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Rhythm & Pitch is an after-school program for elementary students in Barrie, Ontario, that offers low-cost weekly music lessons in a group setting from September to June

2019-2020 Registration

Rhythm & Pitch Children's Music 2019-2020 registration is underway.

Registrations will take place on the following Wednesdays, between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.: Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2.

R&P is a low-cost music program for elementary school students between the ages of 6 and 12. Weekly after-school lessons are held on 35 Wednesdays from September to June.

Lessons are free, but there is a registration fee of $80 per child for the year, which works out to $2.30 per lesson. The fee is payable in full at registration or in $40 installments in September and January.

Parents can register their children in the following programs: Music Foundations 1 for novices, Music Foundations 2, Ukulele, Guitar and Wind Instruments.

R&P's board intends to revive its keyboard program in January, subject to registrations.

For more information, call 705-734-0760,or email


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, Barrie Lions Club, Grace and community donors.

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 modest 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, hand drums, keyboards, trumpets, trombones, flutes, ukuleles, and guitars, depending on their ages.