HAVER­GAL COL­LEGE

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - JEFF Ma­cLEAN ELE­MEN­TARY VO­CAL MU­SIC TEACHER

Mu­sic is a large part of the fab­ric of Haver­gal Col­lege, and Jeff Ma­cLean is one of the main rea­sons why. “We use mu­sic to cel­e­brate, re­flect, lift up and in­spire,” Ma­cLean says. When he is not in his class­room teach­ing Grades 1 to 6 vo­cal mu­sic, you can find him lead­ing or or­ga­niz­ing the mu­sic por­tion of the morn­ing assem­bly or af­ter school and con­duct­ing the Pri­mary and Ju­nior Choirs who per­form sev­eral times a year at school events, com­mu­nity events and the Toronto Ki­wa­nis Fes­ti­val.

“All of my stu­dents are mu­si­cians in the mak­ing,” Ma­cLean says. He truly be­lieves that mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion is for ev­ery­one and that his goal is to en­rich his stu­dents’ lives so they can par­tic­i­pate in and ap­pre­ci­ate mu­sic in a deeper way as adults.

“Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to teach at Haver­gal Col­lege has al­lowed me to ex­plore the many facets of mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion. Over the past five years, I’ve grown as an ed­u­ca­tor by ex­per­i­ment­ing with new ideas and tak­ing risks with chal­leng­ing and un­fa­mil­iar reper­toire – I see the re­sults in my stu­dents’ con­fi­dence and pas­sion for mu­sic.” Ma­cLean also tries to con­nect what he is do­ing in the class­room with sto­ry­telling, the hu­man­i­ties and other sub­jects.

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