PJ Anderson

This week we feature PJ Anderson, an international award-winning trombone player, composer and educator.

We caught up with him to see what he’s been up to!

1) When did you participate in the Jazzology program?

In the 2012 series.

2) Describe your experience with the Jazzology program. What was your favourite aspect?

It was great practice for me to create a proper bio and present myself as an artist.

My favorite aspect of the program was picking music to play on the show. It made me really think of what music and artists have shaped and influenced my career.

3) Would you recommend this experience to other young musicians? Why?

Of course. Jazzology helped both my confidence and ability to speak about my music and myself.

4) How has this experience helped in your personal and professional development?

The recording of my Jazzology program has functioned as a snapshot in time of my musical development. I have been able to use it in applications and presentations. I have also revisited the recording from time to time to remind myself of how far I have come and what first inspired me to start this journey.

5) This program is made possible by our generous donors and sponsors who strongly believe in the importance of arts education initiatives. If you had the opportunity to thank them in person, what would you say?

Thank you for making this opportunity possible for young musicians like myself. It prepares us for a music career in a way any school cannot do. Getting real life experience in form of a radio interview pushes us to see ourselves as artists who matter.

6) Why is music education important?

Theory is important, however, you really learn music through experience. By attending school we get to interact and learn from real professionals that can act as mentors.

Since participating in the program, what have you been doing? (education, scholarships, graduation, studying abroad, awards, grants, recordings, tours, employment, collaborations, etc.)

When I graduated Humber College I received a scholarship to attend the Banff Centre For The Arts. When I returned to Toronto I started a music program for individuals with disabilities at the Regent Park Music School. While working at the school I also performed around the Toronto area as a solo artist as well as freelance work. I have toured both coasts of Canada and the US with KC Roberts and The Live Revolution and have performed and recorded regularly with the New York Symphony chorus in New York City.

7) What are your plans for the future? (Any short term events or long term plans?)
I have applied to Berklee College in Boston to take my masters in Music Therapy, to further my career in helping individuals with special needs.

8) How can people learn more about you and your activities? (Website, Twitter handle, etc.)