April 15, 2014

Peel students improve literacy skills while singing about acceptance at Literacy and Values Through Music

Peel District School Board students will perform with professional Canadian singer and songwriter Gregg Lawless and his five-piece band at the Living Arts Centre on April 17. Lawless and his ensemble will accompany each group of grade 5 students as they perform original compositions through an integrated literacy, arts and The Future We Want program, entitled Literacy and Values Through Music.

"This arts-based program allows students to explore diversity issues and learn about important social justice and equity concerns in a creative and positive manner," says Hubert Brard, instructional coordinator for the arts, health and physical education at the Peel board. "Through his work with the schools, Gregg helps students embrace acceptance while tuning into their talent and critical-thinking skills."

"We are truly thankful to the Living Arts Centre for their generous donation of this world-class concert hall in Mississauga,” notes Brard.

Over 450 students from the following elementary schools will participate:

  • Eagle Plains Public School
  • Madoc Drive Public School
  • Morton Way Public School
  • Munden Park Public School
  • Parkway Public School
  • Plowman’s Park Public School
  • Sheridan Park Public School

Now in its tenth year, the Literacy and Values Through Music program is designed to help students improve their literacy skills while raising awareness of the need for acceptance of people from diverse backgrounds. The curriculum focuses on the seven identified 'isms': racism, age-ism, able-ism, sexism, faith as an 'ism', hetero-sexism and classism. To supplement the song-writing and performance portion of the curriculum, students further explored their chosen 'ism' in class through literacy, reading, writing, oral communication, drama, visual art and social studies.

The students' art exhibition will be displayed in the Living Arts Centre atrium beginning at 6:30 p.m. The musical performances will take place at the Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall on April 17 at 7 p.m. The Living Arts Centre is located at 4141 Living Arts Dr. in Mississauga.

Media contact: Hubert Brard, Instructional Coordinator, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, 905-890-1010 ext. 2524, [email protected]

Reference: Kayla Tishcoff, School Communications Specialist, 905-890-1010 ext. 2239, [email protected]


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