Archive for April, 2013

May Day, again

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Hooray, hooray The first of May Outside s—x Begins today (anonymous) On Wednesday I’ll be making my yearly trek to Trimble Park in Point Grey to attend the annual May Morning celebrations of the Vancouver Morris Dance Community, staged since 1990. I’ll have to get there at 5:30 AM to take in the first event […]

Karaoke versus Folk Singing

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The other morning I was walking down the main street of my neighbourhood, take-out coffee in hand, when I walked by my local karaoke store for the umpteenth time. I use the word “my” advisedly, because I’m not a karaoker. And I am not their target consumer, given the all the posters in the window […]

A Radical New Classroom

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

As I prepare for my summer class, it occurred to me that I could radically re-organize the classroom experience for the students. But at what cost? In the last few years I have worked inexorably towards an educational environment that moved steadily away from rote learning, and towards collaborative education.  The most vivid example of […]

World Music week at UBC

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Last week Professor Hesselink of the Ethnomusicology Department announced an exciting program for a World Music Week. It will feature four dynamic groups representing traditional China, Bali, Korea, and sub-Sahara Africa. The week of special performances is a chance for the hard-working ensemble members to display their passionate commitment, wrested from their precious time normally […]

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