September 27, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
School and Home Learning

Programs

  • Act Now: Climate Action through the Arts

    Digital Workshop with Ryan Elliot Drew

      Grades 7-12 Ages 12-18

    How can the arts respond to the climate emergency? This interactive workshop positions artists as agents of much needed environmental change. To begin the workshop, students will explore the work of various global … read more

  • AMAZI'YA – Bringing characters to life!

    Virtual workshop with...

      Grades 4-8 Ages 8+

    This 60-minute workshop is completely dedicated to bringing out the laughter, the silly, the fun and the Amazing creation in developing characters for the stage, narrative or even film. We will dive into the art and … read more

  • 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

  • Camping au musée

    Writing workshop led by Anne-Marie Guilmaine

      Grades 4 to 8 Ages 9-14

    Imagine that you sneak into the museum at night, all alone, to look at works of art, each more mysterious, funny and intriguing than the last ... You discover … read more

  • Career Exploration in Arts Administration

    virtual workshop

      High school-Cégep/University

    Are your high school students considering a career in Arts Administration? Participants will meet a group of arts administrators from the National Arts Centre’s Music, Theatre and/or Dance departments in a casual … read more

  • Coffee with a Choreographer

    digital conversation

      Professional

    Now in its fifth year, Coffee with a Choreographer will be reinvented this season as a digital offering until we can regroup again live. “C with a C”  provides unique opportunities to exchange ideas with … read more

  • Creating a Rap Song

    virtual workshop with Zoey Roy

      Grades 4–6

    Cree-Dene-Métis rapper and spoken-word poet Zoey Roy will explore beat-making and lyric-writing with your class, to create their own original rap song. Objectives: Music, Language Arts … read more

  • Creating a Story Through Sound

    with Emily Seguin

      Grade 1-6

    Students are invited to create a story through the exploration of sound using instruments and household objects. Through teamwork, active listening and sound exploration, the artist, Emily Séguin, will guide … read more

  • Creating a Theatrical Time Capsule

    virtual workshop with Kristina Watt

      Grade 4–10

    In this interactive workshop, students will apply a blend of imagination and current life experience to write and perform one collective story: the story of youth, living now. Curriculum connections: language arts, … read more

  • Creative Artist Residency: Songwriting

    with YAO (in French)

      Grade 5-12 Ages 10-18

    Available in French only Designed specifically for the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Residence (Education) program, this five-hour residency explores the links between writing (poetry), literature and various … read more

  • Creative Economy 101

    Digital Workshop with Ryan Elliot Drew

      Grades 10-12 Ages 14-18

    How can artists and creatives change the world? This workshop is meant to elevate the student's understanding of the creative economy — the vast system of global networks that support creative people doing … read more

  • Cross-Cultural Exploration: Music & Nature

    with Samantha Whelan Kotkas & Walter...

      Grade 3–6

    Explore how music is inspired by the natural world in both Classical and Indigenous musical traditions. Alberta-based teaching artists Samantha Whelan Kotkas (trumpet) and Walter MacDonald White Bear (drum, guitar, … read more

  • Engaging Band Students through Technology

    Digital Workshop for Teachers with Arlene...

      Post-secondary, Professional Ages 18+

    How can we use digital tools to motivate learners in band programs? Join Saskatchewan-based French horn player and teaching artist Arlene Shiplett as she guides you through the latest applications, websites, and tools … read more

  • Finding the Ojibwe Horse

    with Ken MacDonald & Rhonda Snow

      Any grade

    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

  • From the Ground-Up

    Digital Workshop with Kathryn Patricia...

      Grades 3-6 Ages 7-12

    Come and map your community roots through music and visual art! From The Ground Up is a music inspired workshop that guides students through exploring and taking stock of their community roots. During this session … 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

  • Hip Hop Theatre: Unlocking your creative mind through beats...

    virtual workshop with Omari Newton

      Grade 5 to adult Ages 10+

    Artist and educator Omari Newton will teach students how to find their authentic voice and tell stories through an exploration of Hip Hop theatre. Combining elements of spoken word poetry, contemporary theatre, and … read more

  • Honouring First Nations in the Music Classroom

    Digital Workshop for Teachers with Sherryl...

      Post-secondary, Professional Ages 18+

    Appropriation, Resources, and Approaching Community Join the cross-cultural teaching artist duo Samantha Whelan Kotkas and Sherryl Sewepagaham (Cree-Dene) as they guide through an introduction to honouring First Nations … read more

  • In Orbit in the Philosphere

    with Stéphanie Boyer

      Grade 4–6

    Duration: about 1 hour Maximum number of participants: 25-30 students Offered to students in class only (Teacher must be present) Offered in French only Take the leap into philosophical discussion. With … read more

  • Institute for Orchestral Studies

    with the NAC Orchestra

      University, undergraduate/graduate Ages 19+

    Apprentice as a string musician with the world-class National Arts Centre Orchestra in the Institute for Orchestral Studies (IOS); find out what’s involved and apply! … read more

  • Introduction to Acting and Performance

    virtual workshop with Kate Smith

      Grades 7–12 Ages 12+

    This workshop introduces participants to the most important tools an actor has at their disposal: their voice, their body – and their creativity. Learn the basics of how to make simple physical and vocal … read more

  • Kaléidoscope

    Performance/Workshop (in schoolyards!)

      Preschool to Grade 3 (also suitable for Grades 4 & 5) Ages 4-10

    Things are happening on the playground!  It’s recess time with the Bouge de là company, which offers a lively dance-theatre show specially designed for the school playground. Four … 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 Creating: The Sound World of...

    a virtual workshop with Marie-Noelle...

      Grades 4-6

    Available only in French Teaching artist and flutist Marie-Noelle Berthelet uses the work of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer to explore new ways of hearing and creating music. Objectives: Music, Language … 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

  • L’école à l’œuvre

    with Marie-Ève Fontaine

      Grade 3–6

    Duration: Six (6) virtual workshops to be scheduled between March and May (1 hour per workshop) Maximum number of participants: 25-30 students Offered to students in class only (teacher must be present) Offered in … read more

  • L’École à l’œuvre : La boîte-paysage

    Artist residency with Marie-Eve Fontaine

      4e à la 8e année Ages 10-14

    Receive an artist in residence in your classroom!  The imagination knows no bounds. With it, we explore, we invent, we fly away, we solve, we dream. Imagination allows us to escape the boundaries of … 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

  • Moving Stories

    collaborative dance creation workshop series

      Grade 7–12

    Keep your students engaged by creatively connecting the dots between movement and storytelling. The project was spearheaded by OCDSB Dance Educator Allison Carrier and NAC Dance Education Associate and Teaching Artist … read more

  • Music Circle: virtual workshop series

    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 … read more

  • MusicFest Canada: The Nationals

    May 24-29, 2021

      Grade 6-12 Ages 12-19

    The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the … read more

  • NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

      Secondary, Post-secondary Ages 16+

    The prime objective of the competition is to encourage the pursuit of excellence on the part of young instrumentalists aspiring to orchestral careers. Each year, a jury identifies deserving recipients through audition … read more

  • Giggle and Stomp! : The Gourmet Adventure of Hansel and...

    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

  • Petite Sorcière

    Podcast & philosophy workshop

      Grade 1 to 6 Ages 6-12

    PHILOSOPHY WORKSHOP  After listening to the podcast, students participate in a virtual workshop on the main philosophical concepts in the story of Petite Sorcière. Actor … read more

  • Presentation Workshop: Auditioning, Public Speaking and...

    virtual workshop with Kate Smith

      Grade 9-12 Ages 13+

    Do you have an audition coming up? A public speaking engagement? A job interview? Want to learn the skills needed to hold their attention? Stand out by learning the tricks of the trade from a professional actor and … read more

  • Professional Development Workshops in Music for Teachers

      Professional

    Get hands-on performance and coaching tips from some of the finest musicians in the NAC Orchestra, who are equally renowned for their performance skills and expertise as teachers! Possible virtual workshops include: … read more

  • Scene Workshop

    virtual workshop with Kate Smith

      Grade 9-12 Ages 13+

    In this workshop, participants will be cast in scenes from plays and learn the steps necessary to break them down. Participants will gain an understanding of Beats, Relationships, Objectives, Stakes, Tactics, and more! … read more

  • Songwriting Tips and Tricks

    with YAO

      Grade 5-12 Ages 10-18

    Designed specifically for the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Residence (Education) program, this workshop explores the links between writing (poetry), literature and various styles of urban music, especially … read more

  • Songwriting with Ila Barker

    virtual artist residency

      Grade 6–12

    Students will learn the fundamentals of songwriting and write their own song(s) with Winnipeg musician and teaching artist Ila Barker. Timeline: Five hours over a 2 to 5 week period Grades: Elementary Grades 6-8 … read more

  • Teacher Training Workshop in Dance

    with Siôned Watkins

      Professional

    This workshop will help you help your students to get moving creatively, whether it be in the classroom, outside, or online at home. Part I: Brain and Body warm up Teachers will learn a variety of new … 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

  • The Medicine of Hoop Dance

    virtual workshops with Alex Wells

     

    Alex Wells is an internationally award-winning Hoop Dance Champion from Mount Currie, British Columbia. Alex is a member of the St'át'imc Lil’Wat tribe, and was brought up through cultural … read more

  • Tips and Tricks for Band Instrument Repair

    Digital Workshop for Teachers with Kevin Junk...

      Post-secondary, Professional Ages 18+

    "Miss, my saxophone doesn't work!" Join Kevin Junk, a specialist in instrument repair, as he demonstrates and walks you through step-by-step basic and more complex repairs for woodwind and brass instruments. Kevin … read more

  • Virtual Instrumental Workshops

    with NAC Orchestra musicians

      Secondary

    With a focus on enhancing secondary school music programs, the Virtual Workshop sessions provide music students with learning opportunities with the help of Canada’s NAC Orchestra musicians. Tailored for your … 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

  • When Women Play: Celebrating Women in Classical Music,...

    Digital Workshop with Samantha Whelan Kotkas

      Grades 4-6 Ages 9-12

    Did you know that Mozart's sister was just as talented as he was? Or that one of the first known composers in Western music was a woman? This experiential workshop led by teaching artist, trumpet player, and … 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

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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