Posts Tagged ‘community music’

BMus Community Music Class of 2020 πŸ’₯

Friday, June 12th, 2020
Today was supposed to be Convocation Day of the first graduating class of community music students in Laurier’s BMus. They have been with the program longer than me, and I’ve spent most of my last three years learning from them and their leadership, curiosity, ambition, kindness, commitment, and genuine enjoyment in each other’s company. A beautiful exemplar of a community of musicians who lift each other up and strive to make good change in the world through music.
The community music specialization teaches musicianship, leadership/facilitation, and critical thinking. In students’ final year, they complete a capstone project: a music initiative with a social impact. Students design, organize, implement, and evaluate their own projects. I share this video with you that the students put together once we realized a public presentation wouldn’t be possible.
Enjoy, and help me celebrate Tamara, Calvin, Nick, Jack, Rachel, Lisette, Dalyce, Emma, and Laurie!

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Moving to Wilfrid Laurier University

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

So thrilled to announce that I’ve accepted an appointment to join the music faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University. Here’s the official announcement. I’ll be helping build the undergraduate program in community music, the first of its kind in Canada, and I think perhaps also across North America. I am so excited to be a part of this!

instagram photo of Maureen Forrester recital hall at WLU from 2012

This was my first Instagram post in 2012, of Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at WLU. Β This was also my first music conference early in my PhD studies. Looking back, that seems like an auspicious start!

 

 

 

 

 

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new adventures in music classes

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

I am thrilled to announce that I’ve begun working with Sing for Life, an Edmonton-based organization that provides performing arts opportunities to marginalized communities. Sing for Life operates a choir and music lessons at a federal prison, as well as a choir for men who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

I’m going to be piloting a new program: family music classes for moms in conflict with the law. The classes will be for moms and their children aged 6 and under, and we’ll sing name songs, action songs, and songs for eating and sleeping and bathing. Our hope is that these classes will provide a repertoire of songs to moms that they can sing with their children and weave through their daily activities. And have fun together!

I’m piloting the first set of classes in early April, with a second set of classes to follow shortly after. I’m so excited to work on this program and to be a part of the wonderful work of Sing for Life.

By the way, Sing for Life is a charitable organization that can issue tax receipts. Check out their web site at www.singforlife.ca for a link to make a donation.

 

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