April 14, 2014 By

National music organizations join voices to oppose cuts to VSB music programs

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The Coalition for Music Education, Music Canada and MusiCounts believe in the importance of music education for all young people in schools.  We are joining our voices together to urge the Vancouver School Board (VSB) to withdraw the proposal to cut elementary band and strings programs.  Don’t take instruments out of the hands of children.  Keep providing a comprehensive education that includes quality music instruction for all students, taught by individuals with a background and training in music.  Music is not an expendable area of study. We strongly disagree with any reduction to music in schools and ask – what is the VSB’s vision and plan to maintain quality music programs in VSB schools for all students?

Research has proven that music education provides far-reaching benefits to the lives of young Canadians, to our communities and to our culture. We believe that decisions minimizing any aspect of the VSB’s music program will have a long-term negative impact on the lives of Vancouver students and on the community.

Music is essential to education and to life.

Music education:

The Coalition for Music Education annually celebrates the importance of learning music in our schools through a national event titled Music Monday.  Last year’s Showcase Concert included a live link with Commander Hadfield in the International Space Station and this year’s Showcase will include a special event in Vancouver.  “Everybody should be learning music.  Music opens doors.  And music stimulates the brain. Music helps organize and even wire your brain…Music education is really important in life.  It’s a wonderful and applicable skill that only makes you a more capable human – We should all learn music.” – Chris Hadfield

Music Canada has identified music education as one of five critical components for the development of the music industry in Canada and an essential stimulant for a vibrant music scene which leads to great community impacts including increased tourism, job growth and business investment. “There is vast evidence that music education contributes to the broader development of young minds and more well-rounded citizens,” says Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada. “Music is a great equalizer, bridging all cultures, and languages.”

MusiCounts is helping keep music alive in our schools. MusiCounts has awarded nearly $7 million in grants and scholarships to schools and communities in Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to a music program through their school. “Every child deserves the opportunity to experience and benefit from playing an instrument.” says Allan Reid, Director, MusiCounts “Music can and does change lives.”

We urge decision-makers to maintain elementary band and strings programs in the VSB.

 

About the Coalition for Music Education:
The Coalition for Music Education works to raise awareness and understanding of the role music education plays in Canadian Culture, and to promote the benefits music education brings to young people. We envision Canada as a country where the lives of all children are enriched by quality school music programs, and where their active participation in music is valued and supported in our communities.

For more information contact:

Holly Nimmons, Executive Director
(416) 371-6486  |  holly@musicmakesus.ca

 

About Music Canada:
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1964 that promotes the interests of its members as well as their partners, the artists. Music Canada is a passionate advocate for music and those who create it. Music Canada also works closely with recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, awards programs and managers in the promotion and development of the music cluster.

For more information about Music Canada, please visit Music Canada

Amy Terrill, Vice-President, Public Affairs
(647) 963-6044 |  aterrill@musiccanada.com

 

About MusiCounts:
MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), is helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to a music program through their school. MusiCounts includes Band Aid musical instrument grants, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships, and other music education initiatives.

For more information about MusiCounts, please visit MusiCounts

For more information, contact:

Allan Reid, Director
(416) 485-3135 ext 228  | allan@musicounts.ca

Filed Under: CMEC News, Coalition in the News, Uncategorized
January 20, 2014 By

Looking for a freelance video editor

The Coalition for Music Education is looking for a freelance video editor to join our team immediately. We’re looking for a video editor who is skilled at transitions, pans and documentary style editing. The Video Editor should be able to work a flexible schedule and work quickly to create various videos for the Coalition’s website, social media, and campaign/awareness initiatives including Wise Voices for Music. This position may include onsite video recording of events and interviews. We’re looking to develop a relationship with someone who can partner with us in future projects as well.

Qualifications:

Responsibilities

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Please e-mail resume with cover letter to:

info@musicmakesus.ca

Applicants must provide video portfolio website or links to work examples to be considered. (Vimeo, Reels, youtube videos, etc.)

Filed Under: Job Opportunities
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