Cultural Impact & Advocacy
In 1905, Saskatchewan became a province. Since 1908, the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (SMFA) has grown with our province, always in step, always in tune. The SMFA reaches out to people of all ages and all backgrounds across the province of Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan structures and programs have been modeled throughout Canada.
Our mandate which is, “to promote excellence in music and speech arts by providing performance and educational opportunities through competitive festivals,” requires us to work closely with the many (numerous) people who come together to keep the festival movement in Saskatchewan alive and well.
These people include:
- music and speech students
- donors and
There are 47 annual festivals across the province, therefore the impact that is created in all these 47 festivals and surrounding areas is significant.
These communities have embraced the festival concept because it provides:
- an element of educational growth as well as entertainment that brings their community together
- the opportunity for communities to acknowledge and support the success and endeavours of their young people
- encouragement for students to set goals and showcase their abilities while receiving constructive adjudication from professional musicians
- local volunteers an opportunity to be involved with young people in their community in a positive way
- participating students with the performance opportunity to develop confidence and self-discipline while demonstrating positive role models for their peers
Since its early days, the Association has provided competitive and non-competitive classes for not only solo and individual competitors, but for community and schools in choruses, bands and orchestras. SMFA’s continued expansion encouraged the formation of other provincial music organizations. Saskatchewan was not only the first to form a Provincial Music Festival Association, but also the first to use a common syllabus for all its member festivals. The use of the common syllabus assures that a high standard is maintained.
SMFA partners with the other music organizations across Saskatchewan to ensure that the programs we develop are relevant to the needs of our young people. Accessibility to programs and recognizing changing demographic circumstances within the province is a high priority. The broad-based volunteer component of SMFA allows the organization to operate at the grass roots level thereby closely monitoring these changes and adapting to them.
Every attempt is made to ensure that the experience attained by participants is beneficial and works in concert with the SMFA vision which is to develop individuals with positive life and performance skills.
SMFA believes that the need for a culturally aware society is of increasing importance given the pressures exerted upon us by the rapid, electronic environment in which we live. Our organization is committed to cultivating that awareness by providing information, education, opportunity and a clear vision of the role we play in this task.
The Importance of Music in Your Life
Music is the Key to Creativity.
Music fuels the mind and creativity. A creative mind has the ability to make discoveries and create innovations. Playing a musical instrument gives you the ability to tell the story without words. Both require maximum right brain usage which not only exercises ones creativity but also ones intellect.
Music makes Education more enjoyable.
Music can be very engaging in the classroom and is a great tool for memorization. Using song to teach, enables students to retain that information much quicker and for a longer period of time. Music teaches us self-discipline and time management skills. When you study music small steps are taken to achieve larger goals. Music education is often used to keep students focused and away for negative influences.
Music is the Language of the Universe.
Music is universal in that there are no boundaries to understanding music. Even animals can understand and benefit from music. It transcends all boundaries of communication.
Music can create a mood and make you feel emotion
Music can whisk you away on an extended journey. Music also has the power to suggest movement and feelings. A song can be a reminder of a moment which made you particularly sad or very excited and happy. Music is the perfect way to communicate love.
Music Brings People Together
Music is imbedded within all of us. Everyone can understand it and feel something if they open themselves up. Playing music with other musicians is an incredible feeling. There is a certain type of connection that comes when you make music in a group. The same is true for those who are listening to music, either through dance or a concert.
Music Has Therapeutic Effect in the Life of Human
Music has been known to have healing powers. Doctors and therapists often recommend soft music for their patients. The positive effect of music can promote revival of hope, joy of existence, and happiness in the mind of the patient making it easier for them to respond positively to treatment.