This Is Your Brain on Music

presented by Laurel Nikolai & Nicole Schutz (Alberta Orff Chapter)

January 22nd, 2022 – 9am-11am PST 

FREE for Carl Orff Canada members – email to register

Current brain research supports increased brain development through active movement and music making! Experience ways of making music and moving with young people that not only build the brain but that also increase one’s sense of community, relationships and connection while improving executive brain function. Participants will experience ways in which music and movement can be used to bring mindfulness connection and self-regulation to one’s students with ways of calming the brain so that learners are ready to learn.

Laurel Nikolai is an arts educator who has taught students from pre-K through graduate students. Her teaching career has spanned Canada, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. Laurel holds her Master of Education degree from the University of Alberta where she has taught many courses in Music and Dance pedagogy. She currently is the elementary music specialist at Victoria School for the Arts with Edmonton Public Schools. She is the past-president of the Alberta Orff Chapter and a Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee member for Carl Orff Canada and a representative on the Alberta Music Advocacy Alliance
Nicole Schutz is Métis from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan living and teaching, and learning in Edmonton, Alberta. She received a B.Arts and a B.Ed from Concordia University of Alberta and is pursuing a Masters of Elementary Education studying Indigenous education through a music education lens at the University of Alberta. Nicole holds a Level III Orff certification from Carl Orff Canada and a certificate in World Music Pedagogy from the Smithsonian Institute. Nicole co-created the Indigenous Music Educator’s guide titled Nithota for the NAC Music Alive Program. She sits on the Carl Orff Canada DEI Committee and is the Vice President of the Alberta Orff Chapter.