Our Mission and Vision

World-renowned Canadian violinist Moshe Hammer founded The Hammer Band in 2007.  His vision:  to prevent violence – from school bullying to gangs.  How?  Offer children music education that promotes self-esteem, empathy and tolerance.


Children who learn to play an instrument and perform together learn important life skills such as self-discipline, teamwork and resilience.  Studies show that music education has many benefits:  improved academic performance, lower drop-out rates and stronger communities.

More than 6,000 students have already participated in The Hammer Band.  Today, the program is available in 42 Toronto public schools, and growing!  Teachers, principals and parents see the benefits every day.  Our Hammer Band kids are happier, more engaged with school and with each other, and are proud of their accomplishments.  It is little wonder that families and communities come together to support their children’s music-making, and that we have a school waiting list.