Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1999 – Province: Prince Edward Island

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Rowan Fitzgerald

School: Queen Charlotte Intermediate School

Principal: Lee Forbes
School website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Band, general music appreciation

Teaching approach:

  • Encourage students to be highly competitive with their own potential, measuring themselves against the best they can possibly be.
  • Develop rapport with students through humour.
  • Command attention by giving constant attention.

Outstanding achievements:

Employs mastery learning, self-evaluation and prescription, peer coaching and team evaluation to create popular courses with virtually no attrition:

  • four bands involve 30 percent of student population: grades 7, 8, and 9 concert bands, and an all-grades jazz band
  • general music appreciation classes bring music to half of the school
  • students go to high school with highly developed musical skills, a sense of commitment to groups, an understanding of their role in an ensemble, and a sense of responsibility to music and fellow musicians. Many pursue music after high school.

Encouraged further development of musical skills and enjoyment by youth by co-founding non-competitive band festivals and summer camps:

  • Concert Band Festival brings together more than 30 provincial bands for learning, professional development and constructive feedback for players and directors alike
  • P.E.I. summer band camp, now in its 14th year, hosts 320 young musicians for a week of instruction, performance and fun. Camp alumni, now music teachers and performers, return as instructors.

Rave reviews:

"He skillfully goes where the students are and takes them on a magical journey of discovery – about music making, about life." Fellow teacher

"He looks and acts like a music teacher, but in truth his job is making gold." Nominator

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