Individuals comprising the Youth4Music network are active in communities across the nation, planning outreach events to advocate for our collective belief in the value of music education. Sophie Perey, a passionate young leader from Prince Edward island, played an important role in the highly successful Music Monday events in Summerside.
Sophie’s love for singing, acting and dancing led her to become involved with the Youth4Music network, which she attributes to her teacher Ellen Davis. She was honoured to appear as a guest speaker at the regional Music Monday celebration and took the “opportunity to explain what Youth4Music is really about and why is so important in our schools and communities.” For Sophie, it was inspiring to see how the event came together through the planning stages and how invested all the volunteers were. Everything from the program selection to the backstage organization ran smoothly.
Thirty one school choirs from across Prince Edward Island came together to participate in the celebration this year. The program celebrated local talent and highlighted artists such as Meaghan Blanchard. Music Monday is unique in that it unites school children with artists who are up-and-coming or well established in the community and beyond. Bringing people together provides such motivation for all involved.
As Sophie puts it “I believe in children getting proper music education because it is easier to learn when you are young and it is a way to express yourself while bringing out the joy of others. Music ties the community together as one big family.” We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the passionate involvement of our inspiring young leaders.