Thu, 26 May, 2016
We're excited to welcome the Sarah McLachlan School of Music to Alberta’s capital city!
“We’re thrilled to be expanding into Edmonton and offering more kids the opportunity to experience the power of music education,” said Sarah McLachlan at the launch yesterday at Eastglen School. “Music has played such an important role in my life and career. Being able to share the gift of music is magical. This opportunity will enrich the lives of kids who need it the most.”
The school is operating in partnership with our District, and it is the second Sarah McLachlan School of Music (SoM). The first is currently operating in Vancouver.
Students will receive ensemble-based instruction in music fundamentals, guitar, piano, percussion, choir, songwriting, music theory and electronic music. The school expects to have 120 students by the end of this year and over 250 by the end of 2017.
“This is a special and exciting opportunity, directly in-line with our District’s priorities, which include enhancing public education through communication, engagement and partnerships,” says Superintendent of Schools, Darrel Robertson. “I’m already proud of every student who will be part of the Sarah McLachlan School, and I wish the School and all its students nothing but great success.”
The world-class programming is aimed at the city’s underserved and at-risk children and youth and is available at no cost to the students, made possible by a corporate donation to the SoM, from Sun Life Financial.
About Sarah McLachlan School of Music: Our vision at SoM is to create opportunities in the community that do not otherwise exist for at-risk and underserved children and youth. Students aged 1 to 5, grades 3 through 12 receive music instruction in both contemporary and classical traditions with no previous experience required. Our professional musical instructors provide a safe space for students to explore their creativity, to approach music in an ensemble setting, to express themselves through song writing, and to access lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums, marimba, auxiliary percussion, electronic music and multi - media. SoM provides opportunities for young people to develop creatively and emotionally, to collaborate with others, communicate in new ways, and to gain the self-confidence they need to thrive in all areas of school and life.