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highlights: first week of school


I’m a student! I kind of can’t believe it. I spent the whole first day of classes floating around the halls of the Schulich School of Music completely flabbergasted by my surroundings and my life. I have a very vivid memory of myself from two years ago saying “Fall of 2014 is when I’m going to be at McGill. That is the plan.” and now I have executed the plan and all that’s left is three years of follow through.

The thing is, I didn’t really know what that follow through was going to look like until now. I’ll be taking three or four classes per semester, things like Jazz Materials, Ear Training, Jazz History, Arranging; I’ll be in ensembles, mostly classical choir; and I’ll have a jazz combo every semester. I’m happy to inform you that all these combos and ensembles will have regular performances that will be open to the public – very exciting!

I had my first private lesson with Ranee Lee which was very illuminating. She gave me that binder full of stuff you see in the photo above. So much to work through! It’s great.

And as if I didn’t have enough newness in my life, I started working at a music school in the West Island on Saturdays. I’m teaching all ages and I get my own little room with a piano, mirror, and metronome! The photos below were pulled from my instagram. On the left is me getting ready to teach and on the right is the jam session meet and greet that happened at McGill on Wednesday.


I’m happy to be reviving my highlights column. I won’t be posting every week, instead I’ll likely post whenever I have highlights to share.

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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  1. gardencatt

    It sounds like you are going to have a great semester and year!

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