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Music Equals Program

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

“Something I do when I’m stressed is listen to music,and now I can play the songs that make me happy too.”

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WHAT OUR PARTNERS SAY

“Building relationships is important to helping the students feel safe to learn. When they trust the teacher, the level of engagement increases.”

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WHAT OUR TEACHERS SAY

“Returning students are developing leadership skills. One student is helping to demonstrate for the new kids in the class.”

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WHAT OUR AUDIENCE SAYS

Before today, I hadn’t seen my brother so lively and engaged in years. Thank you so much for bringing this to us, it was like he was his old self again. Please promise to come back!”

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The Music Equals program reaches into underserved communities to create opportunities for music education and live music performance where it would not otherwise exist. Through the partnerships we build, we assess the unique needs of each community, develop programs that meet their individual needs, and remove as many barriers as possible to accessing them.

Since 2005, Music Equals has changed the lives of over 10,000 community members by building social connections, creating joy and empowerment, and giving them the gift of music.

Divided into three parts, the Music Equals Program brings music to the community in a number of ways:

  • The Strings, Rock and Song Programs offer instruction in the school setting.
  • The Bursary Program brings deserving youth who qualify into our school.
  • The Concert Series brings the talents of students and faculty to the community.

All parts of the Music Equals Program seek to change lives by taking music to the streets and schools of Winnipeg because we believe that music belongs to everyone.

Near the end of every academic year, we celebrate our students’ achievements at the Music Equals Showcase Concert held at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

The concert invites students participating in the Music Equals program to perform on a real stage for a live audience with their peers.

We celebrate their journeys learning fiddle, violin, ukulele, choral, musical theatre, keyboards, and DJ as they perform some of their favourite pieces, followed by a pizza reception.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

To learn more about Music Equals programs, partnerships, or to become a partner, please contact our Program Coordinator, Domanie at outreach@mcma.ca.