Alison Notkin

Music & Sound
Specialities: Body percussion, Choir, Percussion, Songwriting

Contact Info

Website address
Resides in
English Montreal

Social Media

Experience working with

  • Early childhood
  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • Senior Citizens

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Media Literacy
  • Citizenship and Community Life (Identity & Belonging)

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • No

I have experience working with

  • Music By The Season, Preville Fine Arts Centre, CSMB, LBPSB

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes


  • I am available for travel within the same day
Alison Notkin is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, music & nature educator and music researcher with a specialty in political and environmental music. She leads fun, creative and empowering workshops in song and lyric writing, song arranging, song producing and instrument coaching in guitar, ukulele and voice. Alison is a Berklee College of Music and Concordia University graduate, and a recipient of an MA in musicologie from l’Université de Montréal. Listen at:

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

My songwriting workshops aim to get students thinking about their own voices and how to create lyrics and melodies that express their unique viewpoints while still following stylistic norms. We learn about the basics of lyric and song writing. We do fun descriptive exercises to demystify the writing process like object writing, focusing on writing about specific objects or photographs which helps us to tune into our deeper feelings and emotions. We do melody writing exercises like starting from a known melody and improvising something new. We play body percussion and sing, and play instruments if instruments are available, to accompany our songs. We brainstorm, we work together, and we create something special that represents each individual group.

I teach online and in person and am happy to tailor my workshops to suit your classroom needs.


Video: Vanya Rose, (music by Alison Notkin)
Preville Fine Arts Centre (composition, guitar, lead vocals: Alison Notkin)
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