I am a teacher and musician based in Toronto. Over the last 15 years, I’ve worked with teachers, students, and musicians about how listening and sound can engage creativity and agency. I am working on a PhD on sound and listening pedagogies. I have taught public secondary and postsecondary music courses at different schools, including the University of Toronto. As a musician, I’ve played with many artists, including Selina Martin, Kael Reid, and Paul Linklater.
My mennonite grandparents fled religious persecution in the former U.S.S.R. and finally ended up settling in Manitoba on Treaty 1 territory: the land of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Métis Nations. I grew up helping farm land that was stolen and I have many privileges because of this.