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 on the first Monday in May, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers participate in the collective singing of the Music Monday Anthem. Music Monday celebrations take place from coast to coast to coast, and include a bilingual live stream from the nation’s capital.

The Music Monday Anthem is the program’s theme song, played and sung by hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and community members across the country on Music Monday. A new anthem is introduced (on average) every two years, and is always written by a Canadian composer. The Coalition commissions a variety of arrangements of the anthem, for use by participants at all levels.

The 2021 Music Monday Anthem is the iconic “Hymn to Freedom” by Oscar Peterson and Harriette Hamilton.

Use the hashtag #TogetherInHarmony on social media to connect with other Music Monday participants across the country, and get trending!

All registered Music Monday events are displayed on the Celebration Map, an interactive tool you can access here. This map includes over a thousand celebrations taking place from coast to coast to coast, and showcases Canada’s commitment to quality music education for all children and youth.

This Music Monday resource is designed to support classroom learning, with a focus on the Anthem and its themes. The Learning Guide includes a variety of activities for teachers and their students, and draws connections between music and the community, while reflecting on Canada’s history and culture.