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

TSSP gets ready to go back to school!

August is a busy month at TSSP as we prepare for the upcoming 2017-18 season. We are freshening up our facility, organizing Suzuki groups and The TSS Adult Orchestra, as well as thinking about special events for the year ahead.

The Summer Music and Arts Day Camp was a very successful and happy experience for everybody. We look forward to seeing many campers back again next year.

We are very pleased to be publicly launching the MindBody Online Software Program to assist the TSSP in scheduling, invoicing, reporting and many other helpful functions. Students and parents will be able to look up their account online and track their lessons and update payment information.

All students and parents will receive login credentials using any web browser or by downloading the MindBody App on a smart phone or tablet. Julian and Mary will be attending the MindBody Bold Conference in San Diego, California later in the Fall. The TSSP was selected as a finalist in the category of most improved business.


Congratulations to TSS Adult Orchestra on a terrific year and best ever concert!

TSS Adult Orchestra

TSSP in 2017

Violin FireworksWishing everyone a successful, safe year with much musical enjoyment and growth in 2017.

Music Festival season will soon be arriving and we look forward to those hearing great feedback.

In addition to lessons, TSSP offers many enrichment classes. The Music for Young Children Group is up and running with spots still available.

New students, (children, young people, and adults) are welcome to register for lessons at any time of the year. TSSP teachers are encouraging and constructive in their approach, helping students to develop a strong foundation on which to build their skills as they progress on their musical journey.

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.

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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