Meeting Dates

Next Meeting Details

October 5th, 2022 – General Meeting 9:30 AM; Guest Speaker 10:30 AM: Dr. Tom Green on pieces in the new RCM syllabus that are not included in the new books on Zoom.

Biography: Thomas Green maintains a flourishing studio of elementary-, intermediate- and advanced-level piano students in Windsor, Ontario. He has conducted examinations and presented workshops on behalf of The Royal Conservatory and has adjudicated at music festivals across North America. In addition, he has served as Lead Facilitator for The Royal Conservatory’s online Teacher Certification courses and has facilitated online Piano Pedagogy courses at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Dr. Green served as the Royal Conservatory’s Chief Examiner from 2007 to 2020 and as Pedagogy Specialist from 2015 to 2021. More recently, he served on the selection committee for the Royal Conservatory Piano Syllabus, 2022 Edition, and for the Celebration Series Repertoire and Etudes publications.

Dr. Green studied piano under Clifford Poole at The Royal Conservatory as a teenager and won top prizes in music festivals in both Ontario and Québec. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a Master’s in Performance from the Université de Montréal, where he studied piano under Yvonne Hubert and accompaniment under John Newmark. He holds a Ph.D. in Music History from Brandeis University, where he completed a dissertation on the compositional process of Jean-Philippe Rameau that involved three years of study in Paris.

Dr. Green served as Editor-in-Chief of The Frederick Harris Music Company for several years. He subsequently held positions in music history at McGill University and The University of Toronto before teaching music history and theory at The University of Windsor. His research interests include the history of performance practice and the history of pedagogy, and he has given presentations on both at national and international conferences.

As an Adler-Certified Professional Coach Dr. Green enjoys working with students of all ages toward achieving their full potential!

Workshop info – Beyond the Books: Hidden Gems from Prep to Level 8 in the Royal Conservatory Piano Syllabus, 2022 Edition

This webinar will provide an opportunity to explore some of the more interesting new repertoire selections that are listed in The Royal Conservatory Piano Syllabus, 2022 Edition, but not included in the Celebration Series, 6th Edition. As a member of the selection committee for the 2022 Repertoire albums and the 2022 Piano Syllabus, I had the privilege of both submitting and evaluating proposals for inclusion.

Introductory remarks will consider reasons why additional repertoire is included in the syllabus, then continue with a brief description of the selection and grading process. We will proceed with a quick overview of some of the sources of this “new” material. We will also discuss why students and teachers might want to study and perform repertoire that is not included in an official Royal Conservatory publication.

The presentation will focus mainly on a grade-by-grade survey of some of the more interesting new repertoire selections in the Piano Syllabus, 2022 Edition. Rather than an exhaustive survey, we will consider a “personal best” list of favorite pieces. The presentation will include youtube performances and an overview of features of many new-to-the-syllabus works.  A detailed handout will include a more comprehensive list of compositions and youtube performances.

The concluding portion of the presentation will discuss the fate of teacher favorites that may have been eliminated from or could have been included in the syllabus. To facilitate this portion of the webinar, each participant is invited to suggest up to three pieces that they would like to have seen in the current syllabus or would like to see listed in the next edition.

Participants are asked to please have a copy of the Piano Syllabus, 2022 Edition, and a highlighter of sorts on hand for the webinar.

Looking forward to sharing and exchanging thoughts and insights!

Perks for BCRMTA Members:
Discounts include:
Indigo/Chapters – educational materials discount of 20%
• may purchase the iRewards card for $20 instead of $35.
Staples –
• claim teacher’s discount at checkout
The Vancouver Chopin Society -
• 15% discount for individual tickets
• 20% on season tickets
Vancouver Recital Society –
• 15% discount on single tickets
WashWorld – Steveston Hwy & No. 4 Rd –
• show your membership card & get 10% off oil change
Please consult your Progressions Magazines for the latest discounts, and the method of attaining these discounts.

.2022-2023 General Meetings and Guest Speakers / Luncheon

All Branch meetings and programs are scheduled but NOT confirmed at this time. We will be continuing to update members via email as each date nears.

General meetings are usually held at Salvation Army (Richmond Community Church), 8280 Gilbert Road, Richmond, 9:30 AM. (map)

October 5, 2022 09:30am – General Meeting, 10:30am – Guest Speaker & Online Social Gathering: Dr. Tom Green on pieces in the new RCM syllabus that are not included in the new books on Zoom.
November 2, 2022 09:30am – General Meeting, 10:30am – Guest Speaker: Bob Kohl (from Long & McQuade Vancouver): Pop-Up Store for Christmas/Seasonal/ Canada Music Week Books discount 25% discount.
December 7, 2022 09:30am – General Meeting, 10:30am – Christmas Luncheon.
February 1, 2023 09:30am – General Meeting & Election, 10:30am – Guest Speaker:  
March 1, 2023 09:30am – AGM, Election & General Meeting, 10:45am – Social Gathering, Bob Kohl (from Long & McQuade Vancouver): new publications 25% discount.
April 5, 2023 09:30am – General Meeting, 10:30am – Guest Speaker: 
May 3, 2023 09:30am – General Meeting, 10:30am – Guest Speaker: 
June 7, 2023 09:30am – General Meeting, 10:30am- Guest Speaker: Year End Luncheon.