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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.

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


COVID-19 Update

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:

Private Lessons

Ear Training

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


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.

Tiina Kiik

Chamber Program
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)

Josette Halpert
Pamela Wong

Early Childhood Music
Pamela Wong

Ear-Training & Theory Program
Alexis Millares Thomson
Robert Carroll

Nicholas Shao

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

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)

Emily Ding
Sarah Iles

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 14 Fall Term begins
October 9 University Settlement: CLOSED
December 22 to January 3, 2021 HOLIDAY CLOSURE

Winter Term (January 4 to March 12, 2021)

January 4 Winter Term begins

Spring Term (March 22 to June 21, 2021)

March 22 Spring Term begins
April 2 to April 5 EASTER CLOSURE

Summer Term (July 5 to August 9, 2021)

July 5 Summer Term begins

Updated September 8, 2020. More information about student concerts, etc. will be posted throughout the year.


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.

students taking online singing classes

School Hours

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


Contact Us

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

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

Minstrel Foundation

Toronto Arts Council



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