Category Archives: Chris Burcin

Why Study Music?

Below is a list of older research that supports reasons to study music. It is my intention to keep more up to date with the latest research, so this may serve as an archive.


 

Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.
—-Aristotle

Research shows that music students achieve better results in other academic subjects and are happier, healthier and enjoy more success in their chosen careers.

DID YOU KNOW? . . .

  • High school music students score higher on *SATs in both verbal and math than their peers. (*standardised test for university entrance in the U.S.)
  • University-age musicians are emotionally healthier than their non-musician counterparts.
  • A ten-year study, tracking more than 25,000 students, shows that music-making improves test scores.
  • Piano students are better equipped to comprehend mathematical and scientific concepts.
  • Music majors are the most likely group of university graduates to be admitted to medical school.
  • The world’s top academic countries place a high value on music education. Hungary, Netherlands and Japan stand atop worldwide science achievement and have strong commitment to music education.

Read more about each of these points (and their sources) at the NAMM Foundation

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error.
—-Plato

Read the article from the NY TimesIs Music the Key to Success?

High achievers like Alan Greenspan (former chair of the US Federal Reserve), Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder) and Woody Allen (film director) say music sharpens essential skills like collaboration, creativity, discipline and the capacity to reconcile conflicting ideas; all qualities notably absent from public life… Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?

Music lessons pay off in higher earningsRead the article from the NZ Herald

According to a 2007 survey, music students (especially singers) are well-placed to be financially successful in life. “88 per cent of people with a post-graduate education were involved in music while in school, and 83 per cent of people earning US$150,000 ($198,390) or more had a music education” . . . read more . . . >

Want smarter students? Enrol them in music lessons

“… Extensive overseas and local research suggests that children who learn a musical instrument, even for a relatively short period of time, show significant increases in intelligence & reasoning abilities, develop perseverence and flexibility of thought, are more sociable and better at working in teams, and even do better at maths . . .” . . . Listen to the Radio NZ podcast . . . >

Download Australia’s Music Education “Lobby Kit”

A guide for parents, teachers, principals and community members who are passionate about ensuring that music education is included in their school program, and need to act as advocates to build or develop programs in their area.

Music is a wonderful skill for any child, but new research shows how learning music can help your child in so many more ways:

  • Improved reasoning capacity and problem solving skills
  • Improve maths and language performance
  • Better memory
  • Greater social and team skills

For even more, visit The Benefits of Music Education at Music Education Online


MUSIC CHANGES OUR BRAINS . . .

Northwestern University scientists have pulled together a review of research into what music — specifically, learning to play music — does to humans. The result shows music training does far more than allow us to entertain ourselves and others by playing an instrument or singing. Instead, it actually changes our brains. . . read more . . . >


We need people who think with the creative side of their brains—people who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.
–—Annette Byrd, GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals

CREATIVITY IS KEY TO EDUCATION . . .

As we move from the Industrial Age to the Information Age we need to prepare our students differently. Employers will increasing expect them to be flexible, innovative and most of all creative.

“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.”
—-Sir Ken Robinson

Obama research calls for creativity to be put at heart of curriculum

In a foreword to the 18-month study, US education secretary Arne Duncan said the arts were “essential” to a complete education and claimed they led to better results in other subjects. (June 2011)


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Imagination is more important than knowledge
—- Albert Einstein
 

UK ANNOUNCEs A NATIONAL PLAN FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

In November 2011 the UK announced a National Plan for music education. The report was titled “The importance of Music” and outlines the essential role that music education plays in every child’s life:

“This National Plan is clear about the importance of music: it will ensure not just that more children have access to the greatest of art forms, but that they do better as a result in every other subject.”

UK Education Secretary Michael Gove announces review of music education

“Research shows that quality music education improves behaviour, attention and concentration, and has a hugely positive effect on numeracy and language skills. Giving all young people the best possible music education will help the Government achieve its twin aims of driving up standards and reducing the attainment gap.”

The Importance of Music – A National Plan for Music Education

“High quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music, as well as underpinning excellence and professionalism for those who choose not to pursue a career in music.”

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Voices of Aotearoa

“Voices of Aotearoa”
Voices NZ Chamber Choir
Chamber Music New Zealand 2011 Season

19 Nov- Wellington
20 Nov- Napier
21 Nov- Auckland
23 Nov- Christchurch
24 Nov- Dunedin

Chris was privileged to be a part of the 16-voice Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir for the culmination of Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2011 season.

“Voices of Aotearoa, an innovative programme exploring New Zealand’s heritage, presented by Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir. Experience the vibrancy of New Zealand’s premier chamber choir, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the spine-tingling sounds of Aotearoa.”

Read more on the CMNZ website.


Reviews of the concerts:

NZ Herald–William Dart

Otago Daily Times– Marian Poole

Middle C– Peter Mechen

Odes to Joy

Odes to Joy
NZSO & Voices NZ Chamber Choir

23 Sept– Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
24 Sept– Auckland Town Hall
27 Sept– CSO Arena, Christchurch
28 Sept– Dunedin Town Hall

Chris performed as a member of Voices NZ Chamber Choir with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and choirs from each of the main centres to bring two great works to life.

One was Beethoven’s immortal 9th Symphony, his “Ode to Joy”, and the other was a world premiere work by NZ composer Gareth Farr, “Kaitiaki”.

Chris was one of 20 Voices NZ Chamber Choir members who travelled with the NZSO and formed the core of the choir which was supplemented with choristers from each of the local choral societies.

This tour was part of the REAL NZ Arts Festival, as part of the Rugby World Cup 2011 festivities.

Radio NZ Concert– Listen to Rachel Hyde’s review of the Wellington concert

NZSO News– 1st half of tour a “sell out”

Monteverdi Vespers

MONTEVERDI VESPERS
14 & 15 August 2010
St. Mary of the Angels
Wellington

Chris sings bass as one of 10 solo voices with Baroque Voices as part of Musica Sacra‘s performance of the 400th anniversary of the Monteverdi Vespers.

These performances mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of this famous work, which is brought to life by ten virtuoso solo singers and an array of period instruments, including cornetti, sackbuts, Baroque strings, two pipe organs and theorbos.

Read more . . . >

Chris Burcin Program Pics & Bio

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(photos updated 2 July 2016)

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Chris: Gondwana Songfest 2013   Chris CGICCb

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MOST CURRENT MUSIC/ CONDUCTOR BIO (394 words) . . . . . June 2018 (Please scroll down for eLearning / Flipped Learning bio)

Chris is an active choral conductor, music teacher and performer. He has conducted various choirs and workshops at the Festival of Voices in Tasmania since 2015 and conducted at the Pemulway National Male Voice Festival in Brisbane (July 2017).

Through Gondwana Choirs, Chris has conducted Gondwana Singers at National Choral School in Sydney (2014, 2015, 2017), Gondwana Young Men’s Choir (Festival of Voices 2015, Tasmania) as well as festivals and workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand and Samoa. Chris co-conducted the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir with Lyn Williams (OAM) from 2013-2016.

As Associate Conductor of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir (2007-2008), Chris toured throughout New Zealand and to South America. He performed with Voices New Zealand, the national chamber choir, from 2002- 2013 including regular performances at the NZ International Arts Festival and with the NZSO, the New Zealand String Quartet, the Hilliard Ensemble and tours to Europe (2005) and the World Choral Symposium in Argentina (2011). Chris features on Voices New Zealand’s CD recording, ‘Voice of the Soul’, which was nominated for Best Classical Album at the 2014 NZ Music Awards.

Chris was Director of Music & Performing Arts at Waimea College, Nelson, for 10 years. He founded the school’s chamber choir, Belle a Cappella, which was invited to The Big Sing National Finale three times earning Silver, Bronze and Adjudicator’s Awards.

Chris has performed as a classical voice soloist in numerous concerts and productions, most notably ‘Carmina Burana’ at the Nelson Arts Festival (2008). He founded Musica Ficta, Nelson’s Early Music vocal ensemble, and performed with Baroque Voices, the professional Early Music ensemble based in Wellington. Chris played trombone with the Nelson Symphony and co-founded the funk band, Trent de L’Amour and the Subcommittee. It is rumoured that he was a member of Comrade Z, Nelson’s loudest East European klezmer band (though this has never been proven).

He currently teaches Music and is eLearning and Co-Curricular Arts Middle Leader at St. Monica’s College, Cairns’ oldest school and only all-girls Catholic school. In 2018, he was named one of the top 100 Flipped Learning leaders in K-12 education worldwide. Chris conducts the college’s Senior Choir, Colla Voce, formed the school’s first Brass Ensemble and reignited the College Choir at neighbouring St. Augustine’s College. He has performed at the Cairns Festival, at the Centre of Contemporary Arts through Paradise Concerts and performs on accordion and piano with Tango Amor.


SHORTEST BIO (100 words) ____July 2018

Chris Burcin is Co-Curricular Arts and eLearning Middle Leader at St. Monica’s College. He is an active choral conductor and performer. Beyond his school choirs, his conducting credits include Gondwana National Choral School, (2014, 2015, 2017), Gondwana Young Men’s Choir (Festival of Voices 2015), Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir with Lyn Williams (OAM) (2013-2016) and the Pemulway National Male Voice Festival (July 2017). Chris conducts regularly at Festival of Voices in Tasmania (2016-present). While living in New Zealand, he was Associate Conductor of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir (2007-2008) and performed with Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir (2002- 2013).

 

SHORT BIO (175 words) ____June 2018

Chris is an active choral conductor, music teacher and performer. Through Gondwana Choirs, he has conducted Gondwana Singers (National Choral School 2014, 2015, 2017, Sydney), Gondwana Young Men’s Choir (Festival of Voices 2015, Tasmania) as well as festivals and workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand and Samoa. Chris has conducted at the Festival of Voices in Tasmania since 2016) and conducted at the Pemulway National Male Voice Festival in Brisbane (July 2017). He co-conducted the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir with Lyn Williams (OAM) from 2013-2016.

As Associate Conductor of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir (2007-2008) and performer with Voices New Zealand, the national chamber choir (2002- 2013), Chris performed throughout NZ and in Europe and South America.

Chris is currently eLearning and Co-Curricular Arts Middle Leader at St. Monica’s College. He conducts the school’s Senior Choir, Colla Voca and Brass Ensemble and has reignited the College Choir at St. Augustine’s College. He has performed at the Cairns Festival and the Centre of Contemporary Arts through Paradise Concerts and performs on accordion and piano with Tango Amor.


eLEARNING / FLIPPED LEARNING-CENTRED BIO (229 words). . . June 2018

Chris is the eLearning and Co-Curricular Arts Middle Leader at St. Monica’s College, an all-girls Catholic secondary school in tropical Cairns, Queensland, Australia. In 2018, he was named one of The top 100 Flipped Learning leaders in K-12 education worldwide. He has presented at FlipCon Aus 2017 and has been invited to present at CanvasCon, Sydney, 2018 on the topic of flipping the practical subjects.

Chris earnt his Bachelor of Science in Music Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh USA (1996) and taught primary school music briefly before joining the Peace Corps to teach music in Samoa. He spent 11 years teaching high school music in New Zealand and relocated to Australia in 2011.

As a music teacher, conductor and performer, Chris has a passion for helping his students to find their musical voice and embrace life-long learning. All students, no matter their age or musical experience, should be empowered to develop their musical skills and understanding in order to better express themselves and participate meaningfully in an ever-changing world.

Chris accepted the eLearning position in 2015 in order to have a greater impact on whole-school pedagogical best practice and to help teachers who were struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change. He is himself a life-long learner and has embraced flipped learning since attending a master class with Jon Bergmann in 2015 in Sydney.