As a newly appointed CTF instructor in the Laurier Faculty of Music, I am excited to be teaching MU100 OC-1, "Music and its Contexts." In addition to teaching at Laurier, I have had several other music instructional portfolios around the GTA (Brock University and Humber College). Currently, I am one of the senior professors of music at Centennial College, and as well, the Coordinator and Curriculum Developer of a new joint program with the University of Toronto (Music Business and Technology). As an educator, I have taught courses in composition, theory, world music, piano performance, community music, and twentieth century music.
My formal education is comprised of a Master of Arts in Classical Composition, as well as a PhD in applied historical Musicology/ Ethnomusicology. To further enrich my passion for both traditional jazz and “Western Art Music,” I have studied for over 30 years with one of the “last” remaining true pedagogues of traditional jazz – Dr. Barry Harris (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, etc.) and have cultivated a pedagogy for teaching “traditional jazz” by way of analyses and deconstruction from the Western Art canon.
I am quite impressed with how the Laurier Faculty of Music has offered students a robust choice of courses that are geared towards cultivating success in the "real world." Additionally, it feels comforting to know that my fellow colleagues are professionals of the highest caliber, that not only want to further their student’s knowledge of all things "music," but as well, seek to augment their own.
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