I believe that music theoretical, analytical, and aural skills are stepping stones for young musicians toward interpretive maturity, and that the ideal classroom provides an inclusive social space for exploration, discovery, and interpretation.
In my music theory classes, I endeavour to provide students with opportunities for active learning, sustained individual reflection, collaborative discovery, and demonstration of learning in innovative, individualized ways. I also believe that today's students deserve the opportunity to hear and explore wonderful music that has been created by musicians from a broad spectrum of experiences and perspectives on the world, including women, indigenous composers, and composers of colour.
Since aural skills training is brain training, I believe it is important to appreciate the natural neurodiversity among any group of students, and the diversity in the kinds of prior training they have had. Improvement is the goal, regardless of a particular student's starting point, and the instructor's role is to provide the challenges and support each student needs to strengthen their skills.
I teach undergraduate music theory and aural skills courses, including MUSIC 151, 251, 255, and 256, and also serve as co-ordinator of aural skills.