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Sep 1985May 1989

Bachelor of Music Performance

University of Toronto

Work experience

Sep 2012Present


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 2011Present

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 2002Sep 2009


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 19992010


Laurentian University

I created and implemented a 3-credit course titled 'Music Therapy in Aging" and taught, on average, once per year. Due to the distance I needed to travel, I taught Friday evenings, all day Saturday, and Sunday mornings for three weekends. Students who enrolled in this course came from the Nursing, Gerontology, Music, and Physical Education disciplines.

The purpose of the course was to introduce students to music therapy and instill an understanding of how music is used in our everyday lives. Students leaving the course gained an understanding of simple methods of implementing music in the long-term care setting.

The course was delivered with direct instruction and consisted of lecture, presentation, and hands-on learning strategies.

Mar 19942012

Music Therapist


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.

I currently maintain an 'inactive' professional membership in the American and Canadian music therapy associations but have changed my status to retired.


Bonnie Cameron

Ms. Cameron is currently the head of the English Department at West Hill Secondary School in Owen Sound, Ontario. She was my Associate Teacher during my second student teaching placement in Februrary-March of 2012. 

Matthew Pickett

Mr. Pickett is currently principal at the Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

Robert Hall

Dr. Hall was responsible for my initiating the course Music Therapy and Ageing at Laurentian University. He has observed my work and continues to be a mentor and advisor to me.



I am currently employed by the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board as a teacher at St. Mary's High School in Owen Sound, Ontario. I teach Applied/College and Academic/University English to Grades 9-12 students. I was a part-time professor at Laurentian University from 1998 to 2010. In 1998, I created and implemented a course called Music Therapy in Aging and delivered it to students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds and experiences. My presentation of material was conducted through: direct instruction, audio-visual presentation, group work, and hands-on techniques. Experiential learning was central to the success of students in this course as was collaborative skills and independent learning skills.

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.
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:



Letters of Reference

Student Teaching Evaluations


Students and Student Learning

Professional Knowledge

iTeach Workshop Certifications

Police Check

Extracurricular Activities

  • active member of the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Georgian Bay Woodwind Quintet, bassoon
  • co-coach of the Owen Sound United Under 12 Boys "rep" soccer team
  • percussionist in a local dance band
  • member of the Bruce-Grey Linux User Group
  • casual hockey player when time allows


Orchestral performance.

Choral performance.

Ensemble conducting.

Linux and Open Source Software.

Ice hockey.

Coaching soccer.

Playing adult recreational soccer.


  • 1992 - inducted into the Pi Beta Delta International Honors Society
  • 1994 - inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honorary Society
  • 2012 - Valedictorian of Schulich School of Education graduating Intermediate-Senior class
  • 2012 - recipient of the J.W. Trusler Proficiency Award in Education, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University
  • 2012 - recipient of the iTeach Integration Award from the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University


Welcome to my online CV...

  • OCT #627211
  • Intermediate/Senior qualifications.
  • Teachables: Music and English.

Welcome to my online CV. I am currently completing a one year LTO teaching Grade 8 in the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board.

I have uploaded material that will demonstrate my early knowledge and skills as a teacher. Please browse my information and feel free to contact me if you would like to speak to me directly.

Technology in the Classroom

During my first placement, I made use of Prezi and Wordle to create an exemplar for a presentation project in my Open Guitar course.

During my second placement in the English classroom, I installed and configured a Moodle site. All students were encouraged to use this site to check on assignments, due dates, and any hand outs from class. 


Indigenous Canada by University of Alberta on Coursera. Certificate earned on December 3, 2017

University of Alberta

Grade Achieved: 92.9%

Completed by Sterling MacNay on December 3, 2017

12 weeks, 3-5 hours a week.

Dr. Tracy Bear & Dr. Paul Gareau

Music Therapist

American Association for Music Therapy

Music Therapist Accredited

Canadian Association for Music Therapy
May 2012Present

Ontario Teacher's Certificate

Ontario College of Teachers
Jun 2013Present

Religion - Part 1

Ontario Elementary Catholic Teachers' Association