Music & Arts School

University Settlement’s Music & Arts School offers affordable, quality programs for music and dance. Everyone is welcome – kids, teens, adults, and seniors. Our faculty is dedicated to nurturing talent and a love of music in a safe and fun environment that celebrates success.

Affordable, Quality Programs for Music and Dance

For Kids, Teens, Adults, and Seniors

Everyone is Welcome

Regardless of where you live in Toronto, your income or your age, everyone is welcome at the Music & Arts School.

Affordable Fees and Subsidies

Our fees are below for-profit sector rates. We also provide subsidies and, when possible, access to musical instruments for low-income students.

High Calibre Faculty

Our faculty is dedicated to nurturing talent and a love of music in a safe and fun environment that celebrates success.

We have always believed that the arts should be a right, not a privilege; lessons should be available to everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, perceived talent, disability, or ability to pay.

Fall 2022 Programs

Fall Term: September 7 to December 12

Music Lessons

Students can choose from a broad range of in-person and online programs! Individual lessons are available for Cello, Classical Guitar, Drums, Flute, Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Ukulele, Violin, Viola and Voice.

Discover new opportunities to develop your creativity, musicianship, and artistic expression!

Music Highlights for Fall Term

  • New! World Music Drumming Classes on Sundays: See the Program Guide for more information on these classes exploring the rhythms and songs of West Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and India; students learn hand drumming styles and techniques that are applicable but not limited to djembe, congas, and kpanlogo
  • New! Fiddle Classes on Saturdays from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: See the Program Guide for more information on these high-energy, toe-tapping, Riverdance inspired classes
  • New! Online Music Composition Classes on Thursdays: See the Program Guide for more information on these classes that teach the basics of music composition for instruments and voices

Private Instruction and Group programs

Private Lessons (for Children and Adults)
Lessons Available For

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

Private Lesson Fees
  • 30 Minutes: $25 per Lesson (Fall Term: $325)
  • 45 Minutes: $38 per Lesson (Fall Term: $488)
  • 60 Minutes: $50 per Lesson (Fall Term: $650)
Group Programs
Adult Chamber Music

$185 for Fall Term

Chamber Music for Youth

$126 for Fall Term

Children’s Choir

$126 for Fall Term

Celtic Fiddling
  • Kids & Youth: $126 for Fall Term
  • Adults: $168 for Fall Term
Introduction to Electronic Music
  • *Only Available for Winter Term
  • Kids & Youth: $126 for Winter Term
  • Adults: $168 for Winter Term
Music 4 Little Ones

$126 for Fall Term

Music Composition
  • Kids & Youth: $126 for Fall Term
  • Adults: $168 for Fall Term
Settlement Singers Choir

$126 for Fall Term

Songwriting
  • Kids & Youth: $117 for Fall Term
  • Adults: $156 for Fall Term
Ukulele
  • Kids & Youth: $126 for Fall Term
  • Adults: $168 for Fall Term
World Music Drumming

FREE!

Ear Training
  • Intro to Ear Training (Ages 5-6): $84 for Fall Term
  • Kids Ear Training (Levels 1-9): $126 for Fall Term
  • Adult Ear Training: $168 for Fall Term
RCM Theory & Harmony
  • Rudiments Level 5 to 8: $270 for Fall Term
  • Harmony Level 9: $210 for Fall Term

Dance Classes

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.

Dance Highlights for Fall Term

  • New! Jazz Dance classes for kids offered on Sunday mornings.
  • New! Beginner Ballet classes for adults and youth on Sunday afternoons.

Dance Schedule

Ages 2-3 (and their caregivers)
  • Creative Movement
    Saturday, or,
    Sunday
    9:30 am to 10:15 am
Ages 4-5
  • Tap
    Saturday 10:30 am to 11:15 am
  • Musical Theatre (ages 4 to 6)
    Saturday 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
  • Hip Hop
    Saturday 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Jazz (New!)
    Sunday 10:30 am to 11:15 am
  • Ballet
    Sunday 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm, or,
    2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Ages 6-8
  • Tap
    Saturday 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
  • Musical Theatre (ages 7 to 12)
    Saturday 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Hip Hop
    Saturday 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
  • Jazz (New!)
    Sunday 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
  • Ballet
    Sunday 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm, or,
    3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
Ages 9-12
  • Musical Theatre (ages 7 to 12)
    Saturday 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Hip Hop
    Saturday 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm
Youth/Adult
  • Beginner Ballet (New!)
    Sunday 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

Dance Fees for Fall Term

  • Kids Dance Classes (Ballet, Hip Hop, etc.): $126 for Fall Term
  • Adult Beginner Ballet: $168 for Fall Term

Faculty

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.

Strings

Winds

Chamber Program

Early Childhood Music

Ear-Training & Theory Program

Calendar

Fall Term 2022

September 7

Fall Term begins

October 10

Thanksgiving CLOSED

December 13

Last Day of the Fall Term

Winter Term 2023

January 9

Winter Term begins

February 20

Family Day CLOSED

March 10

Last Day of the Winter Term

Spring Term 2023

March 20

Spring Term begins

April 7 to 10

Easter Weekend CLOSED

May 22

Victoria Day CLOSED

June 19

Last Day of the Spring Term

Summer Term 2023

July 4

Summer Term begins

August 6

Last Day of the Summer Term

August 7

Simcoe Day CLOSED

Updated July 26, 2022

Student Portal and Additional Info

Student Portal

The Music & Arts School communicates information with students and families through the My Music Staff portal. You can 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!

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.

Congratulations to Our 2022 Scholarship Winners

  • Aasta Levene Scholarship recipient: Andy Chen
  • Jack Chang Scholarship recipient: Nolan Wu
  • Laraine Herzog Scholarship recipient: Henry Wang
  • Mark Hill Music Award recipient: Wendy Xu
  • Margaret Grant Music Award recipient: Daisy Cardich-Soria
  • Marshall Adam Golden Memorial Scholarship recipient: Nicole Lin
  • Paul Greenwood Strings Award recipients: Riley Do and Shaun Lin
  • Shiu Shum Lo Memorial Award recipient: Allan Zhou
  • Steinhauer Family Music Award recipient: Audrey Cai
  • Sylvia Schwartz Music Award recipient: Yuuna Lee
  • W.G. Hall Strings Award recipient: Iris He

Missed the 2022 Annual Scholarship Concert? You can watch it on the Music & Arts School YouTube channel.

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 2022/23 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. Past student recitals can also be viewed 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.

FAQ

How do I register for lessons and programs?

It’s easy. Complete the Student Registration 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?

Yes, private practice is essential if you wish to progress in your studies. You can practice at the School during the School’s operating hours, so long as the studio is not reserved for private teaching. Please check the studio schedules next to the Music Office door for studio availability.

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

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.

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.

Felix Flores, Program Assistant

Felix Flores is a violinist, composer and arranger who has experience performing in a wide variety of music genres including Classical, Jazz, Tango, Latin, and Contemporary music. A long-time teacher with experience in arts administration, he’s excited to take on this additional role at the Music & Arts School. View Felix’s artist bio

Lyf Stolte, Program Assistant

Lyf Stolte brings his passion for the arts to his role as Program Assistant. Having facilitated arts, storytelling and other workshops and events at his previous work, he is excited to bring these experiences with him to the University Settlement’s Music & Arts School. Lyf is married and has two sons, two dogs and one pet rat!

Music & Arts School is grateful for the support of

Minstrel Foundation
Toronto Arts Council