Calgary Pro Musica announces the new Musical Body Break project

Date: Feb 9, 2021

Calgary Pro Musica is thrilled to announce a new project in their popular education program. The Musical Body Break project is designed to keep students physically active in the mobility restricted classroom environment while teaching them about different aspects of music in a fun and visual videos.

The Musical Body Break project provides a series of twelve 3-5-minute “Musical Body Break” videos. These videos will incorporate motion with the live-recorded music by the Young Artist Development Program (YADP) participants. Each video illustrates a musical concept and can be used as part of structured music class or for homeschooling but the musical concepts will be broad enough to be appropriate for the general public. Topics include phrasing, stretching, musical meter, expressive techniques and articulation in music. The project is targeted children 12 and under and will be offered as a free outreach service in line with Calgary Pro Musica's mandate to all.

Established in 2009, Calgary Pro Musica’s Young Artists Development Program is intended to discover, nurture and promote young Calgary musicians. Participants in the YADP receive exclusive instruction from Pro Musica’s visiting artists, are presented in a fully sponsored and publicized concert, perform a series of school concerts, and receive scholarship support and career development instruction. The project also allows Calgary Pro Musica to continue training the YADP participants to be artists and teachers. 2020-21 season participants, Fiona Marchetto and Anastasia Salazar (violins), Nikolai Nesterov (piano), and Sabina Sandvoss (cello) have been working with Samantha Whelan Kotkas, a nationally recognized teaching artist for the National Arts Centre of Canada to develop the content and to work on presentation skills. Calgary Pro Musica is also thrilled to be working with Emil Agopian Film as it added a whole new dimension to our educational outreach.

The Musical Body Break videos will be distributed through Calgary Pro Musica’s website at www.calgarypromusica.ca and YouTube channel.

For more information, please visit www.calgarypromusica.ca or call (403) 244-8277.