Singing in Canadian Schools:
COVID-19 Impact Sur​vey

It's time to #SpeakUpForSinging

Singing was banned or heavily restricted in Canadian schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving students without vital music programs in their school that not only benefit musical learning, but also student mental health and wellbeing.


Learn more in the COVID-19 Impact Survey Executive Summary and Final Report (December 9, 2021):


Choral Canada, in partnership with Canadian Music Educators' Association, Coalition for Music Education in Canada, and Kodály Society of Canada worked with Dr. Francine Morin, Associate Dean at the University of Manitoba and a leading authority in Canadian arts education, on the Singing in Canadian Schools: COVID-19 Impact Survey. 

This survey was created to increase our understanding of the impacts of the pandemic on singing in K-12 school music education in Canada. Music educators had the opportunity to anonymously share their perspectives on the: 
  • Overall support for singing and music education in their schools
  • Impact on educators' delivery of their music programs
  • Impact on singing in school music programs
  • Impact on educators' time, resources, and finances
  • Impact on implementing school music curricula

Singing, as a foundation of music education, has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Restrictions on singing during the pandemic varied greatly in each province and territory, even from region to region. This research project has provided a report on how singing in schools has been impacted throughout the pandemic, comparing data on singing in schools before the pandemic and during the pandemic.

This research project provided an opportunity for music educators to share their perspectives and experiences in relation to singing and the pandemic. The results of the survey will be used to help inform the ongoing growth and development of singing and music education in Canadian schools.

1) To collect data on any changes that have impacted singing in schools and to demonstrate the impact the pandemic has had on singing and, by extension, on music programs in general;

2) To ensure music educators/singing leaders in schools across Canada were being heard and to support advocacy efforts in relation to singing and music education;

3) To raise awareness on the fundamental and indispensable role that singing plays in music curricula;

4) To share data about the impacts on singing in Canadian schools, and to develop resources for advocacy purposes (e.g., letters, infographics, published articles) to support educators' efforts to sustain and grow music programs.

Thank you!

994 music educators from across Canada filled out the survey. Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey, to everyone who shared it, and to everyone who supported the advocacy campaign for singing in our schools!


National Research Project Partners



Research Project Collaborators



Research Project Supporters

Manitoba Choral Association
​Manitoba Music Educators Association
Ontario Music Educators Association
British Columbia Music Educators Association
​Newfoundland & Labrador Music Educators Association

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