Our First Y4M Symposium was a great success! Thank you!

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On behalf of everyone in our Coalition team who helped realize the 1st Annual Youth4Music Leadership Symposium, BIG THANKS to everyone who performed, spoke and engaged in this year’s Symposium. You are all inspiring. We are grateful that you contributed a day of your time and your wisdom! Truly an exciting day of music, thinking and visioning. You energized us all! … Read More

Nov. 14: 1st Annual Youth Leadership Symposium!

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1st Annual Youth Leadership Symposium! Join youth from around Ontario. Together let’s make a difference for music.  Have a say!  Share your wisdom! learn new leadership skills solve challenges for music programs together with other leaders bring your ideas to strengthen music in schools take away new ideas, strategies and friends! Your voice counts! Let’s build a Youth4Music manifesto for learning, creating, … Read More

NUFSICISUM Award winner Shannon McLaren speaks out

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When I was in Grade 6, our school board faced a plethora of cuts, but the most devastating to me, was the proposed cuts to the elementary strings and band programs. It’s not until something you care about is threatened, that you realize how important it is to you. I knew then that I would not stand by and let … Read More

HALIFAX ROUNDTABLE: OCTOBER 22

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Thursday, October 22nd 12noon- 4pm Halifax All-City Music Centre Oxford Street, Halifax The Coalition for Music Education in Canada is hosting Youth4Music roundtables around the country to discuss the role music plays in the lives of youth – in our schools and our communities.  Please join us in Halifax; Share your wisdom be part of a nation-wide voice of youth for music make a difference … Read More

Youth Voices: Ellen Vollebregt

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Ellen Vollebregt is a piano player, business student at Ottawa University and works for the Ottawa Conservatory of Music as a teacher. She is currently helping organize a Youth4Music roundtable in Ottawa on March 26th. Here’s what Ellen has to say about the role music has played in her life:   Music, an International Language. Music has the potential to … Read More

Youth Voices: Ethan Mask

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Ethan Mask is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. We met him in January at a Youth4Music roundtable that took place at the Orillia Youth Centre. Ethan plays a strong role in his community and has started a Youth Open Mic in his community. Healing Notes: Music and a Deeper Understanding   There’s something more to music that goes far beyond just singing … Read More

Youth Voices: Will Richardson

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Will Richardson shares his experience about being a Youth Ambassador at Casa Musica – an evening of music and meaning “musical studies take left-brain thinking and move it to the right, creative brain, literally opening up new horizons, horizons that deserve to be shared in schools.” On Wednesday October 22, I had the privilege of being a youth ambassador at … Read More

Youth Voices: Brent Cater

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2014 NUFISCISUM winner: Brent Cater “When talking about youth leaders, I think it is important to recognize them for making a difference in their musical communities and schools because it validates their commitment to something others may think of as less important than academics.”   When I was in fifth grade I was given the opportunity to play the trumpet. … Read More