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Holidays at ToMA

Toronto Music Alliance is closed for the Holiday Season, with our online lessons resuming on Monday, January 4th. On behalf of everyone here at ToMA, we wish you all the very best of health and happiness for a brighter 2021.  We hope you will join us for an enriching and joyful musical year ahead! In the meantime, we want to leave you with a huge smile from our Children's Choir, singing a Holiday classic.

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.

The chart you see is from the British Medical Journal, documenting the COVID-19 transmission risk relating to different activities. That bottom row of each part shows musical activities - singing, shouting, projecting your voice. According to the BMJ, music is the riskiest activity right now. The room is an enclosed space (you want to have a closed door to prevent sound leaking out) and we are in contact for a prolonged time (30 minutes at a minimum, often much longer). We also encounter dozens of different people in our building common areas and studios. Each family has its own social bubble and delicate balance, with family members who may be at greater risk for illness. This is in addition to lots of shared equipment (pianos, our digital music production facilities, studio string instruments) which would not be able to stand up to wear-and-tear of constant sanitizing.

At the end of the day, the health of our faculty, students and community is our top priority. We know a lot of you want to see us in the same space; we do too!  But right now, we want to keep everyone safe. Our Online Academy has been incredibly successful for all our students - even the ones starting from scratch during lockdown!

We promise that as soon as it is safe to resume any of our lessons in person, we will. And in the meantime, we promise that your music education will never be compromised.

Original BMJ is available here.

ToMA Interview on The New Classical 96FM

Recently, our Director David Stone was interviewed on The New Classical 96FM's afternoon show The Oasis with Mark Wigmore. The discussion was about continuing music education during the pandemic. Our Online Academy is thriving, and we were proud to share some of our experience and expertise with listeners. Thanks to The New Classical 96FM, Mark Wigmore, and Paul Thomas (program director) for the opportunity to promote awareness of the importance of music education!

Take a listen to the interview on their website.

Ensemble in Residence: Millar Piano Duo

Formed by piano faculty (and husband-and-wife team) Greg Millar and Lisa Raposa, The Millar Piano Duo have been wowing audiences for years, Their music ranges from beloved classical works, to modern compositions, to Broadway, and everything in between! Toronto Music Alliance is thrilled to not only have such wonderful faculty members, but to support innovative and talented ensembles. Click on Read More to enjoy a beautiful performance of Milhaud's Scaramouche!