Give a brief bio about yourself/ your background/ your history.
I was born in Parañaque, Philippines and immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada with my family in 2009. Through my parents’ sacrifice and hard work, I was able to take Taekwondo lesson for 5 years and take clarinet lessons for 2 years from middle school to high school.
Throughout high school, I was involved in several band and choir activities. With the encouragement and guidance of my band and choir directors, I have participated in Manitoba Divisional Honour Bands, Manitoba Provincial Honour Band, and attended the International Music Camp. In my first year in Brandon University, I was chosen to be part of the National Youth Band of Canada.
What education have you taken?
I graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute in 2017. Currently, I am in my final year of the 5-year concurrent Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education Program in the instrumental stream where I have studied clarinet.
What accomplishments are you proud of?
The immense work I have put in throughout my undergraduate degree has put me on the Dean’s list for each year of my degree, which also allowed me to receive scholarships. I am extremely grateful to be the recipient of numerous scholarships throughout my undergraduate year. The contributions made by donors have been an immense help to my education.
I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be a council member of the Brandon University Music Student Music Educators Association (BUSMEA) for two years as President and Events Coordinator, and currently as the Music Director for Brandon University Students’ Union (BUSU). Working in BUSMEA and BUSU has helped me develop leadership, management, and collaboration skills that will contribute and prepare me for my role as a future music educator.
I also take pride in my identity as a Filipino-Canadian woman, and as an individual who contributes and advocates for my community.
How did you become interested in your field of study?
Growing up, I have always loved music and was encouraged by family members to learn several instruments and sing—But studying under passionate and caring music teachers have nurtured my love for music to grow and led me to pursue an education in Music Education. I am forever grateful for the opportunities given to me by my music teachers: Kara Martens, Graham Dion, and Cynthia Peyson-Wahl.
What is your philosophy in life?
Have empathy, gratitude, and respect for yourself and those around you.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
After graduation, I wish to teach music in Manitoba and inspire students to pursue their passions and lifegoals.
In one sentence, how will you #BreakTheBias?
I will #BreakTheBias by continuing to be an active member in the music education world as a woman of colour, who advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
Kathleen is fifth-year student in the Joint Department of Music Education. Her excellent academic and performance work has resulted in numerous scholarships and awards while she has been enrolled at BU. She has been an invaluable member of instrumental ensembles in the School of Music. Kathleen values service to her fellow students and the greater community. She is a member of the Brandon University Student Music Educator’s Association (BUSMEA) and was president for the 2020-2021 academic year. That year, student learning shifted online due to Covid, and Kathleen helped BUSMEA find a way to support fellow music education students while online. She hosted a student roundtable via the BUSMEA podcast channel to share practice and wellness strategies. Kathleen also serves the greater university community as Music Director on BUSU, and as student representative on two senate sub-committees and on Music Faculty Council. Kathleen’s accomplishments speak to only some of her many strengths including determination, perseverance, and service.