FOPA in Schools

Friends of the Performing Arts (FOPA) in Lloydminster and Lloydminster public School Division have partnered to offer private music lessons during the school day. The partnership will allow private music instructors registered with FOPA to us LPSD school facilities to teach students before, during and after the school day. Times and space will be made available within the limitations of each school. Instructors, parents and students will work within these parameters to access music lessons. The goal of the program is to enrich offering of music lessons to include piano, voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion and stringed instruments.

Research into benefits of music instruction include enhanced brain development, expanded creativity, higher grades, exploration of culture, and development of skills and discipline as part of long term goals and achievement  The partnership with FOPA will also open the door for private lessons to students who otherwise may not have access for financial reason or opportunity. With schools and FOPA working together students with musical aptitudes will be given encouragement and support to pursue the stud of music whether it be voice or an instrument.

The music instructors will provide supports to the school they work in and plans are under-way for a year end concert for all students to perform.

Collen Young, Board Chair for LPSD noted, “this partnership is exciting and will support and encourage the development of students music skills, interest in music and our music programs. Music is an important part of the lives of our students anything we can do to support this growth will add to the richness of programming in our schools and community. ”

Cindy Gratton, President of FOPA added, “FOPA has been involved in fundraising for local performing arts since 2003. Proceeds from our yearly Mardi Gras charity even have generated tens of thousands of dollars to support school band and drama programs, music and dance festivals, and various scholarships. We are excited for the new opportunities in which FOPA can support the community through music education in our school system.”

Questions may be directed to Todd Robinson, Director of Education with LPSD at 780-875-5541 or todd.robinson@lpsd.ca or Cindy Gratton at cindy@fopa.ca