For 30 years now, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada has made a very simple request of students, parents, teachers and schools across the country: Let’s sing together!
Music Monday is set for Monday, May 1, this year and is a really easy way to show support for the importance and vitality of musical education in schools of all shapes and sizes.
“We believe that all Canadian students deserve free, accessible, inclusive, quality music education in their schools. Every year, thousands of students in classrooms across the country join together on the first Monday in May to celebrate music education,” the organization says. “We produce this event including commissioning a new song every two years, providing free learning resources (arrangements, audio and video, educator learning guides), and we all sing together across the country at 12:30 ET on Music Monday.”
More than 500 schools signed up to participate in Music Monday last year, representing more than 115,00 students across the country, and the number is expected to be even higher this year.
There’s a whole day filled with fun musical activities and, for music educators, a ton of materials to help build your day around fun lessons and other ways for your students to participate. Parent’s, there’s information for you too if you’d like to participate in Music Monday but your kiddos aren’t quite old enough for school yet or if they’re studying at home.
You can learn this year’s anthem, “Music is Our Medicine,” on the Music Monday website too. The song was written by Nicholas Ma and Mimi O’Bonsawin and will be sung together by students across the country on May 1.
Support for Music Monday, and throughout May, helps send a very strong and clear message: Music education matters and should be provided for all children and students, across Canada, without hesitation or limits.
You’ve got one week to go! For more information, or to sign up for Music Monday, go here and learn more.