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Summer Lessons

As we close in on the end of the school year, many people have thoughts of getaways to the cottage and beyond, or just kicking back poolside. But does that mean you should undo a lot of the progress you made over the last ten months? We didn't think so either, so read on about how summer lessons operate at Toronto Music Alliance. (We even make Summer lessons make sense!)

As you know, lessons are billed during the school year with our school's attendance policy regarding absences in place for the regularly scheduled lessons. But we understand that summer is different, with spontaneous day trips or longer stretches where you go out of town. So here's how it works:

  • We work with you, looking at your schedule to see when you're around and when you're not. Sure, you might be gone for the whole month of July, but you might be around for a couple of weeks in August, right?
  • We make an invoice for the lessons we mutually believe can take place, and pre-pay for them (if you've already got your credit card on file, you're already set!).
  • If you're going to miss, unlike the school year, you may cancel with 24 hours notice. Lessons not cancelled within this time will be billed.
  • Any unused lesson fees will be applied to your school year invoice.

Now here's another thought: If you're around, why not use the extra time to get ahead on your music? Several of our students are lengthening their lessons, or even taking extra lessons to get accelerated results. It happens every year, and those students get such a leg up on their long-term goals.

Finally, schedules can be a lot more flexible for most of us. We can easily accommodate lessons during the mornings or afternoons, letting you keep your summer plans firmly in place.

We hope you'll let your September-to-June passion continue during the summer months, and look forward to sharing music with you the whole year through!

 

Enter Zev

This morning, very early, Zev Jacob Stone entered the world, weighing a hefty 9 pounds 5 ounces! Mommy, Daddy and Zev are all doing well. Needless to say, David Stone will not be teaching this week, but will return next week. Also, you should check out the Facebook page to see the results of the Guess the Baby Contest!

Our First Anniversary!

Unbelievable! One year ago today, Toronto Music Alliance first opened its doors. It's been an unbelievable experience so far, so we wanted to share with you some of the highlights.

Starting a new business is never easy! But thankfully, Toronto Music Alliance was built with a solid foundation: you. From beginning to end, you - our community - have always been the focus, the priority and the reward for a job well done.

Quite frankly, we couldn't have done it without you. From the big piano room reno to our recitals and Bassfest (a personal dream), the first year was absolutely bustling with community events and music.

Of course, none of this is possible without our amazing faculty. A school is only as strong as its teachers. And based on the list here, we've got a very strong foundation.

But most of all, we want to thank you for your belief and trust in us and what we're building at Toronto Music Alliance. Teaching and nurturing is a very special responsibility, one we take very seriously. The personal relationships we build, along with seeing all of you progress week after week, month after month, year after year... It's why we're here. And why we're going to continue to be here for a long time to come.

We've been teasing some upcoming amazing things, and we're almost ready to reveal them to you. Of course, there's David Stone's new son coming any moment now (and with a sprained ankle and crutches, it's going to be very interesting!). And there's also the Recital on June 10th. But believe us: we've got something huge to share soon. Check the website on July 1st for all the info at last.

Spring Recital Information

We posted it before, but some of you were looking for the recital information specifically. Click on through to get all the details.

Spring Recital

Our Spring Recital will take place on Sunday, June 10 at 11:00. It will be held at the Women's Art Association Gallery, located at 23 Prince Arthur Avenue, near Bloor and Avenue Road. 

The cost is $10 per student.

The Women's Art Association Gallery is close to the St. George subway station, with lots of street parking and a large Green P lot within a block or two of the building. Coffee and tea will be served.

The last recital was standing room only, so we promise to bring more chairs this time. (Boy, what a problem to have: too many supporters at a recital!)

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