Sharing Music in the North

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© Photo: Lynne Hammond

Launched in 2005, The NAC Music Alive Program (MAP) supports teaching musician visits and provides curriculum-based resources for schools in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 2009, the program evolved to include schools in Nunavut. With support from the Government of Nunavut, RBC Foundation and First Air, MAP Nunavut provides innovative and culturally integrated music education in five communities: Iqaluit, Igloolik, Pangnirtung, Kivalliq and Kitikmeot.

Activities include week-long visits from teaching musicians who work with students, teachers, and community members; community performances featuring local and visiting musicians; workshops in fiddle, accordion, singing and Inuit drumming; workshops in elementary music teaching for current and pre-service teachers; donation and delivery of instruments, supplies, and teaching resources; and music camp programs.

The musical exchanges and sharing of knowledge results in learning opportunities for students and teachers alike. One exciting outcome of the NAC Music Alive Program Nunavut during the 2010-2011 season was the decision of Ataguttaaluk High School in Igloolik to hire a full-time music teacher for the 2011-2012 school year. This major investment by the local school board, spearheaded by a passionate and committed school principal, was largely inspired by the excitement and interest generated by NAC-supported teaching musician visits.

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