May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
School and Home Learning

Programs

  • 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

  • ATGC Music | Listening to Plant DNA

    with Antoine Bertin

      Grade 3 + Ages 8 +

    Offered in English and French A composition workshop that explores the musical properties of DNA. A, T, G, C. Four letters that interact and intertwine to describe the entire living world. Is it possible to listen to … 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

  • 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

  • Cree Songs and Games

    workshop with Sherryl Sewepagaham

      Grade 3–6

    Teaching artist and JUNO nominee Sherryl Sewepagaham shares traditional and contemporary songs and games, based in Cree language and culture. Objectives: Music, Indigenous Studies, Social Studies Music Alive … 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

  • Cross-Cultural Exploration: Music & Nature

    with Ryan Drew & Richard Pellissier-Lush...

      Grade 3–6

    Explore how music is inspired by the natural world in both classical and Indigenous musical traditions. Prince Edward Island-based teaching artists Ryan Drew (percussion) and Richard Pellissier-Lush (Mi’kmaq - … read more

  • Exploring a Classical Composer

    with Samantha Whelan Kotkas

      Grade 3–6

    Explore the life and music of a classical composer through music and interactive activities with teaching artist and trumpet player Samantha Whelan Kotkas (based in Calgary). Schools can choose to explore Vivaldi, … read more

  • Faire danser les mots, faire parler les corps!

    with Petit Théâtre de Sherbrooke

      Grade 1–6

    Available from January 2021 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 How can theatre and dance … 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Je danse mon alphabet

    with Bouge de là

      Preschool–Grade 1

    Available from January 2021 Duration: 45-60 minutes Maximum number of participants: 15-20 in preschool // 25-30 children in elementary school Offered to students in class only (Teacher must be present) Offered in … read more

  • La marionnette - transformer le quotidien

    with Les Blettes

      Grade 5–9

    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 Part 1 – Theory Exploring different practices in the … 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

  • 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

  • MidWinter Dreaming

      Grade 5-12

    For many Nations, Winter is a time when families and community come together to tell stories, give thanks, sing, dance, play games and feast. Although we cannot gather due to COVID-19, we can bring our minds and hearts … 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

  • 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

  • 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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