What began with instructing piano lessons to individuals of all ages over the past 13 years, evolved into a passion for scholarly educational development and the implementation of experiential learning in higher education. As a Ph.D. candidate in the interdisciplinary Neuroscience graduate program at McMaster University, I have relished the opportunity to instruct as a teaching assistant and a sessional instructor in several Life Sciences courses. I have further developed, designed, and instructed my own course on Music and the Mind. Cognitive Neuroscience and experiential learning have been the major focus of my instruction—while always considering culturally relevant and responsive approaches.
The COVID-19 pandemic created unexpected challenges and changes in the way instructors teach in higher education. Such challenges have rapidly altered the way in which lectures are delivered, assessments are handled and how courses are designed. Although this pivot in teaching modality has been difficult for both educators and learners, this time has been used to critically think about the classroom environment that I am responsible for creating.