BY THE NUMBERS
In 1886, the Royal Conservatory of Music was formed
5 million Royal Conservatory alumni
377,000 students have taken Learning Through the Arts programming in the last 10 years
45 studies point to the benefits of the program
Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected musical institutions in the world with a mission to develop human potential through leadership in music and the arts. Created in 1886, the Conservatory counts more than 5 million alumni who have passed through its various programs.
The Conservatory takes a progressive, community-based approach to its programming. In addition to serving as the definitive standard of excellence in curriculum design, assessment, performance training, and teacher certification, the Conservatory has developed a number of arts-based social programs. One such program, Learning Through the Arts®, was first supported in 1999 by Power Corporation.
The Learning Through the Arts approach uses drama, music and visual arts to teach core curriculum to students in grades 6 to 9. Specially trained local artists work with classroom teachers to creatively instruct students in subjects that are hard to grasp. Together they work to create lessons that make the core curriculum exciting and relevant to all students and learner types.
The program was developed in the belief that making learning and teaching participatory and active is the most effective means of achieving academic, social and personal development in students. The program has spawned educational initiatives in a dozen countries, from the UK to Germany and Singapore.
The Learning Through the Arts program was recently introduced to First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students in Fort McMurray, Alberta. These students made remarkable gains in academic achievement after taking part in the program for a three-year period.
In 2012/2013 Provincial Achievement Tests for Grade 9 Mathematics, FNMI students boosted their average scores from 44.7 per cent to 66.1 per cent – closing a persistent gap in achievement with their Province-wide peers of all backgrounds and surpassing the provincial average for FNMI youth by 23.3 per cent. Similar results were achieved in Science and Social Studies.
“We have invested millions in education to create a culture of creativity in Canada, and foster a society in which people of all ages and backgrounds benefit from participation in music and the arts”, said Darrell Steele, Director, Development Services at the Royal Conservatory of Music. “Our long-standing commitment with Power Corporation is essential to continue delivering excellence in our programs and developing new initiatives.”