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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.

2019/20 PROGRAM GUIDE

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.

SUMMER TERM (July 8 – August 12) REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
You can register in-person, over the phone, or by email.
NEW: Subsidized study is available. First come, first served.
For more information, please contact us at 416-598-3444 ext. 243/244.

Fall Term

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.

Winter and Spring Terms

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.

Each student must pay an annual membership fee in addition to any Music & Arts School program fees.

Fees: 30 Minutes: $24.00 // 45 Minutes: $36 // 1 Hour: $48.00

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.

Click names below for more information/bios

Accordion:
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)
Saman Shahi (Coach)

Choral
Sarah Iles (Children’s Choir Conductor)

Early Childhood Music
Claudia Liedke

Ear-Training & Theory Program:
Alexis Millares Thomson
Robert Carroll

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

Piano:
Laraine Herzog
Tiina Kiik
Beverly Lewis
Miguel Brito Lopez
Kenneth Marple
Paul Crocker
Emily Ding
Kelvin Chan
James Langevin
Saman Shahi
Ying Qi

Strings:
Robert Carroll (Guitar)
Alex Cheung  (Violin)
Ivana Popovic  (Violin)
Jane Seo (Violin)
Vesna Vukusic (Violin, viola, introductory cello)
Wanes Moubayed (Violin, viola)
Felix Flores (Violin)
Iman Abdulrazzak (Violin)

Voice:
Sarah Iles

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

Other Arts:
Morghynn Karenn (Dance)

Individual Lessons are offered in the following:
Piano
Guitar
Voice
Violin
Clarinet
Saxophone
Flute
Viola
Accordion
Recorder
Theory
Ear-Training
Drum Set/ Percussion
Introductory Cello

 

NEWS & EVENTS

 

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
The Music & Arts School is located on the 2nd floor of University Settlement. During the Summer, the office is open:

Monday 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

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

Victoria Medeiros, Managing Director of the Music and Arts School victoria.medeiros@universitysettlement.ca
Patricio Llovet, Program Assistant.Patricio.llovet@universitysettlement.ca
Michelle Simmons, Program Assistant.michelle.simmons@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

Administration

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.

Scholarships

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

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.

Check the Subsidy Program Guidelines for more details

Concerts

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.

Rentals

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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