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Phone Zap for Education

SUCCESSFUL EVENT ON JULY 26 – PHONE ZAP TO THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ABOUT THE VALUE OF MUSIC EDUCATION

The goal of the phone zap was to urge the provincial government to consider the OMEA’s Safe Singing and Playing in Ontario Programs, Fall 2021, reopening guidelines.

This event gave participants the chance to improve school music education by phoning their representatives to ask them to direct school boards to return to singing and playing in their schools by considering the OMEA’s document Safe Singing and Playing in Ontario Music Programs for Fall 2021 written by a team of music educators in June 2021 using the latest science and research.

By phoning local MPPs, the Minister of Education and the Premier, parents demonstrated their unified voice about the importance of music education. This phone zap was hosted by Bandology in conjunction with the Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA).

The phone zap took place on Monday, July 26 at 7 pm via Zoom. Everyone – parents, teachers, students, community members – are welcome. Many voices will make our message heard!

There are two calls to action:

  1. Directing school boards to return to singing and playing in their schools by considering the OMEA’s Safe Singing and Playing in Ontario Music Programs for Fall 2021 document.
  2. Direction for schools to return to safe playing and singing in music classrooms should come from the province, rather than handing off this responsibility to local health units, except in extreme local cases. 
CLICK HERE FOR THE SUGGESTED PHONE/EMAIL SCRIPT.

Other ways to help: Make noise on social media. Use the #onted and #musicmatters and #musiceducation hashtags and tag the Premier and Minister Lecce in your tweets to ask that they consider the guidelines for September. Make calls to the Minister of Education and the Premier as well as your local MPP.

Premier Doug Ford: doug.ford@pc.ola.org, (416) 325-1941, Twitter @FordNation 
Minister of Education Stephen Lecce: minister.edu@ontario.ca, (800) 668-9320, Twitter @Sflecce
Parliamentary Assistant Sam Oosterhoff: sam.oosterhoff@ontario.ca, (905) 563-1755, Twitter @samoosterhoff
Email, call or Tweet to your local MPP too – click here to find out how to contact them.edit”advocacy”

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