MUSIC MONDAY HISTORY

Launched in 2005 by The Coalition for Music Education, Music Monday is one of the world’s largest single events dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers celebrate with events from coast to coast to coast, and participate in the collective singing of the Music Monday Anthem, an original song written by a Canadian artist. The 2020 anthem is the iconic “Hymn to Freedom,” by Oscar Peterson and Hariette Hamilton, in a new bilingual translation.

 

By raising our voices and instruments in support of Music Monday, we make a powerful statement to all Canadians about the importance of equitable access to quality music education for all students.

Who?

Who?

Everyone. Although event planning often begins with students, teachers and schools, Music Monday celebrations can include community groups, politicians, professional organizations, music industry partners, performers and artists. Anyone who values music education is invited to participate!

Where?

Where?

Everywhere. Music Monday takes place across the country and around the world. There are a number of Spotlight and Regional Celebrations in cities across Canada, and over a thousand community celebrations taking place in classrooms and beyond. You can also participate by viewing the bilingual livestream from the National Arts Center in Ottawa, and taking part in the collective singing or playing of the anthem.

When?

When?

It is a full day of celebration, always on the first Monday of May.  In 2019, Music Monday will happen on May 6th. Students, community groups, musicians and artists across the country joined their voices to sing the Music Monday anthem.

Why?

Why?

Because music education matters. School music programs hold an important place within the vibrant communities that shape Canada’s cultural landscape. Our young people deserve the innumerable benefits that come from learning, creating and experiencing music. By raising our voices in song on Music Monday, we make it clear that quality music education must be made available to all Canadian students.