Through this research-creation project -- which is represented by a process-driven ten-minute video -- the author asks what ways of knowing emerge when children and adults, more-than-human, and inhuman engage in improvised singing together in an urban park? This project recognizes our current "dark times" within ecological collapse and operates from a space that hopes to build relationality with sonic ecologies through listening-and-singing experiences, while centering the voices of children and other singers within the ecologies we sing in-and-with.

Author Biography

Stephanie Schuurman-Olson

Stephanie Schuurman-Olson (she/her) is currently completing her PhD at the University of Alberta (UA) under the supervision of Dr. David Lewkowich, where her research involves ecoliterate music pedagogies, collaborative post-qualitative research methods, and singing with young children. Stephanie is a K-6, early childhood, and undergraduate music teacher. She lives with her two children, partner, two cats, many houseplants, and other living things (to be sure) in a 112-year-old house that is filled with all kinds of singing. Stephanie is a recipient of the prestigious 2023 Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship and is supported by the Killam Trusts.

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