Professional Development Courses

Expand your music teaching expertise with courses that meet your needs.

1. Foundations Course

This four-session course examines what’s involved in creating a successful music learning environment for all students – no matter the directions they want to take.

For all genres of music teachers: vocal/instrumental, online, in-person, exam-based. Suzuki, traditional, ear-based.

Whether you’re a new or experienced teacher, this course will have a noticeable impact on your role as music teacher.

Explore ground-breaking strategies from education, psychology, communication, motivation, and more.

January 31
February 28
March 28
April 25

10:00-11:00 MST

$50 Cdn

Foundation Course Topics

January 31 – Starting with the Foundation

  • Music in our lives
  • The question that gets things going
  • Communication basics
  • What we now know abour learning

March 28 – Reflective Partnerships

  • Be curious. Listen. Collaborate. Brainstorm
  • Steps to interactive teaching
  • Deep conversations
  • Obstacles that get in the way

February 28 – Spotlight on Curriculum

  • Why curriculum makes a difference
  • Four models of Curriculum
  • Benefits and disadvantages
  • Application

April 25 – Teacher Tools

  • Zoom in, zoom out
  • Focus on success
  • Multiple ownership
  • Accumulated repertoire

2. Expand Your Expertise Course

This course will begin May 2022.

"In all of the teacher development courses I have taken with Dr. Thompson, I have left feeling challenged, inspired, and always closer to knowing my own deeper understanding of my teaching style and relationship with my students." Joshua, piano teacher, Calgary, AB.
"Dr. Thompson is one of the most thorough teachers I have ever encountered. I have been teaching on and off for 20 years, but found Dr. Thompson to be a wealth of knowledge and I have been consistently applying the skills I garnered from his workshops." Annaliese, piano teacher, Boston, MA.