June 30, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Professional Development Workshops in Music for Teachers

Professional Music

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:

Instrument-specific tips and tricks

Get the inside scoop on breathing, fingerings, equipment (reeds, mouthpieces, etc), tuning, warm-up suggestions, and ideas for students. This workshop is for teachers who would like to improve their understanding of specific instruments or instrument groups in order to more effectively guide their students. This can also be offered as a hands-on workshop with your students.

Conducting techniques and ensemble leadership 

Have an NAC Orchestra musician observe your prerecorded conducting and coaching techniques with your student group and provide practical feedback and ideas for concert or competition preparation.

Sectional or small ensemble coaching 

Have an NAC Orchestra musician listen to your band or sectional rehearsals, and get practical feedback about their performance prior to a competition; this can include a mock adjudication. Students will come away with practical tips for better performance as individuals and in ensembles.

Music for children with exceptionalities

with Elizabeth Simpson (Second Horn, NAC Orchestra) and Dr. Erin Parkes (Executive Director, Lotus Centre for Special Music Education)

Work with the creators of the NAC’s Music Circle series for students with exceptionalities, who will share ideas and strategies for making music education accessible to all. This session is appropriate for music teachers, general classroom teachers and special education teachers who are looking for ways to engage students with exceptionalities in music making.

Learn more about the artists

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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