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Coaching Students for a Musical Performance with Andrea McColeman

Andrea McColeman • Music Class Development

This could take a number of different approaches. I can come in and help students learn (or write), arrange, rehearse a piece to be ready for a performance. I have experience in many musical genres so am open to any type of group – anything from kindergarteners singing a song to 10 year olds playing Orff xylophones, to teenagers in a rock band! Often there is a need for music performed by kids for a special school function – Christmas, Rotary Music Festival, Earth Day etc. I could help prepare groups for this. The end result could be a live performance or I could also arrange to record the performance and make a CD for the students. I could also come in strictly as an accompanist. I have been hired to accompany school choirs or entire Christmas plays or even improvise music for a play. As well I am available to work with students in band programs with specialized help in percussion or jazz piano. I am open to any ideas teachers wish to bring forward.

Grade SuitabilityK-12
Maximum Class SizeApprox 20
Time RequiredIt depends on the project - several sessions of 1/2 hour to 1 hour each over a period of time.
Material RequiredNo special materials required, we work with what the school has or what I can bring in.
Language of InstructionEnglish

Andrea McColeman

Originally from Northern Ontario, Andrea made her way to the Yukon in the early 90s after completing her Bachelor of Music in percussion performance at Wilfrid Laurier University, and studying jazz piano and Latin percussion at Humber College. As an in-demand band member/session player/side woman/collaborator, she has recorded and toured with many Northern acts including Kim Barlow, Inconnu, The Longest Night Ensemble, Nicole Edwards, Brenda Lee Katerenchuk, Major Funk and the Employment and Juno award winning Jerry Alfred and the Medicine Beat. She has composed and arranged music for various theatre, dance and choral groups and has worked with all ages and abilities as music director for many different shows. Andrea has worked in the Learning Through the Arts and Yukon Arts Edventures programs to teach curriculum through music and has travelled to every school in the Yukon through the Artist in the School Program. 

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