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

Your Wintertime Song

virtual workshop series presented in association with Jeunesses Musicales Canada
Your Wintertime Song © Antoine Saito
Kindergarten–Grade 3 Music Workshops Children

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 creativity to the chorus that stays in our heads, all the tips and tricks are there to make an original invented song and, why not, be invited to the Great Christmas Ball!

  • Running time (prerecorded videos): Four workshop segments of 8-10 minutes each
  • Available in: English or French
  • Recommended for: ages 4-8 (Kindergarten to grade 3)
  • This series of workshops can be accompanied (at extra cost) with live interaction (mediation) facilitated by a teaching artist

Associated virtual concert: Le Grand bal de Noël

Workshop segments

Conception : Aurélie Négrier
Workshop Leader/Teaching Artist: Gabriela Iznardo (English) / Aurélie Négrier (French)
Contributing musicians : Marc Fortin, Pierre Blais and Jean Sabourin
Guest Artist : Aurélie Négrier (English) / Gabriela Izardo (French)

A Chorus in mind

Discover how songs are made and create your own snowy chorus! Learn a little melody to create words that will be at the heart of your song.

Cute sounds, sublime rhymes!

Songs tell stories and words are important. Find the rhymes in your song and create your winter verses.

Emotions and music

Music is an important element in a song because it has the power to bring all kinds of emotions to life. In this segment, interpret your words and choose the mood of your song.

Variations on a winter theme

We have created for you some variations of the soundtrack on the theme of winter. You can find the music that best suits your text and your story to finalize your song!

Virtual Musical Adventures: concerts and workshops for students and teachers

In collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, the NAC Orchestra presents a series of fun and engaging music-making activities and pedagogical resources geared towards students aged 4-12, all offered in a virtual format.

Educators can purchase a user license that enables digital access to a pre-recorded concert for up to 30 days, or for a series of pre-recorded workshops for up to 50 days, and the license is valid for an entire school (not just one classroom)!

Concerts can be presented following the associated virtual workshop series, or can be presented independently.

In order to offer a more in-depth experience, workshops and/or concerts can be accompanied (at extra cost) with live interaction (mediation) facilitated by a teaching artist.

Pricing packages

Concert & Workshop Pricing TOTAL
1 virtual workshop bought individually $250 + HST
1 virtual concert bought individually $500 + HST
1 virtual concert and its associated virtual workshop bought together $650 + HST
3 virtual concerts and 3 digital workshops $1,500 + HST
All 5 concerts and all 5 virtual workshops $2,500 + HST
Virtual mediation bought à la carte (minimum of 2 hours of mediation) $100/hr + HST

Price for one digital license per institution without maximum audience capacity. A single license is valid for an entire school (not just one classroom).
A license enables a digital access of 30 days for a concert and 50 days for a workshop series.

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.