Music Academies

Summer Conference Day 2017 - Tuesday, July 11th

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The Summer Conference Day is presented as part of the Summer Institute of courses offered to students taking graduate education degree programs from Acadia University's School of Education.  

Though the Summer Conference Day is a requirement for all M.Ed. students taking Summer Institute courses at Acadia, registration is also open for other educators and professionals to attend.

Summer Conference Day 2017:

8:30am—9:00am

Coffee/Tea and Greetings (Festival Theatre Foyer)

9:00am—9:15am

Opening Remarks and Greetings (Festival Theatre)

— Dr. John Guiney Yallop, Director, School of Education

— Dr. Gregg MacKinnon, Graduate Coordinator, School of Education

— Dr. Beth Robinson, Counselling Coordinator, School of Education

9:15am—10:30am

Keynote Address: “Mental Health Literacy and Stress: From Confusion to Clarity" (Festival Theatre Auditorium) 

Dr. Stan Kutcher
Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health

10:30am—10:45am

Nutrition Break (Festival Theatre Foyer)

11:00am—12:15pm

"Making Room — A Culture of Inclusion, Part 1"   (Patterson Hall 206)

These sessions for new 2017 Counselling students explore what ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’ represent for each of us.  Genuine curiosity, combined with awareness of our biases, values, and beliefs, helps to create space for appreciation of diversity in which to build a culture of inclusion.

— Andria Hill-Lehr

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"Program Evaluation Workshop - Part 1"   (Patterson Hall 308)

These sessions are for 2016 and 2015 Counselling students .

Shannon Delbridge
Executive Director, NS Department of Public Works and Strategic Initiatives

 

11:00am—12:15pm

"Redesigning the Stress Response"   (Festival Theatre Auditorium)

Picking up from Dr. Kutcher’s keynote, we’ll take a deeper dive into the stress response, learning how we can make it work for us, how we should be responding to stress in kids, and how what we’re doing right now may be doing more harm than good.

Vanessa Bruce Little
Knowledge Translation Lead, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health

12:30pm—1:30pm

Lunch (Wheelock Dining Hall)

1:45pm—3:15pm

 

"Making Room — A Culture of Inclusion, Part 2"   (Patterson Hall 206)

These sessions are for the new 2017 Counselling students.

Andria Hill-Lehr

 

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"Program Evaluation Workshop - Part 2"   (Patterson Hall 308)

These sessions are for 2016 and 2015 Counselling students.

Shannon Delbridge
Executive Director, NS Department of Public Works and Strategic Initiatives

 

1:45pm—3:15pm

"Helping Students Navigate the Transition from High School to University or College"   (Festival Theatre Auditorium)

The transition from high school to postsecondary can be an exciting yet challenging time for many students. Students are often assumed to have a certain level of knowledge, when in many cases, they don’t. We’ll discuss an evidence-based resource that has been designed to help close this gap and discuss how it can be applied in school settings to help students make the most of their time at university.

— Vanessa Bruce Little
Knowledge Translation Lead, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health

 

Parking Options on Conference Day: 

Persons with valid parking passes can park in the Festival Theatre lot, or anywhere else on campus where parking passes are valid. There is also FREE parking available in the adjacent Athletics (Arena) parking lot on Tuesday July 11th, as Security staff will use a "no-ticketing" policy that day for the Athletics parking lot. 

Master of Education in Curriculum Studies with a Focus in Music Education

Teaching music has grown increasingly complex over the last number of years. Teachers today face a changing society, technological shifts, and a student body with diverse needs. Recent efforts to address these challenges through curriculum reform have met with normal resistance to institutional change.

The Acadia University School of Education, in partnership with Acadia's School of Music and Open Acadia, offers this part-time program as a combination of summer institute and online and blended courses. The program is designed to be course-based, but students with a strong interest in research can also consider a thesis option.  

Acadia’s program design is unique, and includes:

  • a cohort model
  • a sequenced degree curriculum, where courses are designed to build from one course to the next, culminating in a capstone experience
  • a hybrid of virtual classroom, online modules, and individual/group instruction including face-to-face meetings with professors and advisors
  • scheduling that is friendly to working professionals, including virtual classroom sessions and two week summer residency on campus (as opposed to usual 8 week requirements in other “four-summer” degree programs)
  • rigor achieved through the hybrid design (not simply a collection of unconnected survey courses often found in other distance learning degree programs) combined with a 2-year timeline for completion
  • There are 10 courses to be taken for the completion of the degree, and the courses are offered over a two year period.  

Two cohorts went through the program from 2012-14, and a third cohort finished in Summer 2015. Our fourth cohort began courses in January 2016.

Our next cohort will be starting in September 2017. 

The Acadia University Master of Education in Curriculum Studies with a Focus in Music Education provides teachers with opportunities to learn and share experiences with colleagues in courses that offer both theoretical grounding and practical application.  Through this program, teachers will be able to develop as leaders in music educators, and to:

  • Refine their teaching abilities with expanded knowledge of both the theories behind music instruction and the application of those theories to the classroom;
  • Further their professional development and open up new career opportunities
  • Allow learning from both the comfort of home and from classrooms at Acadia's historic campus;
  • Provide individual attention from professors who can relate to you as an educator.

Renowned music educators associated with past program cohorts have included Dale Lonis, Jeffrey Agrell, Ardith Haley, Barbara Barter, June Countryman, Eric Favaro, Mark Hopkins, Ruth Morrison, among others. 

Planned Courses for Cohort Starting in September 2017:

EDUC 5633:  Curriculum Foundations, Fall 2017 (online)   
EDUC 5663:  Curriculum Practice, Winter 2018 (online)
EDUC 5643:  Major Theoretical Developments in Curriculum Studies, Spring 2018 (online)
EDUC 5843:  Instructional Design, Summer 2018 (campus)
EDUC 5053:  Ensembleship: Physical Leadership as Teacher, Coach and Mentor, Summer 2018 (campus)
EDUC 50G3:  Research Literacy, Fall 2018 (online)
EDUC 5673:  Current Research and Theory: Music Education, Winter 2019 (online)
EDUC 5053:   Problems in Ed: Creativity in Music Education, Spring 2019 (online)
EDUC 5053:    Music Playshop, Summer 2019 (campus)
EDUC 5053:   Capstone Project in Music Education, Summer 2019 (campus)

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Applications:

If you are interested in joining the upcoming cohort of this program, we are still accepting applications.  

Be sure to note that your application is for the Master of Education in Curriculum Studies with a Focus on Music Education.

If you have any questions about the application process for graduate education programs at Acadia, please contact our Graduate Studies office: 

http://gradstudies.acadiau.ca/programs.html ;

or via email:

gradadmissions@acadiau.ca

For School of Education graduate program info and FAQ's:

http://education.acadiau.ca/graduate-programs.html

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School of Education: Open Acadia:  Graduate Studies:
Dr. Gregory MacKinnon          John Christopher Joy Cunningham
Graduate Coordinator Manager, Credit Programs Graduate Education Course Manager
School of Education Open Acadia Research and Graduate Studies
Acadia University Acadia University Acadia University
Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6 Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6                 Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6
  902.585.1434 902.585.1466
graded@acadiau.ca openacadia@acadiau.ca gradadmissions@acadiau.ca

M.Ed in Curriculum Studies

Though a new Creativity cohort is not being planned for this year, students are advised that wthin the M. Ed in Curriculum Studies degree, there a good degree of flexibility with core and elective courses, such that students can choose to focus on the area of Creativity and innovation within their degrees. 

Graduate students interested in this can choose to take courses offered regularly by our School of Education (including, for example, the EDUC 5663 P4 - Curriculum Practice: Creative Strategies for Learning, Teaching and Assessment course scheduled for Summer 2017).  While this alternative does not have the concentration of creativity content that some teachers are looking for in a specific Creativity cohort, it does offer more possibilities for blending with areas such as leadership, inclusion and  technology within the courses that make up the degree. 

The M.Ed in Curriculum Studies degree program is designed to be course-based, but students with a strong interest in research could also consider a thesis option. The program provides teachers with opportunities to learn and share experiences with colleagues in courses that offer both theoretical grounding and practical application.

 

Letters of Interest:

If you are interested in possibly joining an upcoming cohort program, please send us a letter of interest.  Be sure to note that your interest is for the Master of Education in Curriculum Studies with a Focus on Creativity.

Letters of interest can be sent via email to:    gradinfo@acadiau.ca

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If you have any questions about the application process for graduate education at Acadia, please contact our Graduate Studies Office by emailing gradadmissions@acadiau.ca

You may also wish to contact the Graduate Coordinator, School of Education, to discuss the specifics of your intended program of study.  More info here on the School of Education website: http://education.acadiau.ca/ .

 

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Dr. Gregory MacKinnon     John Christopher Joy Cunningham
Graduate Coordinator Manager, Credit Programs             Graduate Education Course Manager
School of Education Open Acadia Research and Graduate Studies
Acadia University Acadia University Acadia University
Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6 Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6 Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6
  902.585.1434  902.585.1466
graded@acadiau.ca openacadia@acadiau.ca gradinfo@acadiau.ca

Contact Us

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Fax:  902-585-1057 
phone Rhodes Hall, Attn: Open Acadia
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS 
B4P 2R6
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Monday — Friday
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