Tommy Banks Centre
Tommy Banks believed that music has the power to change lives. We at the ESO and Winspear Centre believe this too. That’s why we launched the Tommy Banks Centre for Musical Creativity in 2013, building upon our reputation for innovative educational programs to offer broader and deeper access to musical discovery for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Through a range of immersive programs, the Banks Centre encourages people from all walks of life to discover the joy of musical exploration, creation, and connection. From underserved youth studying orchestral music in our YONA-Sistema program, to adults with Parkinson’s disease being mentored through a “jam session” by ESO musicians, to local students learning about the science of sound at a week-long Sound School program, all members of Edmonton’s diverse public have the opportunity to immerse themselves in music – as spectators, as apprentices, as creators.
The Banks Centre delivers revolutionary musical arts enrichment programs that act as catalysts for musical discovery and exploration, so that current and future generations can experience the transformative power of music on a personal level.
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Music Appreciation Online
For Adult Learners
Call & Response: Rock n' Roll's first dozen years
4 week course beginning in October 2022
Science of Sound
For Grade 3 students
Full day in-person or half day virtual classes.
50-60 minute programs
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YONA Quarter Notes
Learn about YONA-Sistema, a program to bring music into schools within the Edmonton community.
Music Box Babies
Parents, do you know that your baby has memories of the music they heard before they were born? Nurture your child's innate musicality with a program involving singing, moving, and instruments designed specifically for babies and toddlers!
Music Appreciation Online
New online courses, taught by musicologist D.T. Baker, ESO Assistant Conductor Cosette Justo Valdés, and more.
Presented by Imperial Oil. Bring students in grades K-6 for educational and entertaining ESO concerts that are connected with the Alberta curriculum.
Science of Sound
During this full-day Grade 3 program, students have the unique opportunity to tour the Winspear Centre from top to bottom, learning about sound through hands-on inquiry.
Create Your Own Program
Break up your teaching day or at home learning with our education instructors! All activities can be adapted for any age. Starting at $75 for 45 minute activities.
Wee Ones at the Winspear
Bring your group of pre-school and kindergarten little ones to the Winspear Centre for hands-on musical fun!
Open Dress Rehearsals
Bring students in grades 7-12 to catch a sneak peek of the ESO at work!
A grant to bring 25 students to a Winspear Centre Education Concert free of charge.
Musicians in the Making
During this Inquiring Minds site-based classroom experience, students spend a full week at the Winspear Centre, exploring acoustics, music, and the science of sound through hands-on inquiry.
ESO Virtual Stage for Schools
ESO Virtual Stage for Schools is a digital subscription featuring new, exclusive virtual content from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Musical Creativity Team.
The Francis Winspear Centre for Music is seeking to fulfill the City’s original requirements for the land and serve long-term needs identified by the community. Learn more about the Winspear Project.
Spring Break Camps
Join us for Spring Break at the Winspear Centre as we sing, laugh, play, and engage in music-making together. Violin and Ukelele options available. Program suited for 6-13 year olds.
Summer Day Camps
Join us at the Winspear Centre as we sing, laugh, play, and learn an instrument from scratch. You’ll get group instruction time, individual attention, and support from our qualified teachers.
Programs for adults who want to refresh their musical skills.
Young Composers Project
Are you a high school student who loves to compose? This is your opportunity to be mentored by a professional composer and to have your piece performed by the ESO!
Conducting Your Business
Find ways to develop communication skills in the workplace by learning from conductor Rob Kapilow and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Music Teacher Directory
A list of ESO musicians currently offering musical instruction.