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BECAUSE there’s nothing like a child sitting on the edge of their seat, mesmerized as they watch their first live concert.


Announcing: Our 2014-15 School Concerts Program

This program is still FREE of charge!*

All concerts at the Centre In The Square!

Grades 1 - 3


Have you ever stopped to wonder about all of the different things that music can do? This program examines how music helps us celebrate significant events, such as weddings and birthdays. Hear how music can represent what we do at work and at play; how it can depict a story and portray emotions so effectively. This concert ties to the arts and social studies curriculum.

November 4, 2014, 10:30 - 11:30 am - SOLD OUT-  and 1:00 - 2:00 pm - SOLD OUT

November 5, 2014, 10:30 - 11:30 am - SOLD OUT- and 1:00 - 2:00 pm - SOLD OUT

Download the Teachers Activity Guide for What Can Music Do?


Grades 4 - 6


A NEW programme from Carnegie Hall for Grades 4 - 6

One universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, we will discover how the orchestra rocks!

Includes basic soprano recorder techniques and repertoire selections, plus listening, analysis, performance, creative projects, and experiential activities. Composer Thomas Cabaniss guides the exploration.

February 24, 2015, 10:30 - 11:30 am - SOLD OUT - and 1:00 - 2:00 pm

February 25, 2015, 10:30 - 11:30 am- SOLD OUT - and 1:00 - 2:00 pm - SOLD OUT -

With rhythm at the heart of the exploration, students:

  • Perform by singing or playing the recorder or string instruments as solos, small ensembles, and orchestra
  • Analyze and interpret the essential structures of rhythm and groove
  • Connect with the orchestra and explore instruments, families, and orchestration
  • Compose and notate new music, using the concert music as models
  • Develop their imaginative capacities and make personal connections to the music

This concert offers the opportunity (optional) for students to perform on recorders with the KWS from the audience! Excellent Yamaha recorders can be obtained by teachers at a discount price from Long & McQuade - contact for details.

This impressive School Concert Program provides music education to the schools in a way that supports teachers by providing resources, musician visits and a concert presentation that ties to the Ontario education curriculum. Our comprehensive program was delivered to over 13, 000 school children across our region last school year alone.

To book your class today, fill our the form ONLINE, or download and submit the KWS School Concerts Seat Booking Form.

Please note that the Teachers Activity Guide will not be delivered electronically for this concert. They will be delivered in person. Please indicate on the Booking Form how many Guides you require.

Did you know that the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery can accept some student tours before or after our school concerts? Contact KW|AG for more information!


The KWS provides extensive supplementary materials to assist teacher preparation prior to the concert experience. A comprehensive Teacher's Guide will be available to download. It includes information about the KWS, details about the concert, class activities, suggested listening and suggested reading.


"What Can Music Do?" Teachers' Activity Guide

"The Four Elements of a Concert" Teachers' Activity Guide

"Music of Canada/Music of the World" Teachers' Activity Guide

A KWS musician will visit each participating school prior to their scheduled concert to connect with the students and give them a preview of the experience. Music docents are available to visit schools following the concert to complete the educational experience.

For more information please contact or 519.745.4711 x 390

To book your class today, fill out the KWS School Concerts Seat Booking Form, or download and submit the KWS School Concerts Seat Booking Form.

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* Free school concerts generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.