Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Editorial / éDitorial

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Editorial / éDitorial

Article excerpt

Happy Spring!

I hope you are enjoying the spring season, although always a busy one for music educators. Hopefully, this issue of the Canadian Music Educator will add some inspiration as we approach the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Congratulations to Jenny Skidmore, winner of the 2015 Pat Shand. Essay Competition. Her paper explores the complex and intricate issues faced by Syrian refugees coming to Canada; both from the perspective of Syrian students, their families, and music teachers. Her essay is featured in the Canadian Music in Education section.

Congratulations also to Jennifer Gowan, 2nd place winner of the 2015 Dr. Franklin Churchley Graduate Essay Competition. Her paper, in the Principal Themes section, is an analysis of the application of critical pedagogy within the classroom when it is not used as an emancipatory pedagogical approach.

Also in the Principal Themes section, Zack Ebin's article explores Suzuki's claim that birds are not born with their ability to sing. Through an examination of the literature on the acquisition of birdsong of various species, he links these results to the development of Suzuki's philosophy.

Jarred Dunn's article profiles the tremendously successful career of Saskatchewan-born soprano Edith Wiens. He observed her teaching at Juilliard, and then interviewed her the following day. In this article, she shares her insights on teaching, performing, and her very successful approach with students.

In the Music Makers section, Hilary Apfelstadt shares informative approaches from a workshop she attended at the ACDA conference on Choral Music of the Americas (2013). In this session, Dale Warland. used a choral ensemble to demonstrate 15 points leading towards choral artistry. Her article summarizes his main points and suggestions for successful choral experiences.

Amy Clements-Cortés and Veronica Vuong describe Parkinson's Disease (PD) as physiologically, physically, and psychologically damaging. In their article, they expand on the use of 4 specific therapies which have been successful for those with suffering from PD; from motor problems, to speech, and vocal problems.

Jenny Gonyou-Brown's article on inclusive music education is an informative and useful resource for music teachers who have students on Individualized Educational Programs. She presents various ways of incorporating music with students that have developmental disabilities, and describes the roles and responsibilities of each member within the student's Educational Team.

In the Resource section, Edward Nixon's book review will be of great interest to those who teach or play brass instruments. Written by Gregory Irvine, "Arnold Jacob's legacy: Sound advice for developing brass players" includes a description of his philosophical and pedagogical approach to playing brass instruments. Of particular interest, are the descriptions of the two main aspects of his approach; song and wind.

And finally, the In the Spotlight section features the recipients of research funding by the Joint Consortium of Research (representing the CMEA/ACME and the Coalition for Music Education in Canada). Congratulations everyone!

Joyeux printemps!

J'espère que vous prenez plaisir dans la saison de printemps, bien qu'elle porte toujours une charge de travail grande pour les éducateurs de la musique. J'espère que ce numéro du Musicien éducateur au Canada ajoutera d'inspiration pendant que nous approchons la fin de l'année académique 2015 - 2016. …

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