Collaborative Composition in the Band Room


In this interactive presentation, Nikola will share an approach to facilitating collaborative composition, which focuses on an aural and embodied group experience (without conventional written music) that results in new perspective, creative empowerment and a strong bond formed between the young musicians. Teachers will be led through several creative warmups and will work in groups to come up with their own ideas for workshop starting points. We'll also explore how to nurture a safe space for creativity in the music classroom, embracing vulnerability and courage, for both students and teachers.

By the end of the workshop, teachers will have several starting points which they can experiment with in their respective classrooms.  

As fluidity and adaptability are core elements of creative music making at any level, this workshop is open to teachers of ALL Grade Levels.

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10:50 AM - 12:20 PM

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    Nikola Tosic

    Nikola Tosic is a trumpet player, composer and workshop facilitator from Belgrade, Serbia.

    Nikola’s musical activities include improv-based performance (Rory Cowal, NDT), Balkan brass (Super Krystal, malagrupa, Orkestar Slivovica), collaborative composition (Concertgebouw Amsterdam, University of British Columbia, National Arts Festival South Africa etc) and music production for dance (Korzo, NDT, HCMA, Springboard, PReP - Arts Umbrella).

    Mr. Tosic holds a Masters degree in Music (New Audiences and Innovative Practice) and Bachelor degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance from The Royal Conservatory in The Hague.