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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
August 30, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Lee Willingham

Dr. Lee Willingham

Associate Professor, Director, Laurier Centre for Music in the Community, Music Education; Director, WLU Choir; Co-ordinator of Music Education, Program Co-ordinator Master of Arts in Community Music

Contact Information
Email: lwillingham@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3621

Office Location: A518

Academic Background
ARCT, BMus, BEd, MMus, DEd (Toronto)
Biography

Dr. Willingham accepted an appointment as Associate Professor at Laurier in September, 2004, to coordinate the music education and choral programs. From 1998 to 2004, he was on the faculty of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, teaching in the preservice program in music education. Prior to that, he taught in the public high school system, and was coordinator of music for the Scarborough Board of Education.

He is the founding director of the Bell’Arte Singers of Toronto, and conducted the choir for twenty years. Willingham served as the principal of the OISE/UT Summer Music program for a number of years, providing certification programs for teachers in music.

A contributor of chapters, papers, and articles to a number of publications, Willingham was for ten years the editor of the Canadian Music Education/Musicien éducator au Canada au Canada he co-edited the book, Creativity and Music Education. He is a past president and Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Music Educators' Association.

Willingham completed Bachelor and Masters degrees in music education at the University of Toronto, and defended his doctoral thesis at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He also holds an Associateship in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Willingham balances research and writing with performance as a choral conductor. He has guest conducted many choirs, most recently the Budapest Central Choir in Hungary, the Canadian Independent School Music Festival at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, and travels to Regina as conductor of the Saskatchewan Honour Choir in fall of 2013. At Laurier he conducts the Laurier Singers Chamber Choir.

His research and scholarly work focuses on the impact of music and the individual, and the benefits of developing lifelong learning skills in the arts, especially music.

At Laurier, Dr. Willingham founded and directs the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community, a research centre where through symposia, publishing, projects, partnerships, and concerts, LCMC seeks to connect with music in the community, to collaborate with the music makers, and to contribute to the vitality of the music of people.

In the fall of 2013 under Dr. Willingham and colleagues’ direction, the new MA in Community Music was launched, a graduate program of study that is designed for community music leaders who are or plan to be engaged in creating and/or making music in schools, places of worship, ensembles, community centres, private studios, seniors’ residences, and elsewhere.

Dr. Willingham serves on a number of boards and advisory councils, including the Canadian Music Centre Ontario Region, Grand Philharmonic Choir, and Room 217 Foundation.

Lee is married to Eva Mezo and is father to Geoffrey, Jessica, and twins Leah and Nora.

Additional Information

For a list of Dr. Willingham's most recent Publications and Refereed Papers please click here.

Research Interests

  • role of music in lives
  • impact of music on participants
  • effect of music education on academic achievement
  • music and social justice
  • redefining ensemble leadership
  • ensemble improvisation
  • impact of music in community

Areas of Expertise

  • Music Education
  • Instructional strategies
  • Music and Wellness
  • Music and Community
  • Music and Multiple Intelligences and Theories of Knowledge
  • Choral Ensemble
  • Singing Strategies
  • Conducting and Ensemble Leadership

Service, 2013-14

  • Integrated Planning and Resource Management Planning Task Force
  • Senate Academic Planning Committee
  • Chair, Department Appointments and Promotion Committee, Faculty of Education
  • Divisional Councils: Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Faculty of Music
  • Steering Committee, Sing Fires of Justice
  • Marketing and Recruitment, Faculty of Music
  • Admissions, MA, Community Music
  • Board of Directors, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Artistic Advisory Committee: Chair
  • Board of Directors, Room 217 Foundation: Secretary/Treasurer
  • Activity in Professional Organizations
  • Honorary Life Member, Ontario Music Educators’ Association
  • Advisory Council Member and Voting Member, Canadian Music Centre
  • Editor, Peer Review Corner, CME
  • Association of Canadian Choral Communities: member
  • International Society for Music Education: member
  • American Educational Research Association: member

Activity in Professional Organizations

  • Honorary Life Member, Ontario Music Educators’ Association
  • Advisory Council Member and Voting Member, Canadian Music Centre
  • Editor, Peer Review Corner, CME
  • Association of Canadian Choral Communities: member
  • International Society for Music Education: member
  • American Educational Research Association: member

Courses Taught

MU202

Introduction to Music Education (program coordinator)

MU203

Methods in Music Education

MU303

Advanced Methods in Music Education

MU358

Choral Techniques

MU402

Seminars in Music Education

MU181,281,381,481C

Ensemble: WLU Choirs (program coordinator)

MU621

Community Music and Leadership (MA-CM coordinator)