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Monday, May 28 • 11:20am - 12:05pm
Transformative Music Education and Holistic Learning in the KPU Music Program

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What does “care” look like in the 21st Century post-secondary music classroom? In the music department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, faculty members are engaged in exploring how concepts merge with autonomy and agency within a number of the newly developed courses in the music curriculum. How are student’s creative ideas developed, produced and distributed, and how might these ideas travel through an educative trajectory of courses that are distinct yet complimentary?

Beginning in Jodi Proznick’s Jazz History course, we will demonstrate how students are engaged within interest-driven inquiry-based learning, developing music compositions that reflect their individual points of view and insights in relation to the course materials.  These projects are then carried forward into Dr. Gordon Cobb’s music technology course where ideas and compositions are developed into music recordings and collaborative music videos.  The educative trajectory continues in Don Hlus’ Business of Music course, where students develop websites containing artist statements, biographies, music playlists, video galleries and business plans that add depth, personality and branding to their developing profiles as emerging music artists.  This collaborative and holistic approach to music programming aims to make music education transformative by creating student-centred, interest-driven learning environments that are relevant, practical and engaging for 21st Century music learners.  

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Dr. Gordon Cobb

Faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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Don Hlus

Director of Guitar, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Classical & Acoustic Finger-Style GuitaristDedicated Music EducatorDon Hlus has been on Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 1993 and served as Chair of the Music Department from 2012-2018. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar... Read More →
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Jodi Proznick

Music Faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Juno-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada's finest jazz artists. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in '08 and'09. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic... Read More →

Monday May 28, 2018 11:20am - 12:05pm AKDT
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