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Music education leader will speak in Brandon

De Capo conference participants.

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De Capo conference participants.

An award-winning national leader in music education will be the keynote speaker at the annual Da Capo Conference this Saturday at Brandon University.

Mark Reid is the Fine Arts Department Head at Vancouver Technical Secondary School as well as president of the Canadian Music Educators Association, creative director and founder of Carpe Ictus Music, and recent winner of the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, a subdivision of the Juno Awards.

Reid joins a lineup of speakers and facilitators at this year’s conference, an all-day workshop of professional development opportunities for music educators presented by the Brandon University Student Music Educators Association. Sessions include challenging your percussionists, rehearsal techniques in choral conducting, a leadership roundtable, concepts of conducting, sound and light system basics, vocal production techniques, and Aboriginal perspectives in music.

"Participants will have a chance to hear first-hand from national leaders about innovations in music education," said Erin Dodds, president of the association. "This year’s speaker lineup is remarkably strong and varied."

Previous Da Capo Conferences have drawn participants from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the US. Dodds says all music educators, music education students, music administrators, and education students are welcome to attend. Walk-ups are accepted.

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