Music & Arts School

Celebrating 100 years of Music Making!

Founded in 1921, University Settlement’s Music & Arts School is the oldest community music school in downtown Toronto. This year, we’re very excited to celebrate our 100th anniversary with special concerts and musical events. Learn More

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.

Lessons and Classes

Now offering in-person and online programs. Registration is now open.

Fall Term Student Virtual Concerts: December 11

This December 11th, see our talented and hardworking music students perform beautiful music in our End of Fall Term Student Concerts. Students will perform on the virtual stages of YouTube and Zoom as we strive to keep everyone safe. All are welcome to attend these free events!

Music Lessons

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!

Private Instruction and Group programs

Private Lessons (for Children and Adults)
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Voice
  • Drums
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Recorder
  • Ukulele
  • Ear Training
  • Theory
Group Programs
  • Chamber Music for Youth
  • Music 4 Little Ones
  • Ukulele
  • Ear Training
  • RCM Theory & Harmony

Note: Children’s Choir and Adult Music Chamber is not available this 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

  • New! Tap Dance classes for kids offered on Saturday mornings.
  • New! Dance Fit classes for adults on Saturday 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 (PDF) for more information.
  • Special offer for Music & Arts School students and Grange Fitness Members: Enrol in Barre Fit or Hip Hop Fit and save 50%.

Dance Schedule

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

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

Choral

Sarah Iles (Children’s Choir Conductor)

Early Childhood Music

Ear-Training & Theory Program

Calendar

Fall Term 2021

September 13

Fall Term begins

October 11

Thanksgiving CLOSED

December 13

Last Day of the Fall Term

Winter Term 2021

January 4

Winter Term begins

February 21

Family Day CLOSED

March 11

Last Day of the Winter Term

Spring Term 2022

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

Summer Term begins

August 1

Simcoe Day CLOSED

August 8

Last Day of the Summer Term

Updated July 29, 2021

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.

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.

FAQ

How do I register for lessons and programs?

It’s easy. Complete the New 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?

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.

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.

Music & Arts School is grateful for the support of

Minstrel Foundation
Toronto Arts Council