Schafer, sound education in Rio de Janeiro

Thanks to the generous invitation of Adriana Rodrigues (an unbelievable force for anti-colonial music education in Brasil, Latin America and beyond) I just finished a week with a group of teachers in Brasil at the Conservatorio Brasileiro de Musica.  I was very lucky to have another great Brasilian music educator, Marisa Fonterrada, join me forContinue reading “Schafer, sound education in Rio de Janeiro”

interactive soundwalk

On November 5th I’ll be leading an interactive soundwalk in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  It is a workshop within the Ontario Music Educators’ Association conference. A few weeks ago I led a two day workshop in Guadalajara and last January I taught for a week in Rio De Janeiro.  Both of these opportunities have come myContinue reading “interactive soundwalk”

Soundwalk – Mexico City, March 2014

At the end of a week of soundscape listening and interaction games we decided to go for a soundwalk. And just listen.   I’m not sure why I did not suggest starting the week this way. I think I just didn’t feel confident enough.  Some of the 60 participants had driven upwards of 20 hoursContinue reading “Soundwalk – Mexico City, March 2014”

excerpt from Canadian Music Educator Column

During workshops or schools visits I have, at times, been told that all music education is creative. I challenge whether asking students to help decide where to breath in a section of The Planets is keeping their creativity and sense of exploration alive. Fear might just stand in the way of music education becoming aContinue reading “excerpt from Canadian Music Educator Column”

2nd annual esme festival

Dear Music Colleagues, esme (expanding success in music education) in partnership with the tdsb is pleased to invite you to participate in our second annual non-competitive music festival. Last year was a blast and we hope to continue the fun as well as add a few things (set of evening performances for small groups, jamContinue reading “2nd annual esme festival”

I think I’ve heard this enough now…

“Is this all you do?” “You teach the students to actually read music right?” I’m having trouble understanding why creative, open ended composition and improvisation are equated with students not learning to read or build technique with their voices or instruments. What if I asked the same questions to others who are not doing muchContinue reading “I think I’ve heard this enough now…”