SECOND ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
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Marco is an educator and cultural producer. As an educator, Marco strives to facilitate positive and healthy environments for creativity, community, and collaboration to thrive. As a cultural producer, he is a multi-instrumentalist, beatmaker, songwriter, and organizer of a wide range of events and programs. He is the host Producers’ Circle, and works with people, technology, and (mostly) good ideas. His family emigrated to Turtle Island in the 1970s from the former Yugoslavia. Marco is a graduate of the Mille Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program, an alumnus of Katimavik, and holds an M.Ed in Leadership, Adult, and Higher Education from the University of Toronto. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, at the University of Toronto.
Kristen Graves is a PhD candidate and course instructor in ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the virtuosic listening skills practiced by workers in the municipal garbage dump in Oaxaca, Mexico. Kristen earned her Master’s Degree from New York University, is a touring folk singer, and she helped build and continues her involvement with the non-profit organization Simply Smiles, which serves Indigenous children and families of the Americas.
Lloyd is a musician, teacher, and researcher currently living in Toronto, Ontario. He was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Lethbridge and is completing his PhD at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. His two main research areas include (un)popular music education and music teacher education, working to address discrepancies in access to culturally responsive musical learning opportunities. Outside of academia, Lloyd creates and facilitates as a DIY-focused musician and educator.
Laura Menard (PhD abd) is a Toronto-based educator, singer, and scholar in Music Education at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. In addition to being a TDSB high school teacher, Laura’s passion for community music has led to her involvement with VIVA Singers Toronto where she now acts as Associate Artistic Director of Youth Choirs, and is Soprano lead with the VIVA Chamber Singers; a Research Assistantship with Dr. Roger Mantie on the Canadian Community Music Database; regular engagement with the Trinity-St. Paul’s Church Choir; the social justice choir Vox Populi; and ukulele jams with friends. firstname.lastname@example.org