Organized by the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, Music Monday is a national event celebrating the importance of music in our lives, and especially in our schools. This annual celebration began in 2005 and has occurred every year since, in communities throughout Canada, and beyond.
We would like all schools and organizations to register online! The higher our registration numbers, the more powerful the statement we can make about the importance of quality music education for all children. Registration unlocks valuable resources like anthem sheet music, translations, learning guides and recordings. It’s also the best way to stay up to date with program news and announcements. You can register here!
Although this would be ideal, it is not always possible. Beginner band arrangements need to be in Bb or Eb, while beginner strings must be in D or G. We have advanced band and orchestra arrangements available in C major, and have transposed the choral arrangements to suit each ensemble. For more information about compatibility check out the anthem info sheet.
Due to copyright laws surrounding the current anthem, we cannot recommend the use of unauthorized arrangements. We are working hard to make official arrangements available for a number of ensembles and grade levels, as well as lead sheets with chord symbols, that can be useful for a variety of instruments and settings. We recognize that teachers might need to make small adjustments to voicing or instrumentation, but hope that these will be minimal, and maintain the integrity of the piece.
We recognize that scheduling difficulties may arise, so we encourage you to celebrate Music Monday throughout the month of May! Big or small, any event that raises awareness about the importance of music in Canadian classrooms, and makes a meaningful impact in your school or community is a Music Monday celebration. Regardless of when you celebrate, please make sure to register your event!
We encourage everyone to perform the anthem as part of your Music Monday celebration. In doing so, you will be joining forces with hundreds of thousands of Canadians as we raise our voices and instruments in support of music education. If you ensemble isn’t able to perform the piece, consider incorporating the anthem in a different way. You could play the music video as participants enter the space, or sing along with the audio recording for a more casual “performance.” While anthem use isn’t mandatory, we encourage it whenever possible, as this shared experience contributes to a feeling of unity and community.
There are lots of ways you can celebrate Music Monday! Start by speaking to your music teacher to see if there is anything planned but not yet announced. If not, ask them (or another staff member) to support you in running a student-led Music Monday Celebration. You could arrange a livestream viewing, plan a lunch hour musical activity, or organize rehearsals and perform the anthem at 12:30 EDT. Whatever you plan, make sure to talk about why music and music education are important to you and your peers. If you have questions about Music Monday you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you’d like to learn about youth leadership opportunities, check out the Youth4Music program, or contact email@example.com.
You can check who is registered on the Music Monday Map to see who else is celebrating in your area. Get in touch with local music organizations such as your provincial music educators’ association, band associations, choral federations, as well as local amateur and professional bands, orchestras and choirs. Contact your local school board to see what else is happening in your district.