On October 4, the Sabian Education Network held an event at Humber College in Toronto, Canada, attended by an enthusiastic group of local teachers. It was the first such event held in Canada.

Sabian Education Network’s live events foster ideas to improve and grow teaching practices, and the event brought together some of the best-known drummer/educators in Canada.

Humber College’s percussion department Chair, Mark Kelso, discussed challenges in teaching reading and interpretation; Paul Delong suggested ways to prepare students for the real world; Rick Gratton gave an engaging presentation on developing trust with students; and Jeff Salem provided advice on how to get more students and keep them motivated.

One attendee, Matt DelGrosso, won a Sabian 18-inch AA Apollo cymbal in a random drawing, and all attendees went home with a swag pack designed for educators, which are only available at SEN events.

“Having now hosted several of these events, I am looking forward to each one more and more,” Joe Bergamini, the event’s moderator and Sabian Education Network Director, said. “The discussion at these events is intelligent, inspiring, focused and, above all, it gives the attendees ideas and motivation to become better educators and get more students playing the drums.”

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