The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is definitely not off key with the significant investment trustees have made that has placed an increased emphasis on the importance and value of music education.
The SCDSB was recently recognized by the Ontario Music Education Association (OMEA) with an Administrators of Excellence award in recognition of the music in elementary schools program.
The Board said staff have participated in ongoing professional development to support music education, and all elementary schools have instruments and resources to support students in learning to play them, experiencing movement through music, learning to sing, creating musical compositions and performing confidently.
“There are numerous benefits to students, staff and school communities when music education is prioritized in schools, and the SCDSB has made an intentional commitment to ensuring that all of our elementary students experience quality music instruction”, said Jodi Lloyd, SCDSB Chairperson. “We’re proud that our investment, and the hard work of our staff and students, have been recognized by the OMEA.”
Education Director Steve Blake and the SCDSB were nominated by a music teacher at Orillia Secondary School, and a parent of SCDSB students, who stated “the SCDSB has recognized the importance of music education, especially at the elementary level, and should be acknowledged for this program.”
The OMEA Administrators of Excellence award is presented to an Ontario school administrator who has demonstrated exemplary support of music and music education.