October 9, 2014 By

Spotlight – Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (TYWO)

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In 1991, a bright, enthusiastic Brampton high school student, inspired by his own music teacher, took it upon himself to begin planning a musical ensemble that allowed young musicians to grow and learn as a complement to the established provincial music education program. This was no mere pet project, but a dream to enhance the opportunities for secondary school music students to move beyond what the classroom would teach them, and allow them to challenge themselves both creatively and technically as they pursued their passion for music.

Today, Colin Clarke’s ambition continues to drive and inspire young musicians as he leads the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (TYWO), now in its twenty-third successful season, as its Artistic Director.

TYWO counts a number of milestones in its recent history. Among them, two exciting performances at Carnegie Hall, an established executive and board of directors to help lead the organization’s strategy; two sister wind bands aimed at developing the skills of younger performers, and an exceptional list of accomplished alumni who have gone on to successful careers both within music and in other fields.

One of the continuous mandates of TYWO is its role in assisting and promoting music education to parents, educators, and students across the GTA and in the larger Canadian and international music communities. While music programs have felt cuts to arts funding within school boards, their positive impact on students is clearly and demonstrably visible in students who have continued their involvement in music long after their high school days.

For example, TYWO Alumna Renee Willmon, a Wind Orchestra member following graduation in 2003, looked to the organization to continue her involvement with music once starting university in a science program. Today, Willmon is a joint Vanier Scholar between Western University (UWO) and École Pratique des Hautes Études in France. Following completion of her Anthropology bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Toronto, Willmon is pursuing doctoral studies and appears as a cold case investigator on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)’s “To Catch A Killer” in between her cross-Atlantic research duties.

To further emphasize the power of how music education has influenced her career and future, Willmon sat down with us to remark upon her music journey, learning in the classroom, and the impact of TYWO on her personal development.

Filed Under: youth articles
October 9, 2014 By

#MM10 – by Céline Peterson

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In society, occasionally we are known to take time for granted. Most of what happens in this world is based on time. Every day that passes means we are one day older. Every minute we spend doing something is a minute we maybe should have spent doing something else. The scenarios are endless. But we’re not talking about minutes and days here. We are talking about years. Ten years to be exact. Ten years of Music Monday. Continue reading…

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April 14, 2014 By

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

    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 […]

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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, […]

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November 21, 2013 By

Print out this email sign up form

Print out this email sign up document for parents and grandparents to sign up to the movement while they’re there – ask youth leaders to help with the signing; Download: PDF (English) PDF (French)

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November 21, 2013 By

Call for Board members

(Download PDF) Vision 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. Mission To raise the awareness and understanding of the role that music education plays in Canadian culture; and to […]

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Filed Under: Coalition in the News
November 20, 2013 By

(Français) édition novembre 2013

Conserver l’enseignement de la musique dans les écoles nécessite des efforts concertés. Êtes-vous déjà prêt pour un concert des Fêtes? Nous approchons rapidement de ce temps où les écoles célébreront le temps des Fêtes ensemble par la musique. C’est une excellente opportunité de rappeler aux audiences combien l’apprentissage de la musique est important pour la […]

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November 20, 2013 By

‘Our Project’ raises $7000 for the Coalition of Music Education

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“Our Project” While relaxing on a beach just south of Cancun, Mexico, Kevin Western (the “Instigator” of Our Project) put on a set of headphones to enjoy whatever he had on his iPod.  As it turned out, he had almost the complete catalogue of recordings by the Alan Parsons Project available for his listening pleasure. […]

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November 20, 2013 By

Youth Action Network Leader: Prachir Pasricha

We provide platforms for youth leaders to speak up about the importance of learning music in their lives.  This month, read what Prachir Pasricha, a Grade 10 student at Glenforest Secondary School in Mississauga ON, has to tell you.  He’s passionate about defending music programs in schools and calls out to other young people to […]

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November 20, 2013 By

Add the Coalition’s message in your school holiday concert program!

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‘ BE AN INSTRUMENT FOR CHANGE’ Print this illustration into your concert program – it includes a QR code that smartphone users can use to get directly to our website Download file:  “Save target/file/link as…”” Colour              B/W‘ BE AN INSTRUMENT FOR CHANGE’ Print this illustration into your concert program – it includes a QR code […]

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