about

I am a public music educator and musician in Toronto, Ontario.  I teach and have taught courses at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Queens University.  I am working on a PHD studies OISE.  I am interested in music education that starts with student experiences and knowledge, listening, composing and improvising.  I’ve been an assistant to composer R. Murray Schafer and I through him have led improvisation, soundscape and creativity workshops internationally.  As a professional musician I’ve play and have played with Paul Linklater, Selina Martin, Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), and John K Samson (Weakerthans).

email doug.friesen (at) gmail.com

Writing

Noisetown.  A booklet of listening and music making games and exercises.

Beyond Tradition: Parallel Explorations in Contemporary Music Education + Performance, Rhubarb Magazine (www.rhubarbmag.com)
Leanne Zacharias in conversation with Doug Friesen

Canadian Music Educator, ongoing Creative Ideas for the Music Classroom column 2011-15

That Teacher Pedestal, chapter in (2009). Exploring social justice: How music education might matter.  Waterloo, ON: Canadian Music Educators’ Association.

Teaching on the Edge of Peril: A Dialogue Between Jenny Samprisi and Doug
Friesen, Matrix Magazine

Past Courses/Presentations
Sound of Our Cities September 2016, Guadalajara
Listening, improvisation and composition games and exercises to explore and interact with the sounds of Toronto.  Much of this work was inspired by the writings of R. Murray Schafer as well as my own work alongside him.  Participants reflected on the sound of their own cities, homes, landscapes and how education might have a role in shaping these soundscapes.

Sound of Our Cities January 2016, Rio de Janeiro
Listening, improvisation and composition games and exercises to explore and interact with the sounds of Toronto.  Much of this work was inspired by the writings of R. Murray Schafer as well as my own work alongside him.  Participants reflected on the sound of their own cities, homes, landscapes and how education might have a role in shaping these soundscapes. 

Fladem Rio 2015 (http://www.fladembrasil.com.br) July 2015, Rio de Janeiro
This workshop looked at ways to creatively focus listening and provide a chance to think about and discuss how our daily lives may be influenced by the sounds around us (musical and not). We listened and looked at ways to compose and improvise with the sounds we hear while asking the question what role music may play in shaping our soundscape.

International Colloquy to Understand Creativity January 2015, University of Toronto, Toronto
Performance with Commentary – Use of non genre improvisation in Education: Starting with student input and creativity

Sound in the Land June 2014, Conrad Grebel University, Waterloo, Ontario
Outdoor talk and performance with Leanne Zacharias: focused listening and interactions with soundscape and sound memories
www.uwaterloo.ca/grebel/sound-land-2014

Soundscape studies and Their Application in the Classroom, FICUP 9 http://www.ficup.org March 2014, Mexico City
Taught along with R. Murray Schafer
This course looked at ways to creatively focus listening and ways to compose and improvise with the sounds of our surroundings. We listened and gathered sounds from the environment and created compositions from them.

International Society for Improvised Music 5th Conference December 2010, Ann Arbor, Michigan
www.improvisedmusic.org/2010festival.html

Links
http://esmefestival.wixsite.com/esme  teachers committed to expanding the notion of successful music education

this site would not exist without the inspiration and encouragement of dave clark. check out his site and book here
www.fladem.info Inspiring and progressive music educators in Latin America
www.patria.org/arcana/index.html – Murray Schafer books and compositions
Cadenza Summer Music Week in Winkler, Manitoba
www.improvcommunity.ca/research/interview-doug-friesen
www.freeplay.com – site run by Stephen Nachmanovitch
www.upstreammusic.org – composition/performance/improvisation workshops and events in Halifax
www.paulcram.com – musician and educator based out of Halifax
www.yellowdogmusic.ca – alternative and creative music lessons in Toronto
http://www.contactcontemporarymusic.ca – contemporary music ensemble in Toronto that also leads ‘Music from Scratch’ workshops

connected students with:
iva bittova – www.bittova.com
jim black – www.jimblack.com
hilmar jensson – www.hilmarjensson.com
nick didkovsky – www.doctornerve.org
trevor dunn – www.trevordunn.net
shelley burgon – www.myspace.com/shelleyburgon
fred frith – www.fredfrith.com
andrew d’angelo – www.myspace.com/andrewdangelo
woodchoppers association – www.woodchoppers.com
tom walsh – www.tomwalsh.ca
marc ribot – www.marcribot.com

 

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