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Toronto Marlies Partnership

Toronto Music Alliance is proud to announce our new partnership with the Toronto Marlies Hockey Club! The Marlies have a long history of developing professional talent to prepare players for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. (Sounds a little bit like what we do in music!) We have a lot of excitement coming up with Marlies - including some potential performance opportunities for all our students! Stay tuned, we have much more to announce in the coming weeks...

Back to School: Can Adults Take Lessons?

This is a question we get a lot when people contact us. It may surprise you, but about 40% of our students are adults! We hear many similar stories:

  • "I played for a few years as a kid, but I stopped. I wish I never had quit, and I really want to get back into it!"
  • "I've never played music before, but I really enjoy listening to and being around music."
  • "I'm retired and want to keep my mind sharp."
  • "I've always been in love with the piano/cello/violin/singing, and want to try it!"
  • "I want to try writing/I love listening to jazz/I want to understand music more."

At Toronto Music Alliance, we have a lot of experience working with adults of all levels. While we understand it can be intimidating to start something new and challenging like music, our aim is always to inspire and share our love of music - whatever your goals!

Something to Brag About

"This time last year, I wasn't even planning to pursue university for music immediately after high school, and when I changed my mind you were committed to preparing me for auditions. I don't have to remind you that I wouldn't have made it into any university for music without support and guidance from you."

On May 15, Toronto Music Alliance celebrated its sixth anniversary. We are incredibly proud of the impact we have had on so many people's lives throughout the years, and look forward to sharing our music with many more people to come. This year in particular we had four students successfully audition for post-secondary music schools. One of them, Gabriel, wrote about his experience with us. While we don't necessarily want to brag about ourselves, this review summarizes everything we strive to achieve. Here's the review (original can be found here):

As someone who's had about a dozen music teachers, I can confidently say that Toronto Music Alliance is staffed with very knowledgeable, extremely qualified musicians.

I've been taking piano lessons with Dr. Karen Broadhurst for four years now and harmony lessons with David Stone for about a year. Karen clearly understands my strengths and weaknesses, which she takes into consideration when we select pieces for exams and when she creates lesson plans. David is an accomplished composer who understands that a student not only needs to understand the rules and conventions of harmony, but why these rules exist and "work" in the first place.

Both of my teachers have provided me with plenty of opportunities to participate in festivals, student and adult recitals, and competitions that have allowed me to grow as a musician and a performer.

Together, they've helped me receive 3 university acceptances for music programs, as well as pass several RCM piano and theory levels (sometimes only within a matter of months!).

The school is conveniently located with a bus stop right in front of the building, and the subway station is only a couple of minutes away. All of the staff are friendly and expert, and clearly care about the development of their students.

I can say with absolute confidence that I can think of no better place for me to have chosen to study music.