Facilitation and Teaching
Tina Pearson creates and facilitates workshops and classes in listening, improvisation, experimental vocalization, composition and telematic collaboration, and offers focused individualized facilitated processes for individuals and groups. She has taught musicians, composers, dancers, video artists, film makers, visual artists, children, youth and adult community members. She has presented workshops, classes, seminars and lectures across Canada and in the United States, and remotely in Europe since 1983.
Pearson is a certified practitioner in Deep Listening® through the late composer Pauline Oliveros, and designed and taught a Sound Studies program for visual, media and performance art students at OCAD University in Toronto from 1983 to 1988. In the 1990’s she developed a series of listening and creative music making classes for children and youth in Northern BC. She developed and delivered facilitator training workshops for many years, trained facilitators for support groups in isolated, urban, Indigenous and multicultural communities and co-facilitated sessions in collaboration with Indigenous organizations and trainers.
“Tina created such a safe space for participants to open up and share ideas and experiences. The group was made up of intergenerational and inter-experiential participants, and still Tina managed to facilitate activities where everyone felt equal and safe to step outside of their comfort zones.” – Marina DiMaio
Pearson was a mentor for the MediaNet Video Soundscape group in Victoria and delivered a series of workshops on listening, sound making and improvisation at Open Space Victoria from 2006 – 2010. She was invited to present vocal workshops for the Friends of Music Society and was an instructor in improvisatory song forms at Feminist Rock Camps on Vancouver Island. She was guest lecturer on alternate venue and virtual reality composition, improvisation and performance for the late Pauline Oliveros’ Composition Seminar at Mills College in San Fransisco from 2010 through 2016, and has facilitated numerous Deep Listening® and Deep Listening Into Sounding workshops since 2013. Her facilitative processes and composition style guided her artist residencies at New Adventures in Sound Art, Toronto; Black Bag Media Collective, St. John’s; Deep Listening Institute, Kingston, New York; Electric Eclectics Festival, Meaford, Ontario; Contact, Toronto; Media Net, Victoria; Centre d’Experimentation Musicales, Saguenay, Quebec; and other locations.
“Tina has a gentle, grounded presence and speaking voice, which, to me, embodies the practices of deep listening and sounding. I could hear the resonance of her voice calming us and inviting us into an attitude of listening. The whole group seemed to become quiet and enter a space we could feel. The choreography of the evening was remarkable. There was a rhythm as we gradually went inside and then out to join with other sounds and back in again. We entered quiet places and noisy, exuberant places. With Tina’s guidance, the group found a way to inhabit a body of sound together. To me, it was a deeply nourishing experience. – Ruth Danziger
Pearson has been working telematically since 2007, and has created, collaborated, performed, facilitated and presented in the networked platforms Skype, Google Hangout, Zoom and Second Life.
Tina Pearson offers individual and group live online sessions in the English language in these topics:
- Intention and goal setting for experimental music practitioners
- Vocalization from the inside out
- Improvisation with a focus on intention and attention
- Deep Listening®
For more information, email tina.pearson<at>shaw.ca