By Penny Johnson, Contributing Author


On May 13, 2011, The Royal Conservatory – which this year turns 125 years old – will play host to a one-day symposium on music education titled The Promise of Music. With the slogan, “Transforming young minds and lives,” POM (as it is more commonly known) will feature a day of inspirational keynote addresses, expert panel presentations, and uplifting performances all of which are designed to “raise awareness, impact policy and promote action.”

Hosted by Canadian singer/songwriter, Murray McLaughlan, the upcoming symposium – which is being presented by The SOCAN Foundation and The Royal Conservatory in partnership with the Coalition for Music Education – will offer attendees the opportunity to “witness first-hand the science, the stories, the strategies – and the powerful impact of music education on the minds and in the lives of young people.”

The first ever POM symposium was held at the RCM in October 2009 as part of the Celebration of Music Week, a weeklong series of events coordinated by The Glenn Gould Foundation in connection with the presentation of The Eighth Glenn Gould Prize to Dr. José Antonio Abreu, founder of the Venezuelan musical miracle sensation known as El Sistema, an organization which provides free music education to all children. The event was a tremendous success, with attendance for the symposium alone totaling 450.

A pre-eminent international arts award, The Glenn Gould Prize is awarded every three years to an individual who, through the arts, has made a lifelong commitment to the enrichment of the human condition. The Glenn Gould Foundation is immensely proud of the innovative partnerships and cross-cultural impacts of the events featured during the Celebration of Music Week, and will continue to chart a course of global stature for The Glenn Gould Prize as a symbol of excellence and international recognition as the world’s pre-eminent arts award. For a complete wrap-up of the 2009 POM symposium, please click here.

For more information on the upcoming POM symposium, please click here