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The Coalition Team, Musically Speaking


Music lives in all different shapes and forms in the lives of nearly every Canadian. We want to introduce how music lives in the lives of our Coalition Team and Board. This month, we’re featuring Communications Coordinator, Sabrina Moella, and Board member, John Robert (Digger) MacDougall. Take a look at what each of them had to say.



Get ready for the 2016 celebration of Music Monday on Monday, May 2nd! An annual signature program of the Coalition for Music Education, this nation-wide celebration of the power of music in our lives, especially our schools is the only national celebration of Canadian music that actively engages children and youth in their schools and communities. Each year on Music Monday across Canada, hundreds of thousands of music makers celebrate in their schools and communities, while a showcase event, webcast live, leads a simultaneous sing along of the Music Monday song. Like a wave of music across Canada, from 9am Newfoundland Time to 3pm Pacific Time, you can tune in to MusicMonday.ca to see music and messages. Click on the picture for your first invitation from Youth4Music Ambassador, Anna Mercer.

There are a few ways to celebrate the power of music in our lives on May 2nd this year.

  1. Create your own celebration of music and sign up so we can add you to the map of celebrations across Canada. Learn the Music Monday Anthem, "We Are One" so you can sing in the nation-wide simultaneous sing-along!
  2. Show how music fills your school or community - send a video to become part of MMC2C - a special Music Monday initiative. From coast to coast, starting when schools open on the Eastern shores of Newfoundland moving across the country to closing school bells by the Western shores of British Columbia, we will present a full day of video performances and messages. We will demonstrate how music fills our culture in regions across Canada and how music tells the stories of who we are - actively engaging our young people to learn, create and make music. Join in! Submit a video for the nation-wide celebration. Learn more by visiting our Music Monday website, www.musicmonday.ca.
  3. Watch the Showcase Concert webcast from Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto’s City Hall. The remarkable Céline Peterson will host this 1-hour concert of special musical guests! Music Monday Anthem composer, Connor Ross will be joined by Youth4Music Ambassadors on the Showcase stage to lead the nation in a simultaneous sing-along of his song “We Are One”. Are you interested in participating, volunteering or helping to plan this Showcase Concert? Email info@musicmakesus.ca. We celebrate Music Monday with the anthem - “We Are One”, composed by high school student, Connor Ross. The anthem is available in a dozen languages and various choral and instrumental arrangements. Sheet music, videos and audio learning tools are available FOR FREE at http://www.musicmonday.ca/anthem/

Let us all ‘Raise Your Voice’ together for music education in Canada!

Sign up to win one of several prizes these year!

Principals of Music Award Follow-Up

We continue reporting about our Principals of Music Awards winners. This month we connected with Eastern Region winner, Principal Windsor Wight, of East Wiltshire Intermediate School in Cornwall, Prince Edward Island. It is clear that music is alive and well in this community. The musical practices and opportunities provided for current and future generations at this school are strongly connected to communication and valuing music. Click here to read more about this story.

Even the Music

With the knowledge of scientific benefits of music education being wide spread, we continue to become aware of the lasting effects these benefits are creating throughout classrooms and in society. Jonathan Bolduc, an associate professor of music education at the faculty of music at Laval University in Québec and the Canadian Chair of Reserach in Music and Learning, presents an article in La Presse discussing why students with behavioural challenges are benefiting from music education in schools, and why we should recognize its impact. Please click here to read the article here. 

Music Makes Us North Bay

On Wednesday, November 25th Music Makes Us North Bay presented a massed band and choir concert that featured over 150 instrumentalists and 40 singers from Chippewa Secondary School, Parry Sound High School, St Joseph-Scollard Hall Secondary School, West Ferris Secondary School and Widdifield Secondary School. This was Music Makes Us North Bay’s inaugural event. The group is an affiliate of The Coalition for Music Education and is working to raise the awareness and understanding of the role that music education plays in the culture of North Bay and area. Organizers hope this event will promote the benefits that music education brings to people of all ages. The students spent the day participating in workshops led by Nipissing University education students and community musicians who volunteered their time. The local Kiwanis Club generously donated pizza to help feed the students before the concert. An audience of more than 250 parents, grandparents and community members attended the evening concert.

Contact info@musicmakesus.ca to learn more about becoming an affiliate.

Introducing Kathleen Allan


Early encouragement and recognition by inspiring mentors made all the difference for conductor, composer, and soprano Kathleen Allan. It helped to foster and to establish her voice as a young Canadian emerging artist. In turn, her dedication to making music accessible for all is certainly opening doors for others. Kathleen’s recent appointment as Director of Choral Studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music and Apprentice Conductor with the National Youth Choir speaks volumes about her hard work and dedication to choral music. As impressive a young musician as we already know her to be, Kathleen is the first to admit that she didn’t come to these successes on her own. She credits her drive to be a musical leader to the mentors of her childhood and now strives to pay these gifts forward to the young people with whom she works. READ MORE

Success Stories

Photo Credit

This month, we're highlighting an inspiring program from the band students of Osoyoos Secondary School with their commitment to the program by making music accessible to the students of Osoyoos. Read more by clicking here.

Photo credit Keith Lacey, Osoyoos Times

Would you like us to highlight success in your school music program? Is there an inspiring story, special event, passionate student or other important spotlight in your music program? Tell us! Take a few minutes to fill out this form, and we’ll profile your story across the nation by featuring it on our website. Questions? Contact us by email at info@musicmakesus.ca, or by phone at 416-298-2871.

Youth4Music Update


The excitement continues to flow from the first annualYouth4Music Leadership Symposium last November. We just released full-length videos of some of the speakers and performances that took place during this incredible day. We featured youth performances from N’We Jinan Artists, The Bay City String Quartet, and soprano Ashley Boychuk - reminding us of the diversity of music across this nation and celebrating some incredible talent. Producer David Hodges speaks about the effect of change through creativity among youth, and panelist Cole Forrest talks about what it means to be a youth leader. These are just a few of the inspiring moments developed over the course of the Symposium. The inspiration continues to grow as the Youth4Music plan for the future. Watch for a very special announcement during this year’s Music Monday. It will change the discourse around music education in Canada. Stay tuned!

Thank you • Merci • Miigwech • kinana'skomitina'wa'w

    We are able to do all of this awesome work because of the support from many groups. For a full listing of this support go to Coalition and Music Monday

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