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Music Equals Program Volunteer Opportunities

Music Equals Program Volunteer Opportunities

The Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts (MCMA) is always working towards “making music accessible for all”. It is on that premise that the Music Equals Program develops outreach programs to connect youth and families in our most underserved communities with music opportunities. We believe that everyone should have access to music education and performances, regardless of social, physical or economic situations. Music Equals focuses on building stronger communities through music. We reach out to the community with opportunities to learn music in a supportive and safe environment, and a chance to unlock creative expression and the potential for excellence. Playing and listening to music provides a way to express ourselves in a positive way, is a precursor to all other learning, and builds the social skills necessary to engage with those around us.

This year, we have programs in place at five schools, two community centres, and the MCMA studios. We are delivering educational opportunities in musical theatre, ukulele, choral, fiddle, violin, DJ and music production. We have 21 performances planned in the Intergenerational Concert Series. The concert series provides access to live music performance for families and seniors at various venues and provides performance opportunities for students and faculty at the MCMA. Music Equals will bring music to over 1000 young people and older adults this academic year!

The Music Equals program has a profoundly positive influence on the lives of the participants and the communities we work with. Many of the schools comment on the change in their school’s culture once they have regular music instruction. The instructors also speak often about the inspiration the students in Music Equals provide them, and how much it has changed who they are as instructors for the better.

We are currently looking for volunteers to join the Music Equals Committee, which meets six times per year for about an hour. The Music Equals Committee develops strategies to reach out to the community through music and plans and implements the annual Showcase Concert featuring performances from participating students.

Time Commitment: The Committee meets monthly from October – May plus attendance at the Showcase Concert. If you are interested in giving back to the community, please consider getting involved with Music Equals.

Music Equals is funded entirely by the community – private foundations and donations. To learn more about the Music Equals program and how you can support our musical community by volunteering or with a monetary gift, contact Domanie at outreach@mcma.ca.

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