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Pam Paddock is a teacher and administrator for the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB). She is the Coordinator of the Dartmouth All-City Music Program where she oversees many band, choral, and string ensembles as well as string lessons from grades 4 to 12. She directs two of the bands within the program. She has taught band for many schools within the HRSB since 1996 and has been a clinician for many others throughout this time. Pam is also the assistant conductor for the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble.

Pam is a clarinetist in the 36 Canadian Brigade Group Band (Atlantic). Previous to this, she was actively involved with the Atlantic Region’s cadet band programs, holding various Cadet Summer Training Center band positions up to and including Greenwood Course Director and HMCS Acadia Director of Music. She also led many seminars, workshops and adjudications for cadet bands throughout the Atlantic provinces.

Pam received her Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees from Acadia University. Throughout her career Pam has been actively involved in researching why music matters. As a major emphasis in her Masters studies, she became more interested in brain function as a possible key to answering that question. Her research, combined with her years of teaching music to children, has led her to understand much about how we learn and thus why music matters. Her most recent research is involved with developing educational equity through instrumental music training which she has identified as Musequity.

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