Amalgamated Academy to receive music grant
Amalgamated Academy is one of 60 schools across Canada chosen to receive a MusiCounts Band Aid grant within the next year.
The grants aim to provide an opportunity and access for students to comprehensive music programs throughout their schools.
Deanne Hiscock, a music teacher at Amalgamated Academy, applied for the $10,000 grant over the summer. She had previously created the Amalgamated Academy Traditional Music Ensemble after students who were fond of traditional music approached her. Until now, only students who had their own instruments could participate in the ensemble.
“Our school will now be able to buy instruments to be used in the Amalgamated Academy Traditional Music Ensemble. This grant will open our music program to an even larger group of students, therefore, making our school even more socially just for all students. (It will also) encourage the development of the love of traditional music in a larger portion of our student population,” explains Violet Pack, principal of the Bay Roberts school. “The grant was applied for specifically to develop and help enrich the traditional music ensemble. The instruments, such as accordions, are very expensive and the school could not acquire them out of our instructional budget.
“ It was wonderful to have Ms. Hiscock’s work recognized. She is a very dedicated teacher who puts a great deal of time and energy into her students and the music program at our school. She worked on these grants over the summer, this again speaks to her dedication. Also, I felt this was a great opportunity for us to promote Newfoundland culture in our school and to keep Newfoundland music alive,” Pack adds.
Steve Cranwell, executive director, MusiCounts says Amalgamated Academy was chosen among many other schools that applied for a number of reasons.
“They met a number of criteria we ask for and were successful in meeting our requirements. (Criteria are) essentially based on economic need, inventory and condition of instruments, num- ber of students in the program, dedication of school staff and the overall impact the grant would make within the school and it’s community,” he told The Com
pass last week. “Music education funding is being eroded year after year. It is particularly gratifying we help schools what do not have sufficient funds or equipment to operate their programs properly. It’s hoped through these grants music education will encourage and strengthen student participation as research proves children’s music education aids their cognitive development and cre- ativity, as well as their overall attitude toward their studies. These grants can also benefit students by introducing them to a new program and new kinds of instruments they may not have had access to in the past,” Cranwell concludes.
MusiCounts is a Canadian music education charity and is associated with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).
Other schools chosen across the province are Belanger Memorial School, Doyles; Dunne Memorial Academy, St. Mary’s and Larkhall Academy, St. John’s.