Playing music is something that comes naturally to Jordan Delaney of Port Hawkesbury. After playing guitar and fiddle for more than 8 years, Jordan decided to expand her passion for music by enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS) Music major program.
“I chose CBU because I wanted to stay in Cape Breton and I was very interested in its unique music program; I wanted to still feel like I was close to home,” says Jordan.
Outside of the classroom, Jordan can be found working on her music through playing guitar and singing, step dancing, and working on her Highland Dance Associates. She started performing at community events and church functions in her hometown, which led to being selected to play alongside artists Carmel Mikol, Jim Dorie, Thom Swift, Cyndi Cain, Dave Gunning, Kim Wempe, and others at the Celtic Circle. Jordan has also performed on Coxheath Mountain during Celtic Colours week. Jordan is known for her original song, “Home”, inspired by Cape Breton and Sheldon Currie’s novel, The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum.
“What I like most about the program is learning about what defines a community and the different aspects of communities here. I am also learning about my new CBU community and the impacts of international, cultural, and residence communities,” she says. “My experience so far at CBU has been great. I’m adjusting well and I’m having a great time. The most exciting thing has been meeting new people and making new friends from all over the world.”
Jordan believes that the key to being a successful student is time management, and says there is an importance in balancing school and your interests and hobbies. “If you learn how to use your time and divide it wisely, you’ll have time to get involved in your school and community,” says Jordan.
In 2015, Jordan was awarded the Rita MacNeil Music Award offered by CBU in the amount of $2500 in her first year of study, a Lieutenant Governor’s Scholarship valued at $1000, and a MacDonald Residence Award valued at $4,120. The Rita MacNeil Music Award allows Rita’s legacy to be carried on through CBU students pursuing their musical dreams. The BACS Music Major program is like no other music program in Canada. The program focuses on traditional and tradition-based popular music, with particular emphasis on local musical traditions (especially Celtic and Acadian music). The major is designed for students who have a passion for music and want to work in the global music industry by offering a minor in business.
“This semester, I am looking forward to my new courses that specialize and focus in Celtic music and seeing how I can use my studies to develop my own music. I am excited to have more musical opportunities this semester at CBU and also in the CBRM area,” she says.