Shannon Shakotko: M.ArtsEd, M.A. INDS, intrepid leader of the internship program!

The KLKP Internship Program is on Hold for 2019! Please check back in 2020 as we will think that teacher training will resume at that point!

We have trained up a mighty group of excellent teachers!

What can you expect?

  • A week of intensive teaching and leading experiences in a supportive and challenging setting.
  • An honest appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Inspiration!
  • Useful and practical information to apply in any setting. Particular information you can apply to securing a position at KLKP or other music camps and to starting/improving your teaching vocation.
  • New friends and musical connections from across Canada.

What we expect:

  • Think on your feet. Use your head. Lead from your heart.
  • Listen, watch and act to promote and extend the mission and values of KLKP.
  • Contribute — your insights, your abilities, your personality, your questions, your story — to the camp community.
  • Participate and take initiative.
  • Make it fun.

NOTE: the KLKP’s Leadership fund sponsors $105 of every intern’s actual cost upon approval of application.

Here is a version of last year’s “Instructor Bingo” where Interns needed to ask instructors which was their quote and try to “outdo” the other interns.  It was quite funny when some of the instructors misunderstood the purpose, and tried to fool people!

See if you can guess whose quotes were whose! ( the answer key is linked below!!)

Instructors to choose from: (in no particular order) Rob Skeet, Booker Blakley, Shamma Sabir, Karrnnel Sawitsky, Brigid McNutt, Gillian Maher, Donna Turk, Ben Knorr, Ameena Bajer-Koulack, Michele Amy, Jacquie Walbaum, Ivonne Hernandez, Will Elliott, Daniel Koulack,Eric Wright,



Leading a random group of people through a week of intense learning and deep laughing, with music as the centerpiece.



Listen, listen, listen and practice, practice, practice!

You have to look at the individual and adapt your teaching style to how each person learns. At the same time the learning process should be enjoyable. It’s our job as teachers to understand our students so that they learn without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated. 


To teach is to learn twice.

If you hate the fiddle, play anyway – you’ll end up loving it. 


Find someone who is doing what you want to do and learn how they do it.



Technique is nice, but never forget, the most important attributes for a musician are intention and genuineness.



Everyone and everything can teach you something. Stay humble.

“What you seek is seeking you.” –Rumi


This is meant to help you understand that learning music (or anything else) is harder when one responds to learning with anxiety, or going into a mental and physical barrier producing fight or flight mode. Barriers need to come down for learning to be pleasurable and fulfilling.



Practice slow . . . learn fast!



Remember that we teach people, not content. Be flexible, honest and open and take care of the person. The content will follow.

If you are teaching children, find your inner child. If you are teaching adults, let your inner child shine through because it is your inner child that is free of fear and worry of what others think of you.
There is no “I” in suck. 


Leadership is being willing to let people do what they do best.




Teaching changes lives, you never know when your influence stops.

All classes inevitably have a variety of ability. Be flexible, engaging, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

2016 ANSWER KEY Intern Bingo