I am a Professor in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University where I teach Music in the Bachelor of Education Program. I am also a full member of Nipissing University’s Graduate Studies Department in Education where I teach general "Research Methods" and also supervise a number of student dissertations.
I have ten years of post-secondary teaching experience in Ontario, and I have also taught for both Public and Catholic School Boards in Ontario for 14 years, including 2 years at the elementary level and 12 years at the secondary school level. The majority of my Ontario School Board experience was spent teaching secondary school music (choir, strings, band, guitar, and music technology) where I also served as Department Head of the Arts at Victoria Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
Since I have spent over 12 years in the secondary school music classroom, it is not surprising that music lies at the core of my overall research agenda. From a research perspective, I have identified 6 portals of interest:
Professional Musical Experience (Creative Scholarship):
As a bass player, I have over 1200 professional performances to my credit, including national and international festivals, concerts, television shows, and private functions. I have also recorded and toured internationally with Juno Award winner and platinum selling artist Robert Michaels. Other performance credits include playing bass for Juno Award winner and Canadian Idol judge Sass Jordan, Order of Canada Recipient Guido Basso, comedian Joan Rivers, Gemini Award winner Michael Burgess, and over 500 performances with two-time Juno Award winner Liberty Silver. I have also opened up for numerous headlining acts including Neil Sedaka, Don Rickles, The Temptations, and Andy Kim. Compositional credits include the score to award-winning children's animated film Attic-in-the-Blue (first place winner at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival).
Hanging out backstage with internationally renowned bassist Damian Erskine on October 03, 2018 at the Capitol Theatre in North Bay, Ontario.