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Welcome to the Toledo Symphony School of Music
- WHAT IS THE TOLEDO SYMPHONY SCHOOL OF MUSIC (TSSM)?
- The Symphony School is a place where families come to learn and experience the power of music through private lessons, group classes, enrichment activities, and performances.
- WHEN ARE LESSONS?
- Private lessons are offered throughout the week, Monday through Saturday. Group classes are held on Monday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
- WHERE ARE LESSONS?
- Lessons and group classes are taught at the Toledo Symphony’s Education Center in the Professional Building at 1838 Parkwood Avenue in Toledo. This is across the street from the Toledo Museum of Art, at the corner of Parkwood and Monroe. Free parking is available off of Parkwood.
- Select instrumental lessons are also offered at the Moore Musical Arts Building on the Bowling Green State University.
- What is the cost?
- Most students take 30 minute private lessons, which averages out to $27 per week. This includes their private lesson, group class, group class performances, Musical Achievement, multiple solo recital and outreach possibilities and other enrichment activities. Extended lessons are also available for more advanced students. Tuition can be paid yearly or by the month.
- WHAT INSTRUMENTS ARE OFFERED?
- Lessons are offered in the Suzuki Method on the following instruments:
TSSM GENERAL QUESTIONS
- Is Suzuki just for preparing students for a career music
- No. We aim, through the development of excellent musical skills, to nurture character sensitivity, creative expression, and discipline, which will stand a person in good stead no matter what their ultimate path in life.
- Do Suzuki students learn to read music?
- Yes. Reading is taught after basic playing skills, good posture and good tone have been mastered. Exactly the same process is found in the language ability of primary school children.
- Is it musical to play in large groups?
- Definitely! Playing in a large group does not take away a student’s individual voice, it teaches important teambuilding and ensemble skills. Professional groups often find this to be one of the hardest skills to master.
- How young can students start?
- Children as young as 3 are encouraged to take lessons. The Suzuki Method is specifically designed for young students’ attention spans, helping them grow through music.
- What is the Suzuki philosophy?
- Developed by Japanese educator Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki method believes that all students can develop their abilities in music if they learn through a “mother tongue” approach, based on the means by which young children learn their first language. The method prioritizes parental involvement, imitation, repetition, listening, and learning in individual and group settings. For More Informtaion on the Suzuki Method, please visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas <<http://suzukiassociation.org>>
- Do I need to buy an instrument?
- No. String instruments are available for rent through Rettig Music, but your private teacher will discuss options with you at your first lesson. Piano Students will need access to an instrument for daily practice as soon as lessons begin.
The Toledo Symphony School of Music
1838 Parkwood Avenue • P.O. Box 407 • Toledo, Ohio 43697
Phone: (419) 418-0022 • Fax: (419) 321-6890