MusicCounts! in Canton was formed in 2001 with the goals to:
Support the Music Department and enhance the quality of music education for all Canton Public School students
Educate the community about music, performance, and the importance of music education in a student’s life
Inform the public about our music students’ accomplishments
Encourage more performance opportunities for students
Help get students engaged in/excited about music of all kinds
> Our Mission Statement
The mission of MusicCounts! in Canton is to promote music education and appreciation by supporting and aiding the music educators of the Canton Public Schools as they provide all students with a creative and nurturing atmosphere in which to actively engage in music; by promoting music education as an integral part of the well-rounded education of Canton students, whose growing understanding of music will serve to enhance their own self-concept, whether as appreciator or performer; and by promoting music education and appreciation in the broader community.
The specific purposes for which this non-profit corporation is organized include, but are not limited to: • Supporting Canton Public Schools’ music departments and enhancing the quality of music education for all Canton Public School Students • Educating the public about music, performance, and the importance of music education in a student’s life • Informing the public about Canton Public Schools’ music students’ accomplishments • Supporting more performance opportunities for students • Discovering more ways to get students engaged in and excited about music of all kinds • Educating students, parents, and school officials about the importance of the Canton Public Schools’ music programs • Enhancing music programs in public schools by lending support (both financially and through volunteering) to ensure the availability of resources for both in-school and afterschool music education • Fostering community awareness and involvement in the Canton Public Schools’ music programs • Organizing fundraisers and soliciting donations through marketing campaigns, events, concession sales, and school performances • Using the solicited funds to support student education activities and opportunities, including without limitation, purchasing and maintaining musical instruments in the public school system, providing need-based scholarships, providing assistance (financial and otherwise) with respect to musical festivals, events, and other related field trips • Publicizing music performances and activities in Canton, including student performances and community music events.
> Our History
MusicCounts!was formed in the fall of 2001 by parents, music teachers and administrators to increase the appreciation and value of music in the Canton Public Schools. Music is a significant part of our lives. It allows us to celebrate and to preserve our cultural heritage. Music can bring to life our study of geography, diverse societies, and history. It allows us to express ourselves, explore our imaginations and create new ideas. It enriches our daily lives.
The first year of MusicCounts!saw concrete successes. Most important was the dialog that was created between parents, teachers and administrators. Thanks to support from all three school CAPT’s, we were able to organize and fund a spring All-Town Elementary Band program that provided dedicated fourth and fifth grade instrumental students sectional instruction and an outlet for playing challenging music. Since then, we have provided the seed money to create the Galvin Middle School Jazz Band, All-Town Strings, as well as sponsor small chamber instrumental and voice ensembles for middle and high school students.
Since then, MusicCounts! has continued to have a real impact on education in our schools. For instance, MusicCounts! has brought in professional jazz musicians and acapella singers to perform and hold master classes for student musicians at Canton High School (CHS) and Galvin Middle School (GMS); sponsored a dance performance for all CHS students to support the CHS spring musical; and enabled the Hansen Elementary School to have a dedicated music room through the donation of soundproofing equipment.
> Who We Are (Our Officers and Board of Directors)
President: Cindy Baran
Treasurer: Cindy Duffy
Clerk: Kenneth Hartfiel
Board Members: Ingrid Hartfiel, June Scott, Robin Ferrini, Bernie Mendillo, Sue Harrington, Susan Caplan, Mark Hathaway, Kristen Draper, Tim Boucher, Pat McDonough
President: Sue Harrington
Treasurer: Mark Hathaway
Clerk: Kenneth Hartfiel
Board Members: Ingrid Hartfiel, June Scott, Robin Ferrini, Bernie Mendillo, Cindy Baran, Susan Caplan, Mark Hathaway, Kristen Draper
> What We Do
We work in concert with the Canton Public Schools Performing Arts Department to:
Help establish new programs
Pay for new music scores
Purchase and maintain musical instruments and equipment that teachers use in classrooms every day
Tune all 12 pianos in the district twice per year
Fund accompanists for performances and recitals
Invite music artists and ensembles to the Canton Public Schools to inspire all students
Offer need-based private lesson scholarships to students through the ENCORE program
Pay for buses to transport music students to special musical events to perform and/or watch (For example, we've helped send GMS singers and musicians to the state house to perform, sent the jazz band to MAJE festival, and sent CHS singers and musicians to the Great East festival.)
> Our "Greatest Hits"
Not to "toot our own horn," but we wanted to highlight a few of our major accomplishments:
Helped fund new LED lighting for the Canton High School Auditorium
Purchase of new piano for the Canton High School (CHS) auditorium
Purchase of guitars and ukuleles for the Galvin Middle School (GMS) that allowed for a new middle school general music curriculum
Purchase of new drums for CHS pep band
Purchase of a stand up bass for the high school so bass players coming up from the middle school would have an instrument to play
Purchase of xylos for the Hansen Elementary School
Purchase of string pick-ups and amps to enhance performances for the elementary stings program