Public statement from the School of Music, Memorial University, on the postponement of band and choir during the COVID-19 Pandemic
We join our music teachers, parents, guardians and supporters, to urge the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to recognize the importance and centrality of ensemble music in our schools. To simply postpone such important learning opportunities due to particular challenges, denies students fundamental experiences in their learning and development. We call on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to engage and empower music specialists so they can exercise their profession and develop creative ways and means to safely pivot group music-making activities.
Music is core to the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. Musical learning and development are foundational in our system of education. Moreover, music develops creativity, expression, teamwork, leadership, communication, self-confidence, and so much more. For students, music ensembles are fundamental to their social lives, their well-being, and their self identities.
Bands and choirs are community.
Newfoundland and Labrador boasts amongst the finest music educators in Canada. They have the skills, creativity, and passion to adapt their pedagogical strategies to continue meaningful, valuable, and engaging ensemble experiences for the youth of our province. One thing we have learned during the pandemic is necessity of music and the arts in our lives. This is no more apparent than through our own school system that brought us the NLESD Virtual Choir singing ‘O Canada’.
In the strongest possible terms, we join our voices to the chorus calling on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to work with music teachers through consultation, dialogue, and collaboration, so that they may have the opportunity to continue to provide these valuable learning opportunities to our students.
On behalf of the Faculty of the School of Music, Memorial University,
Ian Sutherland, PhD (Exon)
School of Music
Important Message from Our Dean
Music School Dean updates our learning community on scenario planning for Fall 2020. We are planning for all possibilities, from in-person to remote instruction. No matter what scenario we are in for the Fall, we’ve got you, you are our top priority!
Announcement from Memorial: https://gazette.mun.ca/teachi…/status-of-fall-2020-semester/
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