Canadian Musician - November/December 2021 - Page 54

The Non-Traditional Approach

Our 2021 Focus on Music Education

might enter into a certain part of the industry , but what we teach is so , I don ’ t want to say “ broad ” in a bad way , but it ’ s easy to pivot into other areas of the industry as well .
CM : Why is it important for people even on the performing and recording side of the industry to have some knowledge of the business side ?
Waugh : At the end of the day , as a performer or songwriter or recording artist , it ’ s your career . The industry is shifting a little bit to building teams . As an artist , you need to know where you want to go and how to get there . Part of that is learning , what does a royalty statement look like and how do I make money ? How do I read a contract ? How do I market myself and promote myself ? Even if you ’ re not the person who ’ s doing that because you are building these teams , you are able to be in the conversations around that , which is very important to protect yourself as well .
CM : As the music industry and music world change so rapidly , do you find your teaching methods have to adapt to these changes ?
Waugh : Yes and no . There are foundational principles that will always be there , but adapting content as is needed , absolutely . As we tell our students constantly , you have to read about our industry , and not just the charts and entertainment section , and faculty does that as well . We wouldn ’ t be relevant if we weren ’ t doing that .
STUDENT & TEACHER AT THE MARITIME CONSERVATORY OF PERFORMANCE ARTS

The Non-Traditional Approach

Maritime Conservatory of Performance Arts ( Halifax , NS )
Nicole Anaka : Kindermusik Department Head Sibylle Marquardt : Dean of Music
CM : In general , what is special about your school that students might not find at others ?
Sibylle Marquardt : What makes our school unique , first of all , is the history . It is now in its 134 th year since it was founded and it is kind of an important hub for the Maritimes in terms of having a conservatory that is running for that long consecutively . The other thing that is interesting about our school is that we do have music and dance under one roof , and that we serve every age , so we go from birth
until age is still possible . There will be a centre for music therapy coming next year as well . Let ’ s get to that other thing as well — we do have the wonderful Kindermusik program that is run through the Maritime Conservatory and Nicole can talk about that .
Nicole Anaka : As Sibylle mentioned , we do start at birth , so our Kindermusik program focuses on children aged up to seven and their families , and one of the things that ’ s really special about it is that we ’ re a music and movement program , but our goal is really the development of the whole child . Music and movement are sort of the means by which we support development in all areas , including social , emotional , and academic readiness . It ’ s a process-based instead of performance-based music program .
CM : What do the courses in the Kindermusik program generally look like ?
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