Toledo Symphony School of Music


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). We hope that by being proactive we will help minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

The TSSM has decided to conduct all private lessons online. Musically Me Music and Movement classes at our Parkwood and Nantucket location shave been suspended. If you have questions, please contact your private teacher, or the office (419.418.0022).

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

Educational Activities

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

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.





  • 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!

Musically Me Music and Movement Classes

The TSSM is proud to offer Musically Me classes! Cheryl Freeman has created a wonderfully engaging curriculum for the youngest musicians in your family. Each 8-week session has a special theme. Sign up for one, or enroll in advance for all four and receive a discount. Click here to learn more about Musically Me Music and Movement Classes.

Suzuki Lessons

The Toledo Symphony School of Music specializes in Suzuki - style lessons, available for violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, and harp. Whether you are a beginning student, a beginning adult, or you just want to improve your skills, our teachers can help you. Select instruments will allow students as young as three to begin private study.

Private lessons are offered in 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions. Students enroll for the school year, which starts in September. Tuition will be prorated for those joining later in the year. Please fill out the attached registration form and submit it along with your lesson placement fee ($25) to the address listed.

String students do not need to procure an instrument before lessons start. Piano students should have access to a high quality keyboard for daily practice.

Parents play a very important role in Suzuki studies. Please contact us if you would like to observe group classes, lessons, or learn more about the method, our school, and our musical community. For more information, please check out, or contact the office!

Group classes are an important part of the Suzuki experience. Click here to learn more about our group classes.

But what is Suzuki?

The Suzuki method uses a series of repertoire that sequentially builds skills in an achievable way, implements a parent/teacher/students triangle that enhances learning by working together as a team, and has students learn music by ear through listening repeatedly, as children do when learning to speak. Throughout a student’s Suzuki journey, great technique is created and note reading, music theory, and group classes become an essential part of his/her musical life.

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 Zeithamel at


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

Ready to register? Click the link below!



Click here to view the 2019-2020 handbook.

Click here to view the 2019-2020 calendar.




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