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Bridge to Music Program

KW Symphony Bridge to Music Program

We are currently accepting applications to begin lessons in September 2016.

The KWS is encouraging youngsters in a low family income bracket to start music lessons! The program is geared to ages 6—13 with no music previous experience necessary. The student can choose to study an orchestral instrument from the strings, woodwinds or brass families, such as violin, cello, trumpet , flute, and others. The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony provides the following:

  • Guidance in selecting the most suitable instrument
  • Connections to a professional music teacher
  • Subsidized lessons that cost the student only $5 each 1/2 hour lesson
  • An instrument for only $20 for the length the teaching year
  • Tickets to specific KWS concerts for the student and family
  • Performance opportunities with other Bridge students
  • Long-term opportunities to play with other young musicians in the Youth Orchestra Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I'm eligible?
Bridge to Music is a program for low income families who have young members willing to commit to taking up an orchestral instrument and studying it seriously. Financial eligibility is based on total household income – all income before taxes. Proof of eligibility may be required with submission of the application. The following chart indicates the maximum annual income cut-off points depending on the number of family members:

1                           $ 23,328
2                           $ 30,286
3                           $ 37,234
4                           $ 45,206
5                           $ 51,272
6                           $ 57,826
7+                         $ 64,381

Statistics Canada, 2016

Some consideration is given to extraordinary expenses that impact on the family's net income.

Which instrument do I choose?
We can guide you to finding the right instrument for your child. If your child isn't already begging for a particular instrument we can help but introducing them to a range of instruments that they can try out. The Bridge to Music Program encourages a long range of study on an instrument so finding the right one is important. Some instruments are dependent on age, so

How do I find a music teacher?
Most musicians in the KWS teach on their instrument, at universities, independent music schools and privately in their home studios. We will connect the student with one of these teachers to ensure there is a good fit. Our teachers are enthusiastic and promote learning through positive encouragement. The student only has to pay $5 for each lesson.

Where do I get an instrument?
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will help supply you with an instrument through its instrument bank or through our partnership with Long & McQuade Music. The cost to the student is only $20 for the length of the teaching year (fall through spring). Extensions through the summer may be arranged for an additional fee.

Application Form

Click here to download the application form. Please fill in the applicable sections and return via email or fax to the contact information below. We are currently accepting applications to begin lessons in September 2016.

Contact Us

Director of Operations and Education
Phone: 519.745.4711 x 282
Fax: 519.745.4474




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