October 13, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
School and Home Learning

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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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