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The Coalition for Music Education was founded in 1992 when representatives of more than 20 music education organizations came together to share ideas to improve the state of music education in Canada. The Coalition quickly began working with parents and other concerned citizens to address concerns about music in schools.

Vision Statement:

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.

Mission Statement:

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.

The Organization:

The Coalition focuses its activities in four key areas to encourage and support individuals and organizations to advocate for quality music programs as a pillar of a well-rounded education:

  1. Public Awareness – creating a context that appreciates the value of music education. through projects like Music Monday and our Principals of Music Awards.
  2. Resources – the provision of cost-free tools, pamphlets and information to empower parents, teachers and citizens to take action.
  3. Research – The Coalition is the only organization in Canada conducting national research about the status of music education in our schools, as well as gathering other relevant research.
  4. Community Connectivity – The Coalition plays an important role by bringing together a variety of interested parties to strengthen the cause through the Wise Voices initiative, Music Monday and Youth 4 Music.

We believe that music is key in learning and in life and it is our goal to see that all children have a quality program in music through their schools.


Donate to the Coalition

 Your support allows us to provide free resources to help parents, teachers, and organizations promote the value of music education to their stakeholders; conduct and share important research with policy-makers; engage the public with powerful awareness campaigns/programs like Music MondayPrincipals of Music Awards, and our Youth For Music initiative in order to nurture a community that values and supports quality music programs in our schools.




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