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Friday, October 4, 2013

Royal Conservatory of Music Launches Early Childhood Education Centre

Donation of $5 million to Growing Greatness campaign from
David, Peter, and Taylor Thomson in tribute to Marilyn Thomson

The Royal Conservatory is pleased to announce the creation of The Marilyn Thomson Early Childhood Education Centre, made possible through a generous donation of $5 million from David, Peter, and Taylor Thomson. The Marilyn Thomson Centre will develop and deliver innovative early childhood education programs, teacher certification, and digital early childhood education products for use by parents and their children. The gift was announced today at a special event in Winnipeg.

“The Royal Conservatory has long been at the forefront of early childhood education through our innovative and well-researched programs, which will soon be made available to teachers, parents, and children across Canada using engaging online platforms and digital products,” says Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory. “The Royal Conservatory is grateful to David, Peter, and Taylor Thomson for their support of our Growing Greatness campaign in establishing the Marilyn Thomson Centre.”

Marilyn Thomson has had a lifelong involvement in music and her commitment to music education and The Conservatory, where she is an alumna and Honorary Board Member. The Marilyn Thomson Centre will develop early childhood education products designed to meet the specific developmental needs of children. The delivery of the curriculum will be primarily through digital applications that can be used daily to further a child’s musical progress.

The Marilyn Thomson Centre will offer an online teacher certification program for early childhood educators, digital videos and resources to help parents introduce music to children from birth to age three, and interactive music apps for children aged four to six.

Peter, Taylor, and I are delighted to create The Marilyn Thomson Early Childhood Education Centre at The Royal Conservatory,” said Mr. David Thomson, Chairman of Thomson Reuters. “This initiative encompasses a range of digital resources to support music education based on the highly successful programs The Conservatory has championed for years, and is a testament to this organization’s dedication to transforming the lives of Canadian youth by nurturing their cognitive potential.”

The $5 million gift from David, Peter, and Taylor Thomson to The Royal Conservatory’sGrowing Greatness campaign addresses a critical need to support the cognitive development of Canada's youth through music and arts education. To date, the Growing Greatness Campaign has reached half of its $40 million goal to expand, strengthen, and increase access to Conservatory programs for people throughout Canada.
The Marilyn Thomson Centre will benefit from The Royal Conservatory’s assessment and evaluation expertise in early childhood development as it evaluates and documents the impact of music in early childhood. This will include a five year empirical, control group study. It will also leverage many partnerships through The Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts® program, bringing together leading professionals in the fields of health, education, social development, neuroscience, psychology, and music to collaborate on research and program development.

The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music and arts education institutions in the world.Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performances, and teacher education programs, The Conservatory has had a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally. In addition, the organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through leadership in music and arts education, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues. For more information, please visit

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