Founded in 2008 and incorporated as a charity in 2016, Springboard To Music is a community music program for children ages 5-13, living in the Kingston Galloway and Scarborough Village Area of Toronto.
Classes are taught by qualified and experienced music teachers from the community. STM is currently offering private lessons in piano and guitar as well as group classes for voice, keyboard, hand drumming and music & movement on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-8pm.
The Springboard To Music Committee believes that there is a genuine need for music in the lives of children. An enriched learning experience means students develop healthy interests outside the home. Engaging music learning taught locally by respected teachers from our community can pique an interest that will last a lifetime. The program is most affordable and a great way to spark a child’s interest in music.
Board of Directors:
Phyllis Coulter (President)
Peter Albis (Guitar)
Evan Buckland (Guitar)
Phyllis Coulter (Piano)
Derek Gray (Percussion)
Juan Carlos Medrano (Percussion)
Joseph Hsie (Keyboard)
Nicole Bower (Voice)
Cathy Lambert (PIano)
Braden Lovatt (Piano)
Benefits of studying music
More Than Just Music (from article in PBS Parents section by Laura Lewis Brown)
Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. “A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning,” says Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of making music.
Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously. For instance, people use their ears and eyes, as well as large and small muscles, says Kenneth Guilmartin, cofounder of Music Together, an early childhood music development program for infants through kindergarteners that involves parents or caregivers in the classes.
“Music learning supports all learning. Not that Mozart makes you smarter, but it’s a very integrating, stimulating pastime or activity,” Guilmartin says.