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Music & Arts School

Celebrating 100 years of Music Making!

We’re so excited! The Music & Arts School is celebrating this great achievement with special concerts and musical events throughout 2021. We hope you’ll join us. Please check back here for updates.

University Settlement Music & Arts School 100th Anniversary Logo

Offering Affordable, Quality Programs for Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors for 100 Years!

We’re proud to celebrate our 100th Anniversary in 2021! 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. Everyone is welcome at the Music & Arts School at University Settlement, regardless of where you live in Toronto, your income or your age.

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.

 

In-Person and Online Lessons Classes offered in the Fall Term

Registration Opens August 3

Students can choose from a broad range of in-person and online programs this fall! 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!

View 2021/22 Program Guide

Fall Program Highlights

  • Youth and Adult Chamber Music and Ukulele for kids and adults return to in-person classes.
  • Kids and Adult Ear Training, and RCM Theory continue online.
  • Music 4 Little Ones will be offered both in-person and online.
  • Our Dance Program is back with new Tap classes and Ballet, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre programs, all in-person.
  • Special Music & Arts School students and Grange Fitness Members Offer: Enrol in Barre Fit or Hip Hop Fit and save 50%.

Register Now

COVID-19 Update: July 29, 2021

In-person and Online Classes Begin in September

The Music & Arts School will be offering both in-person and online classes beginning in September. Please review the 2021-22 Program Guide for updated health and safety measures and programming details.

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

Online Portal for Students and Parents: My Music Staff

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!

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
Ukulele
Ear Training
Theory

Group Programs

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

Note: Children’s Choir is not available 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! Tap Dance classes for kids offered on Saturday mornings.

NEW! Dance Fit (Barre and Hip Hop Fit) classes for adults on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Starting September 2021, dance classes will resume in-person with smaller class sizes and updated health and safety measures. Please review the 2021/22 Program Guide for more information.

Dance Class Schedule

AGES 2-3 (and their caregivers)

Creative Movement Saturday 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Sunday 9:15 am – 10:00 am

AGES 4-5

New! Tap Saturday 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Hip Hop Saturday 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Ballet Sunday 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

AGES 6-8

New! Tap Saturday 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Hip Hop Saturday 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Ballet Sunday 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

AGES 6-12

Musical Theatre Sunday 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

AGES 9-12

Hip Hop Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

YOUTH/ADULT

New! Hip Hop Fit Saturday 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
New! Barre Fit Sunday 4:15 pm – 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.

Drums
Nicholas Shao

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

Strings
Alex Cheung  (Violin)
Felix Flores (Violin)
Connie Wynn (Violin)
Wanes Moubayed (Violin, viola)
Vesna Vukusic (Violin, viola)
Joel Tangjerd (Cello)
Allison Cameron (Ukulele)
Robert Carroll (Guitar)

Winds
Katherine Anderson (Flute)
Keith Reid (Saxophone)

Voice
Emily Ding
Sarah Iles

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)
Paul Crocker (Coach)

Choral
Sarah Iles (Children’s Choir Conductor)

Dance
Josette Halpert
Pamela Wong

Early Childhood Music
Pamela Wong

Ear-Training & Theory Program
TBA

How do I register for lessons and programs?

It’s easy. Complete the New Student Registration form here.

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 257 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.

Fall Term 2021 (September 13 to December 21)

September 13 Fall Term begins
October 11 Thanksgiving CLOSED
December 13 Last Day of the Fall Term

Winter Term 2022 (January 4 to March 11)

January 4 Winter Term begins
February 21 Family Day CLOSED
March 11 Last Day of the Winter Term

Spring Term 2022 (March 21 to June 20)

March 21 Spring Term begins
April 15-18 Easter Weekend CLOSED
May 23 Victoria Day CLOSED
June 20 Last Day of the Spring Term

Summer Term 2022 (July 4 to August 8)

July 4 Summer Term begins
August 1 Simcoe Day CLOSED
August 8 Last Day of the Summer Term

Updated July 29, 2021

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.

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 2021/22 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 are 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 & Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hours subject to change.

Visitors:
Drop-in meetings are currently not allowed. If you wish to speak with someone in person, please email or call 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
Sarah Pomper, 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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