In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary the
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra offers free access to music education to every resident and visitor in Canada
Gift of unprecendented access to online music learning will be offered to over 40 million people
Calgary, Alta., December 6, 2017 – The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) has entered into a unique partnership with the French web-based music-learning platform, Meludia. Starting on December 6, 2017 and for a period of one year, unlimited access to the Meludia ear training web platform of 625 interactive music learning exercises will be made available free of charge to every resident and visitor in Canada, a gift to the nation by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director, Rune Bergmann, who have made it their mission to encourage and nurture music literacy in Canada. The CPO wants to enrich the concert experience for all Canadians by fostering deeper engagement in music.
“Music is a universal language that knows no boundaries,” said The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “I am delighted that Canadians of all ages and backgrounds will have access to this magnificent gift. This is sure to add a sweet note as we cap off this celebratory Canada 150 year.”
When CPO Music Director Rune Bergmann first discovered Meludia he was inspired by its strong pedagogic qualities and novel, cutting-edge approach to developing music perception, auditory skills and acquiring the fundamentals of music.
“It was clear to me that Meludia was the ideal tool to bring music literacy not just to our audiences in Calgary, but to every resident in Canada,” said Bergmann. He brought the project to the attention of Paul Dornian, President & CEO of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, who agreed to this initiative for a nationwide deployment to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, an end-of-year musical gift to the nation from one of its leading orchestras.
“When Rune first logged me into the Meludia platform, I was impressed at how intuitively interactive and fun it was,” said Paul Dornian. “Meludia takes musical education to a new level and thanks to this partnership and the support of a number of CPO donors, I am thrilled that we can make Meludia available to Canadians and visitors to Canada who want to boost their musical education or start from scratch.”
Starting today, anyone in Canada can log into meludia.com and enter the program free of charge until December 5, 2018. Canadians will benefit from the fun and interactive learning exercises offered on the platform. By using the platform just 15-minutes a day four days per week, a beginner should complete the ‘Discovery’ module in three months, the ‘Intermediate’ module in six months, and the ‘Advanced’ module in 12 months.
In connection with the launch and throughout 2018, a Meludia team from Paris will spend several weeks visiting all regions of Canada, from the Northwest Territories to the Maritimes, introducing the Meludia platform in schools, universities, community centers, retirement homes, Alzheimer and dementia centers, hospitals, and prisons. This roadshow aims at raising public awareness of the importance of music literacy, ear training and the beneficial effects that learning music has upon society, benefits which have been well documented in numerous studies. The intention is to introduce the Meludia platform and its colorful and engaging exercises to as many Canadians and visitors as possible, irrespective of their social status or music background.
Meludia CEO Bastien Sannac said, “We are extremely grateful to Maestro Rune Bergmann and Paul Dornian of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for having the vision and determination to bring this project to fruition. An initiative such as this, on such a large scale, by a major Canadian orchestra, will certainly raise global attention to the importance of offering music education to all.”
Meludia Vice President Kevin Kleinmann said, “We look forward to the series of Canadian roadshows that we will be undertaking throughout 2018, to bring music learning and awareness to as many communities in Canada as possible, in partnership with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. At Meludia, we believe that music literacy is a basic and fundamental human right, no different than the right to read, the right to write or the right to speak a language. We believe that a musically literate society is a happier, more harmonious and better society.”
About the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is a cornerstone of Calgary’s multi-faceted arts community and since 1955, has grown to be one of North America’s finest and most versatile live music ensembles. A repertoire that is extensive and broad in scope consistently attracts acclaimed guest artists and conductors. The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Rune Bergmann, offers an average of 80 concerts per Season designed to fit all musical tastes.