Project database

Rebecca Barnstaple

by Rebec­ca Barnstaple

Pre­sen­ta­tion of Music and Health Resource Hi. I’m Rebec­ca Barn­sta­ple. I am the man­ag­er of Com­mu­ni­ty Ini­tia­tives Research and Inno­va­tion here at Chigamik Com­mu­ni­ty Health Cen­ter. I’m also a post-doc­tor­al research fellow…

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Rob Lutes

by Rob Lutes

Type of Project: Program

On music and men­tal health My name is Rob Lutes. I’m a singer-song­writer, musi­cian, and music edu­ca­tor who lives in Pointe-Clair, Que­bec. Music and men­tal health, it’s an enor­mous ques­tion and the answer…

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Ajay Heble

by Ajay Heble

Type of Project: Program

Ajay Heble: What is Music and Health? My name is Ajay Heble. I’m the direc­tor of The Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute for Crit­i­cal Stud­ies and Impro­vi­sa­tion, and I was the found­ing artis­tic direc­tor of…

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Arla Good

by Arla Good

Type of Project: Program

Arla Good: On what music and health means to her My name is Arla Good. I am the co-direc­tor and chief researcher of SingWell Project. The SingWell Project is a net­work of…

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Danielle Jakubiak

by Danielle Jakubiak

Type of Project: Program

Music ther­a­pist Danielle Jaku­bi­ak: What does music and health mean to you? My name is Danielle Jaku­bi­ak and I am a coun­sel­ing ther­a­pist and a music ther­a­pist based in Hal­i­fax, Nova Scotia.…

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Gilles Comeau

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Type of Project: Program

Gilles Comeau: What is music and health? I am Gilles Comeau, I am a pro­fes­sor at the School of Music at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ottawa. I am the found­ing direc­tor of the…

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Rebecca McDonald on ‘What is music and Health?’

by Rebec­ca McDonald

Type of Project: Program

Music Ther­a­pist Rebec­ca McDon­ald on ‘What is music and Health?’ My name is Rebec­ca McDon­ald. I’m a music ther­a­pist who is cur­rent­ly liv­ing in Antigo­nish, Nova Sco­tia, but I’m orig­i­nal­ly from Peterborough,…

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Pierre Rancourt : Music in Palliative Care

by Pierre Rancourt

Type of Project: Program

Pierre Ran­court: Music in Pal­lia­tive Care One of the work envi­ron­ments that appeals to me the most is pal­lia­tive care, so I had the chance recent­ly with the soci­ety for arts in…

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Louise Campbell: Music and health at the C.A.R.E. Centre

by Louise Campbell

Type of Project: Program

What does music and health mean to you? My name is Louise Camp­bell. I am a musi­cian and artist, and I do a lot of work with peo­ple in many dif­fer­ent sectors,…

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Geremia Lodi — On Making Music With Former Inmates

by Geremia Lodi

Type of Project: Program

As part of the Music in Incar­cer­a­tion & Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Resource, Geremia Lodi describes his expe­ri­ence work­ing with for­mer inmates in a tran­si­tion com­mu­ni­ty pro­gram, the pos­si­ble ben­e­fits of imple­ment­ing music pro­grams in…

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Moe Clark — On Making Music with Indigenous Youth In Lockdown and Carceral Settings

by Moe Clark

Type of Project: Program

As part of the Music in Incar­cer­a­tion & Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Resource, Moe Clark describes her expe­ri­ence as a two-spir­it Métis artist mak­ing music with at-risk Indige­nous youth in lock­down and car­céral set­tings. She…

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Hugh Chris Brown — On Making Music in Prisons

by Hugh Chris Brown

Orga­ni­za­tion: Pros & Cons

Type of Project: Program

As part of the Music in Incar­cer­a­tion & Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Resource, Hugh Chris Brown describes his expe­ri­ence in mak­ing music in his pro­gram Pros & Cons and it’s ori­gins, the effi­ca­cy of music…

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Leah Abramson — On Making Music In Prisons

by Leah Abramson

Type of Project: Program

As part of the Music in Incar­cer­a­tion & Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Resource, Leah Abram­son describes her expe­ri­ences mak­ing music in a wom­en’s prison in the project Women Rock, the chal­lenges she encoun­tered, and what…

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Sound Waves: An Approach to Layered Soundscape-Making

by Shifra Cooper

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: A flex­i­ble process that can take one work­shop, or many.

Sound Waves shares an approach to lay­ered sound­scape-mak­ing that responds to research themes through mul­ti­ple art forms, in order to cre­ate inclu­sive and acces­si­ble sound­scapes, for groups of inter­gen­er­a­tional mixed-abil­i­ty singers, that…

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Energy Matters Workshop (Part A): Embodied Listening to Energy Crisis

by Shu­maila Hemani

Type of Project: Activity

Art caus­es peo­ple to ques­tion or con­sid­er their own beliefs, assump­tions, or val­ues. It can offer new pos­si­bil­i­ties, solu­tions, and alter­na­tives to cur­rent con­di­tions. Sound Arts enhance our capac­i­ty to notice the world…

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Energy Matters Workshop (Part B): An Auditory Approach to Energy Accessibility

by Shu­maila Hemani

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 90 minute workshop

Art can become a means to inte­grate mar­gin­al­ized voic­es into the con­ver­sa­tion. It can voice aspects of the issue not oth­er­wise expressed in pub­lic doc­u­ments or pol­i­cy state­ments. Art helps us to lis­ten better.…

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Energy Matters Workshops (PART C): Deep Listening to Energy Accessibility with Sound Recording Activities

by Shu­maila Hemani

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 90 minutes

The Ener­gy Mat­ters work­shop series was locat­ed at the inter­sec­tions of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry sound art for cli­mate action and jus­tice, involv­ing sto­ries, sounds, word bub­bles, ges­tures, and move­ment. In these workshops,…

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Energy Matters Workshops (PART D): Deep Listening to Energy Accessibility with Dialogues on Energy Accessibility

by Shu­maila Hemani, Ph.D.

Type of Project: Activity

The sound­scape com­pos­er, Hilde­gaard West­erkamp writes, “True recep­tive lis­ten­ing comes from an inner place of non-threat, sup­port and safe­ty. Para­dox­i­cal­ly, while a ground­ed and calm state of mind, a sense of safety,…

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sonic cellphone meditation

by Kathy Kennedy

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 20 min­utes minimum

This son­ic med­i­ta­tion allows par­tic­i­pants to impro­vise vocal­ly while explor­ing an out­door space with oth­ers. It is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to walk while singing, observ­ing the con­stant­ly chang­ing sounds of oth­er singers and…

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Newcomer Youth Engagement Program: Music and Literacy

by Jen­nifer Lang

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: Each Fri­day for one hour from Sep­tem­ber until June

The New­com­er Youth Engage­ment project con­nects music and lit­er­a­cy while also con­nect­ing our uni­ver­si­ty and a com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports edu­ca­tion­al ini­tia­tives for new­com­ers to Cana­da. Who we are: Our music team…

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Birdsong Course

by Frédérique Drolet

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 60 — 90 min­utes workshop

Bird­song course Designed and imple­ment­ed in Plai­sance by Frédérique Dro­let and Mar­i­ane Lacroix (2022) 1. Con­text The bird­song course was designed by Frédérique Dro­let (sopra­no) and Mar­i­ane Lacroix (nat­u­ral­ist from Parc national…

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Online group music lesson framework for collaborative creativity

by Lau­ren Best

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: week­ly 50 minute groups, 32 ses­sions across 10 months

This frame­work for online group music lessons pro­vides a col­lab­o­ra­tive expe­ri­ence of devel­op­ing musi­cal­i­ty through cre­ativ­i­ty, while still encour­ag­ing each stu­dent to work inde­pen­dent­ly towards their own per­son­al music goals. The Framework…

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Exploring Sonic Lifeworlds: Collaborative Composition in the Large Choral Ensemble

by jashen edwards and Patrick Murray

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 2–3 workshops/group pre­sen­ta­tions over 3 months

Singers in this col­lab­o­ra­tive choral music cre­ation project explored how sounds gath­ered from their every­day lives could speak to aspects of place, iden­ti­ty, and com­mu­ni­ty in new vocal sound­scape com­po­si­tions they created,…

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Sounds of Home: Collaborative Songwriting with Newcomer Youth

by Saman­tha Tai

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 6 1‑hour sessions

Sounds of Home is a col­lab­o­ra­tive song­writ­ing ini­tia­tive for refugee and new­com­er youth. Over the course of 6 weeks, par­tic­i­pants explore the theme of “home” through group music mak­ing and song­writ­ing. The…

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Improvisation game: Four!! and Empty Repeating Canvas

by Doug Friesen

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 30 minutes

As part of the Edu­ca­tion Sec­tor Focus, pub­lic school music teacher Doug Friesen shares a few impro­vi­sa­tion games his stu­dents love to play. GAME 1: Four!! After a cue, each par­tic­i­pant tries to…

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Nelson Mandela High School: Creative music making in a secondary wind band program

by Keshi­ni Senanayake

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: From one class to an entire school year

This project explores cre­ative music mak­ing in a sec­ondary wind band pro­gram Nel­son Man­dela High School, one of Alberta’s des­ig­nat­ed High School Redesign Schools. In a redesign school, tasks are designed not…

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Taking It Outside: Making Music Inspired By Nature

by Louise Campbell

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: One one-hour work­shop or one month residency

Whether your school or com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tion is in an urban, rur­al or remote area, the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment is full of inspi­ra­tion for cre­ativ­i­ty and learn­ing. Louise Camp­bell leads par­tic­i­pants in explor­ing and…

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Exploring First Nations Ways of Knowing, Doing and Being Through Composition

by Kei­tha Clark

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 1.5 hours of class time ( 2 ses­sions) // 2–6 hours of indi­vid­ual cre­ation time

This col­lab­o­ra­tive project took place in the spring of 2022 with Den­nis Shorty and mem­bers of the Fid­dle­heads, a youth fid­dle ensem­ble in White­horse. The project focused on find­ing ways to integrate…

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VIVA Singers Toronto: A Community Choir Program Connects Virtually

by Edmee Nataprawira

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: One rehearsal to a full school year

In this project, music edu­ca­tor Edmee Nat­aprawira and her stu­dents in the Prep Choir of VIVA Singers Toron­to build com­mu­ni­ty vir­tu­al­ly through cre­ative singing and music mak­ing: Hi, my name is Edmee…

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Jean Lumb Public School: An Urban Elementary Public School Explores Improvisation

by Kather­ine Fraser

Type of Project: Activity

Ele­men­tary Music School Teacher Kather­ine Fras­er and her stu­dents lis­ten, impro­vise, com­pose, and reflect on these cre­ative school music expe­ri­ences: “Hi, my name is Kather­ine Fras­er. I live and teach in Toronto,…

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Preserving Language Through Music and Film

by Julia Wed­er, Jiixa (Gladys Vandal)

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: Varies — gen­er­al­ly 30 hours over a 1–2 month period.

A music video project by the duo Siijuu Jaadas Cool Ladies, con­sist­ing of Hai­da Elder, weaver, and lan­guage teacher Jiixa (age 84), along with set­tler Julia (age 25). Julia makes the music…

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James Lyng High School: An Education Rooted in Popular Music

by Nathan Gage

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: One year to multi-year

Nathan Gage and his stu­dents describe and reflect on their cre­ative work as musi­cians, bands and pro­duc­ers in their class­room record­ing spaces. Here is a descrip­tion of a sec­ondary music pro­gram that…

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Music Takes You Higher: Collaborative Song-Writing with People Living with Dementia

by Pia Kon­tos, Sher­ry Dupuis and Chris­tine Jonas-Simpson

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: As long as it takes, but nor­mal­ly 6+ months

What does col­lab­o­ra­tive music-mak­ing mean to you? “I quick­ly real­ized that that was the point, in a way it was just to bring peo­ple togeth­er. I would arrive as myself where I…

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Let’s Reimagine: Challenging the Stigma of Dementia Through Collaborative Song-Writing

by Sher­ry Dupuis and Pia Kontos

Orga­ni­za­tion: Reimag­in­ing Demen­tia Coalition

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: Writ­ing, record­ing, and pro­duc­ing the song/video took 8‑months.

 “There’s a human con­nec­tion, despite what some peo­ple like to think… Despite age or dis­abil­i­ty, there’s a human­ness amongst all of us if you look for it. And that’s what we’re trying…

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At home with Ira Lee — Freestyle rap, participatory music, and improvised musicking — Skill building for digital artists, creatives, and the curious.

by Ira Lee (Iraleesi­wack)

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 1 hour workshop

Through an inclu­sive and expe­ri­en­tial lens, this project intro­duces Freestyle rap, par­tic­i­pa­to­ry music, and impro­vised musick­ing through group skill build­ing activ­i­ties for dig­i­tal artists, cre­atives, and the curi­ous. Our par­tic­i­pa­to­ry project brings…

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Bringing Everyone Together: Music in Long term care during a Pandemic

by Chris­tine Naguib

Orga­ni­za­tion: Colum­bia For­est Long Term Care

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: over the span of a year and a half

This project brought music to res­i­dents of Colum­bia For­est Long Term Care (LTC) dur­ing the COVID-19  pan­dem­ic, a time of incred­i­ble unpre­dictabil­i­ty, iso­la­tion, fear, and change. The project trans­formed into using music…

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Silent Rhythms

by Geremia Loren­zo Lodi

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 30 min­utes to 1 hour work­shop, which can be fur­ther devel­oped through mul­ti­ple sessions

This activ­i­ty intro­duces par­tic­i­pants to cre­at­ing music by pay­ing close atten­tion to the qual­i­ty of anoth­er person’s move­ment.  The activ­i­ty devel­ops the abil­i­ty to lis­ten and notice one’s respons­es to the surrounding…

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Piece of Mind — Understanding and Communicating Parkinson’s Disease through Music and Poetry

by Naila Kuhlmann, Lili Saint Lau­rent, Car­o­line Bar­bi­er de Reulle

Orga­ni­za­tion: Piece of Mind Collective

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: This can vary, but would work best over a series of 1–2 hour ses­sions (over weeks or months).

Intro­duc­tion With­in the con­text of the Piece of Mind project (details at the bot­tom of the page), we describe a col­lab­o­ra­tive activ­i­ty in which we trans­lat­ed a poem about the lived experience…

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Sound & Song: Collaborative Songwriting With Seniors & Elders

by Leah Abramson

Orga­ni­za­tion: Arts & Health: Healthy Aging through the Arts & Round­house Com­mu­ni­ty Arts & Recre­ation Centre

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: 10–12 2hr sessions

Since the start of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, Sound & Song pro­gram par­tic­i­pants have devel­oped an online col­lab­o­ra­tive song­writ­ing prac­tice ground­ed in indi­vid­ual sound­walks. Par­tic­i­pants use sound­walk­ing to gath­er lyri­cal mate­r­i­al for an…

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Vintage Voices

by Lau­ra Gillis

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: 30–60 min­utes interview/listening/recording ses­sion, 2–4 hours editing/mastering

Vin­tage Voic­es fea­tures the voic­es of res­i­dents liv­ing in the Long Term Care sys­tem shar­ing and respond­ing to music that they love; it brings these voic­es to the rest of soci­ety via…

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Composition Workshops

by Car­men Braden, composer

Orga­ni­za­tion: Prairie Debut — NACC — Black Ice Sound

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 3 45-minute sessions

SUMMARY: A three-ses­sion work­shop series (45 mins each ses­sion) intro­duc­ing young peo­ple to com­po­si­tion­al ideas. Stu­dents ide­al­ly have one year of some musi­cal expe­ri­ence. Read­ing music is not nec­es­sary. Mate­ri­als: coloured pens, pencils,…

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Stories of Care: Making Connections With and Between People with Severe Physical Disabilities

by Louise Campbell

Orga­ni­za­tion: C.A.R.E. Centre

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: 3 month residency

The C.A.R.E. Cen­tre, a recre­ation­al orga­ni­za­tion for adults liv­ing with severe phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, recog­nis­es the impor­tance of art and expres­sion for their clients, par­tic­u­lar­ly for those clients who are non-ver­bal. In addition…

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Passage Through Time — Creating Music-Inspired Visual Art

by Deirdre Potash

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 1 hour visu­al art workshop

GOAL: to devel­op a deep­er appre­ci­a­tion of music and the visu­al arts and how they com­pli­ment each oth­er. In this par­tic­u­lar work­shop, par­tic­i­pants were inspired by the music of Jab­bour, using the…

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Presence Warmups

by Dina Cindric

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 2–20+ min­utes, depend­ing on warmup

These Pres­ence Warmups pre­pare the body, breath and mind for expres­sive and cre­ative music-mak­ing. They are most effec­tive when used at the start of a rehearsal and can eas­i­ly be incor­po­rat­ed into…

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Moi_Espace Public

by Thais Montanari

Type of Project: Activity

The project Moi_Espace Pub­lic was born out of a con­vic­tion that artis­tic cre­ation can be a fruit­ful space for exchange on every­day issues, whether emo­tion­al  or social. My desire was to meet…

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Scavenger Hunt for Audiophiles

by Guil­laume Jabbour

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 2 hour work­shop (can be split into 2 ses­sions), add 60–90 min for exten­sion activities

Short Descrip­tion: This Audio Scav­enger Hunt involves find­ing sounds from a list, report­ing on them, and dis­cussing what the sounds mean to you. Sounds are searched out and checked off a list.…

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ACTIVATE: Young Composer Program

by Anna Höst­man and Aline Homzy

Orga­ni­za­tion: Alliance for Cana­di­an New Music Projects (ACNMP) & Cana­di­an Music Cen­tre (CMC)

Type of Project: Program

ACTIVATE: Young Com­pos­er Pro­gram is an adju­di­cat­ed com­po­si­tion pro­gram pre­sent­ed by The Alliance for Cana­di­an New Music Projects (ACNMP) and Cana­di­an Music Cen­tre (CMC). ACTIVATE is an ear­ly entry point for young…

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Songs that Connect Us

by RECAA Choir

Orga­ni­za­tion: RECAA: Respect­ing Elders Com­mu­ni­ties Against Abuse

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: A series of one-hour workshops

Songs that Con­nect Us is a com­mu­ni­ty-engaged project for col­lab­o­ra­tive and mean­ing­ful group singing using sto­ry­telling and song. It fos­ters open com­mu­ni­ca­tion and a respect for diver­si­ty. The project was ini­ti­at­ed by…

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Words&Rhythm

by Geremia Loren­zo Lodi

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: One/two hour(s) workshop

Words and Rhythm have a real­ly close rela­tion­ship since ancient times when poets sang the epic tales in iambic pen­tame­ters, both to bet­ter remem­ber and more eas­i­ly sing them. Words con­tain rhythm.…

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Piece of Mind — “Give us a hand” Participatory Art-Sci Video

by Naila Kuhlmann, Rebec­ca Barn­sta­ple, Louise Campbell

Orga­ni­za­tion: Piece of Mind Collective

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: Main activ­i­ty : 30 min — 1 hour

Piece of Mind uses the per­form­ing arts to syn­the­size and trans­late knowl­edge about Parkinson’s dis­ease (PD) and demen­tia. Our par­tic­i­pa­to­ry research-cre­ation project brings togeth­er artists (cir­cus per­form­ers, dancers, musi­cians, visu­al artists), researchers,…

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Piece of Mind — Connecting Scientific Research and Lived Experience through Music

by Naila Kuhlmann, Rebec­ca Barn­sta­ple, Louise Campbell

Orga­ni­za­tion: Piece pf Mind Collective

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: Ongo­ing project ; exam­ple activ­i­ties: 1–2 x 1.5 hour vir­tu­al sessions

Piece of Mind uses the per­form­ing arts to syn­the­size and trans­late knowl­edge about Parkinson’s dis­ease (PD) and demen­tia. Our par­tic­i­pa­to­ry research-cre­ation project brings togeth­er artists (cir­cus per­form­ers, dancers, musi­cians, visu­al artists), researchers,…

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Young Composer Program

by Con­tem­po­rary Show­case Edmon­ton Society

Orga­ni­za­tion: Con­tem­po­rary Show­case Edmon­ton Society

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: A series of work­shops over the course of 6 — 8 weeks.

Young Com­pos­er Pro­gram – Con­tem­po­rary Show­case Edmon­ton The Young Com­pos­er Pro­gram orga­nized by the Con­tem­po­rary Show­case Edmon­ton Soci­ety intro­duces stu­dents ages 12 and up to com­po­si­tion and assists stu­dents to devel­op their…

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Choral Improv

by The Paramorph Col­lec­tive / Le col­lec­tif Paramorph

Orga­ni­za­tion: Paramorph Collective

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: A series of 5 ses­sions, adapt­able and scal­able to your needs

Have you ever want­ed to cre­ate your own music/multimedia art­work, but couldn’t fig­ure out where to begin? While cre­ation can seem intim­i­dat­ing, it can actu­al­ly be sur­pris­ing­ly acces­si­ble, and more impor­tant­ly, FUN!…

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Listening & Sounding Games

by Dina Cindric

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 5–10 min­utes per game

These Lis­ten­ing & Sound­ing Games are fun and easy games for two or more peo­ple and will active­ly engage par­tic­i­pants in a process of deep­er lis­ten­ing and play­ful sound­ing with the voice.…

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Across the Lines

by Steve Wright

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 3–5 2‑hour workshops

A com­mu­ni­ty-based col­lab­o­ra­tion fea­tur­ing orig­i­nal local music paired with the sto­ries and sounds of seniors resid­ing in an assist­ed liv­ing cen­tre Over the course of mul­ti­ple work­shops, get to know par­tic­i­pants so…

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Sound Stories from the Land

by Moe Clark

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: A sin­gle 2 hour work­shop ses­sion or series of mul­ti­ple 2h drop-in sessions.

Sound Sto­ries from the Land okâwîmâw askiy is Moth­er Earth (nêhiyawêwin/Plains Cree lan­guage), always pro­vid­ing for us in ways beyond our wildest imag­i­na­tions. This work­shop pro­vides an open­ing for us to strengthen…

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Language of Emotion In Music

by Jodi Proznick

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: This could be a one hour work­shop or mul­ti­ple ses­sions over an extend­ed peri­od of time.

What does it mean to “Know Music”? The impor­tant thing, as one can­not repeat too often, if that the child should learn to feel music, to absorb it, to give his whole…

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Coronation Sound Bites

by Louise Campbell

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 1 ate­lier d’une heure

Lis­ten­ing Games for Reduc­ing Noise Lev­els in a School Cafe­te­ria Pic­ture a large room: con­crete floor, low tile ceil­ing, bare plas­ter walls, tables lined with stools, a wall of indus­tri­al fridges and…

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Finding Folk for Music

by Jeff Morton

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 2 one-hour sessions

Find­ing Folk for Music is a way to share con­cepts and strate­gies for a kind of exper­i­men­tal folk music. The series engages peo­ple in hands-on cre­ation regard­less of anyone’s lev­el of previous…

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Catalyst Music: A music improv video series

by Kathryn Patricia

Type of Project: Activity

Cat­a­lyst is an online, music impro­vi­sa­tion learn­ing expe­ri­ence. Along with three instruc­tion­al videos, this guide will out­line some of the key com­po­nents of musi­cal impro­vi­sa­tion. This video series draws from the Creative…

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Stay at Home Symphony! Found Objects Orchestra & Conduction Activity

by Mered­ith Bates

Type of Project: Activity

From find­ing objects around the house (the recy­cling and ‘junk draw­er’ are trea­sure troves!) to turn­ing them into musi­cal instru­ments and dec­o­rat­ing them, to com­pos­ing a sym­pho­ny, to con­duct­ing the final performance!…

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Prends garde à toi! After Bizet’s opera Carmen

by Opéra de Montréal

Orga­ni­za­tion: Opéra de Mon­tréal, Espace Tran­si­tion (CHU Saint-Jus­tine) & La Gang à Rambrou

Type of Project: Program

A co cre­ation project with adults faced with men­tal defi­cien­cy and autism issues through the rein­ven­tion of Car­men. With work­shops on opera, meet­ing with cre­ators, and train­ers help­ing them pro­duc­ing it as…

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Creative Music Making from Source Material

by Niko­la Tosic

Type of Project: Activity

Here is an approach to col­lab­o­ra­tive music mak­ing based on using exist­ing reper­toire, where a group sam­ples and repur­pos­es mate­r­i­al and ideas for use as a Start­ing Point. A. PREPARATION – Choose…

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The Beat of the Heart

by Ruth Eliason

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 1–3 thir­ty-minute sessions

The beat or pulse could be con­sid­ered the foun­da­tion of what we do, as music-mak­ers.  It is often the struc­ture with­in which we tell a sto­ry through melody, rhythm, tim­bre, dynam­ics and…

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Audiovisual Mismatch

by Guil­laume Jabbour

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 3–4 hours

Pic­ture a mut­ed video of a per­son walk­ing inside a house. Imag­ine what the foot­steps might sound like going up creaky steps or slight­ly drag­ging on the floor. Turn up the sound…

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Pros and Cons: Building meaningful programming in correctional institutions

by Hugh Chris Brown

Orga­ni­za­tion: Pros and Cons Prison Music Program

Type of Project: Program

Dura­tion: On-going

The Pros and Cons Prison Music Pro­gram was ini­ti­at­ed as a response to the clo­sure of the agri­cul­tur­al pro­grams in Cana­di­an pris­ons, and from the out­set was run with the inten­tion of…

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Sound is Touch

by Dr. Daniel Oore, Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute for Crit­i­cal Stud­ies in Impro­vi­sa­tion & Memo­r­i­al University

Type of Project: Activity

Lis­ten­ing, touch­ing, feel­ing and sound­ing activ­i­ties using your voice, hands, whole body, instru­ments, or speak­ers (e.g. on phone, com­put­er, ear­phones). These sound activ­i­ties are for peo­ple of all —includ­ing hear­ing and non-hearing—…

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Task-based Games: Swirl

by Ger­maine Liu

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 1 hour

Hel­lo!  My  name is Ger­maine.  I have pre­pared for you some task-based games you can share and play with your friends.  I love task-based games because I feel like I am living…

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Task-based Games: Intro and Keys Chain

by Ger­maine Liu

Type of Project: Activity

Hel­lo!  My  name is Ger­maine.  I have pre­pared for you some task-based games you can share and play with your friends.  I love task-based games because I feel like I am living…

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Task-based Games: Take Flight

by Ger­maine Liu

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 10–60 minutes

Hel­lo!  My  name is Ger­maine.  I have pre­pared for you some task-based games you can share and play with your friends.  I love task-based games because I feel like I am living…

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Task-based Games: Partner Walk

by Ger­maine Liu

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 10–60 minutes

Hel­lo!  My  name is Ger­maine.  I have pre­pared for you some task-based games you can share and play with your friends.  I love task-based games because I feel like I am living…

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Task-based Games: Path

by Ger­maine Liu

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 1 hour

Hel­lo!  My  name is Ger­maine.  I have pre­pared for you some task-based games you can share and play with your friends.  I love task-based games because I feel like I am living…

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The Astonishing Jam Sessions with Astonished!

by Chelsea Jones & Helen Pridmore

Orga­ni­za­tion: The Big Sky Cen­tre for Learn­ing & Astonished!

Type of Project: Program

This entry is a co-writ­ten account of “jam sessions”—an impro­vi­sa­tion­al musi­cal prac­tice based in Regi­na, Saskatchewan that embraces and accounts for rad­i­cal forms of access in son­ic expres­sion with dis­abled and Deaf…

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Matter at your fingertips

by MariEve Lau­zon & Michel Frigon

Type of Project: Activity

Dura­tion: 2 class­es d’une heure

Mat­ter at Your Fin­ger­tips Using play­dough, ‘Mat­ter at Your Fin­ger­tips’ is a play­ful ini­ti­a­tion to sound cre­ation. Objec­tive: to make a col­lec­tive com­po­si­tion fea­tur­ing a score made out of play dough. By…

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