Music class will become more engaging for Island children when hundreds of new musical instruments begin arriving soon at elementary schools.
The province is investing $300,000 in new instruments for students in kindergarten through grade 6, something PEI’s Minister of Education, Early Learning, & Culture says is important for kids to learn to work in a group, develop skills around sound and vocabulary, express themselves, and to learn about culture.
Jordan Brown says instruments such as rhythm sticks, triangles, maracas, xylophones, recorders, ukuleles, electric guitars, and drum kits will support the new English music curriculum being phased in this fall.
Brown says that new curriculum combines music, movement, drama and speech in ways similar to a child’s world of play.
In the French Language School Board, the instruments will support the current elementary music program, as well as arts specialization at the high school level.