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Montreal Symposium

The Coalition for Music Education, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Music Department and FAMEQ are pleased to announce that the next Youth4Music Symposium will be held in Montreal on Saturday, October 1st, 2016, at UQAM. This symposium will comprise guest speakers, special musical guests, roundtable discussions, jam corner and much more! If you’re a youth leader you may register for the symposium, be a musical performer, or volunteer for the event. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator Ashley Boychuk. ( or 416-298-2871). You can also become a Youth4Music Ambassador by clicking here.  Join us, we’re counting on you!

Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival

Calling all jazz lovers in the Toronto area! A production by youth for youth, bridging the gap between young professional and their mentors, the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival takes place in Toronto the weekend of September 10th at Mel Lastman Square. This festival features a diverse roster of student jazz musicians crossing over a variety of genres from classic funk to contemporary jazz. Among the festival planners, you’ll find several passionate Youth4Music leaders behind the scenes! Find out more about the program schedule by clicking here.


Yamaha Canada has created a special initiative to celebrate music. Random Acts of Music speaks to the joys of music making, and how we can all spread this joy to others. Featuring a video on their website of people who have struggled with hearing loss, Yamaha recognizes the joy music can bring to those who are able to play once more. Yamaha is encouraging others to help spread this joy by sharing their own videos about the power of music with the tag #randomactsofmusic.

Women's Empowerment Through Music

The Coalition is collecting stories to celebrate women’s music in Canada through their Women’s Empowerment Through Music initiative. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote in Canada, a journey which was made powerful by women’s expression through music as a means for social justice. We begin our series of story by sharing with a youth perspective on how Kat McLevey was inspired by her mentors, and how she won’t let anything hold her back, “I don’t let the fact that I’m a young woman stop me from pursuing any of my ambitions. There is nothing holding me back from doing absolutely everything I can to be the absolute best that I can be, so that is what I strive for everyday.” Click here to read her interview.

Youth4Music Newsletter

Are you interested in what youth across Canada have to say about music? The Youth4Music Newsletter is written by youth, for you, about youth. We’re helping to connect youth with projects, initiatives, events, interviews, opportunities and more. Are you or someone you know interested in receiving these updates? Click here to sign up!

How can you become involved this year?

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We are eager to share the many Coalition programs and initiatives taking place this fall. With so many projects, we want to hear what you’re passionate about. Are you interested in helping to support Women’s Empowerment Through Music? How about one (or all!) of the many Youth4Music Symposiums we will be hosting this year? What about Music Monday, Canada’s only national day celebrating the power of music in our lives? Email program coordinator, Ashley Boychuk ( with how you would like to become involved as a volunteer, youth ambassador, educator, or organization.

Music Monday 2017 - Special announcement coming soon!

Canada unites through music on Music Monday! New Song - New Lyrics - New Arrangements - New Video! Mark your calendars now for May 1, 2017 - Music Monday 2017. We are also inviting students and teachers to become involved with #MMC2C - Music Monday Coasts to Coasts. In order to commemorate Canada’s musical heritage for the sesquicentennial, we want to engage youth in telling musical stories about who they are (as a people, as a region), and to show how music LIVES where they live. Youth-led videos will be shown during the Music Monday webcast. This will be a great opportunity to collaborate within your school between grades and subject areas, or within your community with other schools, groups and prominent Canadians.

Start planning now. Criteria, more details about this exciting project and prizes coming soon.

Music Benefits for All

The benefits of a music education far exceed one’s ability to play a beautifully phrased musical passage on the keyboard, or to sing a melody in tune. What one learns from music amounts to an extraordinary set of skills, necessary and useful during an entire lifetime. Examples such as increased coordinator, success in society, and development in creative thinking are just some of the items listed in a publication from These skills are universal and could amount to a significant difference for a child’s life. Read more about the article by clicking here.

The RCM Launches new theory series

The Royal Conservatory of Music has launched a new series of educational music theory resources for students and teachers. Celebrate Theory provides support for students at ‘every stage of their development’ including core concepts and boosting creativity through music. Find more information by checking out their website.

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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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