TRHS acquires funds for music program

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School will purchase new instruments with $10,000 grant

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Tantramar high school’s music program received a significant boost last month when the school was awarded a $10,000 grant to acquire new instruments.

Tantramar was one of 70 schools nationwide, and one of only four in New Brunswick, to be awarded funding this year from MusiCounts, a national music education charity, and their Band Aid Grant program.

Tanya Bostick, music teacher at TRHS, said the funds will be used to purchase a variety of new instruments for the school’s music program.

“Our plans for the funding had to be carefully laid out in the grant application and include the purchase of much-needed new band instruments, ranging from the flute right through to the rhythm section (guitar, amps, bass),” she said.

Bostick said staff at the school were excited to receive the funding, which will help TRHS move to the next level with its instrumental band program, which is both curricular and extra-curricular in nature.

She said students have been using “substandard” instruments for many years now but this grant will change that.

“It will be absolutely wonderful to place better quality instruments in the hands of the students,” said Bostick.

She said the school was fortunate to have many community supporters and parents write letters of support for the grant application, as well as TRHS administration and Anglophone East staff.

“It will be absolutely wonderful to place better quality instruments in the hands of the students.” Tanya Bostick

“The MusiCounts grant is a very difficult one to get, as there are thousands of applicants each year. The guidelines are strict and we are so pleased that through the help and support of our families and community members we were able to get this grant.”

MusiCounts announced the 2013-2014 recipients of their Band Aid Grant program last month, awarding over $600,000 in total to support music programs in schools.

"Music education is a gift that keeps on giving – from the obvious benefit of inspiring our future generation of musicians, some of whom will go on to become ambassadors for Canada around the world, to preparing students for careers in a variety of disciplines including technology and science, to instilling respect in the creative process,” said Amy Terrill, vice-president of public affairs for Music Canada, in a statement. “Music education is as important as the three R's and we are proud to do a small part to ensure it remains a priority."

Since MusiCounts' establishment in 1997, nearly $7,000,000 has been awarded to help support music education in Canada. These funds have impacted over 600 school communities from coast to coast, supported over 300 post-secondary music program graduates and honoured nine extraordinary music teachers through the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award.

 

Organizations: Music Canada

Geographic location: Tantramar, New Brunswick, Canada

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