String Program

Social development through fun, free, and beautiful music

The SONG string program is a fun, audition-free group that offers violin, viola, and cello options for children and youth ages 7 and up, with a focus on social development through the pursuit of musical excellence.

In the SONG string program, students learn the basics of string technique, rhythm and note reading skills, how to play in an ensemble, and how to play within a full orchestra.

SONG provides instruments and music for each child through the generosity of our donors.

Students have the opportunity to perform for their peers, family, and the broader community multiple times throughout the year.

Teamwork, confidence building, feeling safe, and having fun are the most important parts of what we do. And in the end, we also make beautiful music!

"I love coming to SONG. During the concerts, you just get this amazing feeling. The whole audience is just looking at you and other SONG players, and it just sounds so beautiful.

It's an amazing experience. Learning the violin means a lot to me. You should join and try it out. It's really good for your brain."

Sama, long time SONG member
  • Do I have to know how to play an instrument?

    We recommend students sing in choir for one year before joining strings, in order to master the basic music skills that will help them succeed. Otherwise, no musical experience is needed!

  • Do I need to provide my own instrument?

    No, instruments and music are provide to our students for free, through the generosity of our donors.

  • How old do I have to be?

    Students are ages 7 and up. String players are divided into groups based on their experience levels.

  • Where are rehearsals?

    Rehearsals are offered in Cobourg and Port Hope, and string players are invited to join whichever is most convenient for them and their family.

  • When are rehearsals?

    Email for our full schedule and locations.

  • How much does it cost to join SONG?

    SONG is completely free to our students, thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers.