About Toronto Music Alliance

Toronto Music Alliance was founded with the motto Music for Everyone. We believe that learning music is a unversal joy for everybody, of every age and background. Whether your goal is to perform in Carnegie Hall or your shower stall, we want to help every budding musician achieve their musical goals. The school takes a fun, relevant and modern approach to music that emphasizes the journey of learning with an approach that goes beyond the notes on the page. The results have inevitably followed.

“Toronto Music Alliance makes learning music lots of fun. They both help you achieve your goals and encourage you to go beyond them!”

Our faculty use a variety of teaching methods suited to the individual needs of each student. Music doesn't fit into a square box, so why should music lessons? From the world-renowned Suzuki method to the Royal Conservatory exam curriculum, from classical and jazz to Songwriting 101 and Theory 911, we aim to provide the most engaging and rewarding music lessons in the business.

“By taking my musical interests to heart, Toronto Music Alliance created lesson plans that kept me motivated and interested without feeling like I was doing homework.  Their teaching practices made my love for music and composition grow.  I wouldn't be the musician I am today if it weren't for their methods and enthusiastic drive to teach.”

Toronto Music Alliance is currently offering lessons through our Online Academy, run by our award-winning teachers using state-of-the-art methods and techniques. Many of our students have successfully completed auditions, festivals, RCM examinations and more in our Online Academy, so we know we can bring beautiful musical results.

“You won't regret taking lessons at Toronto Music Alliance. I know I don't!"

We strive to make every part of attending our school simple and fun. You can even register online with us! Everyone who registers with us must agree with our attendance policy, which is written in plain language and helps to affirm an environment of mutual respect and understanding.

Our school is built from four important pillars.

ToMA Online Academy
We have been working online with students for many years now and we always felt that there would eventually be people who wish to have the flexibility of being able to work with any teacher they wish regardless of where they live. That's one of the main reasons we have the faculty we do. They are some of the best in the city! Right now, due to the pandemic, this is the only way we are able to legally provide lessons for anyone. Thankfully, online learning is very effective in providing instruction as well as a sense of community when we can't be together.
ToMA Studio Academy
These are the in-person lessons you know and love. Once we are able to safely return to in-person lessons, we look forward to welcoming you into our musical home!
ToMA Masterworks
One of the main benefits of our school is the ability to work with many musicians we would not normally have been able to before. We are always organizing new workshops, masterclasses and other high-level engagement opportunities. Thanks to online, you don't even have to leave your home to participate!
In addition, we are proud to showcase some ensembles-in-residence, who will be rehearsing in person with us once we can safely reopen, and bring you amazing, fresh programming on a regular basis. These groups include:
VC2: Cello teacher Amahl Arulanandam is one half of this renowned cello duet (along with his musical partner, Brian Holt). They have toured across the country and around the world, focusing on new, contemporary works as well as arrangements of beloved classics. 
The Millar Piano Duo: Featuring two faculty members, Lisa Riposa and Greg Millar, the Millar Piano Duo has been showcasing extraordinary piano works for over a decade. Recently, they performed a series of Facebook streaming concerts of phenomenal arrangements and original works. They are also active in the Ontario teaching community.
Opera By Request: Founded by faculty member Bill Shookhoff, OBR has presented many operatic works featuring professional and professional-in-training performers in concert settings. In February, OBR mounted its most ambitious project yet: a full concert series presenting the entire Wagner Ring Cycle! This monumental undertaking required performers not just from Canada but from across the Atlantic as well. 
ToMA Outreach
Something near and dear to our hearts. We have always strived to give back to our community however we can. From charity drives to community performances (like our annual Marlies Day!), we want to get the word out about what we do. When performances begin again, we will be working with our partners to have field trips to different performances, such as the TSO and COC.
We hope to hear from you, and join the Toronto Music Alliance community!

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.