Bringing Music to the Community
Music for People
Montreal Regional Program Training, Workshops, and Jam Sessions
Creating spontaneous music with others is uplifting, energizing, and inspiring. Here is an accessible way!
MfP improvisation workshops are accessible to everyone, from complete novice to expert musician. Using the philosophy and techniques of Music for People, I aim to create a space where every combination of people and instruments can come together and make music.
What happens at an MfP workshop?
We are given permission to drop our expectations of what we should play and return to the essence of music, silence, pulse and tone. As we do so, we enter into a state of mindful, compassionate and open listening. It is in this state that we open ourselves to experience our creative, musical and human potential. We also have a lot of fun!
For thousands of years, community music has been a part of every single world culture. Music has a place in our lives that goes far beyond that of the entertainment industry. Come and discover what that means.
My workshops are accessible to adults of all ages, and can be designed to meet the following goals:
Combat isolation and anxiety
Promote inspired leadership
Develop musicianship and ensemble skills
Develop creative teaching strategies
Experience a relaxing sound bath
Create a sound Garden by making music to meditate with
Players can bring their own instruments. Workshop package(s) can also include high quality drums and percussion instruments made by Remo Drums, Rav Vast, and Rhythm Band Instruments.
Workshop packages (please inquire about pricing)
- Basic - Facilitator(s) and no instruments (vocal improvisation or your organization and/or players supply instruments)
- Color and Sound - Boomwhackers, bells, and shakers
- Drum circle with melodic percussion
- Sound Bath or Sound Garden: specially chosen instruments including singing bowls, chimes, bells, Rav Vast hand pans, Ocean drums, table drum, shruti box, etc.
I have already given workshops in the following settings and for the following groups:
Music faculties and music schools
University and CEGEP
Amateur or professional choirs, choruses
Rock bands and singer-songwriters
Music educators and general educators
Singers and musicians of all levels
Senior citizens' residences and groups
Community and business leadership training
Groups can also be mixed. Individuals from all of the above categories have simultaneously partaken at a single workshop, and have had an amazing learning experience.
Recommended minimum age is 14 yrs old.
Facilitated by Irene Feher and special guest, Mary Knysh!
Visit the Music for People website for pricing and to register:
WHO WHEN WHERE?
Mary Knysh, a world-renowned music educator, performer and recording artist, and Dr. Irene Feher, who teaches classical and contemporary voice at Concordia, will lead this experience of creative exploration, musical mindfulness, personal renewal and community building that encompasses a range of traditions and styles—from folk, blues and jazz to classical and world music.
Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29
both days are from 10am-6pm - see below for your attendance options!
1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3G 1M8 <-- click address for map
On Saturday, May 28th, people of all ages and abilities are invited to attend and explore bold, new approaches to singing, drumming, dancing and instrumental playing. No instrument? No problem. And you don’t have to know how to improvise. All you need is your voice—and the desire to express yourself. We’ll do the rest. Whether you are a professional, a student or an amateur, Live Your Music in Montréal will expand your musical vocabulary.
On Sunday, May 29th, musicians interested in learning more about MfP’s signature approach to improvisation and group facilitation, particularly in educational and therapeutic settings, are encouraged to register for an additional workshop.
On Sunday afternoon, everyone who registers for the workshop is invited to a “facilitation fest” led by members of Music for People’s Musicianship and Leadership Program.
Housing: For those traveling to Montréal, housing is available at the Concordia dormitory at a discount. Contact the Music for People office for the discount code and the contact information needed in order to book housing.
Covid Guidelines: Music for People is committed to safeguarding everyone’s health at our in-person workshop. Masks will be required, and we are suggesting using ‘bell covers’ or other effective barriers for wind instruments. Bring your own instruments or use ours (we will have percussion instruments on site)!
Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available. Contact the Music for People office for details.