An anonymous alumnus from the Department of Music has donated $25,000 to support the Live Your Music: Music Health Breaks workshop series offered by Concordia’s Student Success Centre (SSC) and the Department of Music.
The workshop series is led by Irene Feher, a part-time faculty in Concordia’s Department of Music.
Feher, who joined the American non-profit organization Music for People in 2013, is a firm believer in the organization’s mandate: everyone is full of music, and music making should be accessible to everyone.
At a Live Your Music at Concordia workshop, community members come together to make spontaneous music. People can bring their own instruments, or use instruments provided by Feher.
There is no emphasis on a particular style of music or a technical skill set, and no musical experience is required. Feher leads participants through a series of accessible musical exercises in a safe and receptive environment.
"What we do is something musicologist Christopher Small calls “musicking,” says Feher.
“Musicking is about the process of making music with others. As much as the combination of sounds are organized to create music, of equal importance are the human relationships, how people listen and connect with each other.”