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 and, whenever possible, access to musical instruments for low-income students. Our high calibre faculty are dedicated to nurturing talent and a love of music in a safe and fun environment that celebrates success.
Check out the 2019/20 Program Guide and discover new opportunities (such as ukulele, and hip hop dance classes starting this September) to develop your creativity, musicianship, and artistic expression.
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 dance classes, adult and children’s ear training and theory classes, and a children’s choir.
The Music & Arts School offers dance instruction to children and youth 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.
|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|
|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|
|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 5:00 pm|
|Hip Hop||Sunday||4:15 pm to 5:00 pm|
We are excited to offer two new dance classes for young children (ages 2-3) and their caregivers:
Sundays from 9 am to 9:45 am
Sundays from 9:45 am to 10:30 am
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.
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)
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)
Iman Abdulrazzak (Violin)
Joel Tangjerd (Cello)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes! An elevator provides access to all rooms used for private lessons and group classes.
|August 5||CIVIC HOLIDAY: CLOSED|
|August 6||Fall Term Registration opens for new students|
|September 2||LABOUR DAY: CLOSED|
|September 3||Fall Term begins|
|September 29||Music 4 Little Ones (8 weeks) begins|
|October 6||Adult Chamber Program (7 weeks) begins|
|October 14||THANKSGIVING: CLOSED|
|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|
|January 1||NEW YEAR’S DAY: CLOSED|
|January 5||Music 4 Little Ones (8 weeks) begins|
|January 12||Adult Chamber Program (7 weeks) begins|
|February 17||FAMILY DAY: CLOSED|
|March 1 (3 pm)||Chamber Program Concert|
|March 7 (11 am / 1 pm)||End of Term Student Concerts|
|April 5||Music 4 Little Ones (8 weeks) begins|
|April 10 to April 12||EASTER CLOSURE|
|April 12||Adult Chamber Program (7 weeks) begins|
|April 23 (5 pm)||Student Concert|
|May 18||VICTORIA DAY: CLOSED|
|May 31 (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|
|July 5||Music 4 Little Ones (8 weeks) begins|
|August 6 (7 pm)||End of Term Concert|
MUSIC & ARTS SCHOOL STAFF
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 and Bloor Street United Church.
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.
|Monday||2 pm – 7 pm|
|Tuesday||2 pm – 7 pm|
|Wednesday||2 pm – 7 pm|
|Thursday||2 pm – 7 pm|
|Friday||2 pm – 7 pm|
|Saturday||10 am – 2 pm|
|Sunday||10 am – 2 pm|
For more information, please email or call us.
Phone: 416-598-3444 (ext. 243 or 244)
Victoria Medeiros, Managing Director, Music and Arts School
Patricio Llovet, Program Assistant
Michelle Simmons, Program Assistant