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In 1995 Ken Piirtoniemi wrote 'A Superior Fanfare' and 'A Superior Suite' to involve music students with Lake Superior environmental issues. He continued composing and officially registered his publishing company, Lifelong Music, in 2001.
Using Finale notation software for composing and creating custom theory assignments for 21 years, Ken has provided Finale workshops for secondary teacher professional development, and instruction for music students.
Concert band, brass ensembles, saxophone quartets, accompanied solos, brass band, and hundreds of brass studies are available at all levels. The Beginning Band, Developing Band, and Progressing Band series focus on meeting teacher/student needs at the fundamental stage of musical development, particularly where method books fall short.
Ken Piirtoniemi (b.1951) Port Arthur, Ontario, graduated with a B. Mus. - Honours 1974 & B. Ed. 1976 from the University of Western Ontario at London, and an Associate Music Performer’s Diploma - tuba 1974 from Western Ontario Conservatory of Music. His teachers included: Saville Shuttleworth, Charles Dalkert, Ralph Aldrich, Clifford Evens, and A. James Ford. Ken performed as principal tubist of the London Symphony Orchestra (Ontario), tuba recitalist, and tubist of the faculty ensemble, London Brass Quintet. He was low brass instructor for UWO Faculty of Music and Conservatory of Western Ontario (now Conservatory Canada). He has played tuba for the Lakehead Symphony Orchestra, Sault Symphony, Sault Opera Society, tuba/trombone for Steeltown Silver Band, trombone for Sault Swing Band and Musical Comedy Guild.
Ken taught grade 9-13 instrumental music for Algoma District School Board for 30 years including band, vocal, music in life, and piano keyboard classes at Korah, Bawating, and White Pines secondary schools. In 1996 he was one of 6 team members of the Lake Superior Basin project chosen for the Reader’s Digest “National Outstanding Leaders in Education Award”, and in 1997 was presented the OSSTF Leadership in Education Award.
Ken was a 5-year board member of Ontario Music Educators Association, an instructor at the Ministry of Education Ontario Music Leadership Camp - Lake Couchiching from 1980-84, low brass instructor at Ontario Youth Music Camp in Beaverton, and Huntington Summer Music Camp in Sudbury.
He has been the brass instructor at Algoma University since 1998, and at Algoma Conservatory since 1999. He holds a valid license from the Ontario College of Teachers.
Lifelong Music was an exhibitor for a 5th time at the Nova Scotia Music Educators Conference in Kentville October 28, 2016.
For the 13th time, Lifelong Music exhibited at the Ontario Music Educators Association Conference November 6-7 in Toronto 2015.
The week of February 26 - March 1st involved Ken working with West Ferris music students to develop a suite composed by students for the school band to perform. The focus was to celebrate Aboriginal Culture through music, culminating in a 7-minute 3-part suite based on the legend 'Old Turtle'. Mrs. Sunstrum directed the band at school concerts May 22nd, 2013.
Ken prepared a Finale Notation software instruction package available for music educators to teach tool familiarity with application exercises, introduced Nov. 21-22 to West Ferris Secondary students in North Bay with their teacher, Mrs. Sunstrum.
Sponsored by Lifelong Music, Ken presented a workshop - 'Instrumental Music - The First 3 Weeks' Nov.2nd, 2012 at the OMEA conference in Toronto, which engaged 80 delegates, from student teachers to experienced music educators. This was the 10th year exhibiting at the OMEA conference.