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Music & Arts School

COVID-19 Update: November 22, 2020
Only Online Music Lessons available for the remainder of Fall Term

University Settlement’s 23 Grange Road location has been temporarily closed as of November 23, as part of the City of Toronto’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the Music & Arts School is suspending in-person music lessons and transitioning to online classes only for the remainder of the Fall term.

If you have any questions, please email music.office@UniversitySettlement.onmicrosoft.com.

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.

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.

 

Free Online Group Music and Dance Programs in the Fall Term for Children and Youth

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.

 

Fall Term Starts September 14

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.

The health and safety of our students, their families and our staff is our top priority.

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.

View 2020/21 Program Guide
Fall Term Registration

 

Online Portal for Students and Parents: My Music Staff

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!

Go To My Music Staff Login

 

The Music & Arts School offers private instruction (for children and adults) and group programs as follows:

Private Lessons

Piano
Guitar
Voice
Drums
Violin
Viola
Cello
Flute
Saxophone
Recorder
Accordion
Ukulele
Ear Training
Theory

Group Programs

Chamber Music for Youth
Music 4 Little Ones
Ear Training
RCM Theory & Harmony
Ukulele 4 All

*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.

NEW! Musical Theatre, Sundays 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

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.

Dance Class Schedule

AGES 2-3 (and their caregivers)

Creative Movement Saturday 9:00 am – 9:45 am

AGES 4-5

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

AGES 6-8

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

AGES 6-12

New! Musical Theatre Sunday 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

AGES 9-12

Hip Hop Saturday 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm

YOUTH/ADULT

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.

Chamber Program
Keith Reid (Chamber Coordinator)
Alex Cheung (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)

Choral
Sarah Iles (Children’s Choir Conductor)

Dance
Josette Halpert
Pamela Wong

Early Childhood Music
Pamela Wong

Ear-Training & Theory Program
Alexis Millares Thomson
Robert Carroll

Drums
Nicholas Shao

Piano
Laraine Herzog
Beverly Lewis
Miguel Brito Lopez
Kenneth Marple
Paul Crocker (on leave)
Emily Ding
Kelvin Chan
James Langevin
Ying Qi

Strings
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)

Voice
Emily Ding
Sarah Iles

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

How do I register for lessons and programs?

It’s easy. Registration opens on Monday, August 10 at 9 am. Just click the Fall Registration button and complete the form.

What is the cancellation policy?

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.

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 or cancel through the My Music Staff online student portal.

What technical equipment do I need for online lessons?

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

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?

Due to the pandemic, we are unable to allow students to practice at the School.

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

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.

Is the School accessible?

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

Summer Term (to August 30, 2020)

August 10 Fall Term Registration opens for new students

Fall Term (September 14 to December 4, 2020)

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

Winter Term (January 4 to March 12, 2021)

January 1 NEW YEAR’S DAY: CLOSED
January 4 Winter Term begins
February 15 FAMILY DAY: CLOSED

Spring Term (March 22 to June 21, 2021)

March 22 Spring Term begins
April 2 to April 5 EASTER CLOSURE
May 24 VICTORIA DAY: CLOSED

Summer Term (July 5 to August 9, 2021)

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.

Naomi McCarroll-Butler, Program Assistant
Naomi is a saxophonist, clarinetist and composer who works in jazz, improvised music and new music. A long-time music teacher and community arts facilitator, she’s excited to join the Music & Arts School as a part time Program Assistant.

Sarah Pomper, Program Assistant
Sarah is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. She has worked for the Canadian Opera Company, CBC Music Resources, Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. With a passion for singing classical and choral music, she has sung in various Toronto choirs, and in, Royal Opera Canada’s version of Aida. She has also played the viola, clarinet, piano and percussion. Currently, Sarah practices aerial dance and designs routines accompanied by music for performances.

SCHOLARSHIPS
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.

SUBSIDIES
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.

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. 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.

RENTALS
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.

students taking online singing classes

School Hours

Monday – Friday: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
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.

Location:
University Settlement, 23 Grange Road, 2nd Floor

 

Contact Us

Please call or email us for more information or to make an appointment.

Email:
music.office@UniversitySettlement.onmicrosoft.com

Phone:
416-598-3444 (ext. 243 or 257)

Fax:
416-598-4401

Victoria Medeiros, Managing Director, Music & Arts School
Patricio Llovet, Program Assistant
Naomi McCarroll-Butler, Program Assistant
Sarah Pomper, Program Assistant

News & Events
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The Music & Arts School is grateful for the support of:

Minstrel Foundation

Toronto Arts Council

 

 

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