Music in Mind

Music in Mind is a music education and leadership company that empowers youth through music, character education and leadership skills development. Glenn Marais is a Juno Nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has created and developed a series of innovative programs designed to engage and inspire youth and communities.

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Glenn has over 20 years of experience working with youth and a developed understanding of the Ministry of Ontario curriculum requirements with direct application to all of his programming. The program variety is incredible and each one is customizable based on an individual school’s needs and directives.

Music in Mind programs are designed to address the challenges faced by young people in school and in life and empower them to believe in themselves and growth through experiences.

  • Self-Esteem
  • Anti-Bullying Specialist
  • Life skills and leadership
  • Goal Setting and self-respect
  • Character and Equity Education

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Music in Mind

Large event specialist, Glenn Marais has led in the creation of several incredibly inspiring large scale performances with the proven ability to inspire students, administrators and community leaders with effective leadership and communication skills.

Glenn Marais has led in the creation of several incredibly inspiring large scale performances with the proven ability to inspire students, administrators and community leaders with effective leadership and communication skills.

  • Pan AM Games 2015 Drum and Dance performances with 80 students from five different schools
  • 250 person drum circle at the YRDSB Quest Conference
  • National Kindness Campaign featured in the Toronto Star and Global Television with over 100 schools involved • Wrote and directed musical plays with multiple classes with schools in North Bay, TDSB, YRDSB and YCDSB

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Keynote Concerts

Glenn Marais’ keynote concerts are a revelation! Staff and students alike will be raving about the inspiring and motivational messages delivered in a performance style by a Juno Nominated songwriter and professional musician.

Glenn has worked in South Africa filming five mini-documentaries and a music video in South Africa on HIV/AIDS orphans and personally orchestrating a fund raising campaign that raised over 100 000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. In addition he has worked in Swaziland in 2009/2010 on mission trips with orphaned children. For over ten years he has travelled to remote First Nations Communities working with First Nations youth and communities helping to combat the social-economic issues facing First Nations youth.

Glenn brings all of his experience in a riveting anecdotal style with powerful speaking, singing and an incredible multi-media show that will have your school buzzing for the whole year. Bring change to your school with a Glenn Marais Keynote Concert. Glenn will work with the client to present a professional, powerful and moving experience. He he has several presentations available and can customize one for your special event.

Kind in Mind: How can kindness create a greater sense of mindfulness and how can we learn to be kind by being more aware? Glenn has years of experience working with youth and creating fantastic programs that resonate deeply with his audiences. He orchestrated a kindness campaign, Say My Name Canada, over the last three years, that was covered nationally by Global Television and the Toronto Star. His anti-bullying video for Say My Name has over 2 million views. Glenn is living his message of a mindful kindness that has changed his life and thousands of others. Kindness is the way and this presentation will move your audience to make the changes in their lives that will foster a greater sense of self acceptance and personal growth.

Give to Live: Give to live Glenn’s personal and professional motto and in this riveting presentation he will share this philosopy that he calls the secret to happiness, giving. Through a unique combination of media, live performance and captivating video, Glenn’s message of living through giving will resonate with your staff and students for the entire year.

Black History Theatre Show: An amazing musical ride through black history with The Glenn Marais Band, a five piece musical powerhouse that performs this emotionally powerful and educational show at the Newmarket Theatre. Show days available are Feb..05th, 06th and 07th 2019 with morning and afternoon show times available.

Black History Performance (Solo and Full Band): The same show as the theatre performance but available in school.

The Power of One: Discover how one person can change the world with the powerful stories of Glenn’s work in African Orphanages and The Far North with First Nations Youth and hear how Glenn has been inspired by iconic leaders in social justice and empowerment, like Malala, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Terry Fox and many more.


Glenn has been playing blues music for over 30 years with a vast knowledge of the incredible and rich history of the blues music in North America,with it’s roots in Africa. The story of the evolution of this iconic form comes to life through Glenn’s encylopedic knowledge of blues guitar and harmonica and storytelling ability that spans the ages. Learn how blues music changed the world and helped created all of the forms of music we listen to now. This program is fantastic for all ages and particularly for music classes in schools.

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L.I.F.E Leadership

Leadership, Imagination, Freedom, Expression

L.i.F.E. is an Interactive school leadership program for grades K-8 that takes students through fun, educational programming that will inspire leadership, kindness and mindful behaviour.

This innovative program was designed to engage and inspire young people through high-energy leadership games, West African Drumming and Dance, creative rhythm, creative play and mediation training. L.i.F.E. is a hands on program that teaches kindness, encouragement, self-esteem, individual and group acceptance. Glenn has assembled an incredible team of facilitators with years of experience working with young and old in the fields of social justice, equity, and mental health, including children’s empowerment and meditation coach, Mickey Eves and dance educator, sociologist & certified life coach Elisha Macmillan.

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Anti-Bullying Programs

Positive Classrooms: A non-profit company created to address the growing concerns around bullying with a creative, inclusive all-school program that includes the Give to Live Keynote, 30 Days of Kindness challenge, classroom conversations with every class, gym-based leadership program, posters, a custom rap song, two curriculum guides and an educator’s document guide. This program changes lives and has inspired thousands of students already.

A day in the life: An anti-bullying play skeleton created by Glenn that includes every grade and features original song writing, African drumming and dance. This play never fails to evoke strong emotions and help schools and students to understand the complexities of bullying and social isolation.

Say My Name Canada

Say My Name Canada is a kindness challenge that began on Jan. 25th 2015 and culminated with the international release of the video for Say my Name, on Feb. 25th 2015. This is a song written to combat the growing issue of bullying.

Glenn created this national kindness campaign that is in it’s third year, includes over 100 schools, features in the Toronto Star, Global Television and an annual kindness celebration on Pink Shirt Day. Over 100 000 acts of kindness have been registered on the Say My Name website and the video for the song, Say My Name has over 1 million views on You Tube.

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West African Drumming

Glenn leads students and staff on the culture and techniques of west African drumming in a method created by him that develops unity, harmony and respect. Students and staff rave about the drumming and how good it makes them feel. Glenn works by instilling a culture of respect and teamwork as a priority over the performance and students quickly embrace this philosophy with the result being riveting performances with synchronized and complex drum patterns.

Creative Multi-Discipline Workshops

Glenn is very adapt at creating custom workshops for large or small groups that are multi- discipline, using the latest technology that addresses the specific needs of the school community.

Give to Live is Glenn’s Motto and his performances are a shining example of this, utilizing stunning visuals, incredible live performances and powerful, motivational talks on a variety of subjects from personal empowerment, social justice, black history, racial equity and customized talks tailored to a client’s needs. The performances are interactive and deeply moving filled with anecdotes from Glenn’s pioneering work with an orphanage in South Africa, to fly-in reserves in our indigenous community and his own experiences with discrimination and bullying growing up. Glenn will work with the client to present a professional, powerful and moving experience. He he has several presentations available and can customize one for your special event.


1. Orchestrated a 250 piece drum circle for The Quest Conference through the YRDSB.

2. Co-ordinated and co-programmed an 80 piece drum, rhythm stick and body beat performance for the Pan Am Games in Markham 2016 that included students from 5 different schools.

3. Co-creator of The Sacred Canoe May 2017. A multi-discipline art, music and drama production at Sacred Heart that included over 80 students, staff, several First Nations educators, elders and facilitators and included a 150 piece art show that was featured at Old Town Hall for two months and included a 17 foot canoe that was custom painted by the students and staff of Sacred Heart, guided by elder Todd Jamieson.

P.S.A Production Workshop

Glenn is a master at using the latest technology to create media and art projects that are educational and powerful statements on social justice, current events and complex issues. The Public service announcement program was created by Glenn and has run at several different schools to great success. Each step of the project is detailed and workshopped by Glenn, culminating in a P.S.A film festival that is very moving and highly creative.


DAREarts empowers at-risk kids with life skills to become leaders using the arts

Through partnerships with DARE Arts, Glenn has become a passionate advocate for First Nations Rights and Educations, having traveled 11 times in the last ten years to Webequie, twice to Marten Falls and once to Attawapiskat to work with communities and youth.

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First Nations Youth Outreach

I have worked in the far north for over ten years with First Nations communities and every time I return, I feel more motivated and compelled to do something to help with the tremendous challenges faced by our First Nations family. I have met many people who I consider to be friends and family and realize that they face enormous challenges in life. I encourage everyone to get informed, educated and involved in helping to create an equitable nation for all people in Canada.

Glenn Marais has worked in the far north in partnership with DARE Arts in Webequie, Marten Falls and Attawapiskat teaching songwriting, multi-media, and theatre arts as part of the DARE Arts team. The picture is from Webequie Oct.2016.

Thank you to the following:
The Royal Conservatory, Palgrave Rotary Club, Thunder Air, the Paul Semple Scholarship Fund, Aeroplan donors (Hans Koehle, Maria Da Cunha, Cheryl Vhal, Victor Ford), and Sarah Haney supported this project.

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Cotlands Orphanage in South Africa

Glenn Marais wrote a song in 2007 entitled “Like a Child” in response to an incredible book, “Who will cuddle them when they sleep” written by his neighbour, six year old, Paige Pedlar after watching a program on orphans in Africa. Glenn created a concert series, Kids For Cotlands and through the proceeds of five concerts, C.D. sales and Paige’s book sales over $100 000 was raised for the Cotlands Orphanage working with The Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Mbabane, Swaziland

In 2008, Glenn performed Like a Child at his church and met Janine Maxwell, director of Heart for Africa. After hearing Janine speak of her work in Africa, Glenn composed the song My Heart is in Africa, between the lines of the church program. When he told Janine, she invited Glenn to come to Swaziland and work as a music director for a concert event, Litsemba in 2009. Glenn returned in 2010 and performed at a concert in the national stadium in front of 20 000 people.

The video below is a tribute to the spirit and faith of the beautiful people of Swaziland and a message for the world to reach out and help these wonderful children and their families who face the enormous burden of poverty and the devastation of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.


PDF downloads for L.IF.E programs and activities.

Music in Mind Program Brochure (Download)

Blues in Schools Program Guide (Download)

Events & Programming Calendar

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