Children’s Music Journey (Outreach Only)

Program Outline

The Children’s Music Journey is more popular than ever! 

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the City of Victoria, BC Gaming, and to our individual donors, for enabling the delivery of Children’s Music Journey into schools via VCM’s outreach program.

One of the newest and most innovative approaches to learning music is made possible through the Children’s Music Journey. Award-winning computer software flips the traditional approach to learning music and puts the student in the composer’s chair from the first lesson. Famous composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Joplin come to life through animation, and lead children through creative music lessons that teach all the fundamentals of music through fun musical games and activities, including playing together as an ensemble using virtual instruments. Each child works at their own work station (SurfacePro Tablets) with attached USB Midi electronic music keyboard.

Each lesson also includes group participation in musical games and exercises that involve singing, clapping, and movement.

CMJ

The Children’s Music Journey program is currently in use by over 80,000 participants world-wide. The Victoria Conservatory of Music has been providing this program in local Elementary Schools in the Greater Victoria area since 2013, funded through generous grants and donations received.  This year the program is reaching almost 300 children in 15 classes across 6 Elementary Schools in both the Victoria and Sooke School Districts.

In each CMJ school, a VCM trained music instructor works in collaboration with school teachers using the Children’s Music Journey software on Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets provided by the VCM, along with portable USB Midi electronic piano keyboards.  The program brings the many benefits of music to children in the community who would not otherwise have access to it. By continuing to build on partnerships with community organizations, while also increasing funding sources, our goal is to ensure that those in under-served communities can experience the joy and benefit of music, and that each school served, is able to develop their own sustainable model for the program, ensuring every child will have access. For more information on VCM Music Outreach program delivery, please contact the Office of the Dean.

 

Program Details

Children's Music Journey is serving over 300 Elementary school students this year, through VCM Outreach, thanks to our funders. The following schools are participating during the 2017-2018 Academic Year:

Victoria West Elementary
Craigflower Elementary
Tillicum Elementary
Colwood Elementary
Wishart Elementary

Instructor

Emily Green

Emily grew up in Oakville, Ontario in a musical family, the daughter of a rock guitarist. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with Honours from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Music Education, with a Minor in German, and studied classical piano with Mr. John Kruspe. Emily began teaching group piano classes while still a student and over the past five years has taught at various music schools in the Toronto area, including the notable Merriam School of Music. Emily is also a church pianist and has acted as Music Director at two Anglican churches in her […]