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Critical thinking in music education can change the world

Critical thinking in music education can change the world

Ludwig van Beethoven believed “music can change the world.” Don Wright Faculty of Music professor Paul Woodford might add that change is more likely if we listen to that music critically and understand its origins. [caption id=”attachment_43684″  …

Choir uses music to bridge culture, memory

Choir uses music to bridge culture, memory

Danxu Ma, a Music Education master’s student, has hit a high note in the London Chinese community as the founder of the London Chinese Intergenerational Choir. Ma came to Western from Beijing, China, in 2014 and experienced feelings of anxiety over the cultural...

Aldrich: Music mentor deserves recognition

Aldrich: Music mentor deserves recognition

I am interested in your recent profiles of distinguished alumni. In the case of Stephan Moccio (“Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods,” Jan. 14, and “Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees,” Feb. 5). I must protest the omission, as far as I can find in your...

Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees

Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees

Western faculty and alumni will compete against the brightest stars in the Canadian music universe after garnering a number of nominations for the 2016 JUNO Awards. Stephan Moccio, BMus’94, had multiple credits, from keyboards to co-writing, on Album of the Year...

Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods

Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods

Hollywood’s awards season continues to celebrate Western alumni Emma Donoghue and Stephan Moccio. Donoghue, DLitt’13, has been nominated for an Academy Award, in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay, for the page-to-screen adaptation of her acclaimed novel Room....

Lessons learned from his year at the keys

Lessons learned from his year at the keys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrp1fK8Gtqc For pianist David Chodoriwsky, BMus’05, 2015 was a challenging year of his own making. In a pledge of self-accountability, Chodoriwsky decided to memorize a new piece of music every week of the year, record it on video and...

Researchers view music ed through new lens

Researchers view music ed through new lens

Educators have always stressed music’s ability to transform individuals – especially youth. But this well-meaning approach has been delivered traditionally in a limited manner, one which promotes a particular set of musical practices and traditions. This approach has...

Western News Newsmakers 2015

Western News Newsmakers 2015

How will we remember 2015? Probably through one or more of these faces. Join us in this spotlight, in brief words and striking images, of some of our favourites from the last year.

Researchers dive into the ‘Epicentre of Elvi’

Researchers dive into the ‘Epicentre of Elvi’

A “lighthearted collaboration” between Don Wright Faculty of Music professors Kari Veblen and Stephanie Horsley is uncovering stories surrounding a “hotbed” of Elvis impersonators in the region.

Krebs: Defend the Enlightenment values

Krebs: Defend the Enlightenment values

Remember and adhere to the values of the Enlightenment while striving to better the world around you, said John Krebs, former Principal of Jesus College at the University of Oxford.

Alumna blends worlds together in her music

Alumna blends worlds together in her music

You’ll find Kara-Lis Coverdale where the old and traditional meet the new and eccentric. “I had the typical, classical upbringing, had my first organist position when I was either 13 or 14. I was an organist for many years; I’m still an organist. But I’ve always been...

Music Research Showcase takes centre stage

Music Research Showcase takes centre stage

The Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University will host its annual Music Research Showcase from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Talbot College and Music Building. Throughout the day, faculty and graduate students will present research in diverse...

Choir uses music to bridge culture, memory

Choir uses music to bridge culture, memory

Danxu Ma, a Music Education master’s student, has hit a high note in the London Chinese community as the founder of the London Chinese Intergenerational Choir. Ma came to Western from Beijing, China, in 2014 and experienced feelings of anxiety over the cultural...

Aldrich: Music mentor deserves recognition

Aldrich: Music mentor deserves recognition

I am interested in your recent profiles of distinguished alumni. In the case of Stephan Moccio (“Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods,” Jan. 14, and “Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees,” Feb. 5). I must protest the omission, as far as I can find in your...

Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees

Western alumni, faculty among JUNO nominees

Western faculty and alumni will compete against the brightest stars in the Canadian music universe after garnering a number of nominations for the 2016 JUNO Awards. Stephan Moccio, BMus’94, had multiple credits, from keyboards to co-writing, on Album of the Year...

Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods

Alumni Donoghue, Moccio earn Oscar nods

Hollywood’s awards season continues to celebrate Western alumni Emma Donoghue and Stephan Moccio. Donoghue, DLitt’13, has been nominated for an Academy Award, in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay, for the page-to-screen adaptation of her acclaimed novel Room....

Lessons learned from his year at the keys

Lessons learned from his year at the keys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrp1fK8Gtqc For pianist David Chodoriwsky, BMus’05, 2015 was a challenging year of his own making. In a pledge of self-accountability, Chodoriwsky decided to memorize a new piece of music every week of the year, record it on video and...

Researchers view music ed through new lens

Researchers view music ed through new lens

Educators have always stressed music’s ability to transform individuals – especially youth. But this well-meaning approach has been delivered traditionally in a limited manner, one which promotes a particular set of musical practices and traditions. This approach has...

Western News Newsmakers 2015

Western News Newsmakers 2015

How will we remember 2015? Probably through one or more of these faces. Join us in this spotlight, in brief words and striking images, of some of our favourites from the last year.

Researchers dive into the ‘Epicentre of Elvi’

Researchers dive into the ‘Epicentre of Elvi’

A “lighthearted collaboration” between Don Wright Faculty of Music professors Kari Veblen and Stephanie Horsley is uncovering stories surrounding a “hotbed” of Elvis impersonators in the region.

Krebs: Defend the Enlightenment values

Krebs: Defend the Enlightenment values

Remember and adhere to the values of the Enlightenment while striving to better the world around you, said John Krebs, former Principal of Jesus College at the University of Oxford.

Alumna blends worlds together in her music

Alumna blends worlds together in her music

You’ll find Kara-Lis Coverdale where the old and traditional meet the new and eccentric. “I had the typical, classical upbringing, had my first organist position when I was either 13 or 14. I was an organist for many years; I’m still an organist. But I’ve always been...

Music Research Showcase takes centre stage

Music Research Showcase takes centre stage

The Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University will host its annual Music Research Showcase from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Talbot College and Music Building. Throughout the day, faculty and graduate students will present research in diverse...