arts in education

minden duo – student portrait after an elementary school performance
Lost Sound, Found Sound”
educational performances, workshops and residencies

“some of the coolest sounds you’ll ever see!”

music teacher, Hastings Elementary, Vancouver, Canada

Recognizing the vital role of the arts in education, the Robert Minden Ensemble and then the Minden Duo (Minden & Hallett) toured across North America and Great Britain bringing their explorations of acoustic sound, invented instruments and storytelling into schools and childrens’ festivals, colleges and universities. Their educational performance, “Lost Sound, Found Sound” became internationally recognized by educators for inspiring children to focus their natural creative abilities. Canadian tours, encouraged and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, brought the Minden Duo to thousands of young people.

“The perfect combination of storytelling and music which evoke such amazement, astonishment and wonder.” Wendy Hartley, English Program Director, MASC, Ottawa

I have never, in my over thirty years of teaching, ever seen a production of this high a calibre of musical creativity and imagination which brought together, in such an ingenuous and authentic a manner, both literacy and music.” Gary Farber, Unionville P.S. Ontario

Touring partners have included:

  • The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, 1991
  • The National Arts Center, Ottawa, English Theatre, Youth & Family Series, 1991, 1995
  • The Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, NYC 1993, 1994
  • The Faculty of Education, The University of British Columbia, 1994
  • The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles, Institute for Educators and “ArtSource”, the Center’s Study Guide to the Performing Arts, 1998
  • Carl Orff Canada National Convention, Vancouver, 2000
  • Prologue To The Performing Arts, Toronto, 1999
  • Inner City Angels, Toronto, 1995, 2001, 2002
  • Multicultural Arts in the School Curriculum (MASC), Ottawa, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2009
  • The Victoria School Of Performing and Visual Arts, Edmonton, 2003, 2007
  • The Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • C.W. Post Institute for Arts & Culture, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island University, 2004, 2005
  • SoundaXis New Music Festival, Educational Outreach, Toronto, 2008

“These guys were truly inspiring. They made me want to dance and go back and teach music.”

  • The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles, Institute for Educators
  • “They are phenomenal.”

    Andrew Berger, Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education