New Music Edmonton and McLuhan House/ ArtsHab Edmonton came together in 2017-18 to initiate Sonic Play School, a series of public events featuring hands-on workshops and mentor-led discussions targeted to any skill level. We ask no experience of participants, just a willingness to come along and be part of a fun group that’s looking to use sound creatively. Above all this is a chance to be part of a fun community and to participate in music-making in an informal, non-judgemental atmosphere.
Since 2014 we have engaged a National Arts Centre Music Alive certified instructor on a regular basis. Given topics related to NME programming, she arranges visits to Edmonton schools, where she leads discussion of elemental music matters and participatory activities. She introduces students to the ideas behind new music.
In the coming season NME plans to execute a carefully-considered, 4-year roll-out focused on making entry-level sound and music experiences available to anyone in our community. We will be directing our resources towards four ongoing series of events. Each is distinctive from the others in some way, but all of them have the same basic goal: to offer safe, welcoming space for Edmontonians to enjoy participatory, no-experience-necessary, musical experiences.