Archdiocese of Edmonton
I am a retired SASV educator. I live presently at Providence Renewal Center where a section is reserved for religious needing long-term care. In spite of my fragile health I offer a discrete witness by my loving and attentive presence to residents as well as health care workers.
I remain involved in the Association of Via Musica of Alberta, Canada, which I will present to you in an abbreviated fashion. I have dedicated my life to music education as all levels from kindergarten to university. Thanks to my Congregation and surrounded by competent advisors I was able to create a music program approved by the Albertan minister of education. Today that program stretches across other provinces and many countries.
Throughout the years I have been inspired by one objective, to democratize music education and formation. To arrive at this goal, it is necessary to rely on a universal instrument, not costly and available to everyone: the human voice. Through a happy and providential coincidence I became acquainted with the Kodaly approach in Hungary where I studied. Returning with the necessary credentials, I invested myself heart and soul in forming others to
conceive and appropriate this pedagogical method. The series, Via Musica, comprises (ten progressive collections of audio visuals, CD's and DVD's). These didactic instruments (for students and teachers) explore Francophone folklore that sheds light on our identity as Franco-Albertans. Students experience within this program: development of the whole person and renewed self esteem through song and games, rounds, counting rhymes, dances and mimes.
A day comes when this flame must be passed on... In 2012 the Via Musica Association of Alberta foresaw this reality. A foundation has been established to assure the legacy of this unique work that we fondly call VIA MUSICA.
For more information click on the following key words: viamusica.ca Therese Potvin, Kodaly, Chantamis.