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#MMC2C2C is here!

We’ve extended our vocal range this year with #MMC2C2C - Music Monday Coast to Coast TO COAST! Reaching across Canada’s three coasts, we introduce our newest component to Music Monday 2017 (May 1). We want YOU to show the rest of Canada how music lives where you do by submitting a video of how music lives in your school and community. The submission deadline is March 15, 2017 for a chance to have your video viewed by the whole nation during Music Monday 2017 (May 1st). Read more.

Visting MEAs

Over the past few months, the Coalition has had the opportunity to visit the Ontario Music Educators' Association, British Columbia Music Educators’ Associationand Fédération des Associations de Musiciens Éducateurs du Québec conferences, as well as the Canadian Music Educator's Association board meeting and the NLTA Special Music Interest Council. We had the privilege to speak with music educators and students, to participate in passionate discussions about music education, and to determine how the Coalition can better serve these communities. We learnt about the inspiring work, research and teaching tools of music educators and shared in the successes and challenges of each region. Thank you to the organizers and attendees of each conference for outstanding work and dedication to actively supporting the development of music education in your province. We can’t wait to attend more conferences next year.

And the winners are ...

The Principals of Music Award (POMA) results are in! After reading through many inspiring and dedicated applications, the POMA committee would like to sincerely thank the nominators for recognizing incredible efforts across the nation and the nominees for their leadership and support of music education in schools. One recipient from each region (Western, Central, and Eastern) is recognized for doing an outstanding job supporting music in their schools and communities. We want to sincerely congratulate the following winners who each received $1,500 applied to their school music program:

Western Region

Lawrie McKeith, Robert W Zahara Public School (Sexsmith, AB)

Central Region

Lucio Pavone, Near North District School Board (North Bay, ON)

Eastern Region

Maryse Tremblay, École secondaire Saint-Luc (Montréal, QC)

Congratulations! We look forward to featuring interviews on these fantastic Principals in the months to come.

Montreal Opens Instrument Lending Library

Music is most powerful when shared with others, and this is what eight libraries in Montreal are hoping to achieve. Lending libraries have opened to make learning a musical instrument more accessible to people living Montreal. These libraries are also holding an instrument drive until December 24th, whereby you may donate your gently used instrument for others to enjoy. Read more.

We're working for YOU!

The Coalition for Music Education in Canada is working for all people who care about accessible music education in this country. Whether you’re a student, teacher, parent, community member, musician, board member, trustee, or music lover, we’re working for YOU! We are deeply passionate about how the power of music works in the lives of all people living in Canada. We know you are already working to support music in your own daily life by teaching, attending concerts, and learning about music. This is why the Coalition exists - to advocate for a commitment to music education on behalf of all who are already doing their part, and to show how music connects, creates, and transforms. Let us do this on behalf of you - tell us how we can help. Does your program need more parental support? Do youth voices in your community need a platform to bring their concerns to attention? Are there policy makers who should see all that you’re achieving through music? Tell us! Email program Executive Director Holly Nimmons ( to let us know how we can support music in your community and create a stronger voice for music education together.


WEM Interview - Janna Sailor

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The Coalition is collecting stories to celebrate women’s music in Canada through their Women’s Empowerment Through Music initiative. This year marks the 100th anniversary of when women first got the right to vote in Canada starting in Manitoba in 1916.  The journey to this right was made powerful by women’s expression through music as a means for social justice. We continue our series of interviews with violinist and conductor Janna Sailor. Janna discusses how she found her voice through music, and why music brings us together. “Music is all about bringing people together where the things that make us different disappear - we need those things that bring us together, now more than ever.” Read more.

Youth4Music Update

Youth4Music has been actively hosting youth led symposiums across the country. We’ve been to Montreal, Cape Breton, Winnipeg and Toronto. We’ve met passionate youth who have more than something to say about the power of music in their lives. These symposiums are providing youth with the opportunity to raise their voices about how music supports their learning, develops their creativity, and provides them with  tools to reach for excellence. We are recognizing youth leaders who are already making a difference in their schools and communities. These symposiums are absolutely inspiring! Talk about passion!! Youth are redefining what it means to support one another through music, asking for resources and opportunities for them to achieve success, and connecting with other youth across the country as a united voice. Participants enjoy working together and have created priority lists for action surrounding the Youth4Music Manifesto points ‘learning, creating, making and valuing music in Canada’.

Do you know passionate youth who have this kind of feeling about music? We have developed a Youth4Music Hub in each city we’ve visited, and will continue to do this next year in Vancouver, Ottawa, and North Bay. Get involved, join us! Email Program Coordinator, Ashley Boychuk ( for information on our upcoming symposiums or the next Youth4Music Hub meeting in your area.

Music Advocacy Postcards

We’ve developed a postcard to be given to parents, administrators, and attendees at school concerts. These postcards speak to the importance of music and how the Coalition can help to foster this message. For more information and to order postcards please email

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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