Because postal code
DOES NOT determine
potential.

Changing Tunes - Changing Lives Fundraiser

Join us for a Cocktail Reception of music celebrationThursday October 24, 2019 - 6PM – 8PM

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We believe that all children deserve to have the same opportunities to learn and build confidence. That’s why we provide music education to over 1000 students from underprivileged communities who might otherwise never know the power that music education has to transform their lives.


Our students

Shawn

Shawn is a grade 9 student at Northview Heights Secondary School and has been a part of The Hammer Band Program for four years. When Shawn first joined the program, he had no musical experience and was a beginner to the world of music. However, under the guidance and supervision of wonderful, experienced and patient instructors, he learned to play beautiful musical pieces on the violin! Since then, Shawn has grown and switched to the cello, an instrument as tall as he is, and keeps advancing consistently.

Thanks to The Hammer Band and its gift of music, Shawn has become a well-rounded and confident student who is proud to play his instrument and perform at home, school and venues all over Toronto. Cheers to The Hammer Band!


Shekinah

Shekinah was born in the Philippines and moved with her family to Canada in 2009. At first, when starting lessons at age five, she did not like the violin.

Now, she cannot imagine life without music. Since joining The Hammer Band a few years ago, she now plays both violin and viola. We are proud of you Shekinah!

Half as many children in poorer communities with lower parental education participate in music programs compared to wealthier communities1.

Music education at a young age can lead to an extra 7 points in IQ2.
1. People for Education, Arts Education, 2018
2. Anita Collins, TedxCanberra, What if every child had access to music education from birth?

You have the opportunity to provide The Hammer Band kids with the experience of a lifetime through the gift of music.

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With your help since 2007

6000
School children took part
in our program.
340
Concerts have been
performed.
1000
Kids will participate
in 2018-2019.
42
Schools currently engaged in
our program.

BEETHOVEN'S JOY

On January 15, 2017, students surprised shoppers at Yorkdale Mall with a performance of Ode to Joy.

VIDEO

We wanted to share with you this special welcome we received from the then Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau, our soon to be Prime Minister!

TESTIMONIALS

From a Grateful Teacher:
Being one of the fortunate schools and teachers whose students receive violin lessons through The Hammer Band program, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! The Hammer Band, its teachers and its program make a difference to each and every child who is given an opportunity to explore the world from a musical Read More…
A Thankful Parent
Thank you for giving my son the opportunity to learn violin!  He has wanted to play the violin since he was 4 yrs old.  We thought it would pass (like, just a phase) but his interest never waned.  So, this grade 4 year has been ‘a dream come-true’ for him! Thanks for your service and Read More…
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