Campaign extended! Our deadline has passed but you can still help.
Music Education for Toronto Youth in Need
$190 Raised
9 contributors
2 Years running
"Studies comparing the brains of adult musicians and non-musicians find the most pronounced enhancements in brain structure in those who began their music training early in childhood."
Music is a vital tool in closing inequality gaps in education.
More ...

NOTE: Please donate directly to this link:


in order to avoid losing part of your donation to processing fees :) AND, make sure you write in the comments what you donated, and anything else!!!

Please donate even $5 to this cause. The aim is to affect education inequality due to income inequality. Everyone should be able to experience the world with the gift of a cultivated mind!


Hi everyone!

As we are all aware, wealth inequality is racing to unprecedented levels. Essentially it is trying to mimick the laws of physics and perpetually expand like the universe. Until it all collapses in on us. That was a great analogy.

But there are answers to addressing inequality in the world. For starters, education can dramatically change a person's path and open opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. However, all education is not created equal, and there are plenty of gaps in these systems. Furthermore, at the end of the day, the more well-off your background is, the better educational experiences you will attain (


One answer to close gaps between students of wealthy educational institutions versus low-income ones is through music. Research is continuing to find that the effects of learning music at an early age can compensate for low educational experiences, thus increasing the individual's brain capacity to still build a higher quality life.

Check it out:

"Not only does music-making activate many different regions of the brain, but it can actually help to shape the brain itself. “We now know the brain is an organ that changes with experience,” Patel* says, “and music has an impact on brain structure.” That impact appears to be strongest when music training begins in early childhood, when the brain is developing the most rapidly and multiple new connections are being formed.

According to Patel, children’s brains show evidence of faster development when they are learning to play an instrument. And studies comparing the brains of adult musicians and non-musicians find the most pronounced enhancements in brain structure in those who began their music training early in childhood. Musicians’ brains have increased grey matter, which is involved in processing, as well as increased white matter, which is comprised of the connective fibers that link disparate parts of the brain. Several studies have also found that the musician’s brain tends to have a larger corpus callosum, which plays an important role in the communication between the left and right sides of the brain." 

* That is Dr. Aniruddh Patel, associate professor of psychology at Tufts University, not me.

Read more here:

We should start addressing these issues in our own local communities, and Toronto has quite a few communities that are facing the challenges of low income and low quality education. 


The Regent Park School of Music (RPSM - has been transforming lives by offering low-cost music instruction to low-income youth in various Toronto neighbourhoods, which is fundamentally changing these children's brains to live better, happier and more fulfillig lives. They have been around since 1999, and have a plan to reach 3000 youth in need by 2015.

RPSM has been effectively offering musical training to students of youth aged between 3 and 18 years old. It is an important initiative that top musicians around Canada have contributed to, and the school offers highly trained music teachers to educate the students. Feel free to donate directly through their website ( or to this page.

If you would like to learn more about why music is so vital to education, feel free to contact me or the Regent Park School of Music for more information! Thank you so much for your help!

Activity highlights See all 9
Follow this campaign to receive updates by email.

People just like you

People just like you have raised $88+ million for causes they and their friends care about.

Start your own campaign
Recent contributions