Roy MacLaren

Music & Sound

Contact Info

Resides in
Eastern Townships

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
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Citizenship and Community Life (Identity & Belonging)

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • Yes

I have experience working with

  • Quebec Culture in Schools

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
Eastern Townships native Roy MacLaren plays traditional music on the highland bagpipes, tenor banjo and tin whistle. An experienced performer and educator, he believes a good tune makes its own friends whether it comes from Quebec, Scotland, Ireland or elsewhere. When not performing with his band the Narrows, Roy is a licensed carpenter and teaches part time in the wood shop at a high school in the Eastern Townships.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

I offer an introduction to traditional music workshop that exposes students to Celtic and Quebec dance music.

I also teach woodworking courses than can be tailored to the age group and skill level of the students.

One-Day Event Description

Celtic music performance and artist talk

Roy MacLaren and musical friends will play traditional dance music from Scotland, Ireland, Quebec and Canada. The musicians will talk about the repertoire, instrumentation and history of the music and the role that it played and continues to play in community life. The artists will engage with students through questions and answers and talk about how they learned the music and how music has profoundly enriched their lives.

I can work with any number of students at a time.


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