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 currently offering Suzuki Violin Group classes online, using Zoom.

These classes are fun, well-structured and are now easier than ever to attend.
They are held on Thursdays, and we will start them in October 2021.
We hope to have in-person classes in 2022 when conditions permit.

Please email the school for details.

The TSS Orchestra is back!

We held our first rehearsal on Thursday, Sept 23, 2021 in the gym at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.
A very diverse, enthusiastic, welcoming group of players.
Rehearsals are held weekly on Thursdays, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Intermediate difficulty, no audition required.

The Fall Update

TSSP Fall Update

We are so pleased to be able to offer in person lessons at TSSP at this time.

Hopefully the situation with COVID will continue to trend downward. We are taking great care and following Public Health Guidelines and Protocols. Online lessons are still available.

The lockdown in Ontario was one of the longest in the world, yet most of our students continued on with remote lessons and made excellent progress. Some even took more lessons. Many of them did RCM exams with very successful results.

Music helped one move beyond the everyday frustrations of the life that COVID introduced. Having the outlet of music brought a focus and renewed meaning to living through the pandemic.
Having Skype lessons kept one involved and in touch through playing and discussing a mutual enjoyment of life and music.

Salon concerts continued on via Zoom as did Suzuki Violin groups. A big thank you to our wonderful faculty for week after week inspiring their students to practice and improve.

Our lives have changed so much since COVID forced us to adapt to remote learning. Joyce Gundy, a legacy teacher at TSSP recently turned 91. When asked how she found virtual teaching she said “well, I never thought I could do it, but once you get used to it, we are still speaking the same language of music”.

The Toronto School for Strings Orchestra is starting up again. This year we are so pleased to have the use of Yorkminster’s gym on site, so rehearsals, socially distanced can resume.

We are planning to start up some small ensembles, quartets, trios and duos. Playing together restores our sense of community and brings a sense of normalcy to our lives.

New students are welcome to visit the school for a meet and greet. Please call the school and/or fill out the registration form.

TSSP Early Childhood Program

We are not offering this program at this time, however we will restart the early childhood program when the COVID situation improves.

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.

Please watch for news as to when we will restart this popular program.

Contact: Toronto School for Strings and Piano, info@torontoschoolforstrings.com

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:

http://www.artsaccessfund.org/

Give the GIFT OF MUSIC!

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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