Bridge to Music

Thank you so much for giving us the chance to be part of such a wonderful breathtaking experience. My whole family did enjoy the symphony. Thanks again!

– Marwa, Parent of Bridge to Music program participant who attended the May 2017 Family Concert.

Bridge to Music is a music lesson program for low income families.  The program is geared to children ages 6-13 by application.  Previous music experience is not necessary.  Subsidized music lessons, instruments and selected concert tickets are provided as part of this wonderful program.  The Bridge to Music Program is generously supported by Sun Life Financial and other donors.

For more information, please contact:
Laurie Castello
Director of Operations, Education and Community Programs
519-745-4711 ext.

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Who is eligible?

The Bridge to Music program is for low income families with children who are 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 (2016 Notice of Assessment from Canadian Income Taxes) will be requested following the submission of the application.
  • Some consideration is given to extraordinary expenses that impact on the family’s net income.

The following chart indicates the maximum annual income cut-off points depending on the number of family members:


1                           $ 24,600

2                           $ 30,625

3                           $ 37,650

4                           $ 45,712

5                           $ 51,846

6                           $ 58,473

7+                         $ 65,101

Statistics Canada, 2017

Continuing applicants must submit a new application each year.  New applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis and will depend on eligibility and availability.  We do maintain a waiting list.

What does the program offer?

  • Private music lessons at the subsidized cost of $5 for each ½ hour lesson
  • An instrument for the length of the teaching year at the subsidized cost of $20
  • A professional music teacher
  • Bi-annual recitals with other Bridge to Music students
  • Tickets to specific KWS concerts for the student and family
  • Opportunities to participate in the Kiwanis music festival, and RCM examination program
  • Long-term opportunities to play with other young musicians in the Youth Orchestra Program

When and where do the lessons take place?

Lesson time and location scheduling is determined between teacher and student.