Rhythm and Pitch in the News!


Recently, Rhythm and Pitch was featured in The Barrie Examiner talking about the upcoming Reid Jamieson concert.
Read the article!

Click here to purchase tickets for $20 to the April 7th concert in advance. Or you can bring cash and buy your tickets for $25 each at the door. The concert starts at 8PM but the doors open at 7PM. Come early and browse through our auction items (cash only).

Reid Jamieson Band Benefit Concert April 7

Image Alignment 150x150Support Rhythm and Pitch by enjoying a rare Ontario concert by the Reid Jamieson Band, Friday April 7th at 8PM at Grace United Church, 350 Grove St. E. in Barrie. This multi-genre artist plays his own luminous and playful tunes and soulful renditions of many of the 50s and Canadian greats: Roy Orbison, Neil Young, The Beatles, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, The Platters, Elvis, and more.

Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson is a prolific songbird who loves to sing. Now performing as an acoustic duo with his long-time songwriting partner and saucy wife, Carolyn Victoria Mill, they are committed to making music that matters. Known for his compelling vocal performances and her therapeutic lyrics, Reid has appeared regularly on CBC’s Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean, and has recorded with Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer and members of Blue Rodeo and Be Good Tanyas.

Alongside award winning original music, they recently released two tasty tributes: The Presley Sessions Revisited, a musical love letter to the 50s era greats; and the latest, a luminous homage to the master of song Leonard Cohen titled DEAR LEONARD: The Cohen Collection, with seven compelling covers plus the haunting title track, an original open letter to the man himself. Featuring Anne Lindsay (James Taylor, Led Zeppelin) on burning violin. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch them live! Listen to some of his music on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/reidjamieson

Advance tickets are $20 online HERE, $20 cash at 350 Grove St. E. Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm, or $25 cash at the door Friday April 7th. Ticket price includes refreshments!
Concert starts at 8 pm. Doors open at 7 pm for browsing of our auction items (cash only).

Rhythm & Pitch History and Vision

Rhythm and Pitch was inspired by El Sistema, a grassroots music education system that was started in Venezuela to bring music instruction to any child, regardless of circumstances. The music instruction children receive nourishes them socially and emotionally and gives them skills they can use throughout their life.

Rhythm and Pitch, which began in Barrie in 2014, is a modest attempt to provide children with quality group music instruction based on the “el sistema” philosophy of barrier-free access.

Founder Sandra Ruttan combined this idea with group music instruction using simple instruments like xylophones and recorders, along with singing, games and movement, which gives children a good general base of musicianship skills.

This is loosely based on the instructional method of 20th Century composer and children’s music educator Carl Orff. R & P has two Orff Orchestra classes for younger children, as well as Wayward Winds, Strumming Strings and Crazy Keyboards for children 10 to 13. All the students, aged 6 to 13, share a 30-minute singing session each week. The children perform Christmas and year-end concerts for their parents and families.

With Sandra’s departure after four years of leadership, Rhythm & Pitch formed a partnership with Music Therapy Services of Simcoe County to provide musical services to augment R & P’s existing programs. Both parties believe the partnership is a good fit.

R & P runs classes on Wednesdays from September to June. It is hosted and supported by Grace United Church as a youth outreach program, but there is no religious component. The classes are free, with just a nominal registration fee, and an after-school snack is provided.

Registration is usually held in June for the following September. Fall registrations are accepted as space permits.

Rhythm and Pitch grew with a two-year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant from one teacher and 13 students in 2014 to four teachers and 46 students in 2017. The Barrie Kiwanis Club provided instruments.

Russ Strathdee of the Ontario Musicians Association made a significant contribution by coordinating four fundraising concerts during a two-year period. Grace United Church and community donors have also supported R & P. We are currently seeking new donors and funders to provide program stability in the future.

Contact us for more information.