This week for “Where Are They Now,” we feature Taylor Forget, an emerging musician in traditional French-Canadian folk music, and as a jazz drummer.
We caught up with him to see what he’s been up to since Jazzology.
1) When did you participate in the Jazzology program?
I participated in the Jazzology program in November of 2014, during my final year at York University.
2) Describe your experience with the Jazzology program. What was your favourite aspect?
Jazzology was super hip! I had a great time preparing my materials for the program and my interview with Heather Bambrick was very exciting and so much fun! My favorite part of the program was listening to the interview with my friends and family and getting phone calls from a bunch of people saying ‘’hey I just heard you on JAZZ.FM91!’’
3) Would you recommend this experience to other young musicians? Why?
Absolutely! It’s such a fun experience and it gives you a good chunk of time in the spotlight to talk about the music you love, why its important to you and how you’re using your musical experiences to shape yourself as a person.
4) How has this experience helped in your personal and professional development?
It helped to give me a lot of courage. Let’s face it, a one hour interview on Canada’s leading Jazz radio station can be quite intimidating for a young musician (I can still remember shaking like a leaf before my interview) but I really wanted to see it through and I think I am a more confidant musician and person because of it.
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?
A really big thank you! The work you do to provide educational programs for the younger generation of musicians is very noble and greatly appreciated.
6) Why is music education important?
Music education is important because it can give someone an outlet to express himself or herself in a meaningful, positive way. Music education can improve an individual’s ability to succeed in every other aspect of life. Music education matters, man.
7) Since participating in the program, what have you been doing? (education, scholarships, graduation, studying abroad, awards, grants, recordings, tours, employment, collaborations, etc.)
Since participating in the Jazzology program and graduating from York University, I’m grateful to be teaching music at École élémentaire Sainte-Croix, the elementary school I went to as a kid. It’s great to be back, teaching music at a place I love.
8) What are your plans for the future? (Any short term events or long term plans?)
I plan on continuing to develop my qualifications as an educator and hope to move on to teaching music at my old high school. I would really love to start a big band there.
9) How can people learn more about you and your activities? (Website, Twitter handle, etc.)
Sorry, I still don’t do social media… Probably never will haha.