Free creative music workshops scheduled for July 10 and 17 at Kingston Road United Church – Beach Metro Community News
Free creative music workshops are scheduled for the mornings of Sunday July 10 and Sunday July 17 at Kingston Road United Church.
Free music workshops are scheduled for this Sunday (July 10) and next (July 17) at Kingston Road United Church.
The creative music workshops are open to all ages and will be presented by Toronto Symphony Orchestra bassist Timothy Dawson.
He will bring his shakers, drums, boom-whackers, triangles and tambourines to the church located at 975 Kingston Rd.
The workshops are for all ages (but are not a childcare service, so parents or guardians will need to stay and even participate) and are free.
The workshops will begin at 10:30 a.m. on July 10 and 17 and will last one hour.
Participants will explore the basic elements of music: high/low, fast and slow sounds, crescendo and diminuendo, starting and stopping together, improvisation, melody and accompaniment etc…
“Then, with our young participants, we will improvise and (hopefully!) create a little piece of music,” Dawson said in a note to Beach Metro Community News.
He said the July 17 workshop will be seen as a “dress rehearsal” and participants will strive to remember some of the things they did on July 10.
“Maybe with a different cast of characters and at the end of the hour we’ll give a five-minute presentation to wrap up the church service,” Dawson said.
He emphasized that this was not a religiously themed workshop or performance. “It’s just a fun, community music project for our local kids. No musical experience is necessary.
Dawson said the workshops are based on the premise that all humans are inherently musical. “We all know how to move, sing, clap and create. Our fun activities are designed to help children overcome any shyness and experience the joy of a group musical experience,” he said.
The workshops are taking place because Kingston Road United Church is already a musical hub in the east Toronto community, Dawson said.
“These two Sunday workshops are a way to reach the whole community. We want people to know that even with the massive scaffolding covering the building, we are still alive and active,” he said.
The workshops will take place in the Vera Wasnidge Garden (on the east side of the church). In case of rain, they will take place on the ground floor of the church.
In addition to Dawson, Violet Sadia and interested parents will also be present at the workshops.
“The workshops are based on a Toronto Symphony Orchestra program called Adopt a Player,” Dawson said. “For 20 years, the musicians of the TSO would go to a 4th or 5th grade class and together, create a piece of music and then perform it after a period of six weeks. The kids liked the fact that they created the music (with our guidance) and most of the ideas came from them. The concept also works on a much shorter timeframe and I’m sure we could make it work. As parents, you and any other adults would be welcome to join us. In fact, that would be very helpful.
Participants are welcome to attend one or both of the workshops.
Please contact Dawson at [email protected] to say you and your kids are coming. If not, show yourself, he said.