The Canadian Music Educator

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 2, Winter

A New Symphonic Piece by Composer Louis Babin to Be Premiered as Part of Canada 150 Celebrations
Laval, January 10, 2017 - The world premiere of composer Louis Babin's new symphonic piece Retrouvailles will be performed in February by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), as well as, the Orchestre symphonique du SaguenayLac-Saint-Jean (OSSLSJ)....
A Useless Kind of Pleasure?
"Music is auditory cheesecake, an exquisite confection crafted to tickle the sensitive spots ... of our mental faculties. It is a useless kind of pleasure. Compared to the other arts, music could vanish from our species and the rest of our lifestyle...
Brian Schreck and the Preliminary Effects of Music Therapy Cardiography
IntroductionMusic therapy is recognized as a valuable tool in meeting the complex needs of patients in palliative care and neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Music therapy has been shown to improve quality of life, alleviate physical symptoms for...
Canada 150: Songs to Sing and Tunes to Play
Dr. Mary KennedyFor Canada's sesquicentennial year, I asked local master music teachers (and former students of mine) Sally Murphy and Jeff Weaver to select their favourite pieces of choral and band repertoire composed and/or arranged by Canadians. Both...
Creative Ideas for the Music Classroom: A Case for Letting It Get Noisy
In my recent work with a mass band of one hundred students (band, strings, keyboard, guitar, drums, steel pans, and drumline), I tried a noisy introduction of our arrangement of Uptown Funk. I began by asking the students to play any notes of their choice...
Editorial / éDitorial
This issue of the Canadian Music Educator has an overall theme that encompasses the contributions of leading Canadians involved in music; educators, composers, performers, and researchers. As a prelude to the Canada 150 celebrations, many articles share...
Music as a Cross-Curricular Teaching Device in Elementary School
IntroductionMusic in Elementary Education is an effective cross-curricular teaching tool, as it not only aids in the neuroprocessing that makes for stronger language skills, but the mode of delivery appeals to the creative and auditory-preferred learners....
Music Hath Charms
In many ways, 2016 was a year worth forgetting. Acts of terrorism, injustice, and intolerance were disturbingly common. World events caused feelings ranging from fear to incredulity. Whether it was Brexit or the American election campaign and outcome,...
"Not My Cup of Tea": Can We Teach Composition beyond Musical Genre?
I do not feel that have a typical background for a music educator. During my undergraduate studies my focus was on avantgarde composition. At the same time, my friends who already planned to become music teachers were pursuing Music Education degrees....
President's Message / Une Lettre De la Présidente
As I write this greeting, the snow is rapidly melting and rivulets of water are rushing to join the streams that have formed in the ditches and culverts. Tonight's forecast calls for a 14 degree drop in temperature and I will wake up tomorrow, once again...
Sound Map: Listening as a Reading Tool for [Re]Recognition and Interaction with School Space
Introduction by Douglas FriesenIt is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Monique Desiderio and her brilliant article. In January of 2016, in the middle of our winter, I was given the opportunity to travel to and teach in Rio de Janeiro's summer...
Soundscapes: Using Informal Learning Pedagogy to Create a Canadian Strand of Musical Futures
"In a way the world is a huge composition - a huge musical composition that's going on all the time, without a beginning and presumably without an ending. We are the composers of this huge miraculous composition that's going on around us and we can improve...
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