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Education

Education
Sep 1985 - May 1989

Bachelor of Music Performance

University of Toronto

Work History

Work History

Sep 2012 - Present

Teacher

Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board

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

VON Grey-Bruce

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

Musician

Learning Through the Arts

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

Professor

Laurentian University

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

Music Therapist

Self-Employed

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.

Skills

Skills

Teaching

I am currently employed by the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board as a teacher at St. Peter's and St. Paul's School in Durham, Ontario. I teach Grade 8 with music as a specialty.   I am also a part-time professor at Laurentian University. In 1998, I created and implemented a course called Music Therapy in Aging and continue to deliver to students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds and experiences. My presentation of material is conducted through: direct instruction, audio-visual presentation, group work, and hands-on techniques. Experiential learning is central to the success of students in this course as are collaborative skills and independent learning skills.

Coaching

My most recently acquired skill is that of coaching. I have helped co-coach and continue the existence of a "rep" soccer team in Owen Sound. This endeavour has revealed the amount of time and commitment required to have success with children and their parents. It has also exposed me to the successful handling of large amounts of money and organization of team busing and scheduling.

Musician

I have been privileged to have an association with the Georgian Bay Symphony and the GBS Woodwind Quintet. In both ensembles, I have been a bassoonist and have played various repertoire in between 5-10 concerts per year.   I have choral conducting skills that were put to use for 5 years when I as conductor of the Wiarton Community Choir from 1997-2002. I intend to put these skills to use in the future when the opportunity presents itself.   For the past 23 years, I have played drums in a local dance band. This band has played weddings, anniversaries, special events, private parties, and even on CityTV. The most rewarding work this group still does is playing fund raisers such as the "Walk for the Cure" event in Cape Croker in the fall of each year.

Linux software

I have been an avid linux user since 1998 and have learned a grab deal about how to set up a user-based system. My knowledge and skills have been honed from hours of reading manuals and asking questions of those with more extensive knowledge than myself.   More recently, I have set up web servers and the Moodle online educational environment: http://smacnay.dyndns.org/moodle

Certifications

Certifications

Music Therapist

American Association for Music Therapy

Music Therapist Accredited

Canadian Association for Music Therapy
May 2012 - Present

Ontario Teacher's Certificate

Ontario College of Teachers
Jun 2013 - Present

Religion - Part 1

Ontario Elementary Catholic Teachers' Association