Lead TA2016-2017 Lead TA for Music: Mary Blake Bonn
Office: TC 428
Hours: Thursdays 10:00–11:30 or by appointment
What is the Lead TA Program?
The Lead TA program was launched in 2013 as a collaborative venture between the GTA Union, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the Teaching Support Centre (TSC) to facilitate the professional development of teaching assistants at a discipline-specific level. This year there are 8 Lead TAs across a wide range of Departments and Faculties at Western. We are pleased to announce that PhD candidate (Music Theory) Mary Blake Bonn has been awarded one of these positions for the Don Wright Faculty of Music.
The role of the Lead TA for Music is to provide peer leadership and mentoring for the diverse range of TAs in Music and to build a community of TAs. More specifically, Mary Blake’s role will include:
- Identifying Music TA training needs
- Facilitating workshops
- Developing discipline-specific teaching resources
- Offering peer feedback through tutorial observations
What does the Lead TA do in the Faculty of Music?
Within the Faculty of Music, Mary Blake will be hosting a series of workshops throughout the year, on a variety of topics in music pedagogy. Workshops will be held in TC 340 on Mondays or Thursdays from 12:30–1:30, and the schedule can be found here. She will also develop a legacy project, which will remain with the Faculty after her term is finished. For now, TAs are invited to have a look at the legacy project created by Jennifer Lang, the previous Lead TA in music.
In addition to facilitating workshops and gathering resources, Mary Blake will provide assistance to her peers on an individual basis. She will be available to observe your teaching and provide feedback or write a letter of recommendation. Please email her if you would like to take advantage of this service. Mary Blake will also be holding office hours in TC 428 on Thursdays from 10:00–11:30, and at other times by appointment. Please feel free to come to her with any teaching-related concerns.
In her time at Western, Mary Blake has had the privilege of holding TA positions in General Integrated Musicianship (GIM), Music History, and Music Theory, and has been nominated for Western’s graduate student teaching awards. She looks forward to working with all of you this year, to sharing ideas, and to growing together as teachers.