The Royal Conservatory of Music

The Royal Conservatory of Music

May 16, 2008 16:18 ET

Measha Brueggergosman Coming Home to Fredericton to Launch Learning Through the Arts in New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - She's impressed royalty, dignitaries, government officials and audiences all over the world, but on Friday, May 23rd superstar soprano Measha Brueggergosman will face one of her toughest audiences to date: students and staff at her former elementary school, Park Street School, in her hometown of Fredericton. Education minister Kelly Lamrock will also be in attendance. The visit will officially launch Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) in New Brunswick. Measha is the national spokesperson for LTTA, an innovative program of The Royal Conservatory of Music bringing specially-trained artists from a wide variety of art forms into classrooms to partner with teachers to teach core curriculum through their art form.

"I'm thrilled this amazing program is finally coming to my hometown," said Brueggergosman. "I, myself am a product of music and arts in schools and the RCM was central to my artistic development. With LTTA, all kids can now have access to an artistic experience that will enrich and enhance their everyday curriculum."

"Measha is a true champion for LTTA and a tremendous role model for young people across Canada. We are delighted the launch of Learning Through the Arts in New Brunswick is important to her," said Angela Elster, Vice President, Academic, The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Learning Through the Arts will launch its mainstream program in New Brunswick in inaugural schools Connaught Street Elementary and Park Street School, along with the confirmation of two LTTA teacher institutes scheduled for the 2008/2009 school year. The LTTA Aboriginal program has been active throughout the province since 2004 several Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey schools.

On Friday morning, students at Park Street School will showcase the final outcome of an LTTA program facilitated by LTTA Mentor Artist Peggy Ward in partnership with a Park Street School teacher. They will have spent three sessions exploring core curriculum through music and media arts.

After the LTTA showcase the annual LTTA TIME Canada Commitment Award will to be presented to Peter MacDonald, Principal of Eel Ground First Nation School, an LTTA Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey school. "Peter does whatever it takes to provide opportunities for his students to use the arts to learn and grow and contribute to their own community and beyond. His faith in these kids is unshakeable and it has been a great joy for me to work and create with him," said Peggy Ward, LTTA Mentor Artist. LTTA will also present the annual TELUS Innovation Award to the Atlantic Canada's First Nation Help Desk.

Now offered in over 400 schools across Canada and in 12 countries, reaching more than 100,000 students, Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) makes learning core curriculum exciting and relevant. LTTA brings specially-trained artists into schools who, in partnership with great teachers, facilitate lessons such as math through dance, history through storytelling and science through visual art. A three year study conducted by Queen's University found students in the LTTA program scored an average of 11 percentile points higher in math than their peers in non-LTTA schools.

Contact Information

  • Learning Through the Arts
    Jennifer Birch
    Marketing Manager
    (416) 408-2824 x460
    (416) 516-7637 (FAX)
    Email: jennifer.birch@rcmusic.ca