Jazz Education

Springboard to Music was established in 2007 by a small group of Scarborough residents committed to the value of music in the lives of children. At a time when music programmes in schools had been severely cut back, this project offered subsidised music lessons in the Scarborough area to kids and youth (Grades 1 to 8) in a safe clean environment with qualified and committed teachers, often themselves performing artists. This was a natural fit for the KPMT whose mandate thrives on fostering such opportunities and in early January we provided a grant to support 32 weeks of one-hour music lessons for a class of ten young students.

Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship
in memory of Ron Collier: 2017 recipient
Diego Hinojosa Farrera with Gord Sheard
Honouring our annual commitment to the Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship in Memory of Ron Collier at Humber College, we provided a bursary to a fourth year student showing exceptional promise as a composer arranger, carrying on the high standards established by Ron Collier during Humber Music’s early years. The 2017 recipient was a young guitarist from Mexico, Diego Hinojosa Farrera, who had just completed his Bachelor of Music degree at Humber. Diego told us being an international student had not been easy and how much he appreciated the warm support of the Toronto community which encouraged his studies and helped him to develop his art in both performance and composition. Diego praises the faculty, his teachers and his peers for being an incredible source of inspiration towards achieving his goals and is deeply grateful to the Trust for so generously recognizing his work. He now has many plans for the future and we wish him every success with his career.

Humber Community Music School: 2017
Summer Jazz Workshop Scholarship Students
Daniel Barta, Jacob Chung and Mac Rogers
Photos by Cathy Mitro
In late spring we entered the 7th year of our relationship with the Humber College Community Music School, awarding partial tuition scholarship assistance for seven young students to participate in the annual Youth Jazz Canada’s Summer Jazz Workshop initiative which took place July 3rd to 16th at Humber’s Lakeshore Campus. This community event provides gifted Canadian youth, aged 14 to second year post-secondary, with access to high quality instruction in jazz and the opportunity to perform and record with other students and professionals who share their interests and passion. Successful applicants attend all-day sessions that include combo rehearsals, master classes, workshops, improvisation clinics, listening sessions and professional concerts. At the end of the two-week programme all groups record in Humber’s state-of-the-art recording studio and receive an mp3 copy of their studio session. They also perform at the Beaches Festival and in a closing profile concert at the Jazz Bistro.The 2017 recipients of the KPMT grant were Jordan Taylor (guitar); Mac Rogers (trumpet),Jacob Chung (tenor sax) and Daniel Barta (alto sax) all from Toronto, along with Jaden Raso (bass) from Hamilton; Michael Furlong (drums) and Stefan Bello (tenor sax) sax) both from Ottawa.