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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

Angel Campaign Seeks Donors

Rhythm & Pitch's 2019 Angel Campaign is under way.

The R&P board set a goal of $4,000 for the campaign, which will continue until the target is achieved.

R&P is fully funded for this year, but funding for next year must be raised this spring. The program needs to raise $12, 000 by June to ensure its return in September.

Rhythm & Pitch offers low-cost music lessons to children in the community who register in the program. Lessons are free, but there is a modest registration fee.

Donations to Grace United Church designated for the Rhythm & Pitch program are tax receipt eligible.

Donations can be made on Wednesdays during Rhythm & Pitch classes or at the church office between 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

Rhythm & Pitch has always depended on the generosity of individuals and groups who support the program. Please consider becoming an “Angel”.


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.