Back to School: Do You Offer In-Person Lessons?

Unfortunately, we will be unable to offer in-person lessons in the current COVID-19 situation. The science tells us we cannot offer it safely. We really wish we could!

Our Online Academy is in full swing, and we are able to help even the earliest beginners begin their musical journeys. We have been doing this for many years (some of our staff have been teaching online since 2007), so we have a lot of experience making sure students of all ages and abilities get the highest-quality lessons possible.

There are a few factors - some in our control, some not - that explain why it must be this way.

The problem with in-person lessons is that, right now, they simply aren't safe to happen. Consultations with Toronto Public Health, Ontario Health and other organizations have all told us the same thing: we cannot safely open as things are, even in Stage 3.Many of our programs cannot be run safely in person. Vocal lessons are not able to take place wearing PPE. Shared string instruments cannot safely be sanitized. Our pianos could not stand up to constant sanitizing procedures which would need to happen every time new hands come into contact with them without incurring major damage

In addition, the sheer volume of different students coming together would mean a huge variety of people of different ages, locations, healthiness and more in one location. This is not safe for our faculty, nor those coming through. Music lessons are in enclosed spaces, where there is contact for at least a half hour, if not more.

Rest assured, we will open our doors to in-person lessons the moment it is safe. We miss you all, but safety and health must be priorities.

New & notable

What's new

ToMA Children's Choir Starting September 12!

Our ToMA Online Choir - for children ages 6-12 - is gearing up to start rehearsing on Saturday, September 12. The cost for the choir is $270 per term, with two terms during the school year. Rehearsals run from 10-11 Saturday mornings, and rehearse via Google Meet. Feel free to contact us for the link to our rehearsal room, and join in the musical fun! You can join us starting anytime, even partway through the season (we will made adjustments to the fee for later starts).

To see just a small sample of what they do, click Read More to see one of the videos from our Summer Virtual Choir program.

Why Online-Only Lessons?

We've heard from many of you asking both when we will be able to return to in-person lessons, as well as why we are working only online with our students. The first answer is, we don't know. But the second answer is simple: safety. And we have the science to back it up.