Music education can be a way to relax, bring oneself peace of mind, and share music art with others. Playing music can also be exciting and thrilling, especially when one plays in a group of musicians and becomes a part of this vibrant entity. Many people claim that they learned discipline, perseverance, dependability, courage, and pride that can be perceived as very good preparation for work and life demands. It’s often said that grounding in the arts helps one to grow smarter but also wiser.
Toronto is one of Canada’s most significant artistic and cultural centres. That’s why numerous music schools and conservatories are located in the city. These schools provide high-quality musical guidance to children, as well as adults, either for personal enrichment or a music career. Get inspired by our selection of renowned music schools located in the city and fulfill your forgotten New Year’s resolution.
273 Bloor St. West
This 125-year-old institution is headquartered in the lucrative TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning and offers a wide array of music instruction programs. The Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music education schools in the world. Many famous artists have been trained there, including pianist virtuosos Glenn Gould and Angella Hewitt, as well as pianist and singer Diana Krall. “The finest instrument is the mind”, a motto of the Royal Conservatory, speaks for its mission to develop human potential through music. The development of arts-based programs that address sensitive social issues has emerged over the last two decades. The Royal Conservatory Schools offers community-based classes and lessons also to adults. The Young Artists Performance Academy provides training to promising young musicians. The Glenn Gould School offers college-level diplomas and bachelor’s degrees to musicians pursuing musical careers. The conservatory is also a regular host to numerous musical performances.
822 Danforth Avenue
Elite Music Academy is a music school, instrument retailer, and home of the Toronto Music Camp (TMC) that has private and group instruction for children and adults, beginner to advanced, in various genres ranging from classical to rock. Lessons are offered in most of the major musical instruments. Their reputation is based on providing innovative and unique offers not available anywhere else in Toronto. Students can choose even a flamenco style of playing and preferred instruments of study include the Greek buzouki, too. Other luring opportunities are studio recordings, public performances, open mic nights, workshops, and after-school band classes. Group jam sessions, jazz ensembles, and music camps take place throughout the year as well.
314 Roncesvalles Avenue
The Classical Music Conservatory (CMC) aspires to make one “fall in love with music.” Lessons taught by 28 professionals are offered to children and adults. All styles and levels are provided under one roof. There’s a possibility to take lessons for several instruments. CMC only offers one-on-one instrumental and vocal lessons to ensure “the best personalized instruction.” Preschoolers, generally not ready for private lessons, have the opportunity to learn musical basics through young children’s group classes with maximum of 8 students. The first lesson is free and you can easily make sure that the teacher fits your expectations. The musical home of CMC appears welcoming and the waiting area has comfortable couches. The music recitals of the CMC students are held twice a year. Communication between parent, student, and teacher is emphasized and quarterly newsletters are emailed to all CMC families to spread the word about what’s going on in the community.
The Toronto branch of the Canada Music Academy offers programs in Classical, Popular, Jazz, Folk, Rock, World Music, and many more. Lessons are given at the certified teacher’s studios or at student’s homes in major locations of the Greater Toronto Area (a complete list can be found here). This institution guides through Royal Conservatory of Music exams, too, apart from brushing up on musical skills or introduction to a new musical instrument.
5803 Yonge Street, Suite 109, North York
The Toronto School of Music Canada is one of the largest private international music conservatories in Canada. Its focus lies in classical, contemporary, and jazz music. Programs run in all orchestral instruments, voice, piano, accompanying, composition, guitar, organ, conducting, and jazz. This school puts an emphasis on strong faculty-student relationships. Their Pre-college Division is offered to pre-college children from 4 to adult learners. Programs are divided into two major categories, opera programs and general music education. The Opera Centre offers an opera training program directed to those who already have a vocal education. This is not a diploma program, and is for those who would like to gain experience and strengthen their skills. On the other hand, general music education is targeted on private or group instruction of all age categories and levels. The school calendar comprises fall, winter, and summer trimesters.
661 Chrislea Road Unit number 7, Woodbridge (main office)
Arcadia Academy is one of the leading music schools in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded 25 years ago, Arcadia is one of country’s largest franchise music schools and one of the fastest growing academies. Private lessons are offered in piano, guitar, woodwinds, vocal, brass, violin, drums, and theory. This program is primarily designed for children. They offer a unique Music Band Program that aims to help groups in interaction with experts and learns them how to develop a repertoire. The program also focuses on improvisation skills and stresses the importance of networking with other musicians. The highlight of the program is producing a CD as an output of what students worked on during their sessions. Arcadia also offers Choir Program and Musical Theatre Program. Lessons are provided at studios in Bolton, York Region, Maple, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, Brampton, Newmarket, Chilliwack, and Toronto.
2020 Bathurst Street, Unit 7
Toronto School of Music & Arts (TSOMA) offers education based on practical skills in the areas of music and arts. TSOMA also organizes performances, concerts, and master classes for students willing to learn beyond. Students may start lessons at any point of the year. Private or group classes are given at TSOMA location or in the homes of students. TSOMA has its own recording studio and computer labs fitted with recording equipment, instruments, and the latest computer technologies. Its music programs include lessons in piano, guitar, bass, drums, and violin.