The Itinerant Instrumental Program

The Toronto District School Board offers an enrichment instrumental music program for students in this school (band and strings). These programs continue through grade eight in the elementary schools and usually lead to continued instruction in the secondary schools. This program supplements the regular music program that is offered to all students in every school.  

There are many benefits for students who take advantage of the Itinerant Music program. Some of these are:

  • the excellent opportunity to become acquainted with and learn to play an instrument;
  • the experience of learning to participate as part of an ensemble;
  • the joy of performance at school, community and Board-wide concerts and events.

The Program Schedule

The Givins/Shaw PS band program is instructed by Jasper Hitchcock every Monday and Thursday. Students in grade 5 and 6 can sign up and choose from a variety of wind or brass instruments. Students will learn about the playing dynamics of a band and communication through music. Performances are in December and June at school events. 

The Givins/Shaw strings program is instructed by Bozena Szubert every day 1 and 3. Students from grade five can participate in this two year program, choosing from a variety of string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass). Students will learn ensemble playing and develop their musicianship which they demonstrate at school performances. 

Student Participation

This program begins in grade 5 and is offered to a group of students who are interested in learning to play an instrument. Students are selected for the program by a team, which may include the itinerant instructors, the classroom teacher, the school music teacher and the school principal.

The team may use some of the following criteria to determine who will participate in the program:

  • demonstrated interest in music;
  • participation in school music activities;
  • well developed work habits;
  • a sense of responsibility.


At present, instruments are provided free of charge to the participants. However, damage caused by unnecessary roughness or maliciousness will result in the student being responsible for the costs of repairs. Each year, a new instrument assignment form must be signed by the parents/guardians before the instrument can be borrowed.