Marshview’s mu­sic pro­gram boosted by $10,000 grant

New in­stru­ments, sheet mu­sic pur­chased with funds


SACKVILLE, N.B. – Marshview Mid­dle School’s mu­sic pro­gram has re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant boost thanks to an in­flux of funds from a na­tional grant pro­gram.

Marshview was awarded a $10,000 Mu­si­Counts grant last month, pro­vid­ing a much­needed shot in the arm for a pro­gram that was strug­gling to sur­vive.

Paula Ste­wart, mu­sic teacher at MMS, said this grant has en­abled the school to pur­chase 16 new in­stru­ments – in­clud­ing flutes, clar­inets, sax­o­phones, trum­pets, trom­bones, and a bari­tone – as well as sheet mu­sic and other needed sup­plies.

The funds are a wel­come re­lief for Ste­wart, who said the in­stru­men­tal pro­gram at the school has been mak­ing do with mostly used and sec­ond-hand in­stru­ments since its in­cep­tion seven years ago.

“You need a big in­flux of funds to re­ally get it go­ing,” she said. “It’s nice to have new in­stru­ments that work well.”

Ste­wart said since the in­stru­men­tal pro- grams within the schools are con­sid­ered as cocur­ric­u­lar pro­grams, they are not funded by the dis­trict. So find­ing the nec­es­sary funds to op­er­ate them is an on­go­ing chal­lenge.

This is the third time Ste­wart said she has ap­plied for the Mu­si­Counts Band Aid pro­gram, which awards $5,000 or $10,000 grants to­ward the pur­chase of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and ed­u­ca­tional equip­ment. Mu­si­Counts is Canada’s mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion char­ity as­so­ci­ated with The Canadian Academy of Record­ing Arts and Sciences, which aims to keep mu­sic alive in schools across the coun­try.

Ste­wart said her Grade 7 mu­sic stu­dents, as well as a num­ber of par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers, wrote let­ters in sup­port of the grant.

Learn­ing to play an in­stru­ment has been proven to have a num­ber of benefits on stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly for those who may not have that op­por­tu­nity out­side of school. Ste­wart said be­ing part of a band can teach stu­dents team­work and re­spon­si­bil­ity, as well as de­vel­op­ing their mu­si­cal tal­ents.

“It’s a life­long skill ... and peo­ple will of­ten come back to it later in life,” she said. “It may be an area where some stu­dents can re­ally shine.”


Marshview Mid­dle School’s band mem­bers re­hearse a piece last week for their per­for­mance at the Sackville Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. The school’s mu­sic pro­gram was awarded a $10,000 grant re­cently, with the funds go­ing to­wards the pur­chase of new in­stru­ments and...

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