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Inspired by a program developed in Venezuela in the mid 1970s, The Big Sound creates opportunities for children and youth who, for various reasons, are often excluded from extra-curricular musical activities, such as playing in an ensemble or orchestra.

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What an amazing and thoughtful thank you to our Teaching Artist from the Music and Movement students at East Ridge.

Music and Movement Wraps Up

The Big Sound would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a 12-month, $21,600.00 Community Building Fund grant that allowed us to deliver our Music and Movement Program to over 240 students in 12 classes at 3 Owen Sound Schools, Alexandra, and East Ridge over the past school year.

This Program delivered musical instruction, social development, and most importantly, fun for students who have faced many challenges during the pandemic.  The grant allowed The Big Sound to supply each class with a wide variety of instruments (spoons, guiros, cow bells, pitched percussion, shakers, jingle bells, etc.) and most importantly to hire a professional musician who introduced the students to the instruments, notes, rhythms, time signatures, dynamics, tempos, music styles, movement, and dance.

The Big Sound operates on the evidence-based premise that musical instruction improves a child’s self-confidence, concentration, and motivation. Ultimately, this can translate into greater academic achievement and a healthier, happier life.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.