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.
Our fees are below for-profit sector rates. We 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.
Thanks to the Minstrel Foundation, we are thrilled to offer all online Group Music & Dance classes free of charge to children and youth in the fall term. Limited spaces still available. For more information, check out the 2020/2021 Program Guide.
Check out the 2020/21 Program Guide and discover new opportunities to develop your creativity, musicianship, and artistic expression this fall. Fall Term registration is now open.
We offer in-person and online instruction on 10 instruments, piano and voice in a number of genres, including classical, jazz, hip hop, pop and folk. Group instruction includes youth chamber group, Music 4 Little Ones, children’s dance classes, adult and children’s ear training and theory classes, and ukulele. All group instruction is offered online only.
Due to the pandemic, we are making changes to how you access our programs and services. Please check the Update tab below for more information.
Starting this fall, the Music & Arts School will be sharing information with students and families through the My Music Staff portal. You will be able to view your calendar, attendance, and billing information, receive notes and homework from your teacher, cancel lessons, stay up-to-date with School news, and more!
We’re looking forward to welcoming our students back for the fall term.
The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. To keep you safe, we’re making some changes to how you will access our programs and services.
For more information on the NEW Music & Arts School check out the 2020/21 Program Guide or check back here.
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 in person and through technology. As a school that will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary in 2021, we think that’s pretty cool!
The Music & Arts School offers private instruction (for children and adults) and group programs as follows:
Chamber Music for Youth
*Chamber Music for Adults and Children’s Choir are not offered this term.
The Music & Arts School offers dance instruction to children, youth and 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.
We are excited to offer a Musical Theatre dance class that will introduce students to the music of Broadway and get them dancing and singing! Available for students ages 6-12.
|Creative Movement||Saturday||9:00 am – 9:45 am|
|Hip Hop||Saturday||2:00 pm – 2:45 pm|
|Ballet||Sunday||2:00 pm – 2:45 pm|
|Jazz||Saturday||10:00 am – 10:45 am|
|Hip Hop||Saturday||3:00 pm to 3:45 pm|
|Ballet||Sunday||3:00 pm to 3:45 pm|
|Jazz||Saturday||11:00 am to 11:45 am|
|New! Musical Theatre||Sunday||1:00 pm to 1:45 pm|
|Hip Hop||Saturday||4:00 pm to 4:45 pm|
|Ballet||Sunday||4:00 pm to 5:00 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.
Keith Reid (Chamber Coordinator)
Alex Cheung (Coach)
Tiina Kiik (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)
Early Childhood Music
Allison Cameron (Ukulele)
Robert Carroll (Guitar)
Alex Cheung (Violin)
Vesna Vukusic (Violin, viola, introductory cello)
Wanes Moubayed (Violin, viola)
Felix Flores (Violin)
Joel Tangjerd (Cello)
Connie Wynn (Violin)
It’s easy. Registration opens on Monday, August 10 at 9 am. Just click the Fall Registration button and complete the form.
Due to the pandemic, the Music & Arts School is waiving its policy requiring students to provide 24-hours notice when cancelling a private lesson. Regardless of the notice given, should you cancel your private lesson, a make-up lesson will be arranged. There is a maximum of one make-up lesson per term. 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 or cancel through the My Music Staff online student portal.
It’s pretty simple. You need a device with video capabilities – a smartphone, tablet or laptop and a strong internet connection.
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.
Due to the pandemic, we are unable to allow students to practice at the School.
Due to the pandemic, the Music & Arts School will be extremely limited in our ability to supply sheet music. Students 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. We also 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 10||Fall Term Registration opens for new students|
|September 4||University Settlement: CLOSED|
|September 7||LABOUR DAY: CLOSED|
|September 14||Fall Term begins|
|October 9||University Settlement: CLOSED|
|October 12||THANKSGIVING: CLOSED|
|December 22 to January 3, 2021||HOLIDAY CLOSURE|
|January 1||NEW YEAR’S DAY: CLOSED|
|January 4||Winter Term begins|
|February 15||FAMILY DAY: CLOSED|
|March 22||Spring Term begins|
|April 2 to April 5||EASTER CLOSURE|
|May 24||VICTORIA DAY: CLOSED|
|July 1||CANADA DAY: CLOSED|
|July 5||Summer Term begins|
Updated September 8, 2020. More information about student concerts, etc. will be posted throughout the year.
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.
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 2020/21 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. Due to the pandemic, our student recitals will be held live online or pre-recorded. Student recitals can also be reviewed on the Music & Arts School YouTube channel.
The Music & Arts School is pleased to offer affordable instrument rental to our string, flute, accordion and guitar students. Due to the pandemic, we can no longer rent our studios for practice or rehearsal.
Monday – Friday: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hours subject to change.
Visitors by Appointment Only:
Due to the pandemic, drop-in meetings are no longer allowed. To access the Music & Arts School you MUST have a scheduled lesson or appointment. Please call us or email us to make an appointment.
University Settlement, 23 Grange Road, 2nd Floor
Please call or email us for more information or to make an appointment.
416-598-3444 (ext. 243 or 257)
Victoria Medeiros, Managing Director, Music & Arts School
Patricio Llovet, Program Assistant
Michelle Simmons, Program Assistant