Faculty of Education

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Faculty of Education

Con.Ed. Student Helps Kids Feel the Music

March 25, 2019

Katie Mulvihill is a 2nd year concurrent education student at Queen’s.  A Kingstonian and an environmental and health studies major, she was drawn to a non-traditional classroom setting practicum with Sistema Kingston for the opportunity to “make connections with kids and help create new experiences for them.”

Katie spent the last 12 summers at a camp close to Kingston. She found counselling kids and running programs to be something that has shaped her as a person. She brings her passion for the outdoors, and a strong interest in music – playing both the piano and guitar – to her practicum at Sistema Kingston.

Katie’s practicum started in September and will continue until the end of April. Once a week she works with the kids for three hours – and gets to see how the program impacts kids over time.  “I have seen huge changes and improvements in their behaviour and self-control. As they develop relationships with the teachers the respect has grown. Over time the kids have started to approach me and tell me jokes. Their hearts have opened-up.”

Katie Mulvihill
Katie at Sistema

She knows that this is a two-way street and models the behaviour she is teaching. “As teachers we try to be very respectful and considerate to the kids. We clap to get kids attention and the kids respond with the echo of the clap. We act as role models for the kids by paying attention to them.”

Katie helps prep healthy snacks and vegetables for the kids, which she describes as “super fresh” and then leads them in movement work, meditation and yoga, or games like charades or sound pattern games that challenge them to be extremely attentive! 

Katie will be at Sistema Kingston’s fourth annual Year End Concert Celebration on Wednesday May 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts where the children will perform the music they have worked on all year.