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Cross-Cultural Exploration: Music & Nature

with Samantha Whelan Kotkas & Walter MacDonald White Bear (Cree)
Teaching artists Walter MacDonald White Bear and Samantha Whelan Kotkas.
Grade 3–6 Indigenous arts Music Classical music Workshops

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, native flute) will lead the class through performance and interactive activities.

Objectives: Music, Social Studies, Indigenous Studies

Teacher Guides on Classical Composers and Indigenous Arts

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.