Get Started Making Music!
BECAUSE there’s nothing like a child holding an instrument and making music for the very first time.
What Can Music Do?
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony provides a training ground for future musicians. Through its Kinderconcerts, Family Series concerts, School Concerts Program, Youth Orchestra Program, Summer Camps, and more, the KWS delivers programs that inspire and unite our community through music.
"Music… is a tool for personal development and growth and can lead to better academic achievement, greater creativity, and even reduced delinquency."
- Peter Simon, President, Royal Conservatory of Music
"Music listening, performance and composition engage nearly every area of the brain that we have so far identified, and involve nearly every neural subsystem."
- Daniel J. Levitin, This is Your Brain on Music, 2006
Why study an Instrument?
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is deeply committed to providing a training ground for future musicians and to being a resource for parents, educators and students. Research shows that the study of a music instrument provides the following benefits*:
18 Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument
1. Increases the capacity of your memory.
2. Refines your time management and organizational skills.
3. Boosts your team skills.
4. Teaches you perseverance.
5. Enhances your coordination.
6. Betters your mathematical ability.
7. Improves your reading and comprehension skills.
8. Increases your responsibility.
9. Exposes you to cultural history.
10. Sharpens your concentration.
11. Fosters your self-expression and relieves stress.
12. Creates a sense of achievement.
13. Promotes your social skills.
14. Boosts your listening skills.
15. Teaches you discipline.
16. Elevates your performance skills and reduces stage fright.
17. Enhances your respiratory system.
18. Promotes happiness in your life and those around you.
* Online source
How to start music lessons...
Which instrument do I choose?
If your son/daughter doesn't have a favourite instrument in mind, try a range of them. Seek out a friend who plays piano or another instrument and ask if they can try it. The KWS has a program called My First Music Lesson where kids get a mini lesson from a KWS musician on many different orchestral instruments. This program takes place prior to each Family Series concert.
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. Contact the KWS to find the right teacher for you! You can also find a list of schools under the Resources section, below.
Where do I get an instrument?
There are a range of places to get an instrument. Some will find a used instrument through local classified ads, or a list of retail stores can be found in the Resources section, below.
The Beckett School 519-578-3640
Burnet Music School 519-743-0893
Long & McQuade 519-885-4215
Renaissance School 519-888-9547
Long & McQuade 519-885-4215
Riedstra's Violins 519-743-3838
St. John's Music 519-886-4990
Sherwood Music 519-745-0021