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TeachersHelp change a child’s future
OrKidstra’s Teaching Artists are extraordinarily talented musicians and music educators who are passionate about OrKidstra’s social mission of success through music.
Our Teaching Artists care deeply about the well-being of their students and guide them towards making positive life choices by encouraging commitment to musical and personal excellence. OrKidstra Teaching Artists are deeply engaged in the community as well as their musical craft.
OrKidstra’s Teaching Artists are highly skilled musicians and music educators with their own unique experiences and expertise.
Become a Teaching Artist
Are you interested in exploring how your skills as a teacher and as a musician intersect?
Experiential Teaching Artist Program (ETAP)
In partnership with the University of Ottawa, OrKidstra offers a 3-credit course to undergraduate and masters level students.
MentorsA safe and welcoming place to learn and grow
We encourage and foster mentorship with all our students, along with peer-to-peer teaching, which breaks down barriers and fosters friendship. As the late Maestro José Antonio Abreu said, “A child who knows five notes can help a child who knows only three!”
We also proudly extend this philosophy to our partnerships with local universities and high schools. Since our beginning in 2007, mentors have made a profound and positive impact on OrKidstra’s students – and it’s a two-way street, as there’s no better way to learn about your playing than by teaching it!
OrKidstra encourages mentorship with all our students, along with peer-to-peer teaching, which breaks down barriers.
Become a Mentor
Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Do you have musical skills you would like to share? Think about becoming a Mentor with OrKidstra!
OrKidstra made me the person I am today…
OrKidstra graduate Gareth was born in a Karen refugee camp on the border of Burma and Thailand. “A few months after arriving in Canada, I joined OrKidstra: it turned out to be the utmost life changing experience for me,” says Gareth.
OrKidstra made me the person I am today…
Gareth was born in a Karen refugee camp on the border of Burma and Thailand. “A few months after arriving in Canada, I joined OrKidstra: it turned out to be the utmost life changing experience for me,” says Gareth.
Gareth was born in a Karen refugee camp on the border of Burma and Thailand. In his own words…
“I was fortunate enough to be born in a refugee camp (on the border of Burma and Thailand) where my family had relocated because our village was always under attack. My family lived in the refugee camp for about 10-14 years before we moved to Ottawa. A couple months after arriving in Canada, when I was still just learning English, I joined the OrKidstra program: it turned out to be the utmost life changing experience for me.
I love everything about the OrKidstra program: it’s a loving place to be and a place you want to call home. Being a part of OrKidstra has taught me numerous meaningful things about both music and life. OrKidstra has taught me to be a better person, to accomplish what I set out to do, to practice with care, and lastly, to do what I do with love. Every time I pick up the cello, it seems like I can accomplish anything. OrKidstra made me the person I am today.
Today, I am a proud OrKidstra graduate and pursuing my passion for travel by taking Travel Management and Tourism in college. My time at OrKidstra has made this little boy, born in a refugee camp, feel nothing in life is impossible. Thank you so much to the donors and sponsors for making a difference in my life, for giving me this opportunity to fly.”
– Gareth, OrKidstra Graduate (2007 – 2016)
MusicTeach the children the beauty of music and music will teach them the beauty of life.
Timeless pieces. Modern classics.
At OrKidstra, we choose music that excites our students and resonates with different cultures. We’re proud to say that our students come from over 42 different linguistic and cultural backgrounds and our program includes music from classical, jazz, world, pop, folk and other traditions.
All OrKidstra Teaching Artists are professional musicians and music educators. While they focus on teaching music, they also deeply care about the well-being and social development of the child.
Under the guidance of their Teaching Artists, OrKidstra’s Kid-Powered levels allow students to determine their own level of commitment.
Music education has proven benefits on the cognitive and emotional development of children.
“Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children, new study says” – The Washington Post
“Arts engagement can help counter divisions in society” – ScienceDaily
“Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits” – The New York Times
Anne Taylor Summer ProgramRemembering Anne, strengthening the future
The Anne Taylor Summer Program enables Junior, Intermediate and Senior OrKidstra students to benefit from individual lessons and ensemble rehearsals throughout July and August. The Program, established in memory of Anne Taylor, also gives students the opportunity to strengthen their role in the community by participating in events and enjoying outdoor and group recreation activities.
Anne Taylor was a member of OrKidstra’s Board of Directors who passed away in the summer of 2014. For Anne, OrKidstra was a perfect fit, combining her abiding passion for children’s education with her deep love of music.
Wisdom & Compassion
The late Anne Taylor was at heart an educator, teaching in Montreal, Alberta and Pakistan. Anne was also responsible for bringing a wealth of films from the National Film Board into Canadian classrooms. As well, she founded and co-directed MediaSmarts, an online media literacy site for kids. Anne was a much-loved volunteer in the Ottawa community; she is truly missed by all those who knew her.
Summer fun & music
We are honoured to dedicate our OrKidstra summer program to the memory of Anne. OrKidstra students benefit from individual and group music lessons as well as special workshops, community service events and recreational outings during the summer months.
Apply to OrKidstraBring music into your child’s life
OrKidstra offers free after-school programs in Centretown and Vanier for kids ages 5-18. Parent Marie says, “I really like that my kids can be involved in music; it’s a very beneficial place for them to be after school.” Help your child grow their potential through music!