Michael Paglia earned an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree specializing in Music Education from Wilfrid Laurier University with a focused study on piano, guitar and vocal music (2006) and achieved his Bachelor of Education degree from York University (2007). Residing in Whitby, Ontario for the last 27 years, Michael has been an educator, professional and studio musician for over 20 years and has played across the country, releasing original music and performing with many international acts such as Michael Buble’, Sum 41, Simple Plan, Thornley, Sloan and Finger Eleven. He and his music have been featured on CTV, Much Music, CBC television, 102.1 The Edge, CBC Radio 2, the Warped Tour concert series and all streaming platforms.
As a teenager and young adult, Michael delivered private music instruction in the Durham Region for over 10 years teaching at various music lesson studios as well as delivering home instruction.
Michael has been teaching instrumental music at the secondary school level for the Durham Catholic District School Board for 11 years and is a passionate advocate for music education. Michael has initiated and delivered diverse music programs within the secondary school system that suit the needs and changing demographic of his students such as guitar programs, hip-hop production classes, song-writing classes, digital music production as well as instrumental (brass and woodwind ensembles) and vocal music programs. Michael firmly believes that music education is a right for all students. To this end, Michael has also designed and delivered a music program designed specifically for students with special needs within the secondary school system.
Currently, Michael is the Instrumental Music Director for grades 9-12 at the performing arts high school, All Saints Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, On. as a part of their Arts and Media Program. Not only does he teach students to become competent, confidant musicians, he provides the opportunity for them to hear from and connect with professionals within the Canadian music scene, such as professional music engineers, music producers, music managers and performing artists. Michael regularly volunteers his time, (3-4 days a week) to direct and conduct various before and after school music ensembles so that his students are provided the opportunity to hone their collective performance skills and participate in making music in the community. Some of these ensembles include the Pit Orchestra’s for All Saints C.S.S. musical productions, Jazz Band, Concert Band, small rock combo ensembles and digital music production.
Michael and his students have recently achieved 3rd place in CBC’s National Music Class Challenge for the 2019-2020 school year, competing with thousands of schools across the country. View their submission here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us0rycW1VgQ
Also, Michael and his students have achieved top ten status in last year’s CBC competition. View their submission here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBGZgDA91Fc