The Coalition for Music Education in Canada

Our Goal and Mission

Our powerful network includes thousands of Canadian music makers, educators, supporters and facilitators – all committed to protecting quality school music programs now and into the future.

To raise the awareness and understanding of the role that music education plays in Canadian culture, and to promote the benefits that music education brings to young people.
We envision Canada as a country where the lives of all children are enriched by quality school music programs, and where their active participation in music is valued and supported in our communities.
The Coalition for Music Education was founded in 1992 when representatives of more than 20 music education organizations came together to share ideas to improve the state of music education in Canada. The Coalition quickly began working with parents and other concerned citizens to address concerns about music in schools.

Turn your PASSION for music into ACTION for music education

Knowledge is power. That’s why the most important thing you can do before launching into advocacy is to educate yourself about the benefits of music education and the status of music education in Canada. 

Successful advocacy is dependent on enthusiastic people who allow their passion to fuel action that leads to change. The Coalition for Music Education can provide you with some information and tools that will help maximize the impact of your advocacy efforts.  Whether you are a student, parent, educator or political decision-maker, we all can make a difference.

If there’s anything worth celebrating, it’s the impact Music and Music Education has on our lives.  We invite you to join some of our events, meet some youth ambassadors as well as read some testimonials about the difference music education has made.

Community is an important component of successful advocacy.  We hope you will connect with us via Twitter, Facebook, our blog, and email.  We’d like to help you with any challenges you may be facing and celebrate any victories you’ve had. 

Keep up-to-date on Coalition programs, initiatives and music education advocacy. Sign up for our newsletter today!

Our Programs

Our programming is designed to: celebrate and inspire young people engaged in learning and making music; and reward and assist the individuals that support and facilitate their efforts.

Support music in our schools and communities

If you care about keeping music programs strong in schools, join us and become part of the national voice for music education. Whether you’re a student, teacher or parent, or you represent an association or institution, our programs and resources are here to help you ensure that school music programs in your community are as strong as possible.

The benefits of music education

Learning music…

enhances academic achievement

  • Music programs improve the atmosphere for learning
  • Music programs help students achieve in other academic subjects like math, science, and reading

enhances the quality of life

  • Music programs provide students with opportunities to:
    • express themselves in verbal and non-verbal ways;
    • appreciate diverse perspectives, openness and flexibility in thinking;
    • develop a high level of self-awareness and self-confidence;
    • develop a rich and healthy sense of beauty and imagination

encourages healthy social development

  • Music programs keep students engaged in school and less likely to drop out
  • Music programs help communities share ideas and values among cultures and generations
  • Music is a disciplined human endeavor with intrinsic value to society

enhances preparation for the workplace

  • Music develops skills needed by the 21st century workplace
    • Critical and analytical thinking
    • Creative problem solving
    • Effective communication

is FUN!!!

Latest News

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Become a member

Find the class of membership that’s right for you.


$ 0
  • Become a noteworthy “instrument of change” through Y4M
  • Connect on social media and member forums to share info about your school’s music program and network with others across Canada
  • Share your story about an inspirational teacher or principal and inspire others to do the same


$ 25
  • Access the resources to assess the quality of your school’s program and to advocate for its continuation and improvement
  • Celebrate a strong program by nominating a Principal and find out more about Youth Leadership opportunities
  • Encourage your child’s school to participate in Music Monday.


$ 25
  • Access the resources to encourage parent and community support for your program, year round and on Music Monday
  • Positively reinforce the support of your Principal through our Principals of Music Awards and learn from the strategies of former Award winners


$ 100
  • Parent advisory councils, Music Educator Associations, academic institutions and similar groups committed to the Coalition’s vision for music in schools
  • Support and help to shape our initiatives and our resources, including much-needed research.

Let your voice be heard! Join the conversation

Building community support for music education in schools and communities


New! Discussion forums

Designed to give youth, parents and educators an online platform to share experiences, seek advice, and collaborate on music advocacy strategies.


The Coalition is grateful for the generosity of all our partners, without whom, we would not be able to do all that we do.

Government of Canada
TD Canada Trust
Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.
NAMM Foundation
Long and McQuade
Ontario Trillium Foundation
SOCAN Foundation
JAM Industries
Conn & Selmer
Godin Guitars
National Arts Centre
CounterPoint Musical Services