Songs that Connect Us
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 choral director Dina Cindrić and the RECAA Choir – a community choir composed of elders from the ethnic communities of Montreal, many of whom belong to the community organization RECAA: Respecting Elders Communities Against Abuse.
Participants are asked to think of a song that brings them a sense of connection. At the next meeting, they are invited to share their stories and songs, which are recorded. Over the course of the following sessions, participants work together to learn the songs.
This project can be used to encourage dialogue on issues important to the community, or it might inspire collaborations with other community or cultural groups. Stories and songs can be presented in performance or use them as content for digital storytelling projects.
- Deepens relationships
- Facilitates self-expression and leadership
- Opens dialogue
- Gathers stories
- Fosters teamwork and collaboration
- Fosters a respect for diversity and inclusiveness
- Provides a space in which participants can safely share their histories, cultural expressions and individual voices
- Promotes learning
- Encourages mindful listening
- Builds confidence
Download the project workbook in the sidebar for tips on how to:
- Inspire storytelling
- Create safe spaces
- Introduce and teach songs by rote
- Sing songs in other languages