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 rigour 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, ukulele 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

We are coping with the Coronavirus situation by doing remote lessons

For the time being, we will be conducting remote lessons with students by using FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom.

On-site lessons are not available at this time.

We are encouraging all students to maintain their lessons and practising during this time. You can keep your current lesson day/time, and we can carry on with the lessons. If you haven’t done this sort of thing before, we can help you through the process.

You can use a computer or tablet to do this. If you are using a tablet, you may need to position the device so that your teacher can see you at the proper angle.

“How great that you can offer this remote option for a lesson in these crazy times! Caleb really enjoyed his FaceTime lesson with Mary”.

Our son Guilherme has been taking both violin and piano online lessons with TSSP teachers (Mr. Julian Fisher and Ms. Susan Dennis, respectively) on a weekly basis since March 2018, when we came back to our country after having lived for two years in Toronto.

We feel privileged to have such dedicated teachers who accumulated a robust experience in using technology to teach students remotely, and we can confidently and  enthusiastically recommend this form of teaching at difficult times such as the one we are facing now. In fact, since we are also experiencing a lockdown period in our own country, we recently decided to increase the number of music lessons our son will have with his TSSP teachers over the next weeks. 

It is really simple to set up an online lesson, the teachers have been always available to fully support us with their experience, and the results are excellent. It is really worth a try!

Fabiola Castro (São Paulo, Brazil)

TSSP Early Childhood Program

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

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

Time: 10:30 AM on Tuesdays.

Contact: Toronto School for Strings and Piano,

Courses offered at TSSP in 2019-20

TSSP is thrilled to be offering a Comprehensive Theory Program starting with Levels 1-5 (Grade 1-5 Practical), including musicianship with Susan Hamblin Dennis.

Class is scheduled on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 PM. Class is filling up quickly.

Dr. Tom Green, Chief Examiner for RCM Exams will be teaching Level 6/7 Theory and Level 8, as well as Level 9 History or Harmony.
Dr. Green may be available for one or two individual lessons also.
Classes are Wednesday between 7 and 9:30 PM.
Dr. Green has many decades of experience teaching all levels of Theory and History. We are so honoured to have him teach at TSSP.

All Theory Courses are open to students not registered at TSSP for Private lessons.

Suzuki Violin and Cello Group Classes are an essential component of the Suzuki Method. Students studying with teachers outside TSSP are welcome to join.

Violin classes are on Thursdays at Deer Park Public School, 23 Ferndale Avenue between 5 and 6:30.

Cello class scheduled to be confirmed shortly.

Cello group concert

The Group Class focuses on technique, review of repertoire and prepares young players for playing together in ensembles and feel the camaraderie of a group.

Early Childhood Music Class 

Tuesday mornings, 10:30 AM. Newborn to Age 3

Introduces concepts of melody, rhythm, singing, and movement in preparation for taking formal instruction. A great way to make friends with other parents.

Instructor Eslin McKay

Violin beginner group

Junior Orchestra

An Introductory reading ensemble for string players ages 8-12. Bi-weekly at Deer Park Public School, Thursdays 6-6:45.

Instructor Julian Fisher

Junior orchestra

Chamber Music

An excellent way to interact with peers and have a great time polishing pieces for performance. Ensembles include Piano Trios, String Quartets, Piano Ensembles, String duos. etc. Open to young people and adults Groups coached by a TSSP Faculty member. Scheduling flexible.

Chamber music
Piano ensemble

Monthly Celtic Fiddle Jam 

Enjoy playing through fiddle repertoire with like-minded players.

Instructor Jennifer Melvin

Class on weekend evenings. TBA

Monthly Cello Jam

A fun get-together for adult cellists.

Toronto School for Strings Orchestra

This group rehearses weekly. No audition required. Intermediate/ Grade 3 minimum level.

Repertoire includes original scores, arrangements of symphonic works and some popular music.

Thursday 7:45-9:30, Deer Park Public School.

TSSO orchestra

Viola Ensemble

Let’s not forget the viola. Intermediate level.


Parent Education Seminar

An inspiring and motivational talk by Clayton Scott, esteemed piano teacher, music educator, and RCM Theory Examiner. With many decades of experience working with children and teens, Clayton has helped them to love music and want to continue learning. 

Saturday, October 26

Working through challenging times in our children’s musical journey. An opportunity to share ideas and experiences. Led by Dr. Debra Stein, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Sick Kids Hospital. 


The Arts Access Fund

ARTS Access Fund logo

Toronto School for Strings and Piano is proud to be partners with Arts Access Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to providing high-quality arts training to young people, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue.

The Arts Access Fund was established to open doors for children, youth, and teens, who have the passion, but not the means, to develop their artistic talent. Programs are offered in visual art, drama, music, dance, and filmmaking at more than ten high-quality arts training institutions in Toronto.

Please visit the ARTS Access Fund website:


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.

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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