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The National Arts Centre Music Alive Program in Alberta and Saskatchewan aims to support and inspire musical learning in schools. The program is designed for Grades 4-6 and offers teaching musician visits and quality resource materials to participating schools for three consecutive years, with a different theme explored through music each year.
Teaching musicians in Saskatchewan and Alberta combine performance with interactive activities to engage students through listening and participating. The Music Alive Program teaching musicians come from diverse backgrounds: many are classically-trained orchestral players, while some specialise in songwriting, traditional aboriginal music, or another musical genre.
Many participating schools have the opportunity to work closely with an individual musician, while other schools participate in the team-teaching option, where a classical musician partners with an aboriginal musician, or another musician with a different musical specialty, to take students and teachers on a cross-cultural musical exploration!
70% of participating schools are located in rural and remote areas, and many do not have music specialists on staff. The Music Alive Program is committed to supporting generalist teachers whenever possible and to providing an exciting musical experience for students all across Alberta and Saskatchewan!
The National Arts Centre Foundation would like to thank the very generous corporations and individuals who support the NAC Music Alive Program in Alberta and Saskatchewan, including Encana Corporation and SaskTel.
We would also like to thank the local orchestras affiliated with the Music Alive Program:
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
Piloted in 2011-2012, the Music Alive Program in Manitoba has a three-fold focus:
As in Saskatchewan and Alberta, the majority of participating schools will be located in rural and remote areas. We would also like to thank our key local partners for Music Alive Manitoba: the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Frontier School Division.
Through the Music Alive Program, the National Arts Centre is committed to supporting the incredible musical culture of Nunavut by designing, in collaboration with local partners and advisers, a comprehensive, multi-year music program. We are inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the Inuit, and want to ensure that our programming will be engaging and relevant, providing local people with opportunities to participate in meaningful musical traditions and to express themselves through music. The program also aims to help strengthen the capacity to teach music among Nunavut’s educators and musicians.
In consultation with local educators and community leaders, the NAC has developed and supported programming based on the following five principles:
The program focuses on work in selected communities on a multi-year basis, to ensure that on-going, in-depth programming can take place. Events and activities include week-long teaching musician visits; school and community workshops in areas like fiddle, Inuit drum-dancing, guitar, and throat singing; pedagogical workshops for teachers; instrument donation and delivery; music camp support; and resource development.