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Cumulative Four-Year Study Results – Symphony Education Programs in Canada

Symphony Report_cover-Final4The following report represents the culmination of four years of research by Measuredoutcome.org, in conjunction with nine Canadian orchestras. This study focuses on the impact of educational programming and student concerts delivered by participating orchestras. A recurring theme throughout this research is that students, teachers, and musicians share the view that exposure to live symphonic music is a valuable enrichment opportunity.

• 85% of educators said that the educational concerts are a good way for their students to learn.
• 82% of students prefer live performance to recorded listening experiences.
• 74% of educators said concerts assist them in delivering the required music curriculum.
• 57% of performers said that their choice to become a musician was influenced by attending
a student concert when they were young.
• 70% of teachers made use of orchestra-provided educational support materials.
• For 57% of students, education concerts provide their only exposure to live orchestral music.

“ It’s the building of community through shared experience.” – Performing Artist

Despite positive outcomes, orchestras continue to struggle to secure resources. Transportation issues and waning support for music education represent hurdles to success. Less quantifiable—but equally important—is the increase in competition amongst extracurricular activities, as well as the perceived value of symphony programs by teachers and administrators.

During the course of this research, orchestras have worked to address these issues through
the creation of new programs, curriculum materials, and online resources, as well as through numerous collaborations.

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