Music - Making & Playing Instruments in Nature


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

Be inspired by the synergies between music and nature! Campers will be given the opportunity to explore their own musicality through building instruments, storytelling and musical play outdoors. This camp invites inquisitive campers to explore soundscapes and the meaning of music in less traditional ways. Campers will also be guided to use their newly crafted instruments to create sound effects for various art and story activities, supported and led by instructors.

About the Instructors:

Laura Trainini is a UBC School of Music DMA candidate and mom of Leo, 8 years old. Laura spent 10 years travelling around the world to pursue her dream of being an orchestral player (Europe, Mexico, China). In the meantime, she taught music education, flute and music group classes to several dozens of little musicians coming from different cultures and languages. She has experience leading youth instrumental groups and teaching music group classes, skills that she has polished during her five years as a music teacher in a middle school. Laura privileges an embodied approach to her music teaching based on rhythm and movement, where children can express themselves and their relationship with music through playing and self-discovery.

Natasha Damiano is a PhD candidate in the UBC Rehabilitation Sciences program, and a student member of the Music and Health Research Institute’s Training and Mentoring group (U. of Ottawa). Supported by a three-year SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, her research uses narrative and arts-based methods to examine ‘musicking’ from the perspective of Occupational Science. The study is in partnership with St. James Music Academy, where she has also volunteered since September 2021. Natasha brings to this research a background in Anthropology (MA, BA) and a diverse set of music experiences including personal music participation (choir, guitar, ukulele), volunteering in educational and therapeutic music contexts, playing in ukulele circles, and leading a Girl Guide group in Steveston’s Songs in the Snow (2019). A parent herself, Natasha aspires to help learners with a wide range of capabilities find their “voice” in music, and draw on it for their own wellbeing.

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

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  
00084987 Making & Playing Instruments in Nature 6-8 yrs Jul 31-Aug 4 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Chan Centre - 6265 Crescent Rd $510.00 Waitlist
00084988 Making & Playing Instruments in Nature 9-12 yrs Aug 14-Aug 18 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM-4:00PM Chan Centre - 6265 Crescent Rd $510.00 Register