Belmont Secondary School
BC Music Educators' Association
Mandart Chan was born and raised in Richmond, British Columbia (BC) Canada. During this elementary school years, he was introduced to band via his older siblings and his teachers. Being a young student, he decided that Trumpet would be a good instrument for him, but quickly realized that the Clarinet was his golden ticket. At the tender age of 13, he enrolled as a cadet with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in Richmond. He joined for one reason – to be a member of the Band. Through four years, he completely immersed himself into the Air Cadet Program, taking summer courses in Music at Penhold and Albert Head. Both his experience at school and as an Air Cadet motivated him to pursue a career in Music Education. Throughout his musical journey, he is always thankful to have had amazing educators in his life; Mrs. Thompson (Gilmore Elementary), Mr. Morrow (Gilmore Elementary), and Mr. Hobson (Hugh McRoberts Secondary), Capt John Forbes (Canadian Cadet Program), and Capt Jean Norris (Canadian Cadet Program) in his life. These music educators paved the way towards his dream of directing high school bands.
The pursuit of music led him to the University of Victoria, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Clarinet & Secondary Education) in the Spring of 2003. During his time at the University of Victoria, Mandart was able to study under Dr. Gerald King (Music Education, Conducting), Patricia Kostek (Clarinet), Sandra Pohran-Dawkins (Chamber Ensembles), Janos Sandor (Conducting), and Dave Dunnet (Music Education). He was very fortunate to have had these great mentors in his life. While studying music, Mandart had enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces (Cadet Instructor’s Cadre Officer) where he worked with the Canadian Cadet Program as an adult leader. This allowed him to practice all of the fundamentals and theories that were taught to him in classes.
Mandart Chan completed his teaching practicum at Belmont Secondary School (Victoria, BC) under the guidance of Joyce Kopan and Glynis Dawson. Although his teaching career first brought him to Calgary, Alberta, he was able to return to Belmont Secondary School, where he currently teaches. Currently, he is the Music Director of the Belmont Concert Bands, and also teaches Student Leadership, Beginner Piano, and Music Composition & Technology, alongside his colleague & mentor, Glynis Dawson.
In 2012, Mandart was accepted into the School of Music graduate program of the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, USA. Through three wonderful summers, he graduated in the summer of 2014 with a Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting & Pedagogy.
With his return to Victoria, Mandart was appointed to the position of Commanding Officer of a Sea Cadet Corps, then an Air Cadet Squadron in the Victoria area. These experiences, along with working with the Summer Cadet Program, led him to be appointed to the position of Area Elemental Advisor (Air Cadets) for the Vancouver Island area, and a promotion to the rank of Major.
Mandart Chan is currently the President of the BC Music Educators’ Association, the Director of Public Relations & Member Engagement of the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, and an active member of the Coalition for Music Education in BC. He is also the director of the Greater Victoria Concert Band – Intermediate Ensemble. He enjoys all genres of music (except for Country!) and has never met a dog he didn’t like. He currently resides in Victoria, BC with his partner Jason.
I love going to band workshops! But over the years, I'm beginning to connect the dots from my personal development into my professional life. My journey has brought me to the First Nations of Canada, to RuPaul's Drag Race, from Fitness, to Leadership.
Our "dream" generally surrounds teaching our students, making a difference in their lives, and creating a great musical experience for all. But there's one catch - administrative work. Let's be brave and venture into the Non-Teaching Side of Teaching.