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Music in the Schools M.I.T.S.

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M.I.T.S. Music in the Schools

In the fall of 2015, St. Andrews Arts Council board member Tim Stuart had an idea.

He wanted to bring music back into the local schools.

Because, although the schools had musical instruments available for use, budget cuts and time constraints had resulted in music programs being cut drastically.

Tim wanted to change that because as a former school principal, he had seen- first hand – the positive effects music education had on his students.

And so, the St. Andrews Arts Council Music In the Schools Program was born.

Funds were raised, Stephanie Archer (who has a Masters degree in Music Education and is a former SJDA school teacher) was hired to teach and now, students from K-5 receive regular music instruction in their classrooms. Meanwhile, kids in the Middle and High School then have an opportunity to continue by joining the school band. There was also an eager group of homeschoolers who took after school lessons, also taught in the schools by Stephanie.

In 2022, Katherine Streight took over from Stephanie as the new director of M.I.T.S. and we are thrilled to have her!

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Thanks to a grant from Canada Post Community Foundation for Children, and money from the Town of St. Andrews’ Albert McQuoid Fund, the St. Andrews Arts Council was able to purchase fifteen xylophones for the St. Andrews Arts Council’s FREE Music in the Schools Program at Vincent Massey Elementary School.
Thanks to a grant from Canada Post Community Foundation for Children, and money from the Town of St. Andrews’ Albert McQuoid Fund, the St. Andrews Arts Council was able to purchase fifteen xylophones for the St. Andrews Arts Council’s FREE Music in the Schools Program at Vincent Massey Elementary School.