The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has named Toronto’s Marian Cheney 2010’s MusiCounts teacher of the year. For 20 years, she has been teaching music at Queen Victoria Public School in Parkdale, an area of the city with a high concentration of low-income apartments and substandard living conditions.
“While at the Parkdale area school in Toronto, she has welcomed many new students from immigrant and low-income families to her classes,” says the press release about her award. “Her policy is that no child is turned away from band or choir based on his / her ability or family financial situation. She is very involved in the school’s vocal and choir programs as well as guitar ensemble and concert band.”
CARAS registered as an educational charity in 1974 for cultural activities and promotion of the arts. Its main function is to present the annual Juno Awards for Canadian music. MusiCounts is CARAS's music education program, whose Band Aid grants help provide musical instruments to schools and community organizations throughout Canada that apply and meet the requirements. In 2009, approximately $650,000 was given to qualified donees, according to the registered charity information return.
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