Pilot Projects

Partnership Pilot Project

The Leading Note Foundation’s OrKidstra program and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board have partnered to provide a two year in-school pilot project of the KiddlyWinks program at three Centretown schools in Ottawa, Ontario.


The objective is to give initial exposure to the joy of music making to the maximum number of grades 1 to 3 students. This pilot stems from a successful pre-pilot with York Street Public School, and as a result, this program has now been implemented at Centennial Public School, Cambridge Street Public School, and will continue at York Street Public School.

DSC_0131OrKidstra is dedicated to empowering kids and building community spirit through music and the KiddlyWinks Program builds these two concepts into the music teaching environment. The goal of the OrKidstra program (normally an after-school program) is to give an opportunity to children, who otherwise would not have the chance, to find their voice and build their potential through music.  In the second year of the pilot, the Foundation would tailor and expand its after-school-hours programming to complement the capacities and interests of children having already had the benefit of “in-school-hours” KiddlyWinks programming.

The KiddlyWinks Program


Working with Ms. Cendrine Despax, OrKidstra created the KiddlyWinks program as a joyful, fun filled, value-based music program for young children (primarily grades 1 through 4). Using the full body as an instrument along with recorder and xylophone, the children sing, dance, and express rhythm from within. Through solfège singing, the musical ear is developed, and reading is taught by applying a musical legend to active note reading.  The program fulfills the C1 Ministry of Education music education curriculum requirements for students in grades 1 to 2.