Regent Park School of Music:
Helping kids succeed through music and performance
Published October 27th, 2016
Video produced by the Toronto Jazz Festival
Founded in 1999, the Regent Park School of Music (RPSM) is a non-profit community music school that offers highly subsidized quality music education to children and youth in priority Toronto neighbourhoods. By engaging young people with music and one another, the School also teaches valuable skills like focus, collaboration and dedication. RPSM’s goal is to help kids succeed through music.
In 2016, RPSM gave more than 1,300 young people, aged 3 – 18, access to an array of musical instruments and programs, taught by more than 80 dedicated music teachers. Excitingly, program participants can study everything from classical piano and violin to turntablism and electronic music. They also have opportunities to perform in a variety of concert settings.
This past summer, students from the RPSM Community Band, Percussion Ensemble, and the “Nonsense” Orchestra performed at Nathan Phillips Square as part of the 30th annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival. They played original music, put on instrument demonstrations, and even got to collaborate with members of Toronto’s Woodshed Orchestra.
Watch the video above to learn more about the Regent Park School of Music from Executive Director, Richard Marsella, enjoy candid rehearsal moments, and to see 35 RPSM students and faculty members take to the stage and Square!