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.