TELUS Friendly Future Foundation supports Creative Music Technology Program for Youth

May 1, 2024
Sonic Pi at South Park Elementary School

Middle school students across Victoria are benefitting from the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Creative Music Technology Program for Youth, which allows students to explore musical expression as they create original compositions through coding.

Originally tested as a pilot project at the Crystal Pool, a grant of $15,000 from the TELUS Vancouver Island Community Board viaTELUS Friendly Future Foundation allowed us to scale up the program this school year and reach children in classrooms across the Capital Region.

Funding from the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation not only made the program accessible to a broader audience but also ensured that students had access to essential resources such as state-of-the-art equipment, cutting-edge software, and the latest technology. By removing financial barriers, the Foundation has paved the way for a more inclusive and equitable learning environment, where every aspiring young musician can explore and nurture their talent.

Local media outlets have taken notice of the program’s success, highlighting its innovative approach and the positive impact it is having on students. In a recent interview with Conservatory Artistic Director Daniel Brandes and students from South Park Family School, the enthusiasm and creativity radiating from the participants were palpable. Not only did these young students learn basic skills for composition and coding, they became architects of their own sonic landscapes, empowered by unfettered access to the intersection of music and technology.

Learn more about this unique program:

CTV Vancouver Island: Unique Partnership sees Victoria students create music through computer code

CBC: Victoria Elementary School learn code music

Vic News: Victoria Student embrace 21st century with Music Technology Program

Times Colonist: Our Community