The Canadian Music Educator

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 4, Summer

A Commentary about Critical Perspectives in Canadian Music Education (2012)
Music education in Canada is a vast enterprise that encompasses teaching and learning in thousands of public and private schools, community groups, and colleges and universities. It involves participants from infancy to the elderly in formal and informal...
Active Listening within the Performing Ensemble
A fundamental experience with music involves listening. This activity can be done actively or passively. In either listening state, the individual derives some level of enjoyment and meaning. Music appeals to people in different ways with an array of...
A Leadership Alphabet
In the most recent choral column (Winter 2012), guest contributor Patrick Murphy wrote about leadership, and this article presents a follow-up on this same topic, but from a different perspective.During the summer of 2011, a group of conductors in Washington...
A Musical Profile: Jakub Martinec and the Czech Boys Choir
"The sound, being meaningful, discipline, and working as a group." These are the qualities that Jakub Martinec, 32, embraces as the conductor and artistic director of the Czech Boys Choir. The choir was formed in the Czech Republic in 2010 as his brainchild,...
Can Music Be Used to Help a Person Who Stutters?
I have chosen to write this article in the healing series about stuttering and the implications for beneficial music interventions. I have not worked extensively in this area until present as several of my music therapy students at the University of...
CFMTA 2013 Convention in Halifax
The Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations is holding its biennial convention in Halifax come July of 2013 and the Convention Committee is currently accepting proposals for workshops, paper presentations and poster displays. One of the aims...
Comprehensive Musicianship, Interdisciplinary Learning and CAN-CON in the Choral Classroom
Music Education students at the University of Victoria receive a hefty helping of Comprehensive Musicianship training, particularly in their 3rd and 4th years of study. Not content with producing future teachers that will "be capable and talented directors...
Creative Traction Ideas
My university students and I recently had a great discussion using physical education as an analogy for talking about the purposes of music education. I asked the teacher candidates what they felt the purpose of "phys. ed." was. They gave me answers...
Creativity in Band: Teaching on the Verge of Peril
My career as a middle school band teacher has been defined by survival, success, and disillusionment. After nearly a decade of "successfully" teaching band, I started to feel that I was not reaching students in a meaningful way. I was unsure of how to...
Educating Professional Musicians in a Global Context: The CEPROM Seminar in Athens, July 2012
I recently returned from the 3rd Reflective Conservatoire Conference held at the Guildhall School and Barbican Centre in London. This conference, attended by over 225 delegates from 21 countries, comprised four days of papers, workshops, roundtables,...
Engage to Create! A Funded Professional Development Project
What if teachers ran their own professional development? And what if funding was provided for this self-directed development? What if the purpose of such a process was not only to enhance individual professional learning in music education, but also...
Improvisation between Sound and Music
Over the last two decades, collaborations between artists from different disciplines have become increasingly common. These collaborations have also flourished in some undergraduate programs in which students from different areas join creative forces...
IN MEMORIAM: Eleonora Turovsky (1940-2012)
On March 2, 2012 Montreal, and indeed the world, lost an important figure, an accomplished musician and artist, and a dedicated teacher and mentor with the passing of 72-year-old Eleonora Turovsky. She was best known as the concertmaster of I Musici...
IN MEMORIAM: Robert Allen Rosevear 1915-2012
Robert Allen (Bob) Rosevear passed away peacefully on April 10,2012 at the Cloisters Retirement Community in DeLand, Florida at the age of 96 years.Robert was born July 9, 1915 in East Orange, New Jersey. Growing up in Bloomfield, NJ, he worked as a...
Interview with Professor of Music Therapy Sandi Curtis Entretien Avec Professeure De Musicothérapie Sandi Curtis
In the mid-80's I was teaching at a school that initiated a pilot project on integration. I learned a lot that first year but I also realized how limited I was in my ability to deal with and to serve several students with disabilities in my classroom....
'Over in the Meadow' and Beyond: Singing for Joy with Song-Based Picture Books
Elementary music teachers spend a great deal of time looking for motivating resources to help engage their students in the joys of singing. These teachers understand that the activity of singing provides a springboard for much of the music exploration...
President's Message
Dear Colleagues, Greetings!I hope this finds you all well.As we approach the final stretch of this academic year, we start to feel tired and anticipate the summer vacation! We have good reasons to feel this way. Music educators work hard! However, at...
Reflections on a Parade
In this article I've compiled my thoughts on a project called The Parade of Noises, which I developed in Brampton, Ontario between 2001 and 2005. I reflect on how the idea was spawned, its important cast and crew, and its overall form from classroom...
The Residue of Wasted Time
Creativity is valuable.From a practical perspective, the ability to create - to bring into existence something that doesn't yet exist - is useful. Very useful. I created a system of fencing to contain my two boys in the backyard. This means I do not...
Tuning into the Future: Sharing Initial Insights about the 2012 Musical Futures Pilot Project in Ontario
"I can't wait for March break to be over, so we can have music!" Comment by a Grade 8 student in Ontario pilot school.We would hazard a guess that this is the sort of comment we are all longing to hear from our music students. It certainly filled the...
Where Does One Start?
Well! Advocacy.Where does one start these days?Hats off to you folks in the classroom trying to make sense of all the changes that abound.Change is happening at Warp speed, and we have trouble keeping up in music education. (Cliché.)Some of us just put...
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