Music Happens – Weekend Youth Program

Music Happens – Fall 2022 Weekend Youth Program

These are specifically designed to provide opportunities for all skill levels – No instruments or previous musical experience are necessary!

If you want to encourage your child to build a lifelong passion for music in a safe and fun environment, these programs will strike the right chord!

All music starts with a first note. RCS is proud to offer the following programs for our next generation to get them started.

Participants will receive

  • Digital recordings of their work
  • Opportunity to perform in one or more public venue(s)
  • Opportunity to publish music and/or video online

Program Schedule Options

  • Session 1 (6 weekends)
    • Sept 24 – Nov 5
    • Excludes Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Session 2 (6 weekends)
    • Nov 12 – Dec 17
  • Full Semester (12 weekends)
    • Sept 24 – Dec 17
    • Excludes Thanksgiving Weekend

Time Slots Available

  • Saturday from 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
  • Sunday from 9am to 12pm
  • Sunday from 1pm to 4pm


  • Session 1 or Session 2: $400 + HST per child
  • Full Semester: $700 + HST per child

Generous support provided by:

105 Wyndham Street North

Program Options:

Program:Gold MinerPlatinum RefinerDiamond Shiner
Suggested Grade Ranges:2 – 44 – 66-8
Program Overview:
  • Explore a variety of instruments
  • Learn the science & physics of sound
  • Play with other musicians
  • Introduction to recording music
  • Focus on instruments of interest
  • Learn about band dynamics
  • Record and perform up to three songs
  • Band focused development
  • Record up to five songs
  • Polish performance skills
  • Perfect For:Children new to music or just beginning to show interestChildren interested in music and already learning an instrumentChildren with enough skill to begin playing their instrument in a group setting (vocalists welcome)

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Can my child switch programs part-way through?

    Of course.  We will already be constantly monitoring your child’s progress and if a better suited program has adequate space we will reach out to see if we can accommodate.

    Can parents stay at RCS during the program?

    It’s not necessary but yes, we have a lounge in the main entrance.  Even better – rent a rehearsal room and get your groove on while you wait!


    Nothing matters more to us than the health and safety of our participants.  RCS adheres to all public health guidelines applicable to our establishment and is constantly reviewing best practices.
    –        Masks are welcome, but not required to attend the programs. 
    –        Vaccination is recommended for all participants, but not required.
    –        Sound travels – so we are still recommending and planning distancing where possible.
    Should there be a lockdown due to a new wave, cancelled sessions will be refunded in full.
    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through recovery.

    Does my child need to bring their instrument?

    Your child is welcome to bring their own instrument(s), but it is not required.   We will be providing a variety of instruments for participants to try (properly sanitized of course!).
    Children will be able to utilize the plug-and-play equipment already available at RCS (drum kits, amps, piano/keyboard, microphone, etc).   If you’re not exactly sure what your child needs to bring, please contact us.

    Do I need to send my child with food?

    We have a limited selection of snacks that are available for purchase, but you are welcome to send your child with something to eat (nut-free please).

    Are these programs similar to 1-on-1 lessons?

    No, these programs are not meant to be a substitute for formal lessons.  Of course, there will be training and correction that will happen organically throughout the programs, but the focus is on becoming better well-rounded musicians and having fun with others, versus learning one specific instrument.

    Will there be musical guests?

    In order to provide your child with an enriching experience, the program may involve special guests and other musicians with specific skills. However, at all times your children will be supervised by instructors that have undergone criminal record & reference checks and are currently certified in Standard First Aid Level C.

    Refund and Cancellation Policy

    Although all registrations are considered final sale, we will issue a 50% refund at our discretion if we are notified at least one week before the program begins.  No refunds will be issued for missed sessions after a program has started.
    We may need to cancel programs that do not meet a minimum number of children.  In the event of cancellation we will notify you at least 5 days before the start of the program and provide a full refund of any fees paid.
    If there are extenuating circumstances preventing your attendance, please contact us to discuss the situation.

    Have any other questions?  Contact our Program Coordinator, Dan Scholz

    Dan is a lifelong Guelph resident who has taught in a variety of settings including children’s programs at the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph, 1-on-1 music lessons, and even as a sessional instructor at the University of Guelph.  He enjoys playing in cover bands, writing and recording originals, and never missing an opportunity to watch a great local live performance.  Dan has three young children of his own, bringing a real and personal element to making sure our next generation of musicians have what they need to succeed and amaze us all. You can reach him by sending an email to

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