Music is important to me because it’s been my whole life since I’ve Turned the age of three; the only education I received from that point on has been through The education system in Canada, which started with public school, of course I became less anxious, less socially awkward and I was starting to get out there and I could talk to people Music has really impacted me in terms of helping me build my confidence. I used to have a very shy personality and by being on stage a lot and facing a lot of audience I was able to really build up confidence of being on stage overall presenting in general Throughout high school, Music has become almost The reason I go to school – if it wasn’t there I would maybe not even want to go to school, and all this stuff has just helped me Become a better person, let alone musician Being a better person, I think we spend a lot of time discussing, you know, being a band and making a bond being encouraging to others and things like that are Essential, I think, to every aspect of life When I met my grade nine music teacher he He really inspired me as a person and as a musician It helps a child with the way they process information. It affects a child’s ability to problem-solve It gives students an outlet to express themselves. I find it as a as a tool to Relax, and just let everything You know, decompress. It has influenced me a lot because right now I’m in film school and I feel like it has open up so many pathways for me to grow as an artist to grow as a individual Music has shaped my life profoundly; I actually could read music before I could read English and I think if it weren’t for my mom Pushing me to play piano and the sax and join groups I don’t think I would strive as much academically as I do today and That has like built my life my social life a bunch I have so many friends in the music program But also in the [inaudible] band this group has allowed me to travel to Hawaii for the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbour which I found really cool Music has always been a really big part of my life since I was Since I started in grade four, grade five and even now I still you know sing I play different instruments and It’s a really good experience that I think everyone should have Stepping into high school in grade nine, I was incredibly lost I didn’t have any friends; it was through joining Wind Ensemble and Music Council where I was able to form the bond and Make the friends I have today Most of my high school memories, the best ones have been made at like band trips and band festivals And most of my closest friends are also in band So I really count myself lucky to be a part of this vibrant community. It really teaches me how to Work harder and persevere. I need music to survive pretty much just the ability to learn a lot of new instruments Just the ability to learn a lot of new instruments, I don’t have to stick with one, or even if I’m sticking with one I can still have the opportunity It helps you develop a lot of skills that you use later in life such as organization, time management perseverance and performing whether that’s at a job interview or giving a presentation and it has taught me how to deal with stage fright and anxiety and nerves Now currently I’m at my band’s annual music retreat where we mentor grade eights, take part in sectionals and engaging group activities something unique about music Is that it presents opportunities like this that I think are integral to the high school experience Not only am I growing as a band student, but I’m growing as an individual. I’m learning things I didn’t know about myself I am engaging in something much bigger than myself And we have only one teacher to do all of it And she has to teach class too And she’s not getting paid for all these ensembles One strings, two bands–no, three bands, actually, and one choir Because it really opens many doors for you, it gives you many more opportunities Opportunities for self growth, to improve yourself and also just to make new friends and have fun this has made me a better person socially and academically My family, we’re moving quite a lot – three cities in four years It was only during music class, that I feel like I wasn’t a fish out of water I believe that what we’re learning in school has been getting better, but obviously I’ll have some rough days But when I’m having a bad day, I turn to music because music doesn’t just teach you about how to play an instrument music teaches many transferable skills such as collaboration And the importance of working with different people as well as thinking creatively music offers Students with an opportunity that is really hard to find outside of school – private instruction costs a lot of money It adds to like a breadth of experience that students can get through the political education music Tommy resilience Music taught me resilience, particularly when I first touched a violin in grade seven – every note I played in that first year was completely out of tune I stuck with it and now still play violin in school Unfortunately those who can’t afford it because they can’t afford to go to private lessons Because they can’t afford teachers simply don’t have access to the same level of education I think the provincial government has a duty towards these people and I think it’s your responsibility To make sure that they get the opportunity to do that I’m from Markham-Unionville I’m from Whitby And music education is important to me music education is a voting issue for me year after I left they slashed a ton of funding to the music program and put in a football program and one of the music teachers ended up getting let go because of that No, I yeah, I don’t care like what the political side is – music isn’t political It really shouldn’t be. I don’t care what side of it like what side of the line is messing with it Just don’t mess with it. Yeah, no matter what whether you’re Conservative or Liberal doesn’t matter Music should be left alone Or the opposite. I suppose, it should be very much not left alone You should be all over music. Don’t get rid of it. Whether it be at school or at home There’s always an opportunity to engage children in mathematic fundamentals Our government believes its attitude and plans for the education of our children that will prepare our students for success Like, Dr. Strickland’s- Mr. Speaker I’d like to remind every member in this house that our education consultations are now open We’re welcoming written submissions, and we’re encouraging all parents, teachers My name is Mr. Snodgrass, I’m currently the head of music at A. Y. Jackson Secondary School (Toronto) So when we’re talking about music education There’s really an important social and communal element to music and that’s I think one of the biggest parts of music is there’s a Well-being aspect to it – there’s something in it for everybody. Now in terms of academic importance There’s a lot of research that shows that music really increases achievement in other areas And that is something I think is very important when we talk to students about why they need to take music It’s a just another important part of a well-rounded education so because when we’re thinking about what you’re taking in high school We don’t want to just be thinking about grades 9 to 12 We want to be thinking about how you’re preparing for the rest of your life For a lot of people unfortunately music becomes this thing that is the first to be cut because they look at it They may not understand the value of it but we’re here to really say and to really advocate and make sure that people know that arts education is absolutely fundamental to a well-rounded education and that making it a priority has so many benefits and dividends for other areas as well.