SMCQ Youth Celebrates its 20th Anniversary and unveils a new educational platform

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In order to highlight the 20th anniversary of its Youth programme, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) has developed a completely new educational platform. Starting on October 25th, this new platform will make it even easier for teachers and families to help children of all ages discover contemporary music.

The platform will be unveiled during the FAMEQ (Federation of Music Educators’ Associations of Québec) conference—an event that will bring the entire music education community together at UQAM, this coming October 25th to the 27th.

A Simple and Accessible Platform: smcq.qc.ca/youth

SMCQ Youth is dedicated to reaching the greatest possible number of children, and to facilitating access to its educational tools: collections of activities geared towards creation, performance and appreciation; audio excerpts; video clips; comic strips; scores for young people and even more.

For the past 20 years, SMCQ Youth has produced shows and mounted educational projects that initiate children and adolescents to the compositional process, and expose them to composers from here and now.

“Over the years, along with SMCQ Youth, we have developed a fantastic educational programme that introduces younger generations of listeners to the great wealth that is our musical repertoire and also stimulates a desire to create with music. With this platform, we offer tools to anyone who wishes to share new music with young people,” explains Walter Boudreau, the SMCQ’s artistic director.

New Technologies — A Boost for Music

The creation of this platform grew out of a study on the current use and potential for new technologies in Canadian music education, practiced in both French and English. The study was commissioned by the SMCQ, and undertaken by techno-pedagogue Lise Galuga and education specialist Serge Demers of Laurentian University.

The study concludes that music classes in both Quebec and the rest of the country are well positioned to access digital resources, with teachers who are “plugged in” and open to the use of technological tools.

Evangelista at the FAMEQ’s Gala Concert

As part of the SMCQ’s Homage Series (a tribute series), a work for young listeners by the composer José Evangelista will be performed at the FAMEQ gala concert. Free for children aged 12 and under.

News posted Monday, October 23, 2017