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Bridge to Music

I sincerely appreciate the KW Symphony, Sun Life Financial, other donors and staff for their support and for giving my kids a chance to experience wonderful music. I am so glad that they love music and are able to play their first musical instrument through Bridge to Music.

– Adam, Parent of former Bridge to Music program participant.

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:
Yujin Cha
Associate Director, Education and Community Engagement
519-745-4711 ext. 231

Bridge to Music Sponsor

Bridge to Music Application


Who is eligible?

The Bridge to Music program is currently NOT accepting new applications. All participation related to the program will be online. Please check back in January for updates.

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 (2020 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                           $ 32,915

2                           $ 40,465

3                           $ 49,130

4                           $ 55,723

5                           $ 62,845

6                           $ 69,970

7+                         *add $ 7,125 for each additional person

Statistics Canada, 2020

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?

All lessons and activities in the Bridge to Music program will take place ONLINE until further notice. Lesson time and location scheduling is determined between teacher and student.