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Assiginack introduces new instrumental music program for Grade 7 and 8
Assiginack Public School has launched an instrumental music program for Grade 7 and 8 students. From left, Garret Gauthier, Lauren Mailloux, Jordan Pitawanakwat, Nathan Howard and Denver Leeson are excited to be part of the new program. A total of 25 instruments have been provided to the school thanks to contributions from Rainbow District School Board and the local community. Students can learn to play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone or baritone.
When the school year began at Assiginack Public School, so did a new instrumental music program for Grade 7 and 8 students. A total of 25 instruments have been provided to the school thanks to contributions from Rainbow District School Board and the Manitoulin community.
“We are thrilled to bring this new instrumental music program to life,” said Assiginack Public School Principal Wayne Murdock. “Our students are learning how to play an instrument and read music. They are also gaining other benefits, including increased coordination, enhanced listening skills, team work and so much more.”
Ray Scott, Music Teacher at Assiginack Public School, and Ralph McIntosh, Arts Education Coordinator for Rainbow District School Board, spearheaded the instrumental music program. Students are learning to play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone or baritone.
“The program has been a great success so far,” added Principal Murdock. “The students are truly enjoying the new instruments while exploring the world of music. We look forward to introducing more students to the program as it continues to evolve.”
Rainbow District School Board Director of Education, Norm Blaseg, praised Assiginack Public School for its leadership. “We are very excited about the launch of this new instrumental music program. Learning in, about and through music is part of a well-rounded education that reinforces academic skills and nurtures life skills,” said Director Blaseg.
He added: “Music education encourages creative and critical thinking, and fosters an overall appreciation of the arts. Music also improves self-esteem and confidence, and promotes the development of team work.”
Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705.674.3171, ext. 7217