Work and Education

Education
Master of Teaching (2017-present) 
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto 

Master of Music: Piano Performance (2005-2007) 
University of Ottawa 

Bachelor of Music: Honours Performance (Piano) (2001-2005) 
University of Western Ontario  

Work 
Music Director (2013-present) 
Knox Presbyterian Church (Agincourt) 

Private Piano Teacher (2005-present) 

Music Director (2007-2013) 
Glen Ayr United Church 

Additional Training 
Alan Fraser Piano Institute (2015, 2016, 2018) 
Dalcroze Training – Toronto Summer Intensive Training Course (2010, 2012) 
Queen of Puddings Summer Training Programme for Young Artists (2007) 
Summer Masterclass Training with Pianist, Cécile Ousset in Puycelsi, France (2003, 2004)

Practicum Experience

Kindergarten
My first practicum placement thrust me into a class full of energetic and inquisitive young students.  It was a joy to guide, and be guided by these young, inquiring minds as they explored the environment and activities in the classroom.  Highlights from my time included:

  • read alouds on the carpet
  • playing with numbers, patterns, and puzzles
  • building towers with plastic cups
  • music making with student-made pan flutes and composing songs with jars filled with water
  • exploring buoyancy at the water table and building boats

Grade 3/4
My second placement was a creative and free flowing classroom.  The class had frequent access to technology which enabled me to help students with their research skills and writing.  As well, I was able to follow up on my research interests and teach the mathematics units for the duration of my placement.  My math programme included:

  • hands-on use of manipulatives to illustrate addition and subtraction
  • use of multiple problem solving strategies
  • mental math strategies
  • math talks
  • small group discussion
  • formal assessment