Since Fall 2016 Whole Note has been supporting youth musicians who face financial barriers and are committed to fulfilling their music potential

Whole Note is a program that provides restricted-income youth in the Kamloops area with a wide range of musical experiences. The program's goals are to empower youth through music by offering free private lessons, mentorship, admission to the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music and other music opportunities. Whole Note applications are accepted from students in Grades 6 through 11 and the intake happens in the Fall.

Youth who participate in the program are encouraged to share their love of music and the knowledge they gain through the program with others in the community.




How it works

Here's what students receive once they are accepted in the program.

  • A series of 10 music lessons (instrument or voice) with accredited music teachers in the community to a maximum $250​

  • A scholarship to the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music, which is hosted annually for three weeks in July

  • Opportunities for students to perform with and be mentored by members of local music groups

  • Each student will receive a set of professional photos with their instrument and a Whole Note T-shirt

  • We help find the right teacher 

Who is eligible

  • Kamloops youth in Grade 6 through 11 who are committed to fulfilling their musical potential

  • Those who live in a household with a combined income $70,000 or less. Verification is required through Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment for the previous 2 years for each guardian in the household (assessment is made on gross income)

  • Whole Note will consider applications from households with annual incomes of more than $70,000 that include clear description of need

If you have any difficulties providing the necessary documentation for the application or need help filling out the form feel free to reach out to KMC staff. Please do not hesitate to email bailey@kamloopsmusiccollective.ca

What you need to know if you are accepted

  • Photo and media consent are requested based on the fact that we want to celebrate student success and thank sponsors.


  • We highly encourage and recommend that parents reach out to staff if they require any support navigating the systems of private music education or community groups. Please do not hesitate to email bailey@kamloopsmusiccollective.ca if you have any questions. 


  • Students are required to attend every lesson or provide clear communication to their private teachers in advance if they must miss a lesson for any reason.

  • At any time, if Whole Note staff believe the student is not meeting their commitments to the program (i.e.- missing lessons without due cause) the student may be asked to leave the program.


  • Students committed to the program and showing growth are eligible to apply to the program in consecutive years; however, re-admission is not guaranteed.


  • There is no cash value attached to the award.


  • Students are accepted into the programming as funding permits.


  • Students will be required to follow the rules and guidelines of the private teacher’s studio.


Communication is key! Please try to keep open communication with Whole Note staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Learn more about Whole Note!