Golf Family brings music to classrooms
There are few opportunities in school that bring all kids together. Music class is one of those opportunities. Yet, despite studies showing that kids who participate in music programs do better overall, support for music education in our schools is disappearing.
In March 2018, Volkswagen Canada partnered with MusiCounts, a charity whose mission is to ensure that all children and young people across Canada have access to music education. And while we’re not in the music business, we do know that having a quality sound system in our cars is an essential feature for our drivers. Why? Because music touches all of us. It has the power to positively impact our health and wellbeing. And we want to make sure that music continues to fill the cabins of our cars for generations to come. We need to support tomorrow’s musicians today.
The Golf Family of cars was on hand to facilitate the task of bringing $25,000 worth of musical instruments to five schools in need across Ontario. Five golf models, the Golf, Golf R, GTI, Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack, were paired with five exceptional music teachers who are everyday heroes in their communities. Watch the video to see the results of our contribution.
But the fun didn’t stop there. Each teacher was given access to their Golf for the day to experience the thrill of the drive. The results? Pure joy and lots of fun.
Toby Ley, Program Leader, Arts Program & Experiential Learning at DSBN Academy was given a Volkswagen Golf GTI. His favourite feature? “The speakers blew my mind.”
The Golf R made Sydney Singh, Instrumental Music Teacher at St. Aiden Catholic School, enjoy her drive to work a lot more that day.
Shannon Stevens, Primary Planning Time Teacher at WR Best Memorial Public School drove the VW Golf. Her favourite features were the sportiness, ease of parking and the large infotainment screen.
The Golf Alltrack took a ride on a dirty road thanks to Mike Fanning, Music Teacher at Michael Power St. Joseph High while Diane Winmill, Music Teacher at North Hastings High School enjoyed the Golf SportWagen’s ample cargo space, perfect for hauling instruments to and from school.
Through music education, children get access to creativity in a unique and sometimes, life changing way. We’re proud to have had the opportunity to support MusiCounts and this exceptional program.
* The score/music was performed/recorded by the children in the classrooms
* MusiCounts charity mission statement: To ensure all children and youth in Canada have access to music education