The provincial government is investing an additional $100,000 in music education this year to purchase new band instruments.
“For many years, Prince Edward Island has had one of the best school music programs in the country,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie. “This additional funding will ensure that our talented music students and teachers continue to have high quality musical instruments.”
A committee of music teachers – formed to identify music program needs across the province – will recommend where the new instruments will be allocated. The committee includes three music teachers and one principal from both the intermediate and high school levels.
“Band instruments are like cars, they break down and rust,” said Frank Nabuurs, East Wiltshire Intermediate School band teacher, noting that his students dedicate at least four hours a week to playing their instruments. “We’re really happy with this announcement and the continuing support government provides to our thriving band programs on Prince Edward Island.”
Music is one of the many engaging learning experiences that supports students’ social and emotional well-being. Playing an instrument develops cognitive, creative and collaborative skills. Being a member of a band encourages students to work as a team and can lead to future opportunities in arts and culture.
There are approximately 25 instrumental programs across the province.