Thankful Thursday: MTS Supporting Music Education
MTS is an incredible supporter of Manitoba’s youth and through their Future First program, they are able to make real impacts in our local communities. The Future First program supports our Musical Mentors program in which we pair local professional folk musicians with students who have limited-to-no access to formal musical education. Here they learn the art of song writing, performing and recording. The results of the program include the ability for youth to express themselves and improve their skills all while having fun!
“MTS’s Future First program is all about opening doors and removing barriers for Manitoba’s youth. That’s why MTS's sponsorship of the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Musical Mentors program aligns so well,” says Roslyn Dally, manager of community investments and employee volunteerism with MTS. “Musical Mentors gives young people the opportunity to grow as musicians, songwriters, and performers, and MTS Future First is proud to support this important program.”
On March 24th the eight-week long program culminated for nine students from General Wolf School as they spent the afternoon having their new original song professionally recorded. The mentor that worked with General Wolf School was local singer-songwriter and member of the country-roots group Oh My Darling, Vanessa Kuzina. With Vanessa’s guidance, the students recorded their original song "Love is an Open Door" and made use of guitars, flutes, a trombone and a ukulele to make their song come to life.
One of these talented young musicians, Darius, took the time to discuss the song and his experience with the Musical Mentors program. When asked about the song he and his classmates created Darius says, “the song is about falling love and having someone break your heart but someone new comes along and helps you find love again.”
The room was filled with smiles, laughter and music. Even when their classmates each recorded their own section of the song the others were gathered in a waiting area playing guitar and singing along to different popular pop songs.
“The whole program is amazing!” continued Darius. “It helps us learn to sing properly, improve our instrument play and learn how to write a song. Everyone has a part in the song and it needed a lot of teamwork. It is really hard to write a song and Vanessa has really helped us to form the song, write the lyrics and find a beat.”
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