Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Editorial

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Editorial

Article excerpt

Hello Everyone! I hope you are enjoying a great musical year. This edition of the Canadian Music Educator is expanding on our transition to a bilingual journal. You will notice many more articles include a précis. This is an exciting opportunity to connect musicians, educators, and academics, in both official languages; across Canada and beyond.

In the Principal Themes section, you will find part 2 of The Cooper Smith Music Library Collection, in Victoria BC. This article describes additional details of their innovative venture such as intake instructions, and reactions from local teachers. It is interesting to note that through their efforts, they have assisted in eliminating the illegal photocopying of music in Victoria; a rampant problem all music educators encounter at some point in their career.

Chantal Grenier is a doctoral student at Laval University, and has written about her research area; the inclusion of special needs students within the Quebec school system. You may find this information quite interesting, as she describes the relatively new problems faced within each school, family of schools, and those found provincially.

If you were unable to attend the inaugural "International Symposium on Singing and Song", hosted by The Singing Network at Memorial University in October 2015, you will enjoy reading Dr. Patrick Freer's article. It is based on his keynote speech at this conference. You will notice his passionate devotion to this area, and he asks us to think about several issues pertaining to choral music education in the school system.

Louis Babin, is a prolific composer from Quebec who creates pieces that are, "modern, playful, and accessible". In this article, he describes his compositional process of his symphonic poem "Saint-Exupéry : de coeur, de sable et d'étoiles". This piece was composed at festival in France - where all participants were required to have an overarching theme: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince). Many of us are very familiar with Le Petit Prince from our French classes in school, however, it is interesting to note that it has been translated to over 250 additional languages. …

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