The Canadian Music Educator

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 3, Spring

50% Canadian Content in Our Music Programs?
In the early 1990s, I had the opportunity to design and teach a course on Canadian Music in the Classroom at both UVIC and UBC. These summer courses were aimed at pre-service teachers and practicing teachers wishing to upgrade their credentials. Having...
International Society for Music Education: Empowering Music Educators around the World
In an effort to keep the ISME column vibrant, current and well rounded, guest writers are invited to speak to ISME operations, issues, and current affairs. I am pleased to welcome my second guest columnist, Dr. Patricia A. González Moreno, who will speak...
In the Spotlight
Dalcroze Summer Certification ProgramDalcroze Canada is offering a Summer Certification Training Program (August 5-12, 2014). Our training team is comprised of internationally renowned master teachers:Louise Mathieu (Diploma Supérieur - Canada)Karin...
Is Murray Schafer's Creative Music Education Relevant in the 21st Century?
Peer Review Corner features articles that have been submitted for review by a panel of music educators. The jury completes a "blind" review of manuscripts, offers suggestions for revision, and the revised article is either accepted or rejected based...
Métis Fiddling: A Hidden Canadian Legacy
Abstract: This paper explores the historical and sociological context of Métis fiddle performance and pedagogy. The Métis people, located throughout Canada, share a mixture of Aboriginal and European ancestry. This cultural hybrid created a style of...
Music and Health Research Collaboratory: Synergy and Collaboration to Promote a Healthy World through Music
Introducing MaHRCIn 2012, the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) was established in an effort to consolidate research activity in the greater Toronto area on music and health categorized in four spheres of concentration: (1) music in therapy...
Piano Concertos, Children, and Social Cognitive Theory
One of the most challenging moments in a piano instructor's career could conceivably be teaching a junior piano concerto to a young student. Not only must the teacher help the child learn a long, demanding piece, but also needs to navigate through the...
Program Evaluation: A Review of Impact, Method and Emerging Trends for Music Education
Music making is the synthesis of many highly developed motor, cognitive and affective skills that culminate in a form of human art and capacity that is expressive and diverse. Our communal desire to organize those important teachings has given shape...
Resolving a Choral Dichotomy
New Year's is traditionally a time for both looking back and also looking ahead, for taking stock of the past year and thinking about how the next one might be better, or at least different. While the school year officially begins in the fall, it re-starts...
Riffs as Method
From experience in various classrooms and school boards, I've noticed that more and more teachers are being faced with combined grade and ability classes as well as various combinations of band, strings, guitar, and vocal, at times all in the same class....
Successes at Regent Park School of Music: Music to Our Ears
Regent Park School of Music (RPSM) has experienced a great deal of change in the past year. We moved from a row house on Toronto's Queen Street East into the brand new Daniels Spectrum Building, a hub for arts and culture in the heart of the revitalized...
The Challenges of Memorization
Each sightless student faces a challenge as he/she plays an instrument, and/or sings. The challenge is distinct from his/her sighted peers as it involves the memorization of each music score. Committing a score to memory by a sightless player is vital,...
The Dearth of Creativity in Music Education: Time to Shift
Creativity is a hot topic in education these days, largely due to increasing recognition that creativity is economically valuable.In The Rise of the Creative Class (2002) Richard Florida uses sociological and economic data to point out that a creative...
Was Johnny Cash a Tenor? Classifying Voice Types
"Because you're mine, I walk the line." In 1970, as a boy on my tenth birthday, I was excited about my new K-Tel record, Johnny Cash Special, with 20 of his greatest hits. With my treble voice, I would imitate him as he growled down low, and I moved...
Who Cares If You Yisten?
Circa the mid twentieth century, Milton Babbitt, Pierre Boulez, Iannis Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others wrote music that seemed to be extraordinarily difficult even after many listening and playing sessions. To this very day, their compositions,...
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