Music - Making & Playing Instruments in Nature

Program provided in partnership with UBC Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Be inspired by the synergies of music and nature! This camp invites inquisitive campers to explore soundscapes and the meaning of music through experiential and play-based learning. Together with camp leaders, children will explore their own musicality through multisensory and hands-on activities: building instruments with recycled materials, singing and playing instruments and songs, storytelling, arts-and-crafts, and musical play. By interweaving movement and music with the camp activities, campers will begin to experience rhythms, sounds, emotions and contrasts of music intuitively, creating space for spontaneous musical expression. Activities will take place outside as much as possible and opportunities to play real instruments will be provided.

Location Details: This camp takes place in the Telus Studio Theatre, inside the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Required Equipment: Please bring recyclable materials to use for instrument making (shoebox, plastic water bottles, empty tin can, paper towel rolls etc.) if you are able. Camp leaders will provide more information the week before camp, and materials will be provided if campers are unable to contribute recyclables.

Instructor Bios:

Natasha Damiano is a community-based music practitioner, researcher/ writer and instructor. A current PhD student (UBC, Rehabilitation Sciences), Natasha brings a background of anthropology and occupational science to her teaching and is passionate about intercultural, intergenerational, and supported, self-determined learning. In 2023, she co-designed the Making & Playing Instruments in Nature summer camp and currently teaches ukulele part-time at Terra Nova Nature School. In the fall, Natasha was accepted into the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology’s one-year Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning (2023-2024 cohort). For fun, she plays music and dances with SwingOut Richmond, including at community events and older adult/ elder care facilities. Her teaching goal is to help learners of all ages and abilities recognize their innate musical potential, and draw on it for their own wellbeing. 
Luisa Henz is a Music and Drama Educator based in Vancouver. Luisa's arts and nature-based classes are energetic, imaginative and playful, igniting wonder in children's hearts and minds. With over 8 years of experience teaching children and youth, Luisa's motivation lies in building strong, playful and caring communities where children feel a deep sense of belonging and space to grow. These days you can find Luisa telling stories through sound on her instrument, Handpan. Luisa also runs soundscape and body percussion workshops through her business SoundMindArts and at St. John's IB World School as their Artist in Residence. Luisa looks forward to supporting budding friendships, imaginative problem solving and steady confidence building this summer at the Chan Center for Performing Arts Summer Camp.

Consent Form:
UBC Camps Music Consent
A digital copy of the consent form is completed during online registration. In-person or over the phone registration requires a paper copy be submitted prior to the first day of camp.

Available Sessions

Code Course Age Date Course Day(s) Time Location Fee  
00126554 Making & Playing Instruments in Nature 9-12 yrs Jul 8-Jul 12 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Chan Centre - 6265 Crescent Rd $525.00 Register
00113757 Making & Playing Instruments in Nature 6-8 yrs Jul 15-Jul 19 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Chan Centre - 6265 Crescent Rd $525.00 Waitlist