Group Music Classes

At the Music & Arts School, students can choose from a broad range of in-person and online programs. We welcome students of all ages and abilities. Discover new opportunities to develop your creativity, musicianship, and artistic expression!

Get $10 off Spring classes: Use code MASGROUP10 to get $10 off select Group Music Classes.

Featured Classes

New! World Music Drumming Classes (FREE) on Sundays

Learn about West African, Brazilian, Afro-Brazilian and other various drumming traditions through ensemble drumming, singing, and moving. Learn More

New! Celtic Fiddle Classes on Saturdays (2:30 pm to 3:30 pm)

These high-energy, toe-tapping, Riverdance inspired classes offer an introduction to different fiddling styles and the rhythmic patterns of various fiddle tunes. Learn More

All Group Classes

Adult Chamber Music (In-Person)

Our Adult Chamber Music Program is designed for intermediate and/or advanced adult students who wish to make music in small ensembles. We offer a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere, with expert coaching from talented instructors. The program is a fantastic way to meet new people, and work on some great chamber repertoire.

Chamber Music participants have access to School studio space for practice purposes in addition to their coaching rehearsals. Participants in this program have the opportunity to perform in an informal concert at the end of each term, for friends, family and fellow participants.

The program includes 7 weeks of 90-minute weekly coaching sessions (exact rehearsal times to be set based on your submitted availability) and the opportunity to perform in a concluding concert.

Youth Chamber Music (In-Person)

Similar to our Adult Chamber program, the Youth Chamber Music Program is for intermediate or advanced youth between the ages of 12 to 18. This program incorporates classical and popular music. All instruments are welcome! Each session runs weekly for one hour, and culminates in an end-of-term concert performance. Our expert instructor is here to ensure a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere!

Children’s Choir (In-Person)

The Children’s Choir is a great opportunity for children aged 5 to 12 to learn vocal music as an ensemble in a comfortable group setting. This program runs for 36 weeks. Students perform at School concerts twice a year in December and June.

Celtic Fiddling (In-Person)

Celtic Fiddling classes offer an introduction to Celtic fiddling as well as different fiddling styles (Irish, Acadian, Country, etc.) and the rhythmic patterns of various fiddle tunes. The group will learn to put several tunes together in a fiddle set.

Minimum of RCM Grade 4 or equivalent in violin studies; ability to play fast-tempo music and basic theory.

Introduction to Electronic Music (Online)

This is a general course for people with little or no experience producing electronic music. This course will cover all general aspects of music-making (key, pitch, form, harmony), through basic audio concepts (waveforms, frequency spectrum, etc.).

This program is not being offered for the Spring Term. Please check back for upcoming sessions.

Music 4 Little Ones (In-Person)

Our Music 4 Littles Ones classes offer early childhood music making for children and their caregivers! These interactive classes are available for children from birth to 4 years.

Music Composition (Online)

Music composition is the art of creating music. Learn how to put together melodies and harmonies to create beautiful pieces. Receive a solid grounding in the basics of music composition for instruments and voices.

This program is not being offered for the Winter Term 2023. Please check back for upcoming sessions.

Settlement Singers Choir (In-Person)

The Settlement Singers Choir is a youth & adult choir built for fun! If you’ve never sung in a choir before or don’t read music, that’s okay! No prior experience necessary. Simply bring your enthusiasm, your joy and your laughter. We’ll take care of the rest. This program runs for 36 weeks.

Songwriting (Online)

Songwriting is composed of music and lyrics. This course explores lyric writing and song construction while also touching on musical concepts.

This program is available for adults, youth, and children ages 9 and up.

Ukulele (In-Person)

Our Ukulele classes offer an introduction to Ukulele in a small group setting. This small, guitar-like instrument is an accessible way into music making for learners of all levels. Hauling out your Ukulele at your next party is a sure fire way to make all your guests smile!

World Music Drumming (In-Person)

This fun and exciting drumming class explores the rhythms and songs of West Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and India. You will learn hand drumming styles and techniques that are applicable but not limited to djembe, congas, and kpanlogo.

This class is FREE for everyone for 2022-2023!

Ear Training for Children & Youth (In-Person)

Ear Training classes introduce students to the basic elements of music, helping to improve their listening, singing and sight-reading skills as well as their sense of rhythm and overall musicality.

  • Preliminary Classes (Intro and Level 1) are fun and designed for beginners with no previous experience.
  • Levels 2 to 9 are progressively more challenging, and have been developed to follow curriculum guidelines from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Ear-Training is an important complement to private study.

Ear Training for Adults (In-Person)

Ear Training classes introduce students to the basic elements of music, helping to improve their listening, singing and sight-reading skills as well as their sense of rhythm and overall musicality. The adult class is tailored to the needs of the students enrolled, with a limited class size of no more than 6 adults. Adult students can register at any time and can complete as many terms as needed.

This program draws on material from the Royal Conservatory of Music method.

RCM Theory & Harmony (Online)

We offer theory classes for students preparing for examinations. These classes are tailored to the most up-to-date RCM curriculum, and focus on such skills as: pitch, rhythm recognition, transposition, analysis and musical terms.

Student Portal

The Music & Arts School communicates information with students and families through University Settlement’s client portal. The portal allows parents and students to view activity schedules, register for other University Settlement programming and view all billing information!

Additional Info

2022/23 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

Agency Membership Fee

In addition to program fees, an annual Agency Membership ($25 plus HST per year) is required for all individuals participating in Music & Arts School programs at University Settlement.

School 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

Voice

Chamber Program

Early Childhood Music

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.

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 2023 Scholarship Winners

  • Aasta Levene Scholarship recipient: Iris He
  • Jack Chang Scholarship recipient: Nolan Wu
  • Laraine Herzog Scholarship recipient: Lily Yan MacDonald
  • Mark Hill Music Award recipient: Audrey Cai
  • Margaret Grant Music Award recipient: Antonio Lin
  • Marshall Adam Golden Memorial Scholarship recipient: Aaron Laraby
  • Paul Greenwood Strings Award recipient: Riley Do
  • Shiu Shum Lo Memorial Award recipient: Allan Zhou
  • Steinhauer Family Music Award recipients: Daisy Cardich-Soria and Sabrina Tse
  • Sylvia Schwartz Music Award recipient: Wendy Xu
  • W.G. Hall Strings Award recipient: Vivianne Hsu

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.

Rentals

The Music & Arts School is pleased to offer affordable instrument rental to our string, flute, accordion and guitar students. Additionally, students may use our studios to practice free of charge. Non-students may rent studio space, pending availability, for $10 per hour. Please contact the Music & Arts School for more information.

FAQ

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.

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!