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.
Very simply, we raise money that is then used to fund requests we receive and vote on from the Canton Public Schools Performing Arts Department. Scroll down to read about our mission and our "Greatest Hits!"
> 2017-18 School Year Recap
MC! receives donations from businesses, individual donations, raffles and donations at concerts, and of course, from Cantonstock. (Thanks to your support from student pledges, raffles, arcade, silent auction, merchandise sales and more, Cantonstock raised more than half the total MC! income this year.) This year, in addition to the expenses MC! typically covers each year (accompanist fees, piano tunings, donations to provide scholarships to Canton students to take private lessons thru ENCORE, and the concert programs that feature our sponsors' ads), our goal was to support the purchase of equipment and instruments, educational events, and special presentations, across all age groups.
With your donations, MC! purchased instruments and equipment including the first-ever preschool curriculum at the Rodman, elementary school chorus risers, ukuleles for the GMS general music classes, and music lab equipment at CHS. Along with the Bank of Canton, the CHS Alumni Association and anonymous donors, MC! purchased upgraded LED lighting for the CHS auditorium; MC! also purchased sound equipment for the auditorium (those expenditures benefit every student musician who takes the stage, as well as all who use the auditorium throughout the community). Donations to MC! bought sheet music for the student-run CHS Chamber Orchestra Club, and for the GMS chorus. Your donations also sponsored student performances at regional and state competitions, the annual GMS chorus and orchestra performance at the State House, and dinner for year-end music celebrations for CHS and elementary school kids here at home.
Best of all, your donations to MC! brought several special presentations to our kids’ schools:
In October 2017, MC!, CHS Drama and CHS English department brought the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company to give a performance and presentation about Macbeth for music, drama and 11th grade students.
In May 2018, MC! sponsored two seminars for GMS students, by professional musicians.
In March 2018, MC! partnered with the CHS Language department to bring the band "Latin Logic" to CHS for World Language Week. Latin Logic gave a day’s worth of seminars about music and salsa dance to all CHS language and music students; an after-school master class for CHS and GMS musicians; and an evening performance open to the whole town. This was just a great collaboration; CHS Spanish students introduced the band, CHS and GMS kids played on stage with some of the region’s best musicians, and all who attended were dancing in the aisles!
Your support of the music program in Canton really made a difference this year ... we hope you feel great about the ways your donations boosted music education throughout the Canton schools! We’re looking forward to a great 2018-19, and we hope you join us to continue making music count in Canton.
Thanks from the entire MC! Board,
> Our "Greatest Hits"
MusicCounts! was formed in 2001 and since then we've worked in concert with the Canton Public Schools Performing Arts Department to support music education and programs in the Canton Public Schools. Some of our "Greatest Hits:"
Paying for new music scores
Tuning all 12 pianos in the district twice per year
Funding accompanists for performances and recitals
Inviting music artists and ensembles to the Canton Public Schools to inspire all students
Offering need-based private lesson scholarships to students through the ENCORE program
Paying for buses to transport music students to special musical events to perform and/or watch
Helping fund new LED lighting for the Canton High School Auditorium
Purchasing a new piano for the Canton High School (CHS) auditorium
Purchasing guitars and ukuleles for the Galvin Middle School (GMS) that allowed for a new middle school general music curriculum
Purchasing new drums for CHS pep band
Purchasing a stand up bass for the high school so bass players coming up from the middle school would have an instrument to play
Purchasing of xylos for the Hansen Elementary School
Purchasing string pick-ups and amps to enhance performances for the elementary stings program
> THANK YOUs
Just sampling of some of the letters we've received!