Toronto School for Strings and Piano

The Toronto School for Strings and Piano (TSSP) was founded in 1999, by Julian and Mary Fisher, to provide their students with a positive and stimulating learning experience.

The Mission of the Toronto School for Strings and Piano is to create an environment where the love of music and musical ability is developed through instruction, performances and group activities.

The TSSP is a supportive community that celebrates the musical accomplishments of all it’s members and seeks to perpetuate the value of musical education for families and individuals.

Our faculty of highly qualified and experienced teachers incorporate the best of the world-renowned Suzuki Philosophy, the rigor of the nationally recognized Royal Conservatory of Music Examination system and other approaches tailored to the needs of individual students. Our teachers include accredited adjudicators and performers active in the musical life of Toronto.

We emphasize the quality of the learning environment and foster artistic growth among all our students, who range in age from young children to senior citizens. Instruments taught include violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, guitar and electric bass. We encourage our students to take advantage of enriching opportunities such as rehearsing with a professional accompanist, or playing with small ensembles or orchestra. We offer a fun and creative approach to theory in private lessons or small groups. We also encourage the implementation of music technology. The core of our instruction is classical by nature, but we also include jazz and improvisation.

News and Announcements

Suzuki Guitar is alive and well at the TSSP!

Young Guitarist

Love at first sight

Instructor Tracy Smith is highly qualified with specialized Suzuki Teacher Training from the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Tracy is available on Thursdays for lessons.

We have a small size guitar at the school for demonstration meet and greets. Give us a call if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Tracy also teaches traditional guitar to students of all ages.

TSSP Early Childhood Program

TSSP Early Childhood Program

TSSP is excited to launch a new Program for Young Children age Newborn to 3 years.

Participants learn songs and develop rhythmic and melodic awareness while playing musical games and activities.

Location: The McLoughlin School, 80 Roxborough Street West.

Time: 3:45-4:30 on Saturdays bi-weekly.

Class is led by Eslin McKay, certified Early Music Teacher.

Contact: Toronto School for Strings and Piano,



TSSP Gift Card


The Toronto School for String and Piano Gift Certificates are available upon request.

A great way to re-kindle the love of music or start up the New Year.

Whether it is providing the opportunity to try lessons for the first time, try a new instrument, or providing some additional lessons for exceptionally keen student, this would be a truly meaningful gift.

The Fall Update

Maple leafA warm welcome to all returning students and those new to TSSP!

We are preparing for the Back to (Music) School season and are happy to announce that as well as private lessons with our talented faculty, we are offering opportunities to play in a variety of ensembles and study theory privately or in a small group.

These groups include Suzuki violin and cello classes, Early Childhood Music Classes, Beginner Reading Ensemble, Junior  Orchestra, TSSO Adult Orchestra, Theory classes, Cello Choir and made to measure Chamber Music groups. Playing with a peer group increases motivation and the fun factor.

Most classes take place on Thursday between 5:00 and 9:00 pm at Deer Park Public School. Theory classes are located at the TSSP studio location, 711 Church Street.

Rudiments, Harmony and Advanced Theory subjects are also available on other days of the week.

What makes the Toronto School for Strings and Piano special…

The teachers at TSS have an unusual breadth and depth of experience. Some are young people flush with the excitement of launching their careers, others are parents themselves, and understand the joys and stresses of being involved in their child’s musical education firsthand. Still others have nurtured and supported their students with caring, a sense of humour and inspiring playing. At TSS, we believe in taking the long view, that while there may be ups and downs, both the journey and the goals achieved along the way are totally worthwhile. Character traits like perseverance, patience and self-discipline last a lifetime.

At TSS/P we are very happy to report an exceptionally low turnover rate. Students tend to stay and develop their skills through the teen years and beyond, even coming back with their own children! We are developing more and more programs for students of all ages to join that will develop their performance skills, creativity and sense of camaraderie. Many TSS students take on leadership roles in their school music programs or audition successfully for select Regional Youth Orchestras.

Whether you are an adult, or a parent with young children or teenagers, we want to help you experience all that music has to offer!

Six Reasons why your child should learn music

  • For the shy child, it is self-expression
  • For the awkward child, it is co-ordination
  • For the impulsive child, it is a way to channel energy into constructive accomplishment
  • For the easily distracted child, it is concentration
  • For the uncertain child, it is poise and self-confidence
  • For the child who gives up easily, it is perseverance.

Music is for growth!

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