Music has been Jennifer Stacey’s main passion for many years. She was a professional musician from 1975 to 2000, performing as a vocalist at night in dance bands in Ontario and teaching music at nursery schools, Montessori schools and public libraries during the day in the Toronto area.
In 1998, Jennifer became a teacher for the York Region District School Board, teaching music Kindergarten to grade 6 and Gifted classes grades 5-6. Her teaching philosophy is that music making should be fun, playful, creative and available to everyone.
Jennifer was a member of the YRDSB’s Arts Team and worked on several of the boards’ arts projects. She also gave workshops on teaching music through the creative process. Jennifer retired in 2016, and she and her husband moved to Kitchener.
Jennifer was on the first-year writing committee for the music section of the Ministry of Education’s 2009 Arts Curriculum. Since then, she has been a member of the writing teams of the Ontario Music Educators Association, creating resources to support the new Arts Curriculum. These resources include Kindergarten Lessons and GPS (Grade Performance Steps) lessons for Grades 1, 2, 3 and 8. These resources can be found at http://www.omea.on.ca/z-2014-backup/resources.php
This past year Jennifer was a member of the OMEA writing team for the Aga Khan Museum, developing music instructional materials for Grades 3 and 6.
Jennifer currently teaches York University Additional Qualifications Vocal Music Courses for Primary and Junior teachers. She has a Diploma in Child Studies from University of Toronto’s Institute of Child Studies. She also has her Orff Schulwerk Teacher Certificate and Orff Schulwerk Master Teacher Certificate (both from the Royal Conservatory of Music), and an Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music, from Ryerson and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jennifer has also studied Kodaly and Dalcroze music. She is currently on the Ontario Orff Chapter executive and is the editor of the chapter’s newsletter.
In 2016, Jennifer went back to school as a student to take the Masters of Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier University. The focus of her research is music as life-long learning pursuit.