Saturday, November 27, 2021
12:30 pm
Via Zoom

Are you new to the profession? Completing a Bachelor of Education? Currently enrolled in a music education program?

This workshop is for you!

There’s a lot to learn at the beginning of your teaching career, and as new teachers take their first steps into the profession, they will usually undergo a formal induction and orientation program, as well as regular professional development throughout the school year. 

These are extremely important and valuable experiences, but these programs may not always take into account the unique needs of music teachers.

That’s where this workshop comes in.

Join us on November 27 for the first in a series of virtual mentorship workshops specifically designed for those who are new and soon-to-be new music teachers. You’ll hear from guest speakers who know all about navigating the challenges of being a brand new music teacher, and have the chance to participate in group discussions with music educators from across the country.

Meet Our Guest Speakers!

Stuart Siu

Stuart Siu is head of music at Huron Heights Secondary School where he teaches band and musical skills for students enrolled in the regional arts program. He began his musical journey as a middle school piano student in Scarborough. However, it wasn’t until he began high school that he found his love for all things band.

He is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and OISE where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees, respectively. 

In 2019, Stuart was recognized by the Ontario Band Association for demonstrating excellence in conducting and wind band teaching.

Outside of work, Stuart is an avid foodie. He can be found exploring the GTA’s diverse food scene with his supportive wife who only slightly judges him for having a poor spice tolerance.

Sara Sulyma

Sara Sulyma (they/them) is a band director in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario (BMus ‘16; Dip, Arts Management ‘17; BEd ‘19), Sara has been playing bassoon in wind ensembles and orchestras in Ontario and Manitoba since 2010.

They are an advocate for equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in the wind band world, and their article Kaleidoscopic Repertoire: Respectful and Community-Minded Programming in the Band Room was published in the fall issue of CBA’s Canadian Winds/Vents canadiens. Sara is currently working on their Master’s in Curriculum Studies (MEd) with a Focus in Music Education at Acadia University.

From 2017-19, Sara conducted Western Chamber Music Orchestra, an extra-curricular ensemble at UWO that aims to provide non-music majors with an opportunity to continue creating music at the post-secondary level. Sara enjoys spending their spare time travelling and arranging music for instrumental ensembles, and their arrangement of Don Macdonald’s Winter Sun was recently added to the 2022 Musicfest Canada Concert Band Syllabus.


Youth4Music is a program dedicated to Canadian youth inspiring and building community through music. Through the creation of regional, provincial, and national teams, youth leaders are empowered to collaborate in the development of projects that raise the awareness of the benefits of music in our lives. Youth4Music is a program of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada. Led by youth, for youth, through music.


Youth4Music is a program of The Coalition for Music Education, an organization made up of parents, students, educators, and business people from varying walks of life who support school music programs and highlight the importance of music education for all young people in Canada. More info: