Associate Professor, Music
Coordinator BFA Major in Music, Minor in Music, liaison to Music Therapy
Dr. Christine Beckett studied music education, composition, piano and viola at the University of Toronto. She then did a viola performance diploma, and completed graduate studies in research on ear training pedagogy at McGill (Ph.D. 1993). Christine has performed as pianist and string player in many musical genres in various solo, chamber, and large ensemble contexts in North America and Europe. She continues to put her playing skills to community service.
Dr. Beckett's research is in the field of music perception and cognition, and other matters, with studies on: aspects of ear training; pedagogy; music reading/dyslexia; music and emotion; cross-arts studies such as creative strategies of musicians and dancers; oral heritages such as Irish & Icelandic traditional musics; absolute pitch; etc.
2010 Beckett, C. Body Music: When Dancing Drums. Poster presented at the 11th International Conference for Music Perception & Cognition (ICMPC11), University of Washington, Seattle USA, August 23 - 27.
2010 Beckett, C. Music Perception & Cognition Research: Basics & Recent Advances in Clinical Applications. Talk to Concordia Music Therapy graduate students, class of Prof G. Vaillancourt, Feb.
2009 Beckett, C. Perception and cognition research on traditional music: Where are the Irish? Concordia; internal working paper
European tours in the 1980s, concerts, videos and recordings in Canada
Album, "Bug Alley!" Recording engineer Mike Pinsonneault
CBC performance live to air from Salle Claude Champagne
Performances of Schubert's "An die Musik" for BRAMS 10th anniversary conference at the Université de Montréal, as well as at the Memorial for former Concordia Dean of Fine Arts Prof. Christopher Jackson at Concordia's Oscar Peterson Concert Hall
Sectional player on various occasions: with Rostropovitch at Festival de Lanaudière (Dvorak Cello Concerto); Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on Parliament Hill; etc
Violist in section, Montreal performances
With many varied ensembles and choirs in Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Drummondville, Sherbrooke, etc., throughout QC; much wedding-circuit work.
In community settings (seniors' residences, long-term care homes, etc.) in Montreal, Toronto, Port Hope ON, and elsewhere
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