In this video, Grace board chair J.T. McVeigh introduces Barrie MPP Anne Hoggarth, Frank Steeve of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Sandra Ruttan, founder and director of the Rhythm & Pitch free after school music program based at Grace. All speak briefly about the foundation's $38,000 grant to the church for the program.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has given a $38,000 grant to Grace United Church for a free music program for children based at the church.
Funding for the "no cost" after school music program, called Rhythm & Pitch, was announced on March 31 in the latest list of foundation grants.
Rhythm & Pitch was founded and is directed by Sandra Ruttan, a musician and certified music teacher. Ruttan has been providing local children with “no cost” music workshops at the church on Wednesday afternoons since January 2014. Supported by a team of volunteers, the after-school sessions have included a healthy snack for the young participants.
The two-year foundation grant will help Rhythm & Pitch to expand. Plans call for an expansion to two afternoons a week and a doubling of the number of children between the ages of six and 13 who have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of music.
About Rhythm & Pitch
Rhythm & Pitch is an after-school music education program for children between the ages of six and 13 offered by Grace United Church. It provides free weekly music lessons for children in the community from September to June as well as an after-school snack. The program has benefitted from the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Barrie Kiwanis Club.
Founded and directed by Sandra Ruttan, a certified Ontario music teacher and musician, the program aims to give children an opportunity to develop musical skills in an open, inclusive and creative group atmosphere.