The Canadian Music Educator

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 4, Summer

Advocacy (f)or Life: Setting the Terms, Leading the Discussion
Perhaps the most ubiquitous conversation in music education today concerns advocacy. This seems to be particularly true at music education conferences where music educators gather to celebrate our accomplishments and learn from each other, and where...
A New Composition for Wind Ensemble
I am pleased to welcome guest columnist Gillian MacKay who describes the challenges of preparing a newly commissioned composition for wind ensemble by Brian Cherney. For further information about Cherney's piece, readers can contact Gillian directly...
A Parable of the Balloons
...from the pulpit of our local church minister, I use this with permission of me Rev. Rick Hawley.A well meaning teacher organized a game for her students to help instill that competitive edge that allegedly would help the child fend his or her way...
A Perspective on Values for Quality Music Programs
In recent weeks, I have been prompted to reflect on the values we ascribe to school music education. While grading undergraduate music education exams, I was struck by the number of students who emphasized the prime importance of making music "fun" for...
Being Adopted by 21 Grade 4 Students: Reflections of a Toronto Symphony Musician on the Tso's Adopt-a-Player Programme
What is a 24-year veteran of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra doing in a Grade Four Classroom?The Toronto Symphony's Adopt-A-Player Programme (AAP) has been in existence for twelve years. The AAP is modeled after similar programmes in the United Kingdom...
Cmea/acem Journal President's Message, Summer 2006
What makes the CMEA/ACEM different from a provincial MEA? I would like to highlight two events that could only happen through the coordination of a "national" music association. First is "Music Monday", a partnership between the CMEA/ACEM and our national...
Coalition for Arts Education in Canada (Caec) Report on Arts Education for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
There is much to celebrate about arts education in Canadian schools. This celebration arises from the efforts of individual teachers and arts education associations such as the Canadian Music Educators Association, me Canadian Society for Education Through...
Coalition for Music Education in Canada
Canadians unite in song for second annual Music MondayMore than 600,000 students perform coast-to-coast simultaneous concert in celebration of music educationCheck out www.musicmonday.ca for events in your areaTORONTO, May 11, 2006 - More than 600,000...
Creativity in the Curriculum
Editor's Note: This is the fourth article in a four part series exploring creativity and its place in music education. Dr. Sullivan presents a foundation for ereative practice in the classroom, supported by ready-to-use ideas for students in the classroom....
Dear C.M.E.J. Editor:
I am writing this letter to respond to Natalie Kuzmich's letter and to clear up some misconceptions. I did not call Kuzmich a racist; I called her method of analyzing music Eurocentric. She says that the terms "strange and weird," when applied to music,...
Face-Ing the World: Reflections on Unesco's Art Conference
"Creativity is the most solid base for all human progress" José Sócrates, Prime Minister of Portugal World Conference on Arts Education, Lisbon, 2006Aims of the ConferenceThe UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education was hosted by the government of Portugal...
Folk Song and Folk Dance Festivals
Our last issue of CME (Vol. 47 No.3 ) included a review of a publication commissioned by the Nova Scotia Music Educators Association - Notes from a Musical Garden by Brenda Porter (Cape Breton University Press 2005). Hopefully this 'bouquet of reminiscences...
In the Spotlight
REPORT FROM QUEBEC: THE BENEFITS OF LEARNING MUSICMontreal: FAMEQ press conference Mar. 2, 2006, with QMEA participationQuestion: What might bring to the same room elements as disparate as these: reps from the orchestra and the union (not the strike,...
Making the Most of Your Rehearsal Time: Creative Warm Ups and Rehearsal Techniques
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article was published in Canadian Winds / Vents Canadiens. Parts of it are reprinted here with permission of the Canadian Band Association.Do you vary your warm ups? Are the students tuning out because it's the...
Not Knowing Binds an Individual to the Opinions of Others
There is not enough time allotted to music learning in the classroom. Curriculum and community expectations tend to discourage probings into multiple approaches to music learning; as well, attempts to introduce different materials and ways oflearning....
One Student Singer, Many Voice Teachers: The Musical Village
In addition to the choral and instrumental classes in her timetable at Huron Glacier High School for the Arts, Carolyn taught two solo vocal music classes: one for grades 9-10, and one for grades 11-12. She enjoyed the different units she had built within...
Solo and Ensemble Performance Preparation
A common challenge encountered by many studio or ensemble teachers is the time commitments and expectations of their program for their students' to perform for school and community functions.Performance-oriented programs need to be well planned, particularly...
Some Thoughts on Warm-Ups
I'm back with my friend and colleague Susan Quinn and we were chatting about more choral technical things. The topic of warm-ups seems to illicit some very personal opinions in choral music so this seems like a good place to share some of our thoughts...
Still I Rise: A Portrait of a Festival
This seems like a typical evening at Canada's acoustical and architectural jewel, the Centre in the Square in downtown Kitchener, Ontario. The lobbies are bustling with people enjoying a drink at the bar, or visiting in small clusters of friends. As...
String Playing as Inspiration for the Writing of Poetry
This column is in response to your requests. First, I had a tremendous response to an earlier article which featured a poem about the great violinist Ludwig Spohr, by Archibald Lampman. Many of you were able to use this as inspiration for a variety of...
The Establishment of Curricular Instrumental Music Classes in the Public Schools of Alberta
The establishment of curricular instrumental music classes (band and orchestra) in the public schools of Alberta is a topic that has not been extensively researched. Important works by Bell (1967), Buckley (1987), Green and Vogan (1991), Howey (2003),...
The Kodály Method and Learning Theories
Those music educators with a general understanding of the various methods of music education may be able to describe the main tenets of the Kodály concept as focussing on singing and the use of hand signs. A deeper look into Kodály's philosophy shows...
The Orchid Ensemble Bringing Musical Diversity to Classrooms across Canada
My mother runs a sound and video collection in a university library and on occasion duplicate CDs are donated - from which I benefit. A few years ago, she handed me a CD called Heartland by the Orchid Ensemble. The name of the group sounded familiar,...
The "Rock" Rocks!
In my recent trip to St. John's Newfoundland/Labrador I was impressed by some initiatives that the Danny Williams government are taking.States Danny Williams, "...central to our Governments vision of a more prosperous and self-sufficient Newfoundland...
Tributes:
We say thank you, and bid farewell to three of the key individuals who make this journal appear on your doorstep four times each year.Newsletter and In the Spotlight EditorBeth, a classroom teacher and choir director from the Annapolis Valley in Nova...
UNESCO World Arts Conference - Lisbon, March 6, 2006
JOINT DECLARATION OF THE international drama/theatre and education association (IDEA) international society for education through the arts (InSEA) international society for music education (ISME)This is an historic moment in international arts education....
Uniting Our Voices
A momentous occasion will take place at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on June 23-25, 2005. For the first time in Canada's history, the major associations and organizations dedicated to music education will gather for time of discussion, sharing...
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.