the YRMTA website anytime during the week of Nov. 22-28. 

Many thanks to Whitehorse Concerts, Yukon Arts Centre and PJ Productions for making this concert possible. 

About Canada Music Week:

The aims of Canada Music Week are to bring to the attention of the public, through various means, the importance of Canadian music; to support composers and performers of Canadian music; to introduce contemporary music to young Canadians and stimulate a keener appreciation and understanding of this music, and to encourage music educators to widen their knowledge and experience of Canadian works. 

Canada Music Week is organized by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations.Thousands of Canadians experience Canada Music Week festivities each year in their communities.


YRMTA Young Composer’s Competition 

Calling Young Composers!


If you were preparing a composition for Rotary Music Festival, or if you currently have a composition in the works, there is still a forum to show it off! 
The YRMTA Young Composer’s Competition is open to students 19 years of age and under, currently studying music with a teacher who is a member of the YRMTA. 

To enter, submit an electronic copy of the music to Andrea McColeman  by May 8th. If possible please also send a recording – a phone voice memo quality or midi recording is fine. If the piece is over 3 pages long a recording is required.  

Please also include your your name, age, and the name of your teacher as well as your (or your parents) phone number and e-mail. You may also include a short paragraph talking about your piece or a picture that tells the story of the music.

Pieces will be adjudicated by Canadian composer Christine Donkin and the winners announced May 22. 

The winners will be eligible to enter the Canada-wide CFMTA  Student Composer Competition 

Any questions feel free to contact Andrea McColeman or send a note on the YRMTA Contact page.  

A Letter From Our President 


Encouraging words from the president of the Yukon Registered Teachers Association:

   As we pass into these unprecedented times that we are all experiencing, we must remember that student/mentor relationships have been going on for centuries, and as we must TEMPORARILY distance our personal contact, we must adapt to how to do online lessons. No duets with our students, no touching their wrist or arm to help positioning or relaxation, and perhaps frustration with our new technical tools. 
   We are required to be deeper thinking teachers, to be able to measure and respond to anxiety from computer based perception, to think of new ways to accomplish musical gains, and have new games to play. Teaching is an art form that is always developing new ways to develop musical minds. 
   Sharing ideas, tips, forums used is helpful. Connection will make our isolation more bearable, and help us to realize that we are ALL in this together.

Anna Avery 

President YRMTA

May/June RCM THEORY Exam Update 

A message from the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program

May/June Exam Session Update

We truly appreciate the challenges you face during a difficult period and also the time, dedication, and effort that has been made by you and your students in preparation for theory exams. We want to help you and your students to complete the year and achieve the goals towards which you have been working. Over the past few years we have introduced online options to provide teachers and students with greater flexibility and support in their musical journey. These online courses now provide us with the ability to ensure that all theory students can complete their examinations within the academic year (ending June 30) as planned. In the interests of safety, we are therefore replacing May in-person exams with online exams. Exam centers will be closed at this time and online exams will proceed.  

What does this mean? 

Students registered in the May theory exam session will receive an email with instructions on how to access and complete their exam online.  
We encourage you to work with your student through FaceTime, email, phone, or other virtual means to continue supporting them with their questions. 
A webinar will be available to walk you through the format of the online exam and provide tips on how to support your students during this period of social distancing. 
There is no additional cost to you or any student that is already registered for the May Theory Session. 

This solution will enable students to stay on track with their educational plans and support your ability to continue teaching during this time.  

What do I need to do?  

You will receive an invitation to attend a webinar by April 8 reviewing the format of the online exam. Please RSVP for the theory level that is relevant to your students. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the teacher portal for those who are unable to attend the scheduled live session.  

What about practical exams?  

For those students who have also registered for a practical examination in the May/June session, we will provide a solution by April 8 that enables completion of the exam. We are committed and dedicated to your ongoing music education and appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.  

Sincerely,  

The RCM Certificate Program 

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