Mission and Values
An Instrument For Every Child (AIFEC) provides ALL children with a high quality music education and allows them to explore their creative potential. This program will build self-esteem, develop leadership and teamwork skills and realize a sense of fulfillment. AIFEC will greatly assist in successfully carrying children forward, as vital citizens of their community.
Through AIFEC, students in grades 1-4 will learn to play a musical instrument and receive general music education within the school curriculum. AIFEC was launched as a pilot project at King George Elementary School in September 2010. The longer-term vision for the program is that ALL children in Hamilton will have the opportunity to be part of the program. AIFEC supports the mandate of Making Hamilton the Best Place to Raise a Child.
This is how it works:
In the first year (Grade 1) elementary school children will be introduced to a variety of instruments. The students will receive one hour of music lessons each week. Under the supervision of the classroom teacher, a qualified music instructor will implement the program during regular school hours. In the second year students choose the instrument that they want to play. The instructor will work with small groups of four to six children. The instrumental lessons take place once a week in the school building.
Instrumental instruction continues in the third and fourth year with an introduction to basic ensemble play being added to the program. The curriculum will be based on the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Curriculum for the Arts, Grade 1-4, and will introduce students to the basic elements of music through listening to, performing and creating music. The special child-sized instruments will be provided on a free loan basis for the period of three years.
Music education can help spark a child’s imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. When you provide a child with new worlds to explore and challenges to tackle, the possibilities are endless. Music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child’s world of possibility.