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Youth4Music News

Welcome Back!

With schools across the country back in session it is my pleasure to welcome you back to another year of Youth4Music programming! Over the last six months we’ve all navigated the challenges of living, learning, working, and making music in a pandemic, and we’ve seen the power of music to comfort and connect with one another and with our communities. We’ve been busy adapting resources and developing new activities to support and engage youth during a school year unlike any other.

Over the summer, Youth4Music launched its #MakeNoise4MusicEd advocacy campaign. We were so encouraged to see members of the Y4M community sharing our posts, raising awareness of the importance of music education, and raising their voices in support of keeping music in schools this fall. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this campaign and helped spread the message! You can continue making noise for music education by submitting a video for our youth video project, or getting involved on a local or regional level. We hope you’ll continue to raise your voice, and join us in advocating for equitable, accessible, and inclusive music education for all children and youth in Canada.

As this new, unusual school year begins, our top priorities are to support youth in learning, teaching, and making music, and to provide a platform for the youth voice. We’d love to know how you’re preparing for this school year, and how you’ve adapted your music making over the last six months. And as always, if you have an idea for a Youth4Music project that would make a difference in your school or community, let us know! We are here for you and we want to hear from you.

Watch your inbox for our monthly newsletter, and stay connected with us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest Youth4Music news and announcements. On behalf of the Youth4Music team I wish you all the best for a healthy, meaningful, and memorable year of learning and making music!

Sharon Tikiryan
Youth4Music Program Manager

Thank you, Irina!

One of the highlights for Youth4Music this summer was working with Irina Babayan as the Coalition’s summer intern. If you follow us on Instagram you’ve probably seen Irina on camera, speaking on the importance of music education in our #MakeNoise4MusicEd campaign. Irina was also instrumental behind the scenes - she designed and translated all the Y4M campaign posts - and worked on several projects that we hope to roll out over the coming weeks and months. Our heartfelt thanks to Irina for her valuable contributions this summer, and our best wishes to her as she begins the next chapter of her life at Queen’s University! Read more about Irina’s experiences as the Coalition’s summer intern, and her insights on working from home during a pandemic.

Meet the NUFSICISUM Winners: Noah Deptuck

On May 4 this year’s six NUFSICISUM Youth Leadership Award winners were announced during the Coalition’s Music Monday @ Home webcast. With a record-breaking 108 nominations for some truly outstanding young people, this year’s selection process was more difficult than ever. We’re thrilled to introduce you to the winner of the Elementary Division - and the youngest person to ever win a NUFSICISUM award - 10-year-old Noah Deptuck from Wellington, NS!

Coalition News
National Study on the State of Music Education in Canada

Since 2019 the Coalition has been leading a comprehensive research study into the state of music education across the country. Together with our partners from the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, MusiCounts, Music Canada, People for Education, the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning, Western University, and Queen’s University, we have gathered information from provincial and territorial ministries of education, and collected valuable data through a survey of teachers and administrators. Analysis of these data are currently underway, and the Coalition expects to release the findings of the National Study later this year.

In Your Backyard

Join the Canadian Children’s Opera Company

The Canadian Children’s Opera Company invites interested children and youth to audition online for the 2020/21 season. The CCOC runs six ensembles, serving choristers from kindergarten through high school. Admission to all ensembles is by audition, except for the Butterfly Chorus for children in junior and senior kindergarten.

SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards

The SOCAN Foundation is accepting applications for the SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards, open to musicians of all genres. The award celebrates extraordinary Black Canadian music creators, and will grant up to five awards of $5000 to finalists. Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm (EDT).

Music Education Conferences

With many music education organizations moving their events to a virtual format, conference season will look a bit different this year. So far, the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association, Music Conference Alberta, the Saskatchewan Music Conference, the Manitoba Music Educators’ Association, and the Ontario Music Educators’ Association have announced virtual 2020 fall conferences. Although the format will be different, these groups are dedicated to offering the same high quality professional learning opportunities that music educators have come to expect.

Youth4Music Playlist

September always feels like a time of new beginnings. The new school year is stretched out ahead of us with new opportunities on the horizon, and it feels like anything is possible. Check out this month’s Youth4Music Playlist: Make Your Mark Edition for the ultimate soundtrack to accompany your triumphant return to the world of academics and extracurriculars!

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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