Sep 2012 - Present
I am currently teaching a 1-year LTO at St. Mary's High School in Owen Sound, Ontario. After two years at the elementary level where the challenge of preparing to teach all subjects to one group of learners was highly rewarding and educational to me, I am currently teaching Grade 9 and 10 English as well as Civics and Careers. After this current year, I am hoping to have the opportunity to work within the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board again at either the elementary or secondary level.
Jun 2011 - Present
Music Therapist - Consultant
I am in the process of consulting with the VON Grey-Bruce and Grey Bruce Hospice to assist their outreach volunteers in the design and implementation of a structured music intervention for clients. The program follows the Music Care model but will be adjusted to align with the needs of both the volunteers, clients, and deployment environment.
Sep 2002 - Sep 2009
As an artist in the classroom, I collaborated with teachers of all subjects to create lessons that delivered curricular-based education through music.
May 1999 - Present
I created and implemented a 3-credit course titled 'Music Therapy in Aging" and teach, on average, once per year. Due to the distance I need to travel, I teach Friday evenings, all day Saturday, and Sunday mornings for three weekends. Students who have taken this course have come from Nursing, Gerontology, Music, and Physical Education to name a few.
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to music therapy and instill an understanding of how music is used in our everyday lives. Students leaving the course gain an understanding of simple methods of implementing music in the long-term care setting.
The course is delivered with direct instruction and consists of lecture, presentation, and hands-on learning strategies.
Mar 1994 - Present
I developed and implemented individual and group music therapy programs for the long-term care, head injury, developmentally disabled, and adult psychiatric populations throughout Grey and Bruce counties.