Reaching Out Through Music
Since its founding, Reaching Out through Music has trained and educated more than 200 children from the St. James Town community in choral, guitar, piano and violin programs.
In 2013 the St. James Town Children’s Choir performed as the demonstration choir for the Toronto District School Board’s Additional Qualifications Course in Vocal Music and for a workshop entitled Developing Choral Artistry, a joint project of the TDSB and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. The SJTCC shared the stage with significant top-level Canadian artists, such as TSO violinist Carol-Lynn Fujino and Juno-nominated Autorickshaw Trio, and collaborated with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company.
Feedback from children and parents attests to Reaching Out Through Music’s lasting impact in building confidence, strong work habits, and strengthening the social and cultural fabric of St. James Town. Reaching Out Through Music also provides students with opportunities to experience the world beyond their immediate environment, thereby broadening their vision to new possibilities. Several of our students have used these opportunities to excel in the wider music community outside St James Town. For example, three of our students were invited to join the Canadian Children’s Opera Company.
Current Programming Options
NEW! Kinder Khoir: Music & Movement, Fun, Educational
A great introduction to the St. James Town Children’s Choir
Offered to children in JK – Grade 2
Thursdays 3:15 – 4 pm
The Church of St. Peter & St. Simon, (SPSS) 525 Bloor St. E.,
Maximum 20 participants
St. James Town Children’s Choir (SJTCC)
Excellence in choral training, local and city wide performance opportunities
Offered to children in Grades 3 and up
Thursdays 4 – 5 pm, SPSS
Small group singing instruction
Offered to SJTCC participants
Thursdays 5 – 5:30 pm, once per month, SPSS2 – 3 participants/session
NEW! Ukulele Choir
Learn to play this perfect instrument for young hands
Offered to children in Grades 4 – 6
Mondays 4 – 5 pm
The St. James Town Corner, 200 Wellesley St.
Maximum 6 participants
Private & Small Group Lessons
Piano, Violin, Guitar & Singing
Offered to participants of the SJTCC
Lessons held throughout the week, locations vary
A waiting list for these lessons is in place.