Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Editorial/éditorial

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Editorial/éditorial

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Congratulations to Dr. Susan O'Neill (Simon Fraser University, BC) on becoming the President-Elect of the International Society for Music Education (ISME)! Dr. O'Neill is only the second Canadian to be President of ISME, a very significant and welldeserved accomplishment. The announcement of this tremendous achievement is well-described by CMEA Past-President Mark Reid in his article (in this issue) as, "an audible gasp of elation" from the very large international audience. Also, at the same conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Patrick Schmidt (Western University, ON) was elected as a member of the ISME Board. Congratulations!

The International Society for Music Education (ISME) is an association with over 80 countries represented. ISME is affiliated with the International Music Council and UNESCO. It aims to build and maintain a worldwide community of music educators characterized by mutual respect and support, foster global intercultural understanding and cooperation among the world's music educators; and third, promote music education for people of all ages in all relevant situations throughout the world. (This description was obtained from www.isme.org/about).

On a sad note, it is with a heavy heart that I write about the passing of Professor Emeritus Donald A. McKellar. He was a prominent music educator, actively involved with music for his entire life. He was well-known by many music educators in Canada and abroad. Before his passing, I asked his permission to reprint an article from a presentation he gave at the 1971 CMEA conference in Charlottetown, PEI. In many ways, this could be written today with some updates on technology and terminology. The core message remains the same: music education involves all parts of the musical process and therefore music teachers need skills in all areas. This includes performing, teaching, contributing to the scholarship of music education through writing articles and presenting workshops, knowing about history, theory, harmony, engaging in community projects, advocating for music education programs, and becoming involved in the political aspects of our regions. He will be missed by many.

In this edition of the CME Journal, Liz Pearl, author and editor of PK Press, writes about her experiences bringing music to older adults in long-term care facilities. In this article she describes some of the music she uses, transformative moments, and reflects on the power music has to elicit a plethora of emotional states.

Danielle Sirek's peer reviewed article is an interesting and thought provoking alternative for teachers wishing to improve their teaching practice. Not to be confused with action research or reflective practice, ethnographic research (ethnography) and associated methods are suggested as an alternative. Sirek suggests that the research approach and data gathering techniques may result in more meaningful pedagogical approaches and may potentially engage in curricular change.

Scott MacLennan has always tried to engage students in ways of expressing their musicality. Noting how his own motions and movements while playing his instrument contributed to an overall deeper level of satisfaction (ancillary motions, not connected to the technical part of playing an instrument), he conducted a study with high school students that was based on these experiences. …

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