Chinook Music Week to be heard loud and clear

April 13 -17 is Chinook Music Week. This is a week, organized each year by the Chinook Music Curriculum Advisory Committee and supported by the Chinook School Division.

It is dedicated to music in the division and allows the committee the opportunity to bring in some exceptional clinicians to work with students and teachers. The focus is different each year. This year the focus is both on classroom music and band.

The classroom music workshops will kick off on Tuesday April 14th with a teacher evening lead by clinician Janie Fries. This is not the first time Janie has done workshops in Chinook schools and the committee were keen to have her back to share her expertise with both students and teachers.  Throughout the course of her teaching career, Janie Fries has taught the gamut from Pre-K to university music education classes but the majority of her experiences have come from the students in the Moose Jaw Catholic schools, teaching classroom music, choir and band.

Her Orff education was taken at the U of R and the University of Alberta, including her Level 3 and a master’s course in the Orff pedagogy, which has given her the tools to provide a creative musical experience for her students. She has been actively involved in Saskatchewan Arts Education curriculum writing, advising and actualizing for the past twenty years and has written lessons for the National Arts Centre “Music Alive Program”, providing lessons for the non-specialist music teacher in Saskatchewan schools.

Although now retired from teaching music in the schools, she continues to be a sessional lecturer at the University of Regina teaching Orff Levels I and II during the summer.

The teacher session on April 14th will look at a variety of ways to introduce and reinforce the elements of music incorporating the Orff approach while focusing on the creative process.

The student sessions, taking place at Gull Lake, Shaunavon, Success, Cabri, Ashley Park and Stewart Valley schools over three days, are inspired by children’s literature and will each result in a short performance.
Also starting Tuesday, band students will benefit from the expertise of Bill Wahl. Bill is a graduate of the MELAB program [Music Education Laboratory] of the University of Alberta, has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon, and a Diploma of Fine Arts in Advanced Wind Band Conducting from the University of Calgary.

The Alberta Band Association has recognized Bill as one of Alberta’s Most Outstanding Band Directors, and Phi Beta Mu has presented him with the David Peterkin Award for Outstanding Service to Band Music. He has also been nominated twice for recognition through Alberta Learning, and has most recently been given the Vondis Miller Legacy Award by the Alberta Band Association and a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Bill has been very involved with the Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands and the Alberta Adult Band Workshop program.

Retired from full time music director of the Crescent Heights High School Instrumental Program, Bill is now active as clinician, adjudicator and musical director of the Medicine Hat Concert Band Society. Bill will work over the four days at Maple Creek, Gull Lake, Centennial , Fairview, Irwin, SCCHS and with Prairie West band.

The week will be tremendous learning experience for the students and teachers alike.

via SW Sask News – Prairie Post – Prairie Post

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