Keyboards for Kids

Project description and goals:

Through participating schools, studios or community centres;

  • To provide free music instruction in the area of piano to interested, at-risk or disadvantaged youth
  • To enhance personal characteristics such as self-esteem, creativity, self-discipline and personal expression so that the students can become noble and caring citizens of their community and better overall students

Students actively involved in music studies generally improve many areas of their life including concentration, memory and often subjects such as mathematics.

Guidelines for Keyboards for Kids:

  • Limit of 6 children per class, with one teacher and an optional teacher's assistant
  • Group lesson of 45 minutes once per week during a lunch hour
  • Third and fourth grade students are chosen by volunteer teachers and/or school administration
  • Performance opportunities may include both Christmas and Spring recitals in addition to other community events
  • Students are provided loaner instruments to practice at home

Keyboards for Kids has offered hundreds of at-risk children the opportunity to participate in piano lessons (in participating schools or community centres) during their lunch hour thanks to the dedicated support of volunteer teachers.

PROVINCIAL KEYBOARDS COORDINATOR: Vacant

KEYBOARD VOLUNTEERS:

  • Bethany Briones ORMSBY SCHOOL | Edmonton, AB
  • Ethel Elliot FAIRVIEW SCHOOL [Assistant] | Red Deer, AB
  • Patricia Frehlich  ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  |  Edmonton, AB
  • Gloria Hulyk  FAIRVIEW SCHOOL | Red Deer, AB  
  • Carol MacKinnon-Hagan  ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  |  Edmonton, AB
  • Helen Parks   ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  |  Edmonton, AB
  • Kennedy Ramirez [on hiatus]  CALEDONIA PARK SCHOOL | Leduc, AB 
  • Shelagh Scott   ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  |  Edmonton, AB
  • University of Alberta Pedagogy Students

The Keyboards for Kids program began in Edmonton’s inner city in 1997 as a result of the work and vision of Patricia Frehlich, who was the president of the AMEF Board of Directors at the time, in collaboration with Edmonton Inner City Children’s Program. In subsequent years, the program expanded to Red Deer and Calgary schools, and in 2012 there were 50 students participating in the program. Between 2012 and 2014, the program moved into Bentley, Lacombe, and Fort McMurray.

Keyboards for Kids has offered hundreds of at-risk or underprivileged children the opportunity to participate in piano lessons (in participating schools or community centres) during their lunch hour, thanks to the dedicated support of volunteer teachers.

In 2011-12 the Edmonton program benefited from a partnership with the University of Alberta and Community Service Learning (CSL), involving the University music pedagogy students. These students attended weekly Keyboards for Kids classes; first to audit, then to assist with the teaching. There were nine university students participating and they received a certificate from CSL, which encourages students to participate in activities of a community agency or social action group. By taking part, the students join a growing number of participants from across Canada who connect their education to what matters in their local communities.

 

We extend our sincere thanks to university professors Janet Scott Hoyt and Shelagh Scott for helping get this project off the ground, and facilitate its partnership every two years when the pedagogy course is offered at the University. 

Conservatory Canada

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Conservatory Canada, who generously offers free music examinations to children in the Keyboards for Kids program.

Keyboards for Kids strives to inspire children through the world of music

If you are interested in bringing this program to your community or becoming a volunteer teacher, please contact the AMEF office: 
info@amef.ca | 780-409-8407

Keyboards for Kids

Keyboards for Kids