EDUCATION

 

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (Music Education), McGill University, November 2011

with Joel Wapnick, supervisor      

Master of Music (Percussion Performance), McGill University, May 2005

with Shawn Mativetsky and Darcy Gray

 

Bachelor of Music Education, Memorial University, May 2011

 

Bachelor of Music (Honours), University of Toronto, November 2000

with Russell Hartenberger and John Rudolf

with Don Wherry (1996-1998 @ Memorial University)

Current Employment

Professor of Music 

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

  • MUS5004 Techniques de direction

  • MUS1514 Initiation aux percussions

  • MEA8040 Développement professionnel en art - identité et pratiques réflexives

  • MUS6332 Informatique de la musique à l'école

 

International Baccalaureate Education Network (IBEN) roles (2016-present)

  • Curriculum (BQC) Reviewer for the International Baccalaureate (IB), 2016-present

  • IB Workshop Leader and School Visit Team Member for Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) (2019-present)

 

Recent Previous Employment and Experience

 

Honorary Professor of Music (2019-2021)

Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Solo recitalist and member of the Chiang Mai New Music Ensemble

  • Creating links with the local community through organizing events such as “Day of Percussion” and the international community through concerts such as “Canadian Music Concert”

 

Per Course Instructor

Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

  • MUAR 201 Basic Materials of Western Music (2008) Taught music theory to 100 non-music majors

  • MUGT 355 Music in Early Childhood, McGill University (2007 & 2009) Designed course syllabus; taught and evaluated undergraduate students; supervised student teaching at the university’s daycare centre

  • MUIT 315 Instrumental Conducting, McGill University (2009) Led rehearsals; recorded and evaluated students; organized final concert

 

Senior School Music Teacher (2011-2021)

Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Director of bands, choirs, and musicals; host and co-founder of Chiang Mai concert band music festival

  • Experience teaching concert band, strings, choir, percussion, composition, theory, music appreciation

  • Designed and wrote the curriculum for Grades 6-10 music; co-wrote the curriculum for Grades 4-5 music

  • Experience in all four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP), IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)

  • Additional experience: MYP French and Digital Design; Pamoja site-based Coordinator for online DP courses; EARCOS teacher representative; Pastoral care/homeroom

 

Percussion Specialist

  • Rosemont High School, Montreal, QC (2004-10) Director of percussion program; private and group instruction to students ages 12 to 17; composed and arranged percussion music; helped direct weekend band retreats

  • Harmonie Laval, Laval, QC (2009) Led percussion sectionals

  • Royal Vale Elementary, Montreal, QC (2005-07) Taught percussion, composition, and improvisation to middle school students; designed performances

  • Camp Musical d’Asbestos, QC (2003-04) Taught high school students; led sectionals; organized performances

  • St. Christopher House Community Center, Toronto, ON (2003) Designed and taught ‘percussion and movement’ program to middle school children

  • Havergal College, Toronto, ON (2002-03) Taught private lessons to high school students; led band sectionals

  • Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, Toronto, ON (2002) Developed and taught percussion ensemble program

  • Home studio, Toronto, ON (2002-03) Taught private lessons in drum set and percussion

  • Home studio, Montreal, QC (2004-09) Taught private lessons in drum set and percussion

  • National Music Camp of Canada, Orillia, ON (2000) Assisted group percussion lessons for middle and high school students; helped lead band and orchestra sectionals

 

Music Teacher

  • Memorial University, Laboratory Band and String Program, St. John's, NL (2010) Taught band and strings program to middle school students

  • TASIS Summer Program, Lugano, Switzerland (2010) Created and taught classroom music program to students age 4 to 6; co-taught ESL in small groups; planned activities and field trips for boarding students age 6-10

  • École des Grands Vents, St. John's, NL (2010) Substitute Music Teacher for high school general music

  • Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, Pointe-Claire, QC (2004-06) Designed and taught 'Music and Movement for Young Children program' for pre-school aged children

  • Canadian Opera Company's Youth Program, Toronto, ON (2002) Helped organize and direct a musical theatre production; taught vocal and theatre to middle school aged children

 

Research Experience

  • Music preference (2008-09) Conducted large group tests; Collected and prepared data

      Primary Researcher: Joel Wapnick, McGill University, Montreal

  • Child performance anxiety (2006-07) Conducted interviews; administered standardized tests; compiled and entered data; organized student recitals

      Primary Researcher: Charlene Ryan, McGill University, Montreal

 

Whole School Music Teacher-Intern

  • British International School Phuket, Thailand (2011); Taught music in PYP, MYP, DP classes; co-led jazz band; assisted with junior school musical

 

Teaching Assistant

Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

  • MUTH 129D, Musicianship (2004-05) Assisted with large group instruction; taught ear-training, dictation, sight-singing in weekly sectionals

  • MUAR 201 Basic Materials of Western Music (2009, 2005-06) Marked tests; tutored music theory

 

Past performances (for updated performances, click here.)

Solo

Grand International Charity Concert, Santi School of Music, Chiang Mai, 2017

193 Concert Series, Chiang Mai 2016

193 Concert Series, Chiang Mai 2015

Invited Guest Artist, Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, Winnipeg, MB, 2010

Soloist, New Found Music Festival, St. John's, NL, 2010        

Soloist, Harmonie Laval, Laval, QC, 2009

Soloist, Wind Ensemble, University of California San Diego, 2009

Soloist, Winnipeg Winds, Winnipeg New Music Festival, Winnipeg, MB, 2009

Soloist, Sound Symposium, St. John's, NL, 2008

Soloist, Wind Symphony, McGill University, 2008

Soloist, Percussion Ensemble, McGill University, 2007

Guest Artist, Nath Salon Concert Series, Toronto, ON, 2006

Recital Soloist, Dollard des Ormeaux Cultural Center*, Dollard des Ormeaux, QC, 2005

Recital Soloist, Christ Church Cathedral: "Sunday in Concert" series,  Montreal, QC, 2005

Recital Soloist, Children's Concert, Harold Napper School, Brossard, QC, 2005

Recital Soloist, Concert of Marimba Commissions, Montreal, QC, 2004

Recital Soloist, Stewart Hall, Pointe Claire Cultural Centre*, Pointe Claire, QC, 2004

Participant, International Marimba Competition, St. Truiden, Belgium, 2004

Master of Music Recitals, Pollack Hall, McGill University, 2004-05

Solo Marimba Category, Canadian Music Competition (Provincials), Sherbrooke, QC, 2004

Soloist, Teacher's Concert, Grand Hall, Asbestos, QC, 2003

Recital soloist, Hungarian Cultural Center, Toronto, ON, 2002

Recital soloist, St. Christopher House, Toronto, ON, 2002

Recital soloist, Front Room Concert Series, Toronto, ON, 2002

Recital soloist, Rolston Hall, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB, 2000-01

Guest Artist, Red Poppies Percussion Group, Beijing, China, 2000

Guest Artist, Falsa Percussion Ensemble, Hirosaki, Japan, 2000

Undergraduate Recitals, University of Toronto, 1999-00

Recital soloist, Hungarian Cultural Center, Toronto, ON, 1999

Recital soloist, Chinese Cultural Center, Toronto, ON, 1998

Soloist, Recitals and festivals, St. John's, NL, 1997-03

Soloist, Sound Symposium, St. John's, NL, 1996                                                                                           

* part of the Montreal "maisons de la culture" series (program: The World of Marimba)

 

 

Chamber Music

Chiang Mai New Music Ensemble, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2019-present)

Pop Montreal International Music Festival with Pazzia Contemporary Performing Collective, Montreal, QC, 2007

SoundStreamsCanada Festival with the McGill Percussion Ensemble, Toronto, ON, 2007

Falsa Percussion Ensemble, Tour of northern Japan, 2006

McGill Percussion, Tour of central France, 2006

Percussion Ensemble, McGill University, 2006

Yellow Door Choir, Montreal, QC, 2005

Flute and marimba duo, Montreal, QC, 2003

Dixieland Band, Asbestos, QC, 2003

Performance with Bob Becker, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB, 2000

Percussion Ensemble, University of Toronto, 1998-2000

Schruncheons Percussion Ensemble, Memorial University, 1996-2010

 

 

Large Ensemble

Montreal Drums and Pipes, Montreal QC, 2009

Mimosa Wind Ensemble, Montreal, QC, 2008-09

Ensemble Euterpe, Montreal, QC, 2008

Contemporary Music Ensemble, McGill University, 2007

McGill Symphony Orchestra, McGill University, 2004

Contemporary Music Ensemble, McGill University, 2003-05

Ceremonial Guard Band of Canada, Ottawa, ON, 2001

Hamilton Youth Performing Ensemble (drum corps), Hamilton, ON, 2000

Symphony Orchestra, University of Toronto, 1998-00

Hart House Orchestra, University of Toronto, 2000

​Additional Professional Experience

  • Classe de maître, FHOSQ 2022

  • Percussion workshop, Québec Band Association 2022

  • Adjudicator, International Classical Music Competition - Thailand, 2021-22

  • Jury Member, Chiang Mai Ginastera International Music Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand 2019

  • Adjudicator, Chamber Music, Thailand International Percussion Festival, Bangkok, 2019

  • Supervising teacher for music intern students from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 2018

  • Curriculum (BQC) Reviewer for the International Baccalaureate (IB), 2016-present

  • Chair, Music Teachers’ Group of Chiang Mai International Schools, 2012-2016

  • East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) teacher representative, 2016-present

  • Contributor, IBDP Music curriculum review basecamp group, 2014

  • Adjudicator, Piano Competition, Santi School of Music, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2014

  • Co-founder of the International Schools of Chiang Mai Concert Band Music Festival, 2013-present

  • Percussion Juror, Chiang Mai Philharmonic Orchestra, 2013

  • Reviewer, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education (online journal), 2010

  • Adjudicator, Graduating Percussion Class, College Vincent d' Indy, Montreal, QC, 2007

Publications and Presentations - click here

Additional Professional Training: Education & Conducting

The Technology of Music Production, Berklee College of Music (2020)

Indigenous Canada, University of Alberta (2020)

IBEN Programme Standards and Practices Introductory course (2020)

IB DP Music Upskilling for Workshop Leaders, online course (2019)

IB Workshop Leader and School Visit Team Member, Tokyo (2019)

IB Building Quality Curriculum Reviewer, online, 2016

Teaching IB DP Music prescribed works, level 3, online with Triple A Learning, 2016

Teaching IB MYP New Chapter, level 3, Bangkok, 2014

EARCOS Becoming an Inclusive School, PTIS, Chiang Mai, 2012

Teaching IB DP Music, level 1, online with Triple A Learning, 2012

Teaching ESL students in mainstream classrooms, PTIS, Chiang Mai, 2011-12

Focus on Learning: Learning with the Brain in Mind, APIS, Chiang Mai, 2011

Canadian Wind Conductors' Development Program, Winnipeg, MB, 2009

Quebec Band Association Wind Conductors Workshop, Montreal, QC, 2009

Apprenticeship in Conducting with Patrick Morin and Harmonie Laval, QC, 2009

Conducting Seminar with Alexis Hauser, McGill University, Montreal, QC, 2009

Orff Level 1, Calgary, AB, 2006

Additional Professional Training: Percussion & Performance

Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen, CO, 2008

Domaine Forget New Music Apprenticeship with Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Saint-Iréné, QC, 2007

Toronto Music Summer Academy and Festival, Toronto, ON, 2007

Bob Becker Xylophone Institute, Newark, DE, 2007

Stage Epsival, Limoges, France, 2006

Summer Tabla Workshop with Pandhit Sharda Sahai, Montreal, QC, 2006

Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, Ocean Grove, NJ, 2003

Long-term residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB, 2000-01

Masterclass with Robert van Sice and Christopher Norton, University of Toronto, 2000

Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Ohio, California, Texas, 1997-04

National Music Camp of Canada, Orillia, ON, 1996

 

Mentors

Conducting, Alain Cazes, Montreal, QC, 2008-09

Composition, Brian Cherney, Montreal, QC, 2007-08

Xylophone and snare drum, Bob Becker, Toronto, ON, 1997-07        

Orchestral percussion, Neil Grover, Boston, MA, 1997

Works for violin on mallet percussion, David Takeno, Banff, AB, 2001

Marimba, Beverly Johnston, Toronto, ON, 2000

Composition, Michael Colgrass, Toronto, ON, 1999-00

Marimba, Keiko Abe, Tokyo, Japan, 2000

Congas, Tony Undaneta, Roberto Viscaino, Luisito Abreu, Havana, Cuba, 1998-99

Castanets, Evelyne Lemelin, St. John’s, NL, 1998

Timpani and sound, John Wyre, Norland, ON, 1997

Grants

Démarrage des nouveaux professeurs, nouvelles professeures, l'Université du Québec à Montréal. 2021

Music Teacher Action Research Grant, Canadian Music Educators' Association, 2020-21

Production Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2009

(transitions- interdisciplinary three-show production, featuring commissioned works for solo percussion, Studio 303, Montreal, QC)

 

Travel Grant, Canada Council, 2008

(Travel to the Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen, CO)

 

Travel Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2008

(Performance of new works at the Sound Symposium, St. John's, NL)

 

Alma Mater Travel Grant, McGill University, 2008

(Concerto performance at the Winnipeg New Music Festival, Winnipeg, MB)

 

Three-Year Grant, Fonds Québécois de la recherché sur la société et la culture, 2005-07

(PhD study and research at McGill University)

 

Alma Mater Travel Grant, McGill University, 2007

(Paper presentation, International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, St. John's, NL)

 

Alma Mater Travel Grant, McGill University, 2004

(Participation at the International Marimba Competition, St-Truiden, Belgium)

Honours and Awards

Schulich GREAT award, McGill University, 2010

Students' Union Individual Merit Award, Memorial University, 2010

Schulich Scholarship, McGill University, 2008

Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship, Aspen Music Festival and School, 2008

Entrance Scholarship, McGill University, 2003

Performance Grant, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, 2000

Performance Grant, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, 2000

Merit Award, University of Toronto, 2000

Music Composition (2nd place), Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition, 1999

Scholarship, Percussive Arts' Society International Conference-Remo, Inc., 1998

Study Grant, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, 1998

Merit Award, University of Toronto, 1998

Study Grant, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, 1998

Students' Union Award, Memorial University, 1998

Winner, Senior Rose Bowl, Kiwanis Music Festival, St. John’s, NL, 1998

Director’s List, School of Music, Memorial University, 1998

Music Faculty Scholarship, Memorial University, 1997

Director’s List, School of Music, Memorial University, 1997

Scholarship, Percussive Arts Society International Conference-SABIAN Cymbals, 1997

Dr. G. B. Olson Scholarship, School of Music, Memorial University, 1996

Dame Vera Lynn Scholarship, School of Music, Memorial University, 1996

Scholarship, Gower Youth Band, St. John's, NL 1996

Dorothy Duff Moores Scholarship, School of Music, Memorial University, 1996

Kiwanis Music Festival Scholarship, St. John's Kiwanis Club, 1996