Music Education Chair Patrick Schmidt says arts need political champions

Don Wright Faculty of Music professor and Chair of Western’s Music Education Department Patrick Schmidt is giving music teachers a voice by conducting surveys and interviews with music teachers and arts supervisors across Ontario. He is asking them to share their experiences and stories on their current situation and the state of music education in Ontario.

Despite ongoing public discussion about the importance of music education, many Ontario public school students will never get to experience the joy of music in their classrooms because of a decade-long drop in provincial funding designated towards music and the arts, according to Schmidt.

“We have no idea how music teachers are responding to these conditions and how are they living these experiences,” he said.

Read full article (Western News, May 24, 2018)
Photo: Paul Mayne/Western News

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