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.
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.
July 5 to August 9
This summer the Music & Arts School is offering Piano, Violin, Voice, Viola, Cello, Flute and Saxophone private music lessons with teachers in our faculty. Limited subsidies are available. First-come, first-served.
June 22 to August 27 (Tuesdays & Fridays)
We’re very excited to offer online Royal Conservatory of Music Theory group classes on Tuesdays and Fridays.
RCM Level 5: 9:30 am – 10:45 am
RCM Level 6: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
RCM Level 7: 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
RCM Level 8: 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
RCM Level 9 History: 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Levels 5 to 8 Theory = $200
Level 9 History = $250
July 5 to August 9 (Mondays)
Introduce your babies, toddlers and preschoolers to music and rhythm this summer with free online classes on Mondays for young children and their caregivers. Music 4 Little Ones is a great experience for everyone!
All ages (0 up to 5 years old): 9:30 am to 10:00 am
Babies (0 up to 18 months): 10:15 am to 10:45 am
Toddlers and Preschoolers (19 months to 4 years): 11:00 am to 11:30 am
Music & Arts School students are busy practicing to perform in our Spring Recitals on Saturday, June 19. We’ve challenged each of them to log 1,000 minutes of practicing, which equals about 30 minutes of practicing every day from May 15 to June 19.
Join the Virtual Practice Play-a-thon Challenge to support our students and encourage them in their practice. Your donation will support accessible high-quality music and dance education at the Music & Arts School. Funds raised will help us keep tuition accessible for families, so more kids can develop their love of music and dance.
On Saturday, June 19, join us to hear students play at the online Spring Term Recitals. Everyone is welcome to attend! FREE!
Join the Virtual Practice Play-a-thon Challenge and hear the students you support play:
Zoom Concert on June 19 at 11am: Register here
Zoom Concert on June 19 at 1pm: Register here
YouTube Concert on June 19 at 3pm: Visit the Music & Arts School YouTube Channel to watch
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 until permitted to re-open.
If you have any questions, please email music.office@UniversitySettlement.onmicrosoft.com
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!
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.
Early Childhood Music
Theory & History
Alexis Millares Thomson
It’s easy. Complete the New Student Registration form here.
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 257 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.
|March 13||Spring Term begins|
|April 2 to April 5||EASTER CLOSURE|
|May 24||VICTORIA DAY: CLOSED|
|June 13||Spring Term Recitals (11am, 1pm, 3pm)|
|July 1||CANADA DAY: CLOSED|
|July 5||Summer Term begins|
Updated May 30, 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.
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 are 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: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hours subject to change.
Please note that the University Settlement, 23 Grange Road location is currently temporarily closed to the public as part of the City of Toronto’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. As a result, in-person meetings are no longer allowed. Please email or call us and we will get back to you.
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
Sarah Pomper, Program Assistant