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Welcome Yunior Lopez!

Ever seen that clef before? If not, then we're thrilled to have someone on faculty to help you learn to read it. Please join us in welcoming Toronto Music Alliance's newest faculty member, violist Junior Lopez! Read his bio here, or keep reading for more info.

An avid and enthusiastic musician, Yunior brings expertise to one of music's most often-neglected instrument, the viola. (There is a real difference between a true viola player and a violinist who can sort of wing it.) He also brings a wealth of expertise in chamber music and conducting thanks to his experience with many ensembles including the prestigious YAPA Program. Yunior is also a member of our ensemble-in-residence, the Annex Quartet. ToMA is very glad to have a musician of such calibre on our faculty.

Annex Quartet Concert on Saturday, July 14

Toronto Music Alliance's ensemble-in-residence, the Annex Quartet, is performing this Saturday, July 14 at 5:00 as part of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Summer Music Series. They will be performing at the Visitation Centre, with a great program including Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola, Eugene Ysaye's Ballade for Solo Violin and Haydn's String Quartet op. 77/1. We will be there to enjoy beautiful music in a peaceful setting. Hope to see you there!

Big News: Welcome Peter and Mariko Cosbey!

More incredible news, and we can take the wraps off some big plans here at Toronto Music Alliance. We're extremely excited to welcome Peter and Mariko Cosbey, who will be teaching cello and piano lessons. As well, we are proud to unveil our chamber music and accompaniment programs. Read on for all the details.

Peter Cosbey is an incredibly active cellist and teacher in Toronto. A member of the Annex Quartet as well as the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Peter brings an amazing amount of experience, care and quality of teaching to our faculty.

Mariko Cosbey is an equally active pianist in the city, accompanying musicians and performing in various venues in and around Toronto. She is a passionate musician, and a very positive, encouraging teacher.

Both these fine musicians are going to add tremendous quality to our already-outstanding faculty. But there's even more they bring than just great cello and piano teaching.

Mariko is an amazing accompanist, which is absolutely critical for anyone performing at a recital, exam or audition. If you need a pianist who can also help you with your musicianship, and help you present your music at its very best, Mariko will be available to work with you. Please let us know when your performance will take place, and we can work with you to make sure you put your best musical foot forward.

Finally (and boy, there seems to be a lot to mention here!), Peter and the members of the Annex Quartet (our ensemble-in-residence!) are going to be available for chamber music programs and masterclasses. We already have repertoire and ideas for masterclasses, which will be revealed over the coming weeks. We know there has been a demand for this kind of program for some time. We are thrilled to be able to offer these programs, involving some of the finest musicians in the city.

As we've promised throughout the last year, we have big plans for our students. However, we are more than just saying it: we are living it. There's never been a better time to be a part of our community. If you're already here, enjoy the upcoming musical life here at the school! If not, you're missing out, and we look forward to including you in our vibrant, enriching musical community.

Theory/History Co-Requisites and You!

So you just finished your practical exam in June. Congratulations! But if it was Grade 5 or above, did you complete the Theory or History co-requisites? No? Not to worry; Midtown's got you covered on every subject, from Preliminary Rudiments all the way to Counterpoint and Analysis. We can prepare you for every August or December Theory/History Examination, all under one roof. And did you know they can count towards an Ontario high school credit? Read on for all the details.

We are very fortunate at Toronto Music Alliance to be able to offer every single Royal Conservatory co-requisite, from beginner all the way up to ARCT. In order to receive your certificate and formalize your achievement, here are the practical (instrument) grades with their theory co-requisite requirements:



Grade 5

Preliminary Rudiments

Grade 6

Intermediate Rudiments

Grade 7*

Advanced Rudiments

Grade 8**

Advanced Rudiments

Grade 9

Above, plus Basic Harmony, History 1

Grade 10

Above, plus Intermediate Harmony, History 2

ARCT (Performer’s)

Above, plus Advanced Harmony, History 3, Counterpoint, Analysis

* Average of Practical & Theory Mark for a Grade 11 Credit.

** Average of Practical & Theory Mark for a Grade 12 Credit.

Sure, we may be melting right now, but your brain doesn't have to! Let us help you achieve the best success you can. Call us, or speak to your teacher if you want to get that head start right away.

Big News: Ensemble-In-Residence!

We've been teasing for a while now about some big things happening at Toronto Music Alliance, and at last we can begin unveling some of the information. First piece of news: We are extremely proud to welcome our ensemble-in-residence, The Annex Quartet. Read on to learn about this amazing group.

The Annex Quartet has been a musical fixture in Toronto for several years, playing everywhere from concert halls to coffee houses to Saturday mornings at the St. Lawrence Market. Their desire to play music from all over the world, with a special focus on developing new repertoire, has made them a unique chamber music group. Their talent attracted the attention of the world-renowned Kronos Quartet, not only joining them at Carnegie Hall in New York, but also here in Toronto for a joint concert at the Luminato Festival.

It is a sincere pleasure to have musicians of this calibre make their home at Toronto Music Alliance. We hope their arrival will help inspire our community to greater musical heights. If you come to your lesson and happen to hear some beautiful music floating in the halls, stop for a moment and savour it. It's all part of our musical life and community at ToMA.