Toledo Symphony School of Music

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE

The Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Symphony School of Music are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and updating plans in consultation with local, state, national, and world agencies, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

Until students, parents, and faculty can meet in person once again, all private lessons, group classes, and Musically Me Music and Movement classes will take place online.

It is important to look forward to the time when we CAN gather together. Until then, we continue to foster musical growth and a love of the arts. Therefore, we will be offering summer classes. Enrollment will be limited, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Contingency plans are created for many of the classes should social distancing guidelines be in place. If available, these options are listed in the class descriptions below. Options include holding the class online or delaying the start date to later in the summer. Of course, if the change in format or schedule does not work with your schedule, you will receive a refund of tuition paid.

We will continue to monitor for updates and share news on our website, social media pages, as well as by email and phone.

Our TSSM faculty have been working together this spring to create innovative online programs that engage our young musicians and help them thrive in this unusual time. We are excited about the new opportunities created by online learning and will be looking for ways to integrate these into our traditional programming.  Online and in-person, the TSSM offers the highest quality, family-focused music instruction in the region.  If you are new to the TSSM community, we welcome you, and we look forward to meeting you very soon.  

Educational Activities

Looking for ways to incorporate more music into your life? Click here for some education resources for at home learning!

Play-Along with Toledo Symphony Musicians

Click here to visit the TSSM Play Along YouTube Playlist. Here’s how it works:

  • A musician plays a selected piece, and records an accompaniment so you can play a duet! In addition to the usual Suzuki instruments, we have tuba, clarinet, oboe and saxophone, AND have expanded to non-Suzuki repertoire.
  • Can’t play by ear? No problem: a link to printed music can be found in the description of the playlist.

We will keep adding to the playlist. If you have a request, please post it to the TSSM Facebook page!

Summer Classes at the Toledo Symphony School of Music

The Toledo Symphony School of Music (TSSM) is a place where families come to learn and experience the power of music through private lessons, group classes, enrichment activities, and performances. This summer, we are pleased to offer classes for all ages and abilities; many with an online option. Please read the descriptions below to determine the best classes for you!  Ready to enroll? Click the appropriate pink button!

REGISTRATION & GENERAL INFORMATION

ADULT STUDENTS

Music Appreciation Class / Beginning Guitar Class / Violin Fantasy Camp / Private Lessons

SCHOOL AGE STUDENTS

Beginning Guitar Class / Fiddle Camp for Violins / Beginning High Brass Class / Intermediate Brass Class / Meet the Instruments / Chamber Camp / Jumpstart Flute and Clarinet / Private Lessons

YOUNGEST MUSICIANS

Musically Me: Music and Movement / Suzuki Early Childhood Education Intensive

 

Register for Private Lessons

 

Register for Group Classes

 

Adult Students

Music Appreciation Class                                          

Music Appreciation Class will offer an in-depth, whimsical review of great composers, featuring musicians and staff of the TSO. Each week, we will highlight compositions featured in the upcoming TSO concert season. Class may be held online.

Dates: Monday, June 8–Monday, July 13 (weekly)
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM        
Instructor: Various                         
Tuition: $150                    
Enroll by May 25, 2020.                                                    

Beginning Guitar Class                 

Come get your strum on! The TSSM is excited to welcome back TSA teacher, TSO violinist, and all-around talented musician and educator: Diana Anderson. This class will be a one week intensive to focus on the basics of guitar playing. No previous musical experience is needed. Bring your own instrument! If you don't have a guitar, contact the office and see if other arrangements can be made. Essential Elements Book 1 for Guitar is strongly recommended, but not required. Class may be held online and/ or a delayed start date.

Dates: Monday, June 15–Friday, June 19 (daily)
Time: 5:15-6:15 PM         
Instructor: Diana Anderson          
Tuition: $78                      
Enroll by June 1, 2020.                                  

Violin Fantasy Camp                    

Have you always wanted to play the violin? Or you maybe you played a LONG time ago and want to get back at it?  TSO violinist Cheryl Trace is leading a Violin Fantasy Camp for ADULTS! Learn (or review) basic violin skills as you play easy fiddle tunes and other familiar pieces. No experience necessary, in fact, the less experience, the better; you don't even have to read music! Instruments are provided by Rettig music. More details upon registration. Possibility of delayed start date.

Dates: Monday, July 27–Friday, July 31 (daily)
Time: 5:15-6:30 PM       
Instructor: Cheryl Trace 
Tuition: $125                    
Enroll by July 10, 2020.                                                  

Private Lessons               

Adults can take private lessons, too! TSSM teachers are professional musicians with experience teaching students of all ages. Lessons are available in 30, 45, and 60-minute increments. Contact the office regarding availability.

Enrollment in private lessons in ongoing. Times are determined based on student and teacher availability. Lessons may be held online.

School Age Students

Beginning Guitar Class

Come get your strum on! The TSSM is excited to welcome back TSA teacher, TSO violinist, and all-around talented musician and educator: Diana Anderson. This class will be a one week intensive to focus on the basics of guitar playing. No previous musical experience is needed. Bring your own instrument! If you don't have a guitar, contact the office and see if other arrangements can be made. Essential Elements Book 1 for Guitar is strongly recommended, but not required. Class may be held online and/or with a delayed start date.

Dates: Monday, June 15–Friday, June 19 (daily)
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM
Instructor: Diana Anderson
Tuition: $78
Enroll by June 1, 2020.

Fiddle Camp for Violins

It’s not all about Classical Music! Come to Fiddle Camp and learn fun fiddle tunes and techniques. Classes will be scheduled in a “camp” format, meeting daily for five consecutive days. Music will be available before camp week. Class may be held online and/or with a delayed start date.

Dates: Monday, June 15–Friday, June 19 (daily)
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM (morning session) OR 5:15-6:15 PM (afternoon session)     
Instructor: Cheryl Trace 
Tuition: $78                      
Level: Song of the Wind+ (Suzuki Book 1) or equivalent
Enroll by June 1, 2020.

Beginning High Brass Class

TSO principal horn Megan Shusta is pleased to share her talent with students this summer! Two separate classes are being offered so you can be sure to hone your horn skills. Just started, or thinking about starting trumpet or French horn? Beginning High Brass class is for you! This class is most appropriate for students that have had less than one year of trumpet or French horn study and will be tailored to the level of the students. Class meets weekly, with a performance opportunity on Saturday, July 25. Class start date may be delayed; weekly format could change to daily meetings.

Dates: Tuesday, June 16–July 21 (weekly)
Time: 9:00-10:00 AM
Instructor: Megan Shusta
Tuition: $100
Level: Beginners with little or no experience, 10–13 years old
Enroll by June 1, 2020.

Intermediate Brass Class

TSO principal horn Megan Shusta is pleased to share her talent with students this summer! Two separate classes are being offered so you can be sure to hone your horn skills.  Our Intermediate Brass class will combine trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba. Students will work on ensemble playing and balance, plus learn tips to assist in their practice sessions. This class is appropriate for students with more than one year of study, or with permission of teacher.  Class meets weekly, with a performance opportunity on Saturday, July 25. Class start date may be delayed; weekly format could change to daily meetings.

Dates: Tuesday, June 23–July 21 (weekly)
Time: 10:15-11:45am
Instructor: Megan Shusta
Tuition: $120
Level: Students with at least one year of playing experience, 10+ years old             
Enroll by June 8, 2020.

Meet the Instruments

Do you want your child to start an instrument but not sure which one to pick? Check out this new, interactive class. Students will explore musical concepts while moving, singing, clapping, and trying their hand (or more appropriately, hands) at different instruments each day. TSO violinists Cheryl Trace will lead this class with help from TSO colleagues. Start date may be delayed.

Dates: Monday, June 22–Friday, June 26 (daily)
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Instructor: Cheryl Trace
Tuition: $70
Teacher: Cheryl Trace
Level: Beginners with no experience, 6–10 years old
Enroll by June 8, 2020.

Chamber Camp

Playing in a group is a great way to develop new skills and make new friends. Being coached by members of the Toledo Symphony family makes it even better! Join us for a challenging yet motivating week. Expect daily rehearsal time, coachings, conducting classes, and seminars. Showcase what you learned on a recital Saturday, July 25 (10 a.m.) Pre-formed groups are encouraged to apply, or you will be placed in an appropriate level class. Music will be sent to you in June so you can be prepared for your first day of camp! Repertoire will be determined based on level and instrumentation of those enrolled. Anticipated enrollment is that of Suzuki mid-Book 2 and above, approximately ages 10-18. 

Dates: Monday, July 22–Saturday, July 27 (daily)
Time: 1:00-5:00 PM
Instructors: Various
Tuition: $150
Level: Students Suzuki Book 2+ or equivalent
Enroll by June 22, 2020

Jumpstart Flute and Clarinet

Flute and clarinet are popular choices for beginning wind students. Get a head start on your school program by joining our Jumpstart Flute and Clarinet camp. Your teachers will include TSO musicians and educators Amy Heritage (flute) and Jocelyn Langworthy (clarinet). During your two hours each day, Monday-Thursday, you will learn proper care of your instrument, beginning techniques, as well as basic note and rhythm reading. You will be ready to go when band starts in the fall! Students who so desire will be able to enroll in private lessons at a reduced rate. Please contact Rettig Music at 419-867-3888 for information on instrument rental. Class may be held online and/or with a delayed start date.

Dates: Monday, July 20–Thursday, July 23 (daily)
Time: 10:00-12:00 PM
Instructors: Amy Heritage, Jocelyn Langworthy
Tuition: $100
Level: Beginners with little or no experience, 7–11 years old
Enroll by July 10, 2020.

Private Lessons               

Take advantage of additional time in the summer and commit to advancing your skills! Private lessons are offered in violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, and piano. Lessons are available in 30, 45, and 60-minute increments. Select instruments begin study at age three. Current TSSM students will arrange lesson times, quantity, and length directly with your private teacher. New to the TSSM? Contact the office to learn more about private lessons and teacher availability.

Enrollment in private lessons in ongoing. Times are determined based on student and teacher availability. Lessons may be held online.

Youngest Musicians

Musically Me Music and Movement: All About Fairy Tales

Popular music from favorite animated movies about superheroes, princesses, beasts, and beauties will be the source material for this dynamic class. Enjoy bonding with your child while moving, singing, playing instruments, dancing, finger plays and much more! Each four-week session is unique, but one thing is for sure: you and your child will have a great time learning about and experiencing music! This class is for infants and toddlers through 8 years-old, with adult caregiver. Class may be held online and/or with a delayed start date.

Dates: Thursday, July 9–Thursday, August 13 (weekly, no class July 23)
Time: 10:15-11:00 AM
Instructor: Cheryl Freeman
Tuition: $55 (siblings participate for $40)
Level: Birth–8 years old
Enroll by June 22, 2020

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Intensive

Experience the Suzuki principles in this action-packed class where you will sing, dance, and play musical instruments to help establish a strong musical foundation. Through nursery rhymes and action songs, you will bond with your young musician as well as other members of the class. This is a highly recommended preparatory step for individual lessons.

Dates: Monday, July 27–Friday, August 7 (daily)
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Instructor: Sonsoles Llodrá
Tuition: $115
Level: Birth–5 years
Enroll by July 10, 2020

Registration and Additional Information

All classes, lessons, and camps will be held at TAPA’s Parkwood campus, 1838 Parkwood Avenue, at the corner of Parkwood and Monroe streets, across from the Toledo Museum of Art.

  • To register, please click the pink “Register” button. Select the appropriate class. You will be redirected to the parent portal of our registration platform, Jackrabbit. New students registering for private lessons should select “Unknown Teacher” in the desired lesson length.
  • Your credit card or bank account is not charged upon submission. All registrations are pending until approved. At that point, the account on file will be debited.
  • A tuition payment is due prior to the start of your class.

Regarding COVID-19: the Toledo Symphony School of Music will act in accordance with CDC and government recommendations. Enrollment will be limited and select classes may be held online. Register early to reserve your spot. If classes are cancelled, refunds will be offered. If you have any questions regarding our commitment to safety, do not hesitate to call the Education office at 419.418.0057.

 

REGISTER FOR PRIVATE LESSONS

 

REGISTER FOR GROUP Classes

 

WHY STUDY AT TSSM?

  • Teachers are professional musicians, many of whom perform with the Toledo Symphony.
  • Suzuki teachers have received special training and are registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).
  • Free or discounted tickets to many TSO events.
  • Performance opportunities with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and its musicians at venues such as the Peristyle stage, Valentine Theatre, Fifth Third Field and Huntington Center.
  • Multiple solo recitals offered throughout the year.
  • Group and ensemble classes.
  • GREAT LOCATION! Come over for lessons; take some time to walk around the Toledo Museum of Art and the Glass Pavilion across the street.

See below for information or click here to download a pdf of the 2019-2020 Educational Offerings.

Programs We Offer:

Holiday Camps

Click here to learn more about our Holiday Camps, offered in partnership with Toledo Ballet!

Traditional Private Lessons

In addition to Suzuki – style lessons, we are expanding our offerings into traditional lessons. Currently, we offer low brass instruction through the TSSM, as well as traditional violin lessons. If the TSSM doesn’t have an instructor for you, we can give you recommendations. If you need a referral for private instruction, please contact Rachel Schultz at rschultz@artstoledo.com.

Faculty

Click here to view the TSSM faculty.

Financial Assistance

Due to the generous support of community partners, we are able to offer scholarships to students studying through the Toledo Symphony School of Music. Assistance is based on financial need and a demonstrated commitment to the lessons and program. You may download the form here. Please contact Rachel Zeithamel if you have any questions.

Policies & Forms

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Click here to view the 2019-2020 handbook.

 

 

 

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