Centre for Sound Communities

Songs and Stories of Migration and Encounter

Date: September 11, 2017 – October 22, 2017 Venue: Locations across Cape Breton Island – Locations TBA Project Information: For youth ages 12 to 18 – Join us at one of our in-community locations for 5 weeks of creative arts, multimedia, songwriting and performance workshops where youth will be working with artists, elders and facilitators…

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Singing the Circle: Educator PD Event

The symbol of a circle is deeply symbolic on many levels and sacred to healing practices of our Indigenous peoples. Singing the Circle workshops are designed to explore and celebrate the basic human act of singing and the artistic use of the human voice through the circle of life–from the time of birth through to death. Through inhalation and exhalation, tension and release, the physical act of singing combined alongside a positive relationship with our voices provides health and a sense of well-being. Music “circles” exist in the form of canons, singing games and dances, or in conducting gesture. The circle is a common metaphor for the reflective process of coming to understand our task as music educators. Singing the Circle workshops present an opportunity to reflect, refresh, renew, and rejoice. (Ardelle Ries, Singing the Circle, May 2017)

Early Registration due August 15, 2017
Final Registration due by September 15, 2017

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Songwriting Workshops for Youth

Project Information Songwriting Workshops: For Youth ages 12 to 18, there are three in-community workshops where youth will be working with singers and artist facilitators to co-create a music piece about immigration and encounter. There will also be mentors (Stewart MacNeil, Bryan Cherwick, and Robert Deveaux) at each of the locations giving information and telling stories of…

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Songwriting Workshops for Youth

Project Information Songwriting Workshops: For Youth ages 12 to 18, there are three in-community workshops where youth will be working with singers and artist facilitators to co-create a music piece about immigration and encounter. There will also be mentors (Stewart MacNeil, Bryan Cherwick, and Robert Deveaux) at each of the locations giving information and telling stories of…

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Songs and Stories of Immigration and Encounter

More Updates Coming Soon Project Information Songwriting Workshops: For Youth ages 12 to 18, there are three in-community workshops where youth will be working with singers and artist facilitators to co-create a music piece about immigration and encounter. There will also be mentors (Stewart MacNeil, Bryan Cherwick, and Robert Deveaux) at each of the locations giving information…

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Singing The Circle: Music Education from Birth to Adult

 SINGING THE CIRCLE: MUSIC EDUCATION FROM BIRTH TO ADULT (AN EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENT) 8:30 a.m. to 3 pm, Friday, October 20th, 2017 Cape Breton University The symbol of a circle is deeply symbolic on many levels and sacred to healing practices of our Indigenous peoples. Singing the Circle workshops are designed to explore and…

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Rescheduled! Romani Musicians: Scenes from Kosovo

ATTENTION – Exhibit opening and film screening has been rescheduled! The photo exhibit will be on display all day at the McConnell Library, Friday, March 31st, 10-9pm; the film will be screened at 3:30 pm, Friday, March 31st. Dr. Pettan will be in the library to discuss the film and photos until 6 pm.

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Digital Interns on the Move at CBU

CBU posted news about soundcommunties.org Digital Intern Program on February 28, 2017. See here for the full article! Funding for a pilot program from the Provincial Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage has allowed Dr. Marcia Ostashewski of CBU’s Centre for Sound Communities to recently hire ten Digital Interns, including two Coordinators, through the recently…

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Nèba Solo, the Master of the Balafon

In 2010, Professor Cherif Keita, two of his colleagues and his students of Carleton College(Minnesota) visited the Southern Malian town of Sikasso, where they called on his old friend Nèba Solo, the master of the Senoufo balafon. This is a piece is about friendship, music and the culture of Mali.

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