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December, 17, 2014
01:10 PM - 02:10 PM


Meeting Room W186


Leanne Zacharias

Leanne Zacharias

Drop The Needle: Notes from the Front Lines of Ear-Training, and why my first-year students love it.

Clinic Synopsis:

Drop The Needle is an inclusive, participatory group listening exercise designed to connect academic musical study to the music students listen to outside of class. Student-driven and validating, musical examples are chosen by students (pop, rock, musical theatre, film music, video game music) in an 'anything goes' approach. On-the-spot analysis melds dictation exercises with open discussion of music history, theory, genre, production, recording style and musical taste. Engaging, affirming and fun, it draws on the collective knowledge and experience in the room, creating a safe zone for discussion and analysis in my Ear Training classes.

Leanne Zacharias - Biographical Information

Cellist Leanne Zacharias is a dynamic soloist, educator and interdisciplinary performer known for her innovative teaching style and unique collaborations. On faculty at Brandon University since 2008, she also leads the Correction Line Ensemble and has performed at both chamber music and indi rock festivals around the world. She recently built a sound installation on the frozen ice of Winnipeg's Assiniboine River, premiered a site-specific concerto on a Texan lake presented by the Austin Museum of Art, and will appear at the 2014 International Cello Festival of Canada. A popular lecturer and adjudicator, she has appeared at McGill's Timeforms Conference, the Banff Centre's inaugural Research-in-Culture workshop, the Prairie Cello Institute, the Con Brio festival in Whistler, BC, and in the Winnipeg Art Gallery's 10x20x20 Art Lecture series. She has served as guest conductor of the Saskatchewan Honour Orchestra, and directed string workshops and adjudicated across Canada.