Science of Sound

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During this full-day program, students have the unique opportunity to tour the Winspear Centre from top to bottom, learning about sound through hands-on inquiry. Students work together to discover how various instruments make sound and explore the amazing acoustics of the Winspear Centre. As part of this jam-packed program, classes spend time with a professional musician, and may even get to sit in on an Edmonton Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. Program specifics will be determined based on your needs in consultation with the Program Coordinator.


Educator Feedback:

"Super impressed with how the program transformed real life into this virtual format. I've done the in-person tour/Science of Sound program, and I am in love with this virtual opportunity! Well done!"

Registrations Open:

Let us know your preferred dates by providing at least 3 options in your registration form. We have availability for most weekdays from January - March, 2021 and limited weekends as well.


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Please Note:

In light of the provincial restrictions announced Dec. 8, 2020, we are temporarily unable to offer our "At the Winspear" and "In-School" field trip options. All bookings for March 2021 are still available via our online delivery format, so we encourage you to choose that option for booking this month.


On-site: $375 for a full-day program

For a full day visit to the Winspear.

Online: $375 for a half-day program

For In-School and Online Field Trip options.
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For in-school and Winspear visits, class sizes as per Alberta Health guidelines, and one adult per eight children required.
Enjoy the flexibility of being able to alter the format of your program booking as health directives and operation plans evolve.

More Information:
In-School Option | Online Field Trip Option | Cancellation Policy | FAQ's



In-School Option

Winspear staff will bring this half-day program to you, complete with instruments for exploration/demonstration, materials for acoustical inquiry-based learning, guided digital tours of the Winspear, and a visit (in-person or virtual) from an ESO musician.


Online Field Trip Option

Winspear staff will join you over a video conferencing platform of your choice and present this half-day program to you, complete with instruments for exploration/demonstration, materials for acoustical inquiry-based learning, guided digital tours of the Winspear, and time to visit with an ESO musician.


Cancellation/Alteration Policy

You are required to provide written notice of cancellation or alteration of your concert booking via email at edbookings@winspearcentre.com.
For cancellation, a fee of 50% of the cost of the original booking will be charged. If less than one week’s notice is given, the full cost of the booking will be charged.

No-Show Policy

Refunds will not be granted for groups who do not attend the field trip. If possible, arrangements will be made for the group to attend at a later date. In extreme circumstances, partial refunds may be granted at the discretion of the ESO/FWCM.


FAQ's


Are masks mandatory?

As per the Alberta Health Guidelines for schools and City of Edmonton mandates, we expect students in Grade 4 and up to wear a mask. Some masks are available at the Winspear; however, it is requested that participants come to the program wearing their own.

Are you limiting the class size?

Class sizes are as per the size of your cohort including the teacher. There will be one Winspear staff who will wear a mask and physically distance as they lead the program. To keep everyone as safe as possible, we will be accepting bookings for only one class per time slot.

What procedures are in place to keep us safe during our program?

Our spaces are well ventilated and will allow your cohort to physically distance. Sanitizer will be placed in all entrances, classrooms, and washroom facilities. High touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly. Our equipment and musical supplies used for these programs will be sanitized between bookings. We will limit the number of cohorts in the Winspear Centre to mitigate cohort mixing. Our staff will work with Alberta Health Services to provide information for contact tracing should the need arise.

What are the responsibilities of the teachers, parents, and/or guardians?

All participants and staff must complete a wellness check before arriving for class and stay home if feeling unwell. We will require a class list of students and all attendees of your program for our records and contact tracing.

What happens if circumstances for my class change and we can’t attend at the Winspear?

No problem! We are happy to alter the delivery method of your program to accommodate your current circumstances. Contact us to make a switch to one of the other delivery methods. Please note that upon changing delivery methods, your scheduled date may need to be changed, but our staff will work to assist you through altering your booking. There is no fee to change formats.

What if you must shut down due to an outbreak or increase in cases?

Our programs have been designed to be flexible and meet the need for sudden adaptations to accommodate the unpredictable nature of the virus. If we are not able to run the program in person, an online format or visit to your site are available options. If a change in program delivery method is deemed necessary by us, our staff will notify participants by phone and email.

If I am bringing a homeschooling cohort for a fieldtrip, can I invite another homeschooling group to join?

Homeschooling groups are asked to follow a limit of one cohort per booking.


What protocols will Winspear staff be following to ensure the safety of our students and school when they visit?

Our equipment and musical supplies used for these programs will be sanitized between bookings before they are brought to your site. Winspear staff will wear a mask and ask for your class to wear theirs as well, if possible. There will be only one staff member from the Winspear that will attend your site to lead the program, and they will conduct a wellness check prior to coming to your school. If it is possible in your classroom, our staff will also adhere to physical distancing guidelines. We will work with Alberta Health Services to provide information for contact tracing should the need arise. We want to respect all the rules your school/daycare has in place to maintain everyone’s safety.

What happens if circumstances for my class change and we can’t host your visit?

No problem! Our programs have been designed to be flexible and meet the need for sudden adaptations to accommodate the unpredictable nature of the virus. We are happy to alter the delivery method of your program to accommodate your current circumstances. Contact us to make a switch to one of the other delivery methods. Please note that upon changing delivery methods, your scheduled date may need to be changed, but our staff will work to assist you through altering your booking. There is no fee to change formats.

Will we need a larger space than our classroom?

We can adapt to any space. We’ll leave this up to you. We’ll make the experience great no matter what!

Will you be bringing your own equipment, or is there anything the school will need to provide?

Outside of students wearing their masks while we are visiting, we will be mostly self-sufficient. We will have videos and presentations to display on your smartboard, and therefore may need to hook up to it.

How have the activities of the programs been adapted to be delivered in this new format?

The activities you would experience at the Winspear have been digitized for the multi-format offering of our programs. Though the most immersive and authentic experience for students would be to attend at the Winspear in-person, the digital version of these activities is presented in an interactive way with our excellent instructors. Sound clips, videos, and 360° photos will engage your students to learn all about sound, acoustics, music, instruments, and the amazing Winspear Centre building through an inquiry-based approach. There will be some supplemental materials that we’ll share with you to expand on what is learned during your program, too!

Do I need to do anything to prepare my class for this field trip?

Our program coordinator will be in touch prior to your scheduled booking to go over anything we may need for assistance with the delivery of the program. As the teacher of your students, we will rely on you to be a bit of a moderator during the program session, but we can take the lead for the most part so your prep time is minimal to host us.


What video conferencing platform will you use for our online program?

The one you’d like to use. We can host the program through Zoom, or you can host through your platform and invite us to join a meeting with you. We are well-versed with Zoom, Teams, and Google Meets, among others.

How have the activities of the programs been adapted to be delivered virtually?

The activities you would experience at the Winspear have been digitized for the multi-format offering of our programs. Though the most immersive and authentic experience for students would be to attend at the Winspear in-person, the digital version of these activities is presented in an interactive way with our excellent instructors. Through the screen sharing option on most video-conferencing platforms, sound clips, videos, and 360-degree photos will engage your students with an inquiry-based approach to learn all about sound, acoustics, music, instruments, and the amazing Winspear Centre building. There will be some supplemental materials that we’ll share with you to expand on what is learned during your program, too!

Do I need to do anything to prepare my class for this field trip?

Our program coordinator will be in touch prior to your scheduled booking to go over anything we may need for assistance with the delivery of the program. As the teacher of your students, we will rely on you to be a bit of a moderator during the video-conference session, but we can take the lead, so your prep time is minimal to host us.

What happens if circumstances for my class change and we’d like to switch delivery methods?

No problem! Our programs have been designed to be flexible and meet the need for sudden adaptations to accommodate the unpredictable nature of the virus. We are happy to alter the delivery method of your program to accommodate your current circumstances. Contact us to make a switch to one of the other delivery methods. Please note that upon changing delivery methods, your scheduled date may need to be changed, but our staff will work to assist you through altering your booking. There is no fee to change formats.