To mark the 20th anniversary of its youth component, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) has developed a brand new interactive platform. This makes it even easier for teachers and families to introduce contemporary music to children of all ages.
For 20 years now, the SMCQ Jeunesse has offered shows and educational projects allowing children and adolescents to be introduced to musical creation, as well as to the work of composers from here and today. The objective of this youth component is to make the richness of our musical repertoire known to new generations while stimulating their desire to create with music.
The unveiling of the new platform took place within the framework of the congress of the Federation of associations of musicians educators of Quebec (FAMEQ). This event took place at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) from October 25 to 27 and brought together the entire community working around music education.
A simple and accessible platform
In order to facilitate access to the educational offer of the SMCQ by bringing together all of its tools under a single website, the SMCQ Jeunesse has created a dynamic educational platform. For the artistic director of the SMCQ, Walter Boudreau, this is about equipping people who want to share creative music with young people to reach as many people as possible.
The platform includes creation, performance and appreciation activity kits as well as audio clips, video clips, comics and children's scores. The interactive space also includes a series of portraits of contemporary musicians and a sharing space for platform subscribers.
New technologies, a plus for music
The creation of the platform is based on a study commissioned by the SMCQ on the current and potential use of new technologies in the teaching of music in French and English in Canada.
The study was carried out by researchers Lise Galuga, technopedagogue, and Serge Demers, PhD from the University of Sudbury. She concludes that music classes in Quebec and the rest of the country are well positioned to access digital resources with teachers who are well connected and open to the use of technological tools (would this be the impact of the efforts École branchée?!).