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

Please meet Windsor Johnson

Windsor hails from the Eastern Seaboard of the US. Born in New Hampshire, he received his Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from The Hartt School, Hartford, Connecticut under maestro Luiz de Moura Castro.

Windsor JohnsonBefore coming to Canada, Windsor was an instructor at the Hartt School Community Division, the University of Hartford from 2008-2016.

Two years ago he decided to make Toronto his home. We are very happy to have him join our piano faculty. Windsor is very personable and experienced in teaching all levels and styles of piano from Suzuki beginners to advanced level Conservatory players. He is also a keen jazz player and composer.

► As a new instructor at TSSP, he presently has availability.

Welcome, Windsor!

Summer Music & Arts Camp – 2018

Camp Registration Now Open – CLICK HERE!

Plan ahead for an inspiring week of musical learning, friendship, creativity and fun the 9th Annual TSSP Summer Music and Arts Day Camp.

The dates are July 23-27, 2018.

The Toronto School for Strings and Piano Summer Music and Arts Day Camp invites campers Ages 4-12 to participate in a week of comprehensive music-making (strings, guitar, piano, chamber music, orchestra) musical theatre, African drumming, Orff, theory, and art.

We take care to ensure each camper feels integrated and welcome. Concerts are held at the end of the week.

Teenagers 13+ can volunteer and get Community Service hours.

A half day program is available for younger children.

Our outstanding faculty will inspire your children to want to continue learning and playing music!

Location: The Linden School
10 Rosehill Ave, Toronto

For more information, click here


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.


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

TSS Adult Orchestra

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,


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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