On the first Monday in May each year, schools across Canada celebrate the impact of music and music education with Music Monday. To mark the occasion, we invited several prominent Canadian musicians across a variety of genres to pen a letter to a music teacher, an educator who has greatly influenced their career.  

We have posted the letters here, including notes from Sarah Slean, Hawksley Workman, Jully Black and more, as well as responses from the teachers we could track down:

Letter to my teacher: Suzie Vinnick (with response from her teacher, Mr. England)

Letter to my teacher: Alex Cuba

Letter to my teacher: Sarah Slean (with response from her teacher, Juno-winner Christina Petrowska Quilico of York University)

Letter to my teacher: Oliver Jones

Letter to my teacher: Cadence Weapon (with response from his music mentor/uncle, Brett Miles)

Letter to my teacher: Royal Wood (with response from his secondary school teacher, Rob Roy)

Letter to my teacher: Hawksley Workman (with response from his teacher, Ian Halton)

Letter to my teacher: Jason McCoy

Letter to my teacher: Matt Haimovitz

Letter to my teacher: Jully Black (with a response from her high school teacher, Roy Greaves)

Tell us how music education has impacted your life. Post a tribute to your musical educators in the space below, or send an email to singersongwriter@cbc.ca.

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Lenny Breau’s first jazz teacher, Bob Erlendson

Music Monday: coalition for music education

Music Monday with Luke Doucet

posted by Brad Frenette on Apr 23, 2012