Doug Friesen, Music Educator

I am a teacher, musi­cian, and researcher based in Toron­to, Cana­da. I’ve led teach­ers, stu­dents, musi­cians, and oth­er inter­est­ed folks across Cana­da and Latin Amer­i­ca through ways of using lis­ten­ing and sound to engage cre­ativ­i­ty and facil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ty. I am also a PHD can­di­date research­ing crit­i­cal sound and lis­ten­ing ped­a­go­gies and I’ve taught music edu­ca­tion cours­es at var­i­ous insti­tu­tions includ­ing the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. As a musi­cian I’ve played with Seli­na Mar­tin, Kate Reid, Dave Bidi­ni, and John K Samson.

My men­non­ite grand­par­ents fled reli­gious per­se­cu­tion in the for­mer U.S.S.R. and final­ly end­ed up set­tling in Man­i­to­ba on Treaty 1 ter­ri­to­ry: the land of Anishi­naabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dako­ta, Dene, and Métis Nations. I grew up help­ing farm land that was stolen and I have many priv­i­leges because of this.

For a taste of what Doug Friesen does, see the fol­low­ing projects fea­tured on the PCM Hub :