Rob Lutes

Music & Sound

Contact Info

Website address
Resides in
Lester B. Pearson

Social Media

Experience working with

  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5

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)

I've received CHSSN Mental Health Initiative training for:

  • Youth
  • Older adults

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • Yes

I have experience working with

  • Ottawa Blues in Schools Program, Artwill Studio, Festival Blues sur Seine Blues in Schools Program, Mantes-la-Jolie, France, Learn Quebec (extensively)

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
I am a professional singer-songwriter with eight albums and an extensive touring history in Canada, the US and Europe. I have given songwriting and music workshops in schools since 2000, and have developed extended programs with schools and worked with a number of groups.
I teach songwriting and creativity, helping young people bypass their own internal critic to allow themselves the joy of creation. Over the years, I have developed techniques that inspire, engage and empower youth.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

I enjoy working with kids and youth of all ages, and I know the value of songwriting and creativity. I also know the value of understanding a bit of the history of western popular music, through the blues, which is the root of most styles we listen to today.

I use a bit of history to enter the world of songwriting. As we explore both, I work to keep students highly engaged in whatever activity we are doing. I keep the segments short and focused and I ensure we share our creative work with each other. We enter a zone where we are free to express ourselves and we support others in that activity. This activity is suitable for students from grade 3 to CEGEP.

I also offer a series of four workshop entitled "4 Melodies, 4 Moments - A Selective History of Popular Music" which explores four key songs from the past in the context of their musical and cultural history, and serves as a fascinating introduction into the history of Western popular music.

One-Day Event Description

A Journey into Creativity and Songwriting

Award-winning songwriter and performer Rob Lutes will take students on a creative journey into the world of popular music. Through performances of, and telling the stories behind, some important and well-known historical songs and some of his own works, Rob will introduce some simple, effective ideas around creativity and songwriting. After leading a songwriting activity with the entire group, Rob will organize smaller groups who will collaborate (with his assistance) to write their own songs to be performed by members of the group with Rob. Rob will also do a Q-and-A around his career in the arts.

61-90 students per group

Multimedia Links (copy paste web address into your browser to view):
A link to a performance from 2023:

Happy to cater this event to specific needs. I work with groups of different sizes frequently so large groups can work and I will adjust the songwring activities accordingly. I may bring a second musician for the performance part of the event.
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