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Music & Arts School

Affordable, Quality Programs for Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors.

Founded in 1921, University Settlement’s Music & Arts School is the oldest community music school in downtown Toronto. Everyone is welcome, regardless of where you live in Toronto, your income or your age. We have always believed 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.

We offer classes at below for-profit sector rates and also provide subsidies. Our high calibre faculty are dedicated to nurturing talent and a love of music in a safe and fun environment that celebrates success.

Online Music Lessons and Dance Classes this Summer

The Music & Arts School is offering online private music lessons and group dance classes this summer from July 5 to August 10. Registration for the Summer Term opens Monday, June 1 at 9 am.

Online Private Music Lessons

New and returning students can study Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, and Drums. Limited subsidies are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Summer Term students needing assistance.

Online Summer Dance Classes

Our dance program is very popular. We’re very excited to offer online dance classes this summer for toddlers, youth and adults.

Creative Movement (2-3 year olds and caregiver):

Saturdays, 10 am – 10:30 am

Ballet (all ages):

Saturdays, 11 am – 11:30 am

Jazz (all ages):

Mondays, 10 am – 10:30 am

Hip Hop (all ages):

Mondays, 11 am – 11:30 am

Can’t wait until your first class? Here’s a warm up video with dance teacher Josette Halpert to get you dancing.

What technical equipment do I need?

It’s pretty simple. You need a device with video capabilities – a smartphone, tablet or laptop and a strong internet connection.

How do I register?

It’s easy. Registration opens on Monday, June 1 at 9 am and will remain open until
Tuesday, June 30. Just click the Summer Registration button and complete the form.

Summer Registration
2019/20 Program Guide

COVID-19 Update

The Music & Arts School is temporarily closed during COVID-19 but we are still teaching and sharing the love of music online. We are excited to offer both private music lessons and group dance classes online (see above for more details).

For 99 years, the Music & Arts School has engaged students and provided them with the best music education possible. During this time of physical distancing, we are thrilled to offer our students the opportunity to pursue their passion and explore their creativity through technology. As a school that will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary in 2021, we think that’s pretty cool!

Update: The Music & Arts School is temporarily closed during COVID-19 and our regular onsite programming (listed below) will be cancelled until further notice.

The School offers private instruction for children and adults on 13 orchestral instruments, piano and voice, and covers a number of genres including, classical, jazz, hip hop, pop and folk. Group instruction includes children’s and adult dance classes, ear training and theory classes, and a children’s choir.

Private Lessons

Ear Training

Group Programs

Chamber Music for Youth
Chamber Music for Adults
Children’s Choir
Music 4 Little Ones
Ukulele 4 All
Kids Ear Training
Adult Ear Training
RCM Theory & Harmony

Update: The Music & Arts School is temporarily closed during COVID-19 and our regular onsite programming (listed below) will be cancelled until further notice.

The Music & Arts School offers dance instruction to people of all ages – from children as young as 2 to adults – in a warm and welcoming environment. Our dance students have the opportunity to grow individually, expressively, and artistically as they explore the dance styles of ballet, jazz and hip hop.

Dance Class Schedule

NEW! Ages 2-3 and their caregivers
Ballet Boogie Sunday 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Creative Movement Sunday 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Ages 4-5
Ballet Saturday 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Jazz Sunday 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Hip Hop Sunday 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 6-8
Ballet Saturday 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Jazz Sunday 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Hip Hop Sunday 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm
Ages 9-12
Ballet Saturday 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
Jazz Sunday 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Hip Hop Sunday 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
Ballet Saturday 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm
Hip Hop Sunday 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm


Our exceptional faculty of professionally trained teachers and performers offer one of the best music education opportunities in Toronto. All have a Bachelor’s degree in music and many have completed studies at the Master’s level. Each has a demonstrated commitment to the community.

Click names below for more information/bios.

Tiina Kiik

Chamber Program
Keith Reid (Chamber Coordinator)
Alex Cheung (Coach)
Tiina Kiik (Coach)
Ivana Popovic  (Coach)
Michelle Simmons (Coach)
Vesna Vukusic (Coach)
Robert Carroll (Coach)
Katherine Anderson  (Coach)
Laraine Herzog (Coach)
Wanes Moubayed (Coach)
Miguel Brito Lopez (Coach)
Felix Flores (Coach)
Joel Tangjerd (Coach)

Sarah Iles (Children’s Choir Conductor)

Josette Halpert
Pamela Wong

Early Childhood Music
Bahareh Ameri

Ear-Training & Theory Program
Alexis Millares Thomson
Robert Carroll

Nicholas Shao

Laraine Herzog
Tiina Kiik
Beverly Lewis
Miguel Brito Lopez
Kenneth Marple
Paul Crocker
Emily Ding
Kelvin Chan
James Langevin
Ying Qi
Zoe Lei

Allison Cameron (Ukelele)
Robert Carroll (Guitar)
Alex Cheung  (Violin)
Ivana Popovic  (Violin)
Jane Seo (Violin, on leave)
Vesna Vukusic (Violin, viola, introductory cello)
Wanes Moubayed (Violin, viola)
Felix Flores (Violin)
Joel Tangjerd (Cello)
Connor Wynn (Violin)

Sarah Iles

Katherine Anderson (Flute/Recorder)
Keith Reid (Saxophone)

How do I register for lessons and programs?

You can register online, in-person, via email, or over the telephone. Payment must be made at the time of registration in order for the registration to be considered complete; the School cannot reserve lesson times without payment. We divide our school year into four terms, and students must register or re-register for their lessons in each term.

What is the cancellation policy?

Should you cancel your private lesson with 24-hours notice or more, a make-up lesson will be arranged. There is a maximum of one make-up lesson per term. With less than 24-hours notice the your lesson is forfeited and you are not eligible for a make-up lesson. Should your teacher cancel a lesson, it will be rescheduled. Please note: group classes are not eligible for make-up lessons.

What do I do if I can’t attend a lesson?

Please email us or call the Music & Arts School Office at 416-598-3444 ext. 243 or 244 to let us know that you are unable to attend.

Does the Music & Arts School adhere to a specific system of learning?

Our teachers are trained in and familiar with many methods of teaching music. Should you wish, your teacher can offer you guided instruction in progressive methods, such as the RCM method. Some students, particularly adults, prefer to progress at their own pace, setting their own goals in consultation with their teacher. Music & Arts School faculty members are qualified to offer this type of individualized instruction.

Will I need to practice? May I practice at the School?

Yes, private practice is essential if you wish to progress in your studies. You can practice at the School during teaching hours, so long as a studio is not reserved for teaching. There is no charge for students to use a studio for practicing. Please check the studio schedules posted next to the Music Office door for studio availability.

Will I need to buy a book or an instrument right away?

While we can often supply music for the first few lessons, you will be expected to purchase music books.

Purchasing an instrument immediately may not be necessary. The School has a variety of instruments available for rental at reasonable rates. You may use the School’s pianos for practicing, provided a studio is not reserved for a private lesson. We keep a waitlist of students looking to either purchase or receive a donated piano. Please keep in mind that as you progress in your studies, purchasing an instrument will become necessary.

Is the School accessible?

Yes! An elevator provides access to all rooms used for private lessons and group classes.

Update: The Music & Arts School is temporarily closed during COVID-19 and our regular onsite programming (listed below) will be cancelled until further notice.

SUMMER TERM (to August 30, 2019)
August 6 Fall Term Registration opens for new students
FALL TERM (September 3 to December 9, 2019)
September 3 Fall Term begins
September 29 Music 4 Little Ones (8 weeks) begins
October 6 Adult Chamber Program (7 weeks) begins
October 29 Student Scholarship Auditions
November 3 (3 pm) Faculty Fundraiser Concert for United Way
November 9 (2 pm) Annual Scholarship Recipients Concert
November 21 (5 pm) Student Concert
November 24 (3 pm) Chamber Program Concert
December 6 (7 pm) End of Term Student Concert
December 7 (11 am / 1 pm) End of Term Student Concerts
December 24 to December 31 HOLIDAY CLOSURE
WINTER TERM (January 5 to March 14, 2020)
January 5 Music 4 Little Ones (8 weeks) begins
January 12 Adult Chamber Program (7 weeks) begins
February 29 (3 pm) Chamber Program Concert
March 7 (11 am / 1 pm) End of Term Student Concerts
SPRING TERM (March 23 to June 22, 2020)
April 5 Music 4 Little Ones (8 weeks) begins
April 10 to April 13 EASTER CLOSURE
April 12 Adult Chamber Program (7 weeks) begins
April 23 (5 pm) Student Concert
May 30 (3 pm) Chamber Program Concert
June 19 (7 pm) End of Term Student Concert
June 20 (11 am / 1 pm) End of Term Student Concerts
June 20 (2 pm) Dance Recital
SUMMER TERM (July 5 to August 10, 2020)
July 5 Music 4 Little Ones (8 weeks) begins
August 6 (7 pm) End of Term Concert


Victoria Medeiros, Managing Director
Prior to becoming the Managing Director of the Music & Arts School in 2014, Victoria was a voice instructor in 2013. She received a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Victoria has years of experience both as a performer and as a teacher.

Patricio Llovet, Program Assistant
Patricio received his B. Mus. from Humber College, majoring in Percussion and Composition. In addition to working at the Music & Arts School, Patricio carries out a variety of professional activities as a musician, including performer, arranger, and educator.

Michelle Simmons, Program Assistant
A native of Newfoundland, Michelle is a graduate of the Master of Music Vocal Performance program at the University of Toronto. Michelle has experience as a performer and teacher and is on faculty at the Music & Arts School as a chamber coach. In addition to her work at the Music & Arts School, Michelle is currently an alto soloist at the Cathedral Church of St. James.

The Music & Arts School awards a range of merit-based scholarships that are awarded through competitive auditions. Recipients perform in a special concert in November, which is always a highlight of the year.

Fee subsidies can help students age 18 or younger from families not able to afford the full cost of private lessons. Eligibility is based on the total household income, and the number of people in the family. Check the 2019/20 Program Guide for more information.

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 and dance recitals usually take place at St. George by the Grange (formerly known as the Church of St George the Martyr), 30 Stephanie Street, M5T 1X6. The church is located behind University Settlement’s 23 Grange Road location, close to the intersection of Stephanie and McCaul Streets.

The Music & Arts School is pleased to offer affordable instrument rental to our string, 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 more information.

students taking online singing classes

Contact Us

For more information, please email or call us.
Phone: 416-598-3444 (ext. 243 or 244)
Fax: 416-598-4401

Victoria Medeiros
Managing Director, Music and Arts School

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