The Canadian Music Educator

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 2, Winter

Advocacy Action
Good News from OntarioBefore the last election in Ontario, a lobby group was formed called "People for Education". It is interesting to see the priorities that were listed by this impressive group. No doubt intense lobby and advocacy groups in that province,...
AIR CMEA/ACME Takes Flight
Baddeck, Nova Scotia, home of Alexander Graham Bell, was the site of the first controlled powered aircraft - the Silver Dart- to fly in the British Empire. It was also the destination of choice during the last weekend in October 2007, as educators from...
Building a Personal Resource Library
When we are in university it seems like all we do is spend money on books, and it is an excellent investment - we start our careers with a nice assortment of reference materials. As time goes on, we should add to that reference library for a couple of...
Canadian Music in the Canadian Music Educator: An Update
A special issue of the Canadian Music Educator was published in 2000 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of CMEA. Under the title 4 Decades of Leadership (Roberts and Hanley, 2000), this special issue looked back over 40 years of CMEA achievements. I contributed...
CMEA/ACME Essays
Each year the Canadian Music Educators Association/L'Association canadienne des musiciens éducateurs encourages the next generation of music educators to explore significant current issues in our field by participating in one of our special projects:...
Creating Accurate Vowels Sounds
Our ability to effectively form and articulate vowel sounds, such as ee-ih-ay-ah-oh-oo, and realize their relationships to each other, happens through multi-sensory awareness. The terms "front vowel" and "back vowel," "open vowel," and "closed vowel"...
Fix It.And Swing!!
I have had the wonderful opportunity to hear and work with jazz bands throughout Western Canada. A common theme that arises with younger big bands is stylistic guidelines for the swing style. I have always maintained that there are few stylistic differences...
Getting the Most for the Least Time: Ideas on Planning, Preparing and Conducting Efficient, Stimulating and Productive Rehearsals
The Choir Rehearsal is one of those fabulous opportunities that a music director has to not only share a passion and love for music with others but also to build and nurture a community! How does this happen? People of all ages gather to sing. Why? It...
Identity and Borderland Discourse: Bridging the Personal and the Professional in Music Teacher Identity Research
Music teacher identity research: Beginning with myselfI come to this paper with a long-standing interest in understanding "music teacher identity." As I prepared to move into my first school position as a music teacher, I sat in my favourite window at...
In Honour of Dr. Betty Hanley
Most members join the CMEA/Acmé looking for something from the organization for themselves. They look for leadership, ideas and support in their quest to teach music in the best possible way. They hope for inspiration and day-to-day advice. They seek...
In the Spotlight
Endowment Fund for Dr. Paul MurrayThe New Brunswick Choral Federation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of choral music, has established a charitable endowment fund in honour of the late Dr. Paul Murray. The Paul Murray Endowment...
Isn't This a Simple Question?
Our annual meetings included a two hour visioning session with the very capable Ninette Babineau as facilitator. Her work with us was challenging, provoking, and at times troubling. We were faced with questions; who is the CMEA/ACME? What should it be?...
I Was a Music Teacher Fraud
When I began teaching music in schools I realized very quickly I hadn't a clue what I was doing. My wealth of experience singing, playing, listening, and creating music with some of the best musicians and teachers in the country, topped off by teacher...
Managing Kids
You might have heard that Québec ministry of Education is undergoing a major reform of its program and curriculum. Those fundamental changes were a challenge for professional development but also had an important effect on the place of music in elementary...
Memorable Instructors
My memorable instructors were hardly casual in their teaching. They were keen to introduce their students, indeed anyone, to the joys of learning, to insights gained from knowing more, leading, perhaps, to those ecstatic illuminating moments that are...
Multiple Perspectives for Inquiry-Based Music Education
The nature of learning and teaching in music is changing as constructivist principles find their way into practice. Tracing its roots from Vygotsky and Bruner (Hanley & Montgomery, 2002), constructivism is a learning theory based on how people acquire...
Popular Music in the Classroom: Where to Begin?
"Yes, I introduce children to classical music. Pop music they listen to anyway, there seems to be little point in teaching it therefore (Green, 2002, p. 138)."Defining "popular music"It is difficult to find a precise definition of 'popular music' as...
Readers' Responses to A Case of Abandonment by Brooks Gorst/Brooks Gorst Responds to the Readers
Letters to the EditorsThe CME Journal invites commentary on issues pertaining to music education in Canada. Commentary is a column for opinion and free thinking, and is not intended to reflect the policy of the journal or the CMEA/ACME. Response to this...
Reflections and Dreams for Music Education in Canada
It continues to be a period of high activity at the Coalition and much news has already been shared both in these pages and through our website. I thought I would take a slightly different approach in this article as it has also been a period of reflection...
Report on CMEA/ACME Award Winners
The CMEA/Acmé Performance Awards take place every two years. This year's award deadline was June 15tn, 2007and sixteen applicants from across Canada submitted applications and Cd's of their performing ensembles.Performance Awards recipients from will...
Sample-Based Music Composition for the Learner-Centred Music Program
In recent years computer software and hardware developers have been making good on a promise of reliability made in the 1970's. Only now are these tools appropriate and intuitive enough for the average educator to rely on them for practical and consistent...
Sizing Up the Guitar Classroom
Of the many highlights experienced during a typical school year, perhaps the most anticipated of events include professional development in-service days. The prospect of entertaining new concepts and classroom strategies provides an invaluable break...
The Elementary Classroom
This is the first of what I hope to be a regular installment of observations, ideas, and food for discussion and debate. I thank Lee Willingham for his enthusiasm and encouragement for such a foolhardy commitment. If you appreciate what you read in this...
The Principal Principle: Selling the High School Music Program in Canada
Introduction:From stellar to the cellar, high school music programs across Canada are exceedingly different and imbalanced. Some schools are exemplary, boasting well subscribed courses in vocal, band, strings, guitar, and music technology. Other schools,...
Three Ontario Orchestras Harmonize with Schools
IntroductionOntario professional arts companies have recently been providing services to schools beyond the traditional performance, facility tour, and post-performance chat format. A growing focus on educational "outreach" programs has emerged in response...
Tuba Christmas
It was a crisp Saturday morning in December-not quite cold enough to snow, but definitely cold enough to see your breath when you exhaled. My high school band teacher had somehow talked me into playing my euphonium in the highly-praised "Tuba Christmas"...
T.V. Newlove
Several issues ago I talked about the various ways in which music teachers have been remembered through scholarships, awards, postage stamps and even water fountains bearing their names. In this article Murray Smith reflects on the work of T.V. Newlove...
When Songs Triumph over Bullets
This is a true story.Somewhere I'd read something about the Estonian Singing Revolution and it sounded fascinating but then I got busy and forgot about it. But - this past June I was in Scandinavia heading to Helsinki when I realized that Estonia is...
Whose Music, You Ask?
Sociologists have long been questioning the nature of music that constitutes the "curricular" music. When I was in high school, we had a "big band" in the model of Glenn Miller or Tommy Dorsey. In fact, many schools still have an ensemble that resembles...
Why I like Being in Band: A Collage of Student Voices
Near the end of last school year, we gave each of our students a scrap piece of paper and asked them to write down what they liked about being in band. We used these quotes as part of our slide show at our final concert with pictures from our trips....
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