Announcing the appointment of Don Quarles as Chair of the Music Performance & Technology Programs

Don Quarles as Chair of the Music Performance & Technology ProgramsDon has had an extensive career in the music industry that is most recently highlighted by his position as Executive Director at Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC).  Don has spent over 20 years as an event producer and has been involved in over 8,000 events.  As the Co-Founder of the School Alliance of Student Songwriters (SASS) Don has helped bring songwriting into many schools. Additionally, Don has served on the National Advisory Board of FACTOR and is currently working as an advisor for the national production of DRUM! and serves on the Advisory Board of Transmission. Don has had a lifelong passion for and commitment to composing and songwriting.

Don commented, “I look forward to helping build the Music Performance & Technology Programs here at Metalworks Institute and am anxious to help musicians take their performance skills and industry knowledge to a pro level.”

Designed for musicians, the five Music Performance & Technology Programs are built on a unique concept: to offer the complete range of industry knowledge required to take the art of performance to a professional level. With flexibility and space for personal style, students learn to perfect their business and music performance skills as they master the technologies and computer applications related to their major. Classes start in January 2012 and include majors in vocal, guitar, keyboard, bass guitar and drums/percussion.

According to Craig Titus, Executive Program Director, “I am thrilled to have Don Quarles join the Metalworks Institute team as Chair of our recently launched Music Performance and Technology Programs. Don’s extensive work with songwriters and musicians, as well as his professional background in the music industry are tremendous assets that will benefit all of our students. It is an honour to have him on board.”

Students are prepared for lifelong learning and leadership roles through innovative instruction techniques and exceptional learning resources. All of the full-time diploma programs are approved vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act 2005.

Situated just outside of Toronto, the Institute is the educational creation and natural extension of renowned Metalworks Studios.  With over 30 years of history, Metalworks Studios is home to some of the world’s most successful artists and producers; the gold and platinum records which adorn the studio walls serve as a testament to decades of experience and range. It’s proud to offer its students the benefit of this history on the path to their future.

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