Seventh annual simultaneous performance underscores importance of music education in Canadian schools
WINNIPEG, May 2 /CNW/ - More than 600,000 students from over 1600
schools across Canada are gathering today for the seventh annual Music Monday - a nation-wide, simultaneous concert that celebrates the importance of
music education. On Music Monday, students and teachers take their music programs outdoors and into their
communities to perform the same song at the exact same time, uniting
the entire country in song.
This year's Music Monday features a new song, "Tomorrow is Coming,"
written and performed by Juno Award nominated, Canadian Folk Music
Award winning artist Luke Doucet. Co-commissioned with CBC Radio 2,
"Tomorrow is Coming" is available on iTunes with proceeds going to
support the work of the Coalition. A wide variety of arrangements is
also available for free on the Music Monday website at www.musicmonday.ca.
In 2011, the heart of Music Monday will be the Showcase Concert,
starring Luke Doucet, in Winnipeg at The Forks, a symbol of the
hundreds of celebrations taking place in communities across the
country. The Forks is considered Winnipeg's meeting place, one of its
most beloved locations, at the junction of the Assiniboine and mighty
"May 2nd is also Election Day and for many schools this means their gyms will be
turned into polling stations that are filled with Canadian music
lovers," says Coalition for Music Education Executive Director, Ingrid
Whyte. "This is a perfect time to come out of the classrooms and make
music to demonstrate the importance of music education in your
Music Monday was created by the Coalition for Music Education in 2005 to
celebrate the importance of music making for young people in our
schools and communities. The nation-wide celebration highlights the
need to protect and promote quality music programs for every child in
Canada. Music Monday is fast becoming a global phenomenon and the event
is now being celebrated in Australia and across the United States.
"This is an occasion to sing with young Canadians all over the country,
and we are encouraging everyone to visit our website, learn about the
song, tweet about it, and tell your friends," says Whyte. "Music Monday
serves as a reminder to all Canadians on this wonderful day that music
education is a powerful tool for learning, harmony, creativity and
achievement in young people."
Music Monday is celebrated on the first Monday of May each year at 10 a.m. Pacific
time, 11 a.m. Mountain time, 12 p.m. Central time, 1 p.m. Eastern time,
2 p.m. Atlantic time and 2:30 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador.
About the Coalition for Music Education in Canada
The Coalition for Music Education works to raise the awareness and
understanding of the role that music education plays in Canadian
culture, and to promote the benefits that music education brings to
young people. 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. For more information, please visit www.MusicMakesUs.ca.
Visit www.musicmonday.ca for a complete listing of Music Monday events in your local area.
SOURCE Coalition for Music Education in Canada
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