Everybody. Although it often begins with students, teachers and their surrounding community, Music Monday also includes community groups, politicians, professional organizations, music industry, ensembles, and artists.
About Music Monday
Launched in 2005 by The Coalition for Music Education, Music Monday is the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers participate in a simultaneous nationwide concert performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist.
Why does Music Monday matter?
- Music matters!
- Music programs create vital communities!
- Learning music leads to success in life
- Our young people deserve the benefits from learning, creating and making music!
- Canada’s heritage and cultural future is in our classrooms!
It is a full day of celebration, always on the first Monday of May. In 2017, Music Monday will happen on May 1st. Students, community groups, musicians and artists across the country joined their voices to sing the Music Monday anthem ‘Sing it together’.
Across the country and around the world. We encourage you to take your music to the fields and to the streets on this wondrous occasion. The idea is that if one were to open the front door of his or her home and stand on the street on the first Monday in May, one would hear music and the skies would be filled with melody.
Music Monday Anthem:
Sing It Together
'Sing It Together' is a collaboration between JUNO award winning, veteran songwriters Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. Focusing on the power of voices, Sing It Together asks us to sing for joy, for truth, for healing and for freedom. The recording and video feature Inuit throat singing, Métis fiddling, indigenous drumming, and children's choirs in celebration of Canadian musical heritages. Arrangements, translations and audio demos are all now available.
Ready to Add Your Voice?
Start planning your celebration now – in a school, in your music group, in your community, at work. Register your Music Monday event and join the Canada-wide celebration of music education on May 1st. Be sure to check out our interactive map (coming soon) to see what is happening in YOUR community!
"The WHOLE school learned the song and we all went into the gym and led by the school choir, the entire school sang the song!"
"Local media attended to cover the special event. We were proud and excited to join with students across Canada to better the effort to return qualified music teachers back to our schools."
“I was in a meeting on Music Monday when suddenly I heard the children's voices raised in song wafting through the windows! What a beautiful sound on a beautiful Spring day! It was the Music Monday song”
"Our Music Monday event is a great way of exposing the music program taught during the year as well as the progress of a child’s experience from year to year in their primary education."