CFMTA 2023 National Essay Competition Winners

The National CFMTA Essay Competition invites submissions of essays on any research topic related to music teaching, pedagogy or performance practice. This competition is open to all Canadian residents currently studying at the high school, undergraduate, masters and doctoral university graduate levels.

The Dr. Lorna Wanzel Prizes are awarded to the first-place recipients in both the doctorate and master’s degree categories. The prizes for the undergraduate and high school levels this year are provided by The New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers Association and donors Joanne Lougheed, Leanne Hiebert, Nathene Arthur and Catherine Bartlett.

CFMTA is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2023 National Essay Competition


University Doctoral Level 

1st place tie ($3000.00) $1500.00 Each co winner
Sponsored by Dr. Lorna Wanzel

CO winner:    Bronwyn Schuman, McGill University - Free Musical Play and Children’s Musical Development  


CO winner:  Olivia Adams, Ottawa University - Playing Off Key: Gender and Race Disparity in Piano Literature


University Graduate Level 

1st place ($2,000.00)
Sponsored by Dr. Lorna Wanzel

Rebekah Dennis, McGill University - Shifting the Field of Western Music from  Colonization Project to a Decolonization Project


University Undergraduate

1st place  ($1000.00)
Sponsored by Joanne Lougheed, Karen Turpin, NBRMTA, and Catherine Bartlett.

Graeme Dyck, University of Saskatchewan - Continuing Cage: Ambient Music as Listener Indeterminacy


High School

1st place  ($500.00)
Sponsored by Nathene Arthur, and Leanne Hiebert.

Alex Ketchum, Ecole Sir John Franklin High School, Yellowknife, NT - Out of Tune: An Exploration of the Evolution of Tuning in Western Music


Our adjudicators for the 2023 competition were:

  • Dr. David Rogosin
  • Prof. David Cote
  • Dr. Maureen Volk
  • Dr. Terence Dawson
  • Dr. Bethany Turpin
  • Dr. Lori Lynn Penny
  • Sandra DiCienzio, MA
  • Ms. Maryan Threndyle. M. Mus