Matthew Yanko

Assessment in the arts
Peter Gouzouasis
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

As a Reggio Emilia inspired music teacher, I have engaged in many exciting co-constructive learning experiences that contrast with traditional music lessons. I am pursuing a graduate degree to not only fill a void in research, but to further my understanding of contemporary pedagogies and practices that have not been used in elementary school music learning environments.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC feels like a second home to me, as I have spent many hours on campus earning three degrees. I decided to pursue a doctoral degree at UBC because of the variety of methodological and practical courses on campus that will help develop me a foundation for my study.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC is known to be one of the top in the world. I want to be part of a faculty that does cutting edge research. Specifically having Dr. Peter Gouzouasis as my supervisor is amazing because he not only encourages my research interests, but helps guide and challenge me to think outside of traditional practices in music education.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

During my first year of doctoral studies, I encountered such an a warm and caring cohort of classmates in my faculty; everyone was very supportive and there was always an occasion for cake.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I enjoy hiking, traveling, and discovering yummy gelato shops in between.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Take breaks, get fresh air, and don't take your weekends for granted. Also, taking a few methodology courses is also useful, as having a diverse methodological background has not only helped me with my dissertation framework, but also for framing publication papers.


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