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Who knew "A Little Music" could become "Our Song".  We just want to "Sing, Sing" until "Tomorrow is Coming".  We don't have to ask "Is Somebody Singing" because "We Are One" and we love to "Sing It Together"!

- Jacquelyn McGlynn, music specialist (Chatham, ON)

Coalition AGM

Calling all members of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada

Annual General Meeting

Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 6:00 - 6:30pm

  • Auditor’s Report and Financial Statements for the year-end December 31, 2016
  • 2017-2018 Board of Directors members and Executive Officers
  • Board and Program Reports
  • Other Business

Members are invited to participate in a meeting with the national Board of Directors.  Please let us know if you are interested in participating by emailing, and if you have issues you would like to discuss with the Board.

Music Monday Certificates

We want to recognize you as a changemaker and 2017 Music Monday participant! Certificates of participation are now available for students, teachers, and all who participated in celebrating the power of music in our lives.

Please email for more information.

Music Monday Survey

Thank you for your participation in this year’s Music Monday celebrations! We ask that all participants to take a short survey to help sustain our funding for this initiative. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete for participants 30 years of age or younger, and should be taken in a controlled environment. A chance to win three of $250 cash prizes for your school’s music program, or one of fifteen $50 gift certificates for individuals. Click here for the survey.

POMA Presentation

On April 6, 2017 Chippewa SS, Nipissing University Eddie Band and the Joy Band Too played a joint concert. The Coalition for Music Education in Canada and the local chapter in North Bay called the Music Makes Us North Bay were honoured and privileged to present Lucio Pavone, the principal of Chippewa SS in North Bay with the Principals of Music Award for his efforts in supporting learning music in our schools. The Principals of Music Award is a program of the Coalition for Music Education whereby principals who support music in schools are recognized. A panel look at all the applications and then have the very difficult decision of recognizing winners nominated from across the country. Principals are pivotal for making a difference for music in our schools. One of this year’s winners is Lucio Pavone, the principal at Chippewa Secondary School.

Lucio’s achievements can be boiled down to 3 main points:

  1. He actively advocates for qualified instrumental music teachers at the intermediate and senior levels for his school.
  2. He supports his teachers financially and physically through his interest and encouragement of the extra curricular, encouragement of the involvement in community and in school activities, and encouragement and support for music initiatives presented by his music teachers and music students.
  3. He understands that music programs, during times of declining enrolment, can easily be lost at the schools and never return. He works to make sure that this doesn’t happen because he recognizes that music is important for the development of a well-rounded student and that music can be a life line to at risk students.

Lucio was asked to pass on his insights to other principals and help them see the value music provides for the students at all levels.

Congratulations on a job well done.

-Mary Thornton, MusicMakesUs North Bay

Joint Consortium of Research Funding Announcement

The Joint Consortium of Research (representing the CMEA/ACME and Coalition for Music Education in Canada) is pleased to announce the successful research funding applicants for 2017:

  • The collaborative creation of singing resources for K-12 classes by Indigenous culture bearers and western choral composers – Dr. Anita Prest, University of Victoria; Dr. Adam Con, University of Victoria and Dr. Scott Goble, University of British Columbia
  • Walking the boundaries, bridging the gaps: International community music – Dr. Deanna Yerichuk, University of Alberta and Dr. Lee Willingham, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • What do you do with a music degree? – Dr. Julia Brook, Queen’s University and Dr. Sue Fostaty Young, Queen’s University

With appreciation to Joint Consortium of Research Committee members Marlene Nolet, Jim Sparks and Laura Lee Matthie, and co-chairs Eric Favaro and Benjamin Bolden.

WEM Profile: Nathelie Sam

Hi! My name is Nathelie Sam, and I am 15 years old. I am currently in grade 9 at Burnaby Central Secondary School. I play bass mainly, but I also play piano and cello on the side. I wrote my first “official performed” piece when I was 13 in the summer. Even though I am a female of such a young age who has faced mental health issues, I believe that no matter who you are, you should be able to enjoy the wonderful things in life especially music. Read more.

2017 NUFISCISUM Winners

The NUFISCISUM awards are given to youth who are making a difference in their schools and communities through music. Congratulations to this year’s 2017 NUFSICISUM winners:


Chelsea Atkinson (Springhill, NS)

Cara Callahan (Spaniard's Bay, NL)

Tom Davis (Vancouver, BC)

Sophie Hicks (Dorchester, ON)

Benjamin Hill (Grimshaw, AB)

Jessica Liu (Montreal, QC)


We look forward to bringing you more information about the winners and what they are doing as leaders in their communities.

Summer Francophone Orchestra

De la Salle school in Ottawa is organizing a pan-Canadian francophone orchestra for students between the ages of 14-18 to be held in August (13th to 20th) to celebrate the 150th. For more information please visit their website by clicking here.

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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