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Music Monday 2019 Teachers’ Resource Guide

Do you have an amazing activity that really ‘struck a chord’ with your students on Music Monday? Was there a station or session at your celebration that the kids are STILL talking about? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

As we continue to receive reports and pictures from May 7th 2018, we are in awe of the creative and imaginative programming which teachers have developed. We recognize that your knowledge and talents are an invaluable national resource, and that sharing ideas can lead to further growth and innovation. Send your activities and lesson plans to to be included in our upcoming resource guide, and get ready to inspire and motivate your colleagues across the country!

Welcome, Coalition Board Members!

The Coalition is thrilled to welcome three new Board Members to it’s Board of Directors - Lynn Tucker, Tricia Howe, and Zora Kriz. Each is a leader and innovative thinker passionate about music and music education. We are pleased to have them join the Coalition team, and we look forward to sharing more about our new Board Members in the coming months.

Year One: Youth4Music National Advisory Council

The inaugural year of the Youth4Music National Advisory Council has been one of excitement, passion, and discovery. We gathered youth leaders from across the country in June 2017 to begin a national youth-led council to support youth voices, opinions, and ideas for music and music education. Throughout the year this National Advisory Council has developed the council’s terms of reference, hosted regular discussions to report on music education successes and challenges across Canada, developed and executed a national Virtual Summit for youth-led discussions on music, attended both provincial and national conferences including presentations at workshops and poster presentation, as well as helping to facilitate Music Monday events. We are astounded with the level of professionalism, inspired ideas, and truly magnificent dedication these youth have brought to the council. We want to recognize the work of this incredible team, and thank them for all they have contributed throughout the year.


Christina Beharry, Youth4Music Toronto Hub

Galen Boulanger, Youth4Music Ottawa Hub

Mariam Busari, Youth4Music Winnipeg Hub

Tom Davis, Youth4Music Vancouver Hub

Cole Forrest, Youth4Music National Advisory Council Co-Chair

Émilie Fortin, Youth4Music Montreal Hub

Xiaoyu Huang, Youth4Music Vancouver Hub

Madison Lockman, Youth4Music National Advisory Council Co-Chair

David Peretz-Larochelle, Youth4Music Montreal Hub

Kate Stevens, Youth4Music Calgary Hub

Sarah Veber, Youth4Music Ottawa Hub

“My Grandfather was a big drum”


The water ripples off, sending its message across the lake

It reminds me of the buzzing of the drum from a scratch beat

It dances

The hide dances

While we sing our healing song

As our hands grip the back of the drum

We feel its power

The strength of music

By Cole Forrest


The second installment of the Ngamwag Shkinweg (The Youth Are Singing) video series, features a documentary focusing on music and culture. This film offers insight into a dynamic group of youth, elder, musicians, and chief, all telling stories about how music has influenced and continues to support their connection to their culture and sound. More information about the film and introduction by Cole Forrest, coming soon.  

A School Board in Ontario offers music to all students

An article on how one school board in Ontario is delivering music classes to all students, with music specialists in each music class at the highschool level. How this is making a difference for students and the message behind its importance. Read more.

Wise Voices for Music Ontario

Do you have something to say about music education in Ontario? A series of in-person meetings in Toronto, as well as virtual meetings for the province of Ontario, will be hosted during the Fall 2018 for the importance of music in our schools and communities.


Tuesday, September 18 at 8:00am EST

Wednesday, September 19 at 4:30pm EST

Friday, September 21 at 12:15pm EST


In-Person (Toronto)

October 2018


Wise Voices for Music is intended to provide a platform for discovery, and to coordinate the voices of advocates for learning music.  Working together, community events help coalesce our collective national voice for music education in Canada. Our goals are to learn from each other and to develop local action plans that will ensure learning music is integral to our schools and communities. More information will be posted soon via our social media channels and website. Those interested may contact for more information.

Help us win $10, 000 for the Coalition!

Every $1 you donate to our charity in June via counts as a ballot to help us win $10,000 from the GIV3 Foundation. Please donate today - we really appreciate your help!

Have a great summer!

From everyone at the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, have a wonderful summer! Make some music, collaborate with others, and recharge your spirit with sun, adventure, and peace. Best wishes for a safe and happy summer, and that it is filled with music!

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, Youth4Music and Music Monday

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