Mr. Iain McLaren, Music
Mr. McLaren is the Choice School music teacher. He believes that all children are musical and creative beings. He strives to provide the students with as many possibilities of writing, improvising and recording their own musical creations as possible. Mr. McLaren also believes that each student’s musical sensibility needs to be nurtured, so that they are able to grow as musicians, performers, and proud supporters of the arts in their communities. With this belief as a guiding principal to his teachings, Mr. McLaren regularly creates opportunities for the students to share and learn their favourite songs, and to share their own musical skill in both the classroom, and in performances.
Mr. McLaren has vast experience in the musical world from composing, performing, and recording, to movie making, acting and script writing. He plays the guitar, piano, bass, drums, trombone, bass recorder, omniharp, and is now trying to tackle the accordion. He has performed and played in many groups that cover a wide range of music styles: from jazz bands, symphonic winds and choirs, to children’s music, folk, heavy metal, classical and pop. He is also a member of Artstarts In Schools and regularly performs musical theatre with Gogo Bonkers in elementary schools across the lower mainland.
Mr. McLaren studied Music Therapy at Capilano University in Vancouver and also studied voice and composition at Red Deer College. He has facilitated music groups and recording projects for elementary schools, preschools, daycares, community centres, the ministry of children and families, senior centers, and private functions.
In his spare time he loves to go for long walks in the forest, hang out with his family, play the piano, nap, and ride his bike.