Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1998 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

Katherine Vanderhorst , Allan Molnar , George Brasovan , Mary Lou Sicoly

School: Dante Alighieri Academy

Principal: Sue Sillery
Grades/Subjects Taught: Elementary and secondary music, drama and multimedia

Teaching approach:

  • Encourage students to use computer technology to learn, perform, compose, arrange and record music to create a sense of pride and achievement.
  • Use technology as a bridge to other subjects such as drama, art and creative writing.
  • Teach students to critically evaluate their own achievements and to build on what they have done.

Outstanding achievements:

  • set up a lab using computers with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology along with keyboards and traditional music instruments
  • convinced a major computer company to support the project
  • selected and trained a team of teachers to plan and implement a thematic unit that incorporates music, drama, visual arts and technology.

Developed a Grade 9 multimedia unit that allows students not interested in pursuing music a chance to experience the music lab.

Established Grade 8 outreach program that takes the school band and vocalist and dance groups to up to 10 elementary schools to introduce students to the wonder and excitement of the performing arts.

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