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Year: 1999 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Frederick Hagen

School: Lansdowne Junior Secondary School

Principal: Barry Turner
Grades/Subjects Taught: Elementary, junior and senior concert and jazz bands, computer-generated music composition

Teaching Approach:

  • Equip students with knowledge, attitude and abilities they need to succeed in tomorrow's world.
  • Promote student-centred learning, engage students in collaborative problem solving, work with them to find their own resolution.
  • Recognize and respect different learning styles, employ all strategies to find one most helpful to specific student's learning.

Outstanding Achievements:

Introduced music composition class, one of two in school district:

  • provides computers, synthesizers and Internet for students to create and present music
  • draws on other subjects to enhance music learning process – African music enriched with maps, cultural information, pictures
  • encourages access of various learning resources when studying music and its history
  • resulted in students writing original music compositions to portray evolution and development of music from medieval period to 20th century.

Conducts extensive music and band program in school:

  • combines other disciplines into band assignments; each semester students complete a self-directed project on any subject of choice, relating it to their musical interests
  • requires students in jazz band to meet outside school hours as part of regular credit course – jazz players meet early morning twice a week
  • enrolled 38 percent of student body in band and composition courses, another 10 percent enrolled in newly formed choir and jazz dance classes
  • students play in Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, two students are members of provincial honours band, former students became professional musicians.