The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) was recently recognized by the Ontario Music Education Association (OMEA) with an OMEA Administrators of Excellence award in recognition of the music in elementary schools program.
In recent years, the SCDSB has placed increased emphasis on the importance and value of music education, with significant investment from the Board of Trustees. The board’s investment in elementary music has been instrumental in allowing schools to provide equitable and effective music instruction. Staff have participated in ongoing professional development to support music education, and all elementary schools have instruments and resources to support students in learning to play instruments, experiencing movement through music, learning to sing, creating musical compositions and performing confidently.
“There are numerous benefits to students, staff and school communities when music education is prioritized in schools, and the SCDSB has made an intentional commitment to ensuring that all of our elementary students experience quality music instruction”, said Jodi Lloyd, SCDSB Chairperson. “We’re proud that our investment, and the hard work of our staff and students, have been recognized by the OMEA.”
Director Blake and the SCDSB were nominated by a music teacher at Orillia Secondary School, and a parent of SCDSB students, who believe “the SCDSB has recognized the importance of music education, especially at the elementary level, and should be acknowledged for this program.”
The OMEA Administrators of Excellence award is presented to an Ontario school administrator who has demonstrated exemplary support of music and music education. Award criteria include that the nominees create an environment for musical excellence, be a strong advocate for music education, value and support quality music education and foster a community of musical appreciation.