The Coalition for Music Education (CMEC) recently hosted a national, cross- sectoral effort to establish an agenda for policy and advocacy action for music education in Canada. Chaired by Lynn Tucker (University of Toronto Scarborough, Coalition Board member), Patrick Schmidt (Teachers College Columbia University), and Eric Favaro (Past Chair of the Coalition), the in-person National Music Education Policy Summit
took place October 14 – 16 and brought together 40 representatives from various sectors for a series of working sessions where a strategic plan for action and a multi-pronged national advocacy agenda were discussed.
Included in the 40 delegates were ten participants who formed the Next Generation Shadow Summit co-chaired by Delicia Raveenthrarajan, a fourth year student at UTSC and recipient of the Governor General’s Volunteer Medal of Canada for her passions in youth mental health advocacy, international development, and music education; and Sarah Veber, a professional harpist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and in her second year at MUN School of Medicine. Sarah is also a youth representative on the CMEC Board of Directors.