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Neil Watson

Articles by Neil Watson

March/April 2017: Neil Watson  -  [ straight up ]

The Bridge: Welcome to Canada!

The Bridge: Learning for Life is a voluntary, not-for-credit music class at Hugh John Macdonald School that uses a rhythm-first approach to learning music. It is a privately-funded course offered through the school division’s Children’s Heritage Fund, with the support of private donors and foundations. Those are the program’s credentials, but for me, the Bridge […]

November/December 2016: Alicia Olatuja  -  [ on the street where you live ]

The Bridge: Starting Strong

When I see my students’ enthusiasm at rehearsal and the joy they take in performance I find myself questioning why more people don’t learn to play a musical instrument. Why doesn’t everyone want to do this? Readers of this space will be familiar with my mantra when it comes to teaching: success breeds enthusiasm. And […]

July/August 2016: Greg Lowe  -  [ on the street where you live ]

Crossing the Bridge with Courage

As we wrap up another year of The Bridge: Music for Life—our most ambitious year by far in terms of student enrollment, rehearsals, and performances—I want to take a moment to talk about the remarkable people at Winnipeg 1 School Division and, in particular, Hugh John MacDonald School. HJM has served as host school for […]

March/April 2016: Aaron Diehl  -  [ on the street where you live ]

The Bridge: On Stage

The 2016 members of the Bridge: Music for Life program at Hugh John Macdonald School have been busy. With numerous performances augmenting our regular class time I’ve noticed something remarkable: my students have grown to love performing. Their joy on stage is palpable. Without a doubt, there is much value in playing for an audience! […]

November/December 2015: Grace Kelly  -  [ on the street where you live ]

The Bridge: Time Flies

Year six (wow!) of the Bridge program began on October 14 with our annual grade seven introduction class. All of the newly-arrived students—60–70 in total—packed into Hugh John Macdonald’s theatre to witness first-hand what The Bridge is all about. Emphasis in this class (and the foundation of everything we do at The Bridge) is the […]


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