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Friday, February 21 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Attracting New and Diverse Students with Popular Music Education

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With the decline of student numbers in traditional based music programs, popular music programming
is a great way to engage students. This type of programming attracts new and diverse students who
would not normally sign up for band or choir. This session will include a discussion about setting up a
popular music program based around guitar education, rock band classes and music technology.
For this, we will examine the www.gslakieguitar.com program. Topics include informal/formal
learning, authentic music education practices and a historical perspective of popular music in
music education. The session hopes to give music educators ideas on how to offer diverse
programming with the goal of attracting 21st century learners to a new form music education.

Speakers
avatar for Sheldon Arvay

Sheldon Arvay

Mr. Arvay is the teacher and head of the guitar program at G.S. Lakie Middle School in Lethbridge, AB. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from Minot State in 1999 and then taught concert band for nine years before moving to G.S. Lakie to start a guitar program. He completed... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Imperial 3 Hyatt