The halls are alive with the sound of music

Barrie school gets grant to fine tune its music programs

There may be more bounce in the step of students at Oakley Park Public School in Barrie.

The school has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the MusiCounts Band Aid program to purchase musical instruments and supplies.

“Many of our kids do not have access to outside instruction,” says Principal Heidi Cameron-Armstrong. “We don’t want that to be a barrier to achievement. We want the kids to love music and bring that passion home.”

Until now, the music program at Oakley Park has consisted of a few xylophones and rhythm sticks. Ukuleles, guitars, sheet music and other music accessories will be added to the mix.

“We want to teach instruments that are very accessible to the community,” Cameron-Armstrong says. “With the Band Aid grant we are so excited to be the best program we can for the community.” 

Oakley Park is among the first cohort of 30 schools implementing a comprehensive, effective and equitable music program. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is working toward full access to high quality music programming at of its schools.