KANATA, ON April 28 2016 – Music for Young Children’s has just completed its 29th International Composition Festival with 7,095 MYC students taking part in Canada, the U.S., Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. Mississauga teacher Chandrika de Almeida is very proud of her student Mokshita Hurday who placed first internationally in his/her level for ‘Hide and Go Seek’ competing with 345 in his/her age group. Three other students placed regionally: Lia Galadriel Niera, placed first for ‘Welcome Home Daddy + Mommy’; Serene Revelpulle placed third for ‘The Friendly Unicorn’ and Dilmi Ratnayake placed fourth for ‘Stars’.
Compositions are judged within their level in four different regions – Western Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB), Eastern Canada (ON, PQ, NS, NB, PEI, NF), United States, Asia & New Zealand (South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam). The eight first place (eight different age levels) International winners each receive $250.
Chandrika also had these students who were recognized with honorable mentions: Aaron Dehg ‘Dancing Robot’; Alyse Sutherland, ‘I Like to Do Things’; Dasune Rathnayaka, ‘My Birthday Wish List’; Joshua D’Souga, ‘The Beautiful Kite’; Kenna Goulbourne, ‘Mrs. Octopus’; Lucie Kim, ‘Genius Scientists’; Melinda Quach, ‘I Like Ice Cream’; Methuli Amarasinghe, ‘Midnight’ and Savannah Quach ‘I Love Drawing’.
According to Frances Balodis, MYC Composition Chairperson and founder of Music for Young Children, “The titles this year were varied. Titles (and the compositions) all revealed things and people in which the students’ are interested ... kitty cats, Grandpa, rain, sparkles, sunshine, dolphins, girlfriends, sailing, Christmas, spring, dancing, hockey, baby brother, picnic, wizards and ice cream, to name a few. These titles show plenty of enthusiasm and energy, just as their compositions sounded. Titles help the reviewers understand the students’ mood and intentions when they played the composition.”
Roland Canada sponsors the Music for Young Children Composition Festival and provided five F-20-DW pianos. Roland truly demonstrates a dedication to music education through their fine instruments and through their support of this composition festival.
In business for 36 years, Music for Young Children is taught to 24,000 students annually across Canada, the United States, New Zealand, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. For more information phone Chandrika de Almeida at 905-615-9886 or visit www.myc.com.
Janice Reade, Public Relations
Music for Young Children by Frances Balodis Ltd. (est. 1980)
International Headquarters – 39 Leacock Way, Kanata ON K2K 1T1
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