Kelowna Community Music School was founded in 1976 by a grassroots movement of parents who wanted Suzuki violin lessons for their children. Faced with travelling to Vernon for a qualified teacher, they set about to bring one to Kelowna. That teacher was Denis Letourneau, a founding faculty member of the school. Various schools and churches housed the school until it moved to Dehart Avenue in 1991.
KCMS celebrates 45 years of excellence in teaching and now has an enrolment of approximately 600 students, from young children to adults, who are taught by 24 highly qualified faculty.
KCMS is a member of the BC Association of Community Music Schools, and is a registered non-profit charitable society.
Our goal is to provide high quality music lessons to the local Okanagan community and help to foster the growth of the music community.
The culture of KCMS is characterized by the diversity, creativity, and commitment
of its student body, by the high professional standards, imagination, and
dedication of its faculty and administrative staff, and by the joyfulness of musical
expression in all genres by both students and faculty throughout the greater
Our Board is comprised of a variety of professionals volunteering their time to the music community. We are always looking to add members to our Board of Directors.
We are currently looking for individuals with skills in event planning, marketing, building, and law.
Please contact Lucy Benwell at to join us!
Message from the President: KCMS Board of Directors
Welcome to the Kelowna Community Music School! We are a charitable, not-for-profit organization that seeks to provide affordable, top-quality, first-class instrumental, vocal and theoretical instruction to residents in the Kelowna area. Our faculty members bring enthusiasm, passion, and a staggering number of combined years’ experience to their studios and rehearsals, making your and/or your children’s musical journeys rewarding, fulfilling and joyful. They are amongst the finest musicians and music educators to be found.
Musical development and growth are challenging regardless of the level one is pursuing. Our talented faculty develop relationships with every student in their private lessons to learn their motivational inspiration and to create opportunities for success in this vital part of reaching their true full potential. KCMS group programs provide an opportunity for students to learn together, support one another, and share a slice of life - through music, while pursuing personal growth.
We are exceptionally proud of our Kelowna Community Music School. The Board of Directors, in combination with our fabulous Administrative Team, are consistently looking for ways to improve our students’ personal experiences and love of music making.
Most importantly, we wish to applaud you for pursuing your and your children’s musical journey. Developing skill, knowledge and understandings through music education is a means to understanding ourselves more deeply, expressing our understandings in ways that words cannot, and more fully appreciating the artistic depth and breadth that is an essential part of the human experience. Additionally, musical advancement helps develop determination, discipline, and dedication – traits that will help anyone through difficult times that will arise in their lives. Though the personal satisfaction, enjoyment, pleasure and pride of artistic achievement are the observable outcomes of the musician’s journey, there are a multitude of benefits beneath the surface that will prove beneficial throughout the walk of life. Most importantly, music feeds the soul and fuels the heart!
Welcome to Kelowna Community Music School!