Unexpected public performance showcases music education
Choral students from Peacock Collegiate marked the 10th anniversary of Music Monday with an impromptu performance at the Town ‘n’ Country Mall.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
Cameron Church, Peacock Collegiate music director, leads some of his choral students in an unexpected round of songs at Town 'n' Country Mall Monday in honour of the 10th anniversary of Music Monday.
A group of approximately 30 Grade 9–12 students from three choral groups sang a pair of songs in the mall’s main atrium for unsuspecting shoppers.
“They get excited to sing and have a chance to come out and perform for people, especially when it's unexpected,” said Cameron Church, Peacock’s music director.
He noted the decision to come to the mall and sing on Music Monday was quickly put together after he and some of his choral students returned from a trip to Banff, Alta.
Church also pointed out it is important for the public to realize the role music education plays in the students lives, something Music Monday emphasizes.
“It's important to realize the role music plays. The science behind it says (music education can) improve math and reading scores,” said Church.
According to Church, there is also a study that was recently released that discusses the relationship between singing for 10 minutes a day and the improvement of one’s quality of life.
Music Monday was recognized throughout Canada and included a live webcast linking simultaneous events across the country.
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