Alumni in the News: St. Mark’s Grad Bringing Computer-Assisted Technology Into Traditional Choir Classes

St. Mark's Alumni in the News

‘Singing the Praises’ of Alumnus Adam Kozak: St. Mark’s Grad Bringing Computer-Assisted Technology Into Traditional Choir Classes

With the help of their Choir Director Adam Kozak, a graduate of St. Mark’s, the senior choir at North Vancouver’s Windsor Secondary was recently shortlisted for their performance of Tragically Hip’s “Ahead by a Century” in CBC’s nationwide Music Class Challenge competition.

Kozak graduated with his Master’s degree from St. Mark’s College at UBC in May. His thesis focused on bringing computer-assisted technology into traditional choir classes.

In the North Shore News article, Kozak explained the impact of computer-assisted technology on his choir: “The difference that it’s made in the year that I’ve implemented it, kids learn 17 songs in the space and time that they used to learn five. They learn music much harder, much more complicated without having to necessarily train them in classical music theory."

“So if a kid can’t read music, they can’t sing Handel’s Messiah, the Hallelujah chorus. What I’ve developed is ways that they can. Instead of making it impossible to teach, they can learn most of their parts in about 35 to 40 minutes.”

Read the full story here.