John Adaskin Project

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John Adaskin Project

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The John Adaskin Project started in 1961 as the "Graded Educational Music Plan" by John Adaskin, executive secretary to the Canadian Music Centre (CMC). The initiative was underway by 1962 with a committee of music educators grading and evaluating Canadian repertoire in terms of its suitability for student performers. The project was renamed in its founder's memory in 1965, and became the "John Adaskin Project (Canadian Music for Schools)" in 1973 under the direction of Patricia (Pat) Shand, overseen by the Canadian Music Educators' Association (CMEA) and the CMC. The project organizes workshops, demonstrations, and lectures; publishes research guides; and commissions new works by Canadian composers.


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Shand, Patricia Martin (1942-)

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Patricia (Pat) Shand was the director of the John Adaskin Project.

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Keith MacMillan (1920-1991)

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Keith MacMillan succeeded John Adaskin as the executive director of the Canadian Music Centre in 1964, and organized the second and third seminars (1965 and 1967) for this project.

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Adaskin, John (1908-1964)

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John Adaskin started what would become the

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Created January 26, 2023.




Patricia Shand, "John Adaskin Project," in The Canadian Encyclopedia. Accessed January 26, 2023.

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