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{Drs. Barrie Barrell and Roberta Hammett}

She stands with violin resting gently on her left shoulder, right elbow bent, the bow poised over the strings. Surrounded by students of all ages, their violins at the ready, Dr. Andrea Rose knows their eyes follow her every move. On cue, the students draw their bows and the room fills with the unmistakable magic of a Bach Minuet. Glancing from their music sheet to Dr. Rose’s face, the students finish the melody only to plunge into the traditional Newfoundland tune Brother’s Jig by Emile Benoit.

In addition to the enthusiastic students in her group, Dr. Andrea Rose, B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed.’79, is closely observed by a student of Memorial University’s new graduate program in music education. Through that program graduates learn firsthand what Memorial’s associate professor of music education Dr. Andrea Rose does best, filling the community with joyous sounds from the world’s classical and traditional composers.

Dr. Rose’s love of everything musical is a passion that overflows in her speech when she talks about music. One of the first graduates of Memorial’s school of music, she is well known for bringing music into the community though her work at the university and through her involvement with groups such as the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO), Newfoundland Sinfonia and the NSO Youth Choir.

Her professional involvement in the community sees her conducting district liaison work, travelling to schools in Newfoundland and Labrador and assessing Memorial music interns.

“Every time I go out to the schools I learn more about different ways of operating in different districts which have different issues and challenges. And then I bring that back to my practice here which helps inform our students about what’s happening in the schools.”

Dr. Rose also has a private violin studio where she teaches the Suzuki method to students as young as three years of age.

“This helps me keep in touch with the little ones that I adore. I’m reminded about how they learn and how they operate and how they think which helps when I’m working with my university students in what they might think in the development of their own practice.”

As chair of the NSO’s education committee, she has helped implement the school-based program ‘The NSO Goes to School.’ She says the program is a fantastic way to bring the symphony to the community and, in return, bring the community to the symphony by providing symphony tickets to students and parents at reduced cost.

Dr. Rose is also an artistic co-director of Festival 500. The international choral festival brings together about 2,000 musicians from around the world. The Festival also has a special component which ensures a well-planned research and development conference for the performers.
Dr. Alice Collins, Memorial’s dean of education, praises Dr. Rose for her work with Festival 500 and for also taking the lead role in implementing Memorial’s new graduate program in music education.

The program, besides providing specialized courses in music education, is intended to create additional avenues of outreach and collaboration both within the university setting and in the wider arts and cultural community.

She believes Dr. Rose is an ideal person to lead the graduate study in music education. Her enthusiasm and passion keeps Memorial on the forefront in supporting community and cultural development and provides local, national and international students with the opportunity for professional development. “I believe that when faculty members are out in the community they carry the name of Memorial and that’s important. And Andrea certainly does that.”

Andrea Rose is proud of her role in promoting music and music education in Newfoundland and Labrador. “It’s a means to help us understand ourselves and maintain our cultural identity,” she says.

“I find that people in the community look to the university as a major resource. And we want our graduate students to know that this is always a place they can come back to and bring their own students.”

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