Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Reflections on PAN-CAN III: Widening the Boundaries of Music Education University of Victoria, BC - June 5-7, 2009

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Reflections on PAN-CAN III: Widening the Boundaries of Music Education University of Victoria, BC - June 5-7, 2009

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Building Community

The primary goal of this third in the series of national symposia on music education was to bring people together-to build community amongst ourselves. The symposium was designed to enable us to meet together, eat together, celebrate together, enjoy music together, and to learn together. Participants came from as far away as St. John's NL and as near as Victoria, BC; we had representatives from all 10 provinces and delegates who had lived in the Yukon and Nunavut. Both French and English sectors of the country were represented as were our First Peoples. Among the participants were university professors, graduate students, undergraduate student volunteers, teachers in the field, and studio teachers.

Knowledge Development

Our theme was Widening the Boundaries of Music Education and there were many opportunities to do just that during our jam-packed weekend.

* Cross Canada Checkup gave us a chance to learn what is going on in other parts of our country.

* Lee Willingham, Eric Favaro & Betty Hanley outlined an initiative to investigate teacher education programs across the country, while Brenda Gatherall and Andrea Rose addressed graduate studies in music education.

* Kathy Smith shared her work concerning musical play and scaffolding in early childhood music education, while Raffi explained his work in child-honouring.

* Amanda Montgomery reminded us to break free from our ivory tower and listen to the voices of those on the fringes, so often mis-represented as "unmusical", while Brian Roberts posed the question: Are we an ethical profession?

* St. Michael's Student Singer Songwriters demonstrated how music educators can widen boundaries by inviting students to compose the music they play in their classrooms.

Areas of Focus

Music and Community

* Chris Alfano described Intergenerational music learning in a high school environment,

* Lorna Wanzel explored the possibilities of independent music teachers coming together to build professional knowledge collaboratively,

* Anita Prest detailed the efforts to build a music community in a small rural B.C. town, and

* Island Ukuleles and the BC Fiddle Orchestra demonstrated two vibrant musical communities in action.

Multiculturalism in Music Education

* Pat Shand, Ed Wasiak, Scott Goble & Kathy Robinson engaged in a rich panel discussion on the topic;

* Susan O'Neill outlined music curricula possibilities for multicultural education;

* Joan Russell pointed us northwards to consider the polar bear, the seal, and the politics of curricular choice;

* Tom Dust shared stories of the St. Joseph Industrial Indian School Brass Band;

* Anne Lowe addressed the role of music education in the transmission of culture in a New Brunswick's francophone minority environment;

* Scott Goble examined semiotics in the music room and addressed teaching for cultural and musical meaning in secondary school music classes; and

* the Veselka Ukrainian Dancers showed us what multiculturalism in music education can look like. …

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