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Adaptation of the Extra-Ordinary Music Camp during a pandemic: resilience as vector of innovation

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posted on 2021-04-19, 17:57 authored by Jean-Philippe DesprésJean-Philippe Després, Chantal Grenier, Claudia Caron, Jacob Michaud-Pelletier, Virginie Nicol, Flavie Bédard-Bruyère, Francine Julien-Gauthier

The Extra-Ordinary Music Camp is a research project whose objectives are: (1) to offer an inclusive environment for musical creation adapted for extra-ordinary youths, and (2) to study how participatory, informal, inclusive, and adaptive musical creation activities impact extra-ordinary youths’ communication and social interaction abilities. The present article addresses adaptations made to the project following the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted the originally planned activities. Using viewpoints from four undergraduate and graduate student facilitators who served as session leaders and researchers on the project, the Extra-Ordinary Music Camp’s evolution from an in-person to a remote research project will be described. First, the initial study design is introduced. Then, we detail the ways the project was adapted online as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: we present the adaptations made to musical training (pedagogical plan), research tools, and modalities of collaboration between team members. Finally, certain preliminary results are presented and contextualized in light of these significant adaptations to the organizational, scientific, and pedagogical plans.


The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRSC).


Declaration of conflicts of interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Lead author country

  • Canada

Lead author job role

  • Higher Education Researcher

Lead author institution

Université Laval

Human Participants

  • Yes

Ethics statement

Ethical approval for this project was given by the Comité d’éthique de la recherche avec des être humains de l’Université Laval (CÉRUL) [ref number 2019-240 A-3 / 04-05-2020].


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