The Manitoba Government has proclaimed the month of May as Music Month in our province.
The month acknowledges and celebrates the gift of music and recognizes the important contributions of musicians, music educators and music education programs in Manitoba. In Pembina Trails, we are especially proud to share how our Board supports the arts and music in our schools.
To mark the special month, Pembina Trails music teachers recently brought together 200 students to sing on stage with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for their Adventures in Music program. This was a valuable experience for all the students and staff to be able to perform with such a professional group of musicians.
“My experience performing with the WSO was really fun,” said Areessa, a grade 5 student at École South Pointe School. “It was interesting to hear how the choir and the musicians performed together. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will remember forever.”
Addison, a grade 4 student at École South Pointe School loved performing with the WSO. “It was magical,” she said. “There was so much music to enjoy. Singing along with the musicians was something I have never felt before and it was amazing.”
There are also many other musical events happening across Pembina Trails in May:
- Three jazz musicians came to Whyte Ridge School to perform for and with students and staff; listeners heard the “head” (melody) of each song as well as the improvisations that each member of the trio performed, and then the whole group joined together to sing Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom”
- Linden Meadows School is celebrating Music Month in a few ways:
- Early and middle years students performed in the gym for Music Monday, also ending their assembly by singing Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom”
- The school celebrated being a recipient of a $500 grant from the Coalition for Music Education for their band and music programs
- Grade 2 students participated in an opera workshop and have been learning about the opera “Hansel and Gretel” from the Manitoba Opera in a Box program
- As part of Music Monday, and with funding from The Coalition for Music Education, guest artist Val Vint came to Bairdmore School to present a workshop on Indigenous songs and drumming to grade 5 classes
- The choir and Orff program will be showcased at École Bonnycastle School’s Café Night next week
- Forty-five grade 3 and 4 students at École Crane performed their favourite pieces during mini noon hour concerts for the grade 1 and 2 students, singing, playing violin and soprano and alto recorders
- The Dalhousie School choir will be singing at the Legislature
- Westgrove School also celebrated in a few ways:
- They held a Music Monday assembly on May 6, with the support of a Music Monday grant ($250) from The Coalition for Music Education
- Ten grade 4 students participated in Orff Day with the WSO, and two classes attended the performance
- Classes will perform for the school and their families at a Choir Showcase at noon on May 24 (Grades 1-2 and 2-3) and on May 31 (Grades 3-4 and 4-5)
- On May 8, the Pembina Trails music teachers and 125 grade 4 students spent the day at My Church for music making sessions with our very own talented music educators, ending the day with a sharing session
Thanks to our staff who play a valuable role in promoting music across our division in May and beyond. Learn more about Music Month here.