Boxwood Canada

Children's Program 2018

General Information

We welcome children ages 5-11 for five fun-filled days exploring music, dance, and crafts! Each day includes these fabulous classes and activities:

  • DANCE: to stretch the limbs and introduce fundamentals of movement including Clogging, percussive dance, Irish step-dance, social dance, and having fun with movement.
  • MUSIC: a beginner’s pennywhistle class to learn the basics of this most beautiful, sturdy, and portable of instruments while playing fun tunes.
  • SINGING: group singing of traditional songs and ballads in English, French and Gaelic.
  • RHYTHM: percussion and rhythm with our bodies, frame-drums, and more.
  • CRAFTS: An enchanting afternoon crafts session including instrument making. Each child will make their own instrument from start to finish during the course of the week.
  • Each day will also include play-time, a snack and a lunch break. Participants must bring their own snacks and lunches. All other materials included.

Our program will consist of three groups: ages 5-6, 7-8 and 9-11 and is offered Monday July 23 - Friday July 28; 10:30AM - 4PM. Drop off at the St. John's Parish Hall (64 Townsend St.) at 10:30 AM. Pick-up at the Lunenburg Academy at 4:00 PM. Please bring a sack lunch.

Teachers will include:

  • Matthew OLWELL - percussive dance, percussion
  • Cathy-Ann MacPHEE - Gaelic songs & puirt-a-beul (mouth music)
  • Sophie LAVOIE - Acadian songs
  • Eamon O'LEARY - folksongs
  • with visits from Boxwood's renowned guest artists.
  • private lessons and small classes also available from our guest artists. Let us know what your child is interested on the registration form or in an email.

Boxwood's program is an introduction to traditional music, song, dance and instrument-making. Children who are already playing piano, violin, flute, or other instruments may also be part of the fun and spend part of the day attending classes with Boxwood's regular faculty. Please contact us for details and we'll work out a schedule for your young musician or dancer according to their abilities and interests.


A performance to share some of what we've learned will take place on Friday afternoon July 27 at 3:30PM at the Lunenburg Academy. All are welcome to attend - no admission fee. Last year, this was one of the highlights of our festival; all are welcome to attend!


Registration fees include a tin-whistle and all materials for craft instrument making. Lunch is not included, so please pack your child a lunch each day. Enrollment is limited - please register early! Please register your child using our on-line registration form.

  $225 CAD ($180 USD) for one child (includes whistle and all materials).
  $200 CAD ($150 USD) each for multiple children of the same family (siblings).


Please e.mail us or call our office at 902.400.0044 if you have questions.