Relational Pedagogy: Community, Culture & Leadership in Your Program

Music teachers and student-musicians connect in multiple ways through various interaction at school. As such, music programs are often a place where students feel they "belong" or connected to others. This course honors these connections, addressing pedagogy and practice that balances established boundaries with modeling of healthy, reciprocal, responsible and respectful relationships.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Engage relational pedagogy in instructional practice

  • Demonstrate strategies of student engagement for leadership purposes

  • Conduct strategic planning and plan for change management

  • Demonstrate value for student voice

  • Exemplify principles of leadership

Instructor: Mark Reid

Mark Reid
Mark Reid  (MMEd ’14)  is the arts education coordinator at the British Columbia Ministry of Education. He is the former Director of Bands and Choirs at Vancouver Technical Secondary School, the 2013 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for the 2015 Global Teacher Prize. Reid holds degrees from VanderCook and the University of Victoria. A career volunteer, he is past president of the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, Secretary of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, a member of Phi Beta Mu, and on the Program Advisory Council for Music at Vancouver Community College. Reid is also a charter member of the Varkey Teacher Ambassadors, and has lectured at the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and Brandon University. His arrangements for concert band and string orchestra are published by Tempo Press and Grand Mesa Music. In 2016, Reid was guest conductor for Vancouver’s Cor Flammae ensemble. Recent engagements in professional development include presenting at the Disney Performing Arts Educators Summit, organizing the Pre-Summit Day for Teaching Professionals in conjunction with the 5th International Summit on the Teaching Profession in Berlin, and an invitation to the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.

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