Based on a telephone survey of 1,000 adult Ontarians, this report highlights public perceptions regarding the value and benefits of the arts. Comparisons are provided with a similar survey conducted in 1994.
While this report provides information about arts attendance, the most useful statistics might be those concerning personal involvement in the arts and perceptions of the importance of the arts. In fact, the survey findings reveal a strong consensus among Canadians concerning the importance of the arts, culture and heritage.
This report provides lists of the elements that are essential for a comprehensive, multifaceted and sequential music education program in schools. Among these elements:
· "Every student shall study music in each grade in elementary school."
· In secondary school, students should have the opportunity to choose from a variety of music programs that are available to them in every academic year.
· Students should have the opportunity to participate in a range of musical performances, both in the school and in the community.
· Students should have creative musical experiences and understand the joy of participation.