SoundLife Scarborough (SLS) is the centre for music and community engagement at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and is housed in the Music & Culture program of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media. Our projects foster healthy communities through participatory music-making; support community partnerships and community-engaged research excellence grounded in the principle of reciprocity; and inspire students in developing creative, flexible, and participatory approaches to music-making as a lifelong practice.
All programming aims to be free and fully accessible, meaning that events are planned in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s accessible event planning tool, specifically ensuring accessibility according to the physical space. In addition, events aim to create socially safe and inclusive environments.
SLS strives to foster healthy communities through participatory music-making and aims to strengthen social and personal well-being for all, including internal and external community members.
SLS aims to support students in developing creative, flexible, and participatory approaches to music-making as a lifelong practice. The programming celebrates diverse forms of music-making.
All partnerships with community organizations are to be grounded in the principle of reciprocity, meaning that programming is designed in consultation with community partners, when appropriate, and that the needs and interests of community partners are prioritized when implementing community-based programming.
Community of Music Makers
Soundlife Scarborough will act as an interface for people from the campus and local communities to participate in musical activities (both on and off campus) and explore the varied relationships scholars and artists create with music. SoundLife Scarborough will allow the Music & Culture program to (co-)create and (co-)facilitate participatory music-making opportunities for internal and external communities. This will substantially grow curricular and co-curricular experiential learning opportunities while supporting community-engaged faculty research. It will also support partnerships between community organizations and the university for music-related activities.
Development, Implementation, and Sustainability
Music & Culture
The Music & Culture program strives to serve the diverse needs and interests of the UTSC community while providing artistic, cultural, academic, and civic leadership to the GTA and beyond. By combining their studies with other arts and non-arts disciplines, Music & Culture students at UTSC help to create, join, and enliven musical and artistic communities, with a focus on creative music-making, intellectual development, community engagement and participation, health and wellness, and arts entrepreneurship.
SoundLife Scarborough will span across the Music & Culture program’s courses, research initiatives, and student experiences. Initially, this will entail the development of pilot projects that target specific musical voids and interests within UTSC and broader Scarborough communities. Through reciprocal relationships and research around the experiences and concerns of neighbouring musicians and organizations, SoundLife Scarborough looks to maintain and co-create vibrant musical experiences that are mutually beneficial for both the Scarborough community and UTSC students.
Program and Values
SoundLife Scarborough is grounded in the Music & Culture program’s growing curriculum and strategically reflects the strengths of our faculty research and teaching interests.
It aligns with recent significant changes in the program and centres Music and Culture’s core values of:
- Breaking down barriers to participation in music-making;
- Fostering healthy communities through community music-making;
- Social and personal well-being for students;
- Supporting students in developing creative, flexible, and participatory approach to music-making.
Meet the SLS Team
Pablo Herrera Veitia
In the spirit of openness and hospitality that is central to participatory music-making itself, SoundLife Scarborough will serve as a much-needed interface for people from the campus and local communities to engage in musical activities. Building upon existing partnerships between the Music and Culture program and various community organizations and stakeholders, SoundLife Scarborough will further develop reciprocal relationships where students have the opportunity to hape their learning and practice through the environmentns and communities in which they work and learn. Partnerships may include. but are not limited to: schools, senior living centres, hospitals, community centres, community arts organizations, on-campus departments, offices, and student groups, alumni relations, and other post-secondary institutions.
If you are interested in learning more about community partnerships with SLS, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!