About Us

We are an after-school music education program for children between the ages of 6 & 13 based at Grace United Church in Barrie, Ontario. We offer “free lessons” to elementary school children.

Our History

Rhythm & Pitch was founded by Sandra Ruttan, a musician and certified music teacher, who found a willing partner for a community music education program at Grace United Church on Grove Street in Barrie. The program for elementary school children between the ages of 6 & 13 has been offered on Wednesday afternoons at Grace since January 2014. Our program has been funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Barrie, Grace and community donors. Learn more.

Our Vision

Rhythm & Pitch is a music education program open to any child who registers for available spots. It can, and does, accommodate special needs children. Lessons are free, but there is a small registration fee to cover materials. The program starts in mid-September and runs to mid-June. Singing is part of the weekly routine. Children learn the principles of rhythm and pitch by playing recorders, xylophones, drums, keyboards, trumpets, trombones, flutes, ukuleles, and guitars, depending on their ages.

Latest News

Come Fly With Me Jazz Concert

Classy musical partners to perform benefit for Rhythm & Pitch . . . Singer Sandra Kirby and pianist Oleg Samokhin perform American Songbook jazz classics by Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, etc. …

ANGIE NUSSEY booked for benefit concert

Rhythm & Pitch’s board has booked award-winning singer-songwriter Angie Nussey for an April 6 concert at Grace United Church to raise funds for Rhythm & Pitch. Angie’s accomplishments include five …

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Angel Campaign 2018

Rhythm & Pitch’s 2018 Angel Campaign got underway quietly in January, but it’s off to a good start. The R&P board set a goal of $4,000 for the 2018 spring …