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Music & Arts School

The Music & Arts School provides affordable, quality programs to children, teens, adults and seniors from the Grange neighbourhood and Greater Toronto.

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.

In the Fall, there is a priority registration period for returning students, which is solely for students who wish to continue with the same teacher(s). During the first day, registration is in-person only on a first-come, first-served basis. Starting the second day of the priority registration period, returning students may also register via phone or email. At the end of the priority registration period, new students are welcomed to register either in-person or over the phone.

In the Winter and Spring semesters, there is opportunity for returning students to keep their same day and timeslot by re-registering during an advanced registration period. If a returning student does not register during this period, they may lose their spot. During our shortened Summer semester, registration is entirely on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration may be done either in person at the Music & Arts School Office, or by phone (Visa or Mastercard only). Each student must pay a  $15 agency membership fee in addition to any additional program costs.

Fees: 30 Minutes: $22.00 // 45 Minutes: $33.00 // 1 Hour: $44.00

The above fees for are 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.

Click names below for more information/bios

Tiina Kiik

Chamber Program:
Christopher Burton  (Chamber Program Coordinator)
Alex Cheung (Coach)
Tiina Kiik (Coach)
Ivana Popovic  (Coach)
Michelle Simmons  (Coach)(On Leave)
Vesna Vukusic (Coach)
Rob Carroll (Coach)
Keith Reid (Coach)
Katherine Anderson  (Coach)
Laraine Herzog (Coach)
Wanes Moubayed (Coach)

Keith Reid (Settlement Singers Conductor)
Samantha Huang (Children’s Choir Conductor)

Ear-Training & Theory Program:
Christopher Burton
Lloyd McArton

Nicholas Shao  (Drum kit, keyboard percussion, Group Drumming Circles)

Susan Chemm
Laraine Herzog
Tiina Kiik
Beverly Lewis
Kenneth Marple
Elina Templin
Paul Crocker
Christopher Burton
Emily Ding
Kelvin Chan
James Langevin
Saman Shahi

Rob Carroll (Guitar)
Alex Cheung  (Violin)
Ivana Popovic  (Violin)
Jane Yang (Violin)
Vesna Vukusic (Violin, viola, introductory cello)
Wanes Moubayed(Violin, viola)

Sarah Iles

Keith Reid (saxophone)
Mitch Yolevsky (clarinet)
Katherine Anderson (Flute/Recorder)

Other Arts:
Morghynn Karenn (Dance)
Sarah O’Brecht (Daycare Music & Dance)

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.

Individual Lessons are offered in the following:

Drum Set/ Percussion
Introductory Cello

Click Here for Individual Class Schedule

Group Classes run during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms only

Ear-Training (5-6 Years)
Ear-Training Level 1-4
Ear-Training for Adults
RCM Harmony Preparation
RCM Theory Preparation
RCM Counterpoint

Traditional Dance Classes:
Children’s Choir
Settlement Singers Choir
Adult Chamber Music: Classical and Jazz
Junior Chamber Music

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Office Hours + Contacts

The Music & Arts School is located on the 2nd floor of University Settlement Recreation Centre. The School is open six days a week: Monday through Fridays, 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 arrange appointments outside of drop-in office hours, please call the numbers listed below:

Monday 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 11:00am -2:00pm
Sunday Closed

Hours of operation are subject to change.

T: 416-598-3444 Ext. 243/244
F: 416-598-4401

Victoria Medeiros, Managing Director of the Music and Arts School. (On Leave) victoria.medeiros@universitysettlement.ca
Michelle Simmons, Acting Managing Director. michelle.simmons@universitysettlement.ca
Sarah Ferries, Part-Time Program Assistant. sarah.ferries@universitysettlement.ca

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.

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