Listen Up, Canada!

Teacher's guide inspired by the music and pedagogy of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer

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R. Murray Schafer


You have probably heard the music of an orchestra before, but composer R. Murray Schafer takes it to a whole new level. Would you believe he used a snowmobile as an instrument? On a concert stage? With an orchestra? We kid you not! Mr. Schafer’s music is full of wonderful surprises and great beauty.

Read on to find out more about this revolutionary Canadian composer!

  • Credits

    Core content by Alison Kenny-Gardhouse and Catherine West (Connexionarts)

    Additional content by: Samantha Whelan Kotkas, Caroline Matt and Natasha Harwood

    Short story by Tim Wynne-Jones
    Story illustrations by Jo Rioux
    Musical characters by Marcelline Moody

    Revised November 2016