What was your favourite part of Music Scores?

"When we all got to sing and do instrument together! I thought it was super fun!!!" - P.S.P.S, Grade 5

"When we all got to sing and do instrument together! I thought it was super fun!!!" - P.S.P.S, Grade 5

"When we all got to sing and do instrument together! I thought it was super fun!!!"
- P.S.P.S., Grade 5

"Learning the different cultures of music and comparing them to others." - P.S.P.S, Grade 6

"Learning the different cultures of music and comparing them to others." - P.S.P.S, Grade 6

"Learning the different cultures of music and comparing them to others."
- P.S.P.S., Grade 6

"Practicing and performing with the Quatuor Despax and learning how they got engaged with music"
- P.S.P.S., Grade 5

"I liked when they played songs that I know like Super Mario and Happy and Spiderman."
- Abby, Grade 5

"That the musicians told us about their instruments and that they played the music we know."
- Emma, Grade 5

"I really enjoyed the music. I would like to see it again. I really liked the trumpet."
- Parker, Grade 4

"That the musicians played songs I liked like Mario, Pink Panther, etc. And when they were playing Pink Panther they asked for audience participation."
- Frannie, Grade 5

"I liked the Music Scores because you played my favourite song. Good work."
- Steven, Grade 4

"That the musicians took their time to come to our school and perform for us. Also a lot of money was put in for their instruments."
- Evelyn, Grade 5

"The musicians let us participate like clapping for the song Happy."
- Jenny, Grade 4

"The themes that they played like Pink Panther, Happy, etc. and when they introduce the instrument. It inspired me to play music."
- Rush, Grade 5

"That us kids can see great musicians perform! Also we get to witness great performances. I love the Music Scores. That's what I think of the Music Scores!"
- Alexis, Grade 5

"That they played songs I like, like Happy. I also like that they work hard to practice playing so kids can learn more."
- Sarah, Grade 4

"Thank you for the beautiful music."
- Travis, Grade 6

"I loved how the performers were so nice to us."
- Josh, Grade 5

"The music is wonderful. I mean great songs, great musicians equals great."
- Anonymous, Grade 4

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The Festival of the Sound is dedicated to providing innovative, creative, thematic programming. This includes our “off-season” music educational projects.

The love of music often begins in childhood and the Festival is committed to bringing world-class, professional classical musicians into our local schools. During the school year, we organize an exciting and innovative music education outreach programme called Music Scores. Through this programme, the students are provided opportunities to meet professional musicians, learn together with them, and attend professional concerts at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts.

Latest Music Scores Session
What is Music Scores?
Who is Music Scores for?
When is Music Scores?
Can I donate to Music Scores?
Student Testimonials
Past Music Scores Artists
Acknowledgements & Support
Photo Gallery

 

Latest Music Scores Session

Our Spring 2019 Music Scores programme (May 6-10) featured the sibling string quartet Quatuor Despax from Gatineau, Quebec. Travelling to all ten local public, Indigenous, and Catholic schools, the quartet performed classical, Latin-American folk, and even movie and video game soundtrack music for the students. In addition to teaching the students about their instruments, the quartet performed musical requests from the students (Star Wars was a request at every school!), much to the students’ excitement. The week concluded with a final concert featuring guitarist Graham Campbell (Fall 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014). The programme included a string quartet written for Quatuor Despax by their father as a gift to their mother, and music from across the globe including Brazil and France. Both the quartet and our local students had a great time together – we can’t wait to share what’s in store for the Fall 2019 session!

 

What is Music Scores?

Music Scores is the Festival of the Sound’s unique initiative to bring professional musicians to Parry Sound twice each year for visits to all of the elementary schools in the region. Every spring and fall, Festival musicians visit students in grade 4 to 6 at our local schools to get to know the students in an informal atmosphere, share about their instrument(s) and passion for music, and participate in an interactive, mutual learning experience. At the end of the week, approximately 700 students then travel to the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts to listen to the musicians, now their friends, in a formal concert setting.

 

Who is Music Scores for?

Music Scores primarily focuses on reaching students in grades 4-6; however, many schools often engage their entire student population for the in-school opportunities with the musicians. Music Scores includes all of the local elementary schools within the Near North District School Board, Wasauksing Kinomaugewgamik School, Shawanaga Kinomaugewgamik Elementary School, and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School. The population of the area includes many youth who are at risk because of poverty, isolation, or lack of opportunity. For most children, Music Scores is their first and only live concert experience. Current research continually shows what educations and artists have known intuitively for many years: exposure to music and the arts helps children to build self-confidence, express their creativity, and perform better in school.

 

 

When is Music Scores?

Music Scores occurs twice within each school year: once in the spring and once in the fall.

Our 2019 Fall Music Scores session features eight world-class musicians that have come together to form the Chamber Ensemble “Octagon”.  The ensemble features violinists Martin Beaver and Mark Fewer, violist Rivka Golani, cellist Rachel Mercer, bassist Joel Quarrington, horn player Ken MacDonald, bassoonist  Kathleen McLean, and clarinettist James Campbell.  They are joining forces to play “A Drop of Light”, a brand new piece written specifically for the Ensemble by one of Canada’s hottest young composers, Kevin Lau, who will also be present.

Can I donate to Music Scores?

In 2010, Fran Brown, a dedicated concert-goer from the Festival’s inception, made a generous donation to ensure that children would the opportunities to experience classical music at a young age that she didn’t. The Youth Music Education Fund was established to ensure the future of Music Scores. 

The Festival of the Sound welcomes any assistance to grow the funds within the Youth Music Education Fund. A tax-deductible donation will make you a part of this exciting initiative!

Student Testimonials

The students themselves give the best testimonials to the success of the Festival of the Sound’s Music Scores programme. Read below to see what some of the students have enjoyed over the years!

The part that I like best about the Music Scores programme is…

  • “When we all got to sing and do instrument together! I thought it was super fun!!!” – P.S.P.S, Grade 5
  • “Learning the different cultures of music and comparing them to others.” – P.S.P.S, Grade 6
  • “Was when you guys played Brazilian music with the guitarist” – P.S.P.S, Grade 5
  • “Practicing and performing with the Quatuor Despax and learning how they got engaged with music” – P.S.P.S. Grade 5
  • “I liked when they played songs that I know like Super Mario and Happy and Spiderman.” – Abby, Grade 5
  • “That the musicians told us about their instruments and that they played the music we know.” – Emma, Grade 5
  • “I really enjoyed the music. I would like to see it again. I really liked the trumpet.” Parker, Grade 4
  • “That the musicians played songs I liked like Mario, Pink Panther, etc. And when they were playing Pink Panther they asked for audience participation.” – Frannie, Grade 5
  • “I liked the Music Scores because you played my favourite song. Good work.” – Steven, Grade 4
  • “That the musicians took their time to come to our school and perform for us. Also a lot of money was put in for their instruments.” – Evelyn, Grade 5
  • “The musicians let us participate like clapping for the song Happy.” – Jenny, Grade 4
  • “The themes that they played like Pink Panther, Happy, etc. and when they introduce the instrument. It inspired me to play music.” – Rush, Grade 5
  • “That us kids can see great musicians perform! Also we get to witness great performances. I love the Music Scores. That’s what I think of the Music Scores!” – Alexis, Grade 5
  • “That they played songs I like, like Happy. I also like that they work hard to practice playing so kids can learn more.” – Sarah, Grade 4
  • “Thank you for the beautiful music.” – Travis, Grade 6
  • “I loved how the performers were so nice to us.” – Josh, Grade 5
  • “The music is wonderful. I mean great songs, great musicians equals great.” – Anonymous, Grade 4

 

Music Scores Artists

Through Music Scores, our local students get to meet professional musicians from all “wavelengths” of the musical spectrum. All of the artists listed below have been involved in our Music Scores programme; without them, none of this would be possible. The Festival greatly appreciates their participation and we thank each of them for their dedication to and passion for youth music education. We know the students do too!

 

 

 

 

Acknowledgements & Support

The Festival of the Sound thanks the following for the support that makes Music Scores possible:

  • Frances M. Brown, lead donor
  • Near North District School Board
  • In Memory of Roy Hardie
  • Rotary Club of Parry Sound

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