Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

President's Message

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

President's Message

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Robert Shaw opened a series of letters, addressed to the often non-professional musicians with whom he worked, with the salutation "Dear People". At the core of his musical leadership stood a value on the humanity we experience in making music. The past several weeks have been personally and professionally trying for me, but the humanity of each situation and focus on people contributes directly to the finding of resolve. I'm not alone in this experience.

A grade ten student, Shannon, with whom I have the immense privilege to work, recently spoke out at a public budget hearing held by the Vancouver Board of Education. She spoke passionately about the role of music education in her personal growth. She characterized music education as being the source of her resiliency. I want the world to hear her speak. Dr. Ed Wasiak's response to oft-asked questions about music education advocacy focused, quite appropriately, on work that would advance the value of music education to a point where advocacy was no longer required. His words stay with me every day and I thank him for that. Shannon took us one step toward this ideal. Music Monday takes us one step toward this ideal. We each have an opportunity to take a step forward. Will you?

It is the people in our profession that make the experience gratifying and up-lifting. Mentorship, collegiality, and professional community are the foundation of what we, as educators, work to achieve. For four months, the duration of my practicum, I spent time each day learning from Mr. …

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