Shining Student Brendan Ukrainetz came to ULethbridge for music and education, and was able to make connections with faculty and students and come together in music-making with others. Gaining experiential learning through education practicums and through the Music Conservatory, Brendan is preparing for the next step in his professional career.
I would not be where I am now without the mentorship of my professors. Throughout my time here, my professors have consistently encouraged me to push myself and pursue excellence in everything that I do.
Meet Brendan. Dedicated. Passionate. Professional.
Program: Bachelor of Education (After Degree) | Major: Music Education
Why did you choose to pursue fine arts at ULethbridge?
I chose the University of Lethbridge because of the strong reputations of its music and education programs, the low cost of living and smaller class sizes.
What inspires your artistic/musical practice?
I am inspired by the strength of the communities of music that I have been a part of. I enjoy making music with other people, and I love exploring the rich history of the art through performance.
Did you know what you wanted to study before you came to ULethbridge? Has your academic plan changed?
I knew that I wanted to study music education when I came here. I started out in the combined music/education program, and switched to the 4-year music and 2-year education after degree in my third year.
What is your most memorable ULethbridge experience?
Apart from the switch to online school and the challenges that came with that, I would have to say my education practicums and my graduation recital.
How have your professors or instructors impacted your education?
I would not be where I am now without the mentorship of my professors. Throughout my time here, my professors have consistently encouraged me to push myself and pursue excellence in everything that I do. I am grateful for their guidance and dedication to their subjects.
Have you received any scholarships and awards?
I have received several scholarships, which were extremely helpful in funding my education and giving me peace of mind while I pursued my studies.
Tell us about your experiential or work-integrated learning opportunities at ULethbridge and how these have enhanced your education?
I completed two education practicums at schools here in Lethbridge and an applied study with the University's Conservatory of Music. Each of these experiences provided me unique insight and opportunities to develop skills that will be useful in my professional career as an educator and musician.
What are your hopes/plans for the future?
I hope to become involved in the music community in Calgary as an educator and performer. I hope to one day run a band program of my own.
What advice would you like to give those about to begin their journey at ULethbridge?
Push yourself! You never know what you can do until you try. And make sure to develop strong relationships with your professors and your peers - connections are everything!
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