Programs

Music

  • Body Beats

    virtual workshop series presented in...

      Kindergarten–Grade 6 Ages 4-12

    The entire body is a musical instrument! In the constant pleasure of moving, discover the rich universe of body percussion and the different musical styles that are related to it. Explore flamenco, beat box and learn … read more

  • Creating a Story Through Sound

    with Emily Seguin

      Preschool to Grade 8 Ages 4-14

    In this workshop, students are invited to create a story by exploring sound using everyday instruments and objects. Through teamwork, active listening and sound exploration, the artist will guide the students … read more

  • Finding the Ojibwe Horse

    with Ken MacDonald & Rhonda Snow

      Kindergarten-Grade 6 Ages 3-12

    What does a classically-trained orchestral french horn player have in common with a Métis visual artist? In the case of Ken MacDonald and Rhonda Snow, both are caretakers of Ojibwe Horses, Canada’s only … read more

  • First Nations Music & Culture (Cree)

    with Walter MacDonald White Bear

      Grade 3–6

    Musician and teaching artist Walter MacDonald White Bear (based in Calgary) shares music and cultural teachings from his Cree heritage, including the Medicine Wheel, the drum, and the native flute. … read more

  • Giggle and Stomp!

    virtual concert presented in association with...

      Kindergarten–Grade 1 Ages 4-6

    Discover sounds that will make you laugh, and rhythms that will get you dancing!  Have you ever explored the fascinating world of percussion instruments? Even our bodies are musical instruments, so anyone can play! … read more

  • Hansel and Gretel at the Opera

    virtual workshop series presented in...

      Kindergarten-Grade 6 Ages 4-12

    Discover the rich world of opera through Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel! Immerse yourself in the world of the voice: make vocalisations, explore the registers and find your own. Even learn a tune and choreography … read more

  • Le Grand bal de Noël

    virtual concert presented in association with...

      Kindergarten–Grade 3 Ages 4-8

    Travelling from a distant frozen bank, three musician penguins are waddling along towards the North Pole for the holiday festivities.  In order to join the party, they will need to compose an original Christmas … read more

  • Listening and Music Creation

    virtual artist residency with Samantha Whelan...

      Grade 3–4

    A creative project through classical music, with teaching artist Samantha Whelan Kotkas. The project can be tailored to the school’s particular needs and interests. Teacher Guide will be assigned based on … read more

  • Métis Music & Culture

    with Brianna Lizotte

      Grade 4-6 Ages 8-12

    Alberta fiddler Brianna Lizotte leads the class through performances and interactive activities that showcase the richness of her Métis heritage. Curriculum objectives: Music, Social Studies, Indigenous … read more

  • Music Circle: virtual workshop

    for students with exceptionalities

      Kindergarten–Grade 12

    The Music Circle is a unique opportunity for students with exceptionalities to explore orchestral instruments and their sounds, while also developing their auditory, motor, social and motivation skills through an … read more

  • Opera Candy : The Gourmet Adventure of Hansel and Gretel

    virtual concert presented in association with...

      Kindergarten–Grade 6 Ages 4-12

    This delectable introduction to opera and lyrical singing is a treat for the eyes and ears! Once upon a time – so ti do mi fa! – there were two cheerful singers who wanted to tell the tale of Hansel and … read more

  • The Beginnings of Bing Bang!

    virtual concert presented in association with...

      Grade 2–6 Ages 7-12

    Go on a mission to retrace the development of rhythm, looking at several musical traditions from around the world! Today’s a big, big day for percussionists and good friends Marton and Bruno! Marton is … read more

  • Vivaldi in 3D

    Digital Workshop with Marie-Noelle Berthelet

      Grades 2-6 Ages 7-12

    Offered in French Only Come and experience a whole new dimension of classical music! Together, the students will explore and create early music, take a virtual trip to Venice, Italy, and uncover the hidden contribution … read more

  • Your Wintertime Song

    virtual workshop series presented in...

      Kindergarten–Grade 3 Ages 4-8

    Create a song on the theme of winter! Using an original melody you’ve invented, knit your song to give as a gift. From the melody to the words that tell us a story, from snowy nursery rhymes that rhyme with … read more

Upcoming Events

Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.

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