Gordon Cobb

Film/Video / Music

Gordon Cobb


Teaching Languages: English

LinkedIn: Gordon Cobb

Twitter: @CobbHouseStudio



Gordon received his BFA from SFU, his Masters of Music from the London College of Music and a PhD in Arts Education from SFU. His work as a music composer for dance and film has been showcased locally and internationally. Gordon teaches music at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. More information about Gordon can be found on his portfolio website at http://www.gordoncobbphd.com/



Film/Video, Music, Theatre



“The following are Gordon’s strengths:

· Works in integrity with all partners from school personnel to students, the students and staff had a great deal of respect for him;

· Is organized and puts in extra time preparing and consulting;

· Can work with all grade levels of children including those with special educational needs;

· Brings out the children’s best work with constant guidance and encouragement;

· His respectful character facilitates the best work effort in children;

· Strives for the best product when teaching;

· Creative – he has the technical skills to facilitate the best and most creative products from his students.” – Vonnie Hutchingson, Principal, Sir William MacDonald Elementary School, Vancouver


Not only is Gordon an endless source of creativity, but he also possesses the rare ability to deliver his ideas to children and youth in a thoughtful and playful manner. Through his work and his personality, he inspires everyone around him to be the best they can be.” – Craig Shervey, Director of Community Engagement, The Sarah McLachlan School of Music



My Life and My World as a Song: The basics of music production and songwriting will be explored through an exploration of loop-based composition and remixing in Garage Band. Working in small groups, students will engage in reflexive group writing to generate lyrics that they can develop into an original song. Students learn to explore identity options as well as meaningful ideas through this inquiry-based approach to songwriting.

Suitable for 6 to Grade 12

4-5 classroom sessions of 1 to 1.5 hours each + 1 field trip + 1 project planning session


Video Poems: Expressing Self, Aesthetic, and Lifeworlds: Youth learn to learn about themselves, their worlds, and current multimedia technology in this narrative based, multimodal workshop. Using text, photographs, video, and sound, students explore and represent their worlds in short video segments that capture their sense of aesthetic and define meaningful and important ideas within their video poems.

Suitable for 5 to Grade 12

4-5 classroom sessions of 1 to 1.5 hours each + 1 field trip + 1 project planning session


VanYouth News Flash: Using video cameras, iPads, and Mac computers, students work in groups to develop short segments for this current events and variety show. Students will learn aspects of production through the creation of news segments, talk shows, and rants. Truly an inquiry-based, multimodal activity, this project is capable of engaging students of varying ages and interests whilst also capturing meaningful ideas and delivering a message that reflects a student-centered approach to learning.

Suitable for Grade 6 to Grade 12

6 classroom sessions of 120 minutes each or 4 sessions half-day sessions (including 1 field trip) + 1 project planning session


Required equipment/facility/materials/teacher Resources for Workshop:

My Life and My World as a Song: Mac Computers with Garage Band (1 per group of 3-4 students), writing paper, a small quiet room is required for recording vocals.

Video Poem Workshop: Mac Computers with iMovie and Garage Band (1 per student or 1 per 2 students), various papers for visual art making, felt markers, water colour paints, scissors

VanYouth News Flash Workshop: Mac Computers with iMovie and Garage Band, large room for production, coloured paper, writing paper, scissors

Maximum 30 students per class


School District Availability:

Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, New Westminister, North Vancouver, Richmond, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver.