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UCDSB Students Celebrate Music Monday

Music Monday at Pleasant Corners Public School
Brings the Joy of Music to 350 Students

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(Pictured above: Pleasant Corners Public School student Keira McAndrew grins as she practices Feist's 1234 in preparation for the Music Monday concert.)

By Mark Calder

(Pleasant Corners) – Students celebrated the joy of music yesterday through both workshops and performances during the 2016 Music Monday  celebration at Pleasant Corners Public School (PCPS).

The event brought together nearly 100 music students from PCPS, Glengarry District High School  (GDHS) and Central Public School  (CPS) who enjoyed workshops in ukulele and deep listening, practiced as ensembles and topped the day off by performing before 250 enthusiastic students in the school gym. During the 1:00 p.m. concert, performers played the Coldplay song Viva la Vida , the Feist song 1234 , the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine , and the tune Is Somebody Singing  made famous by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ frontman Ed Robertson . At the end of the concert, the performers joined students in the audience to sing We Are One - the Music Monday theme song.

“Music offers an ability for kids to build up their self-esteem,” said PCPS music teacher Robert Boileau of the importance of celebrating music during the nation-wide event. “When kids participate in music and there are a few difficult notes they can’t get, and then all of a sudden a light bulb goes on and they can get those notes, it’s a great feeling for them. Enthusiasm for all education grows after an experience like that.”

Students were thrilled to participate.

“I liked that we got to have fun and play music and that kids all over the country were playing music at the same time and we celebrated music,” said Ella Picard, a Grade 4 student at PCPS.

Posted May 3, 2016

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