St. Francis Xavier’s Innovative Music Program

At the Ottawa Catholic School Board, we believe that the best way to prepare our young learners is to develop global competencies: citizenship, character, communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity! A perfect example of this is the community collaboration with Youth Ottawa and St. Francis Xavier Music Department in 2020. 

Youth Ottawa – Artistic Mentorship Program partnered with St. FX Music Teacher John Yemensky to provide students with an experience unlike no other. In collaborating with not just one music class but all music students, many professional musicians and music educators in the community. The students learned media literacy in numerous forms, promotional skills, creative skills such as songwriting and composition, photography, videography, and interpersonal skills. They confronted their fears to try things they had never done before, developing character along the way – deep learning at its finest. 

Watch this video created by the students, featuring Ottawa professional musicians, music educators, St. FX current students and alumni.

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