MusiCounts Learn Town Hall: Decolonizing Music Education in Canada
219 Dufferin St
219 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6K 3J1, Canada
This MusiCounts Learn Town Hall is presented by APTN.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the current global social uprising against white supremacy calls for a reconsideration of business as usual in music education. This Town Hall will bring together different perspectives on this issue from across Canada, and will urge participants to critically reexamine and reimagine the foundations of our practice. In encouraging teachers to take risks and ask questions, this conversation will offer a space to reflect on the biases that are embedded in the field of music education, and share ideas on how to move toward more equitable music education practices that meet the needs of this moment and the needs of our students.
This MusiCounts Learn Town Hall, presented by APTN, will take place virtually on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00pm EST, live on MusiCounts’ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MusiCounts/.
Sherryl Sewepagaham is Cree-Dene from the Little Red River Cree Nation and is currently a music therapist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. She has been a district consultant and a K-6 elementary music educator for over two decades integrating First Nations content. Sherryl co-founded the 2006 Juno-nominated Indigenous women’s trio, Asani and composes and arranges traditional-based, original songs and choral repertoire for children, youth and adult choirs in the Cree language. She continues to create Indigenous teacher resources, including for the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program.
Antía González Ben is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Her work explores contemporary music education discourses as they relate to notions of equity and justice. Prior to her appointment, she worked as a public-school teacher in Madison, Wisconsin. She was born in Galicia, Spain, where she grew up making music within the Galician folk and Western art music traditions.
Darren Hamilton is a secondary music educator at the Peel District School Board. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Toronto with research interests in formal gospel music education and equity, diversity, and social justice in music education. Darren is the founding director of the University of Toronto credit Gospel Choir course and when not teaching, he is an active workshop clinician and choral director.
Nicole Schutz is Métis from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and has been a music specialist for 19 years with the Edmonton Public School District. Nicole holds a Level III Orff certification from Carl Orff Canada and a certificate in World Music Pedagogy from the Smithsonian Institute. Nicole is co-author of Nitohta, the Indigenous music teacher’s guide for the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program. She presents on topics of World and Indigenous music nationally.
Teachers, parents, and anyone curious about the current state of music education in Canada are encouraged to tune in. Questions for the panelists will be accepted via Facebook and Twitter during the live event. For those who can’t watch the town hall live, it will be recorded and made available on MusiCounts’ website following the event.
The Town Hall will be moderated by Nick Godsoe, live on MusiCounts’ Facebook page.
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MusiCounts Learn Town Hall