Hello! I’m Dion and I am a Music Educator, Conductor, and Pianist based in Harlow, Essex. I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and have travelled much of Canada pursuing graduate studies in music education and performing with the National Youth Choir of Canada.
I first arrived in the UK to take up a summer internship at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow as part of my Bachelor of Music Education degree at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. There, I taught year 7, year 8, and GCSE Music. I also directed the Burnt Mill Academy Concert Choir and put on The School of Rock production with the Performing Arts Faculty. Currently, I teach at Stewards Academy in Harlow.
I have had extensive performance experience as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, collaborative pianist, and conductor. As a soloist, I have performed concerti by Prokofiev, Ravel, Grieg, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. I am also an avid recitalist where I perform Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, and popular music. As a Chamber Musician, I have performed a wide variety of chamber music such as Eric Ewazen’s Trio for Violin, French Horn, and Piano, Johannes Brahms’ Horn Trio, and the Francis Poulenc Sextet. As a collaborative pianist, I have much of my experience coaching undergraduate instrumentalists ranging from first year Bachelor’s to Master’s level performers. Finally as a conductor, I have conducted ensembles like the Laurier Singers, the Memorial University Wind Ensemble, the Memorial University Chamber Choir, and the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra and particpated in conducting masterclasses working with the Canadian Chamber Choir and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.
My academic research finds its basis in the literature of Mindfulness and Music Performance Anxiety. My self-published article entitled Failing to be Perfect: The Role of Mindfulness and Meditation in Music Performance has received high praise from the Canadian music education community. In this essay, I discuss the effects of perfectionism on music performance anxiety and how mindfulness can be used to aid in the overcoming of perfectionism. Using the academic and medical literature as a guide, I cultivated my own mindfulness and meditation practice that contributes to my continual striving and achievement of high performance. When teaching and coaching, I use a variety of techniques ranging from musicianship and score reading to meditation and body mapping. Further research includes Music Education, Music & Health, Sociology of Education, Philosophy, and Critical Pedagogy.
B.Mus. (Wilfrid Laurier University '15)
M.Mus. (Memorial University '17)
B.Mus.Ed. (Memorial University '18)