We function in the belief that the arts should be a right, not a privilege, and that lessons should be available to everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, perceived talent, disability, or ability to pay. The school aims to provide an open house of learning in a welcoming, family atmosphere.The Music & Arts School programs at University Settlement are not exclusively for those who live and work in the downtown community, but is also available for those who live and work outside the community regardless of income or age. All are welcome.
At the Music & Arts School, our year is divided into 4 terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer) that correspond to the Public School year. The total number of weeks varies from term to term. Students must register or re-register for each term. Specific registration dates are available from the School office.
Music & Arts School students make payments on a term by term basis, and pay for each term in advance as follows below. Registrations after a term begins are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as long as openings remain.
Advanced Registration (Returning Students only) – Mid-July to Mid-August. Music Office staff contact returning students to confirm their return to private lesson studies. Phone, email or by appointment ONLY.
Regular Registration – Mid-August. Registration opens up to new students. Group Class Registrations start. In-person, via email, or phone. Any new subsidy applicants must come to the Music & Arts School Office to register in person.
Advanced Registration (Returning Students only) – a week-long period during which only returning students may re-register. Changes in lesson day, time and teacher will not be permitted at this time.
Regular Registration – In early December and early March, registration opens to new students. At this time, any returning students who have not re-registered will be cleared from the schedule. Returning students may now make requests for changes in lesson day, time and/or teacher. Any new subsidy applicants must register in person.
Starting early June. This is an optional term in which registration is done on a first come, first served basis. Subsidy funding is not always available during the summer session.
Each student must pay an annual membership fee in addition to any Music & Arts School program fees.
Fees: 30 Minutes: $23.00 // 45 Minutes: $34.50 // 1 Hour: $46.00
The above fees are for individual lessons and are the same regardless of instrument studied, or skill level of the student – they are based solely on the length of the lessons. Individual lesson fees are calculated on a term by term basis, and will vary depending on the length of lessons and the number of weeks in the given term.
Fees for group classes are also calculated by the term and vary depending on the length of classes, the number of weeks and, in some cases, the cost of materials. Group classes depend upon a minimum enrolment in order to run and are not pro-rated. Please see separate flyers for further details.
*Rates are subject to change.
Our Faculty includes approximately thirty teachers whose skills relate to performance and teaching, as well as a demonstrated commitment to the community. Teachers are professionals, with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and many have completed studies at the Master’s level.
Christopher Burton (Chamber Program Coordinator)
Alex Cheung (Coach)
Tiina Kiik (Coach)
Ivana Popovic (Coach)
Michelle Simmons (Coach)(On Leave)
Vesna Vukusic (Coach)
Robert Carroll (Coach)
Keith Reid (Coach)
Katherine Anderson (Coach)
Laraine Herzog (Coach)
Wanes Moubayed (Coach)
Keith Reid (Settlement Singers Conductor)
Nicholas Shao (Drum kit, keyboard percussion, Group Drumming Circles)
Morghynn Karenn (Dance)
Individual Lessons are offered in the following:
Drum Set/ Percussion
Group Classes run during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms only. Offerings include:
Into to Ear-Training (5-6 Years)
Ear-Training Levels 1-8
Ear-Training for Adults
RCM Harmony Level 9 & 10
RCM Theory Levels 5-8
RCM History Level 9 & 10
Traditional Dance Classes:
Settlement Singers – Adult Choir
Adult Chamber Music: Classical and Jazz
Junior Chamber Music
The Music & Arts School is located on the 2nd floor of University Settlement. The School is open six days a week: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 9:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Office is open for drop-ins during the hours indicated below. To meet with us outside of office hours, please contact us via phone or e-mail to book an appointment.
|Monday||2:00pm – 5:00pm|
|Tuesday||2:00pm – 7:00pm|
|Wednesday||2:00pm – 7:00pm|
|Thursday||2:00pm – 5:00pm|
|Friday||2:00pm – 7:00pm|
|Saturday||2:30pm – 4:30pm|
Hours of operation are subject to change.
If you would like to inquire about registering for a Music & Arts School program, please fill out the information provided in this form: Music and Arts Program Inquiry
The School is managed by a full-time Music & Arts School Manager and a part-time Program Assistant. Additionally, a volunteer Advisory Committee also contributes to the operation of the School. Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Music & Arts School Office for more information about how to get started.
The Music & Arts School is also able to offer scholarships based on merit. Each year a number of worthy students are awarded scholarships following auditions. Successful applicants are required to perform in a Scholarship recipient concert.
Subsidies for financial assistance for individual lessons may be available to students, aged 18 or younger, who cannot afford the full fees. Eligibility is based on the total household income, and the number of people in the family. Applications must be made each term, and proof of income is required.
Check the Subsidy Program Guidelines for more details
Regular performances by students, teachers and special guests form an integral part of life at our School. Students of all levels have the opportunity to perform in a non-competitive environment. Concerts usually take place at the Church of St George the Martyr, at 197 John Street. The church is located in Grange Park, just behind University Settlement Recreation Centre.
The Music & Arts School is pleased to offer affordable instrument rental to our string, clarinet, flute, accordion and guitar students. Additionally, students may use our studios to practice free of charge. Non-students may rent studio space, pending availability, for $10 per hour. Please contact the Music & Arts School for further details.