Collection 81 - John Adaskin Project collection

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John Adaskin Project collection


  • 1961-2011 (Creation)

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36 cm of textual records and other material

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Administrative history

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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Transferred to the Music Library (A2022-09). Materials were previously maintained by Patricia (Pat) Shand, project director from 1973, and were stored in her office at 90 Wellesley, University of Toronto Faculty of Music.

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Collection consists of records of the activities of the John Adaskin Project, formerly the Graded Educational Music Plan, started by John Adaskin in 1961 at the Canadian Music Centre. Records include notes and drafts of articles, lectures, presentations, and workshops on the project; records and correspondence relating to commissions by the project; correspondence with contributors and educators; guidelines for submissions; lists of publications; and records from the first three symposiums and seminars hosted by the project (1963, 1965, and 1967).

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Files are arranged in seven series that reflect Patricia Shand's filing system.

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Created March 24, 2023.




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