Yesterday, I finally screened Music Theory is Sexy & Metaphysical to Bradshaw Pack, music theory instructor at Capilano University and the star of my first major film project in the Capilano Documentary Program. Bradshaw snickered a little, watching himself saying, “When we have a wedding or a bar mitzvah, do we invite in a mime troupe? No, we play music!”
“That’s funny,” he said. ”I don’t know why I’m laughing…”
“Because it is funny,” I said, “You’re funny. You’re also really inspiring. It’s hard to grab the attention of young minds these days, they’re so absorbed in their phones and their Facebook. I see a lot of instructors struggling to hold students’ attention, but you’ve done it. They love you. You’ve woken them up and they’re smelling the coffee.”
The film reveals Bradshaw’s unusual approach to pedagogy and shows the effect a great teacher can have on students’ lives, while offering a glimpse inside the renowned Jazz Program at Capilano University. Watch students sweat over theory and practice, and triumph in what they do best — play music.