Gouvernement du Manitoba

Arts Education


The Music Framework Butterfly

The Manitoba Music Framework philosophy, essential learning areas, and learning outcomes are represented graphically and metaphorically by the image of a butterfly.

As a graphic organizer, the butterfly image forms a diagram comprising five distinct and interconnected parts: the four wings that each connect to the fifth part, the main body in the centre. Each of the wings represents one of four essential learning areas into which the learning outcomes of the Music Framework have been classified. the central area or "body" of the butterfly, the part to which all the wings connect, represents the student as a developing musician.

The butterfly image promotes the belief, integral to the Music Framework, that every student's growth as a musician and a music-literate person can be realized through ongoing learning experiences that connect creative music activities, technical knowledge and skill development, the building and broadening of cultural and historical understandings related to art and life, and ongoing reflective and critical thinking opportunities that focus on music and personalized learning.

The butterfly also functions as a metaphor for music and music education, alluding to transformation, selfactualization, visual beauty, and resilience. The butterfly image may stimulate many other associations by those who encounter this Music Framework; such generative thinking is fitting for a framework intended as an impetus to creative and personalized learning.