Inquiry and Identity in the Music Classroom

Traditional music performance classes are based on the Western classical music model of instruction which often prioritizes ensemble results, performance outcomes and artistic goals of the conductor and/or composer. Individual assessment tends to be focused on technical skill and literacy rather than artistic expression. This leaves little room for developing musicians to explore their own expressive capacities.  


Is there space in this structure for more opportunity for young musicians to explore concepts, ideas, knowledge, and skill to develop their individual expressive capacity? Are there ways to greater enable young musicians to use their artistic practice to communicate their own uniqueness, stories, ancestry, and understandings?  


This workshop will give examples of lessons and exercises intended to increase the artistic autonomy of each student with a goal of developing individual expressiveness, aesthetic and ability.  

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10:50 AM - 12:20 PM

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  • Music Arts Collective
    Kelly Proznick

    Kelly Proznick is an educator, musician and conductor living on the traditional and unceded shared territories of the Halq'eméylem speaking Coast Salish peoples, currently known as New Westminster. Her professional practice is focused on enabling connection, artistry, and imagination through community and relationships.  


    For the past 18 years, Kelly has been teaching and conducting ensembles at New Westminster Secondary School where she is also the Department Head for Visual and Performing Arts. In her role as part-time District Arts Facilitator, she is responsible for the creation of a District Arts Education Strategy that will be a living document to guide arts education in SD40 schools. She is part of the production team Schools Out Productions, which produces large-scale musicals for youth and Up Close Recitals, which has produced several recital series featuring small professional ensembles in intimate venues in New Westminster. Kelly is a member of the artistic team of Coastal Sound Music Academy (Coquitlam BC), conducting the adult choir DeCoro. She has presented workshops or co-led youth programming for a variety of organizations including BC Music Educators Association, Chor Leoni Men's Choir, Elektra Women's Choir, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music. Kelly has a BMus from McGill, a BEd from UBC and a MEd from SFU.Her masters capstone project, an inter-disciplinary investigation of place, self and belonging, was nominated for the Western Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Capstone Project Award in 2019/2020.