Toledo Symphony School of Music

Make Music at the Toledo Symphony School of Music


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At the Toledo Symphony School of Music (TSSM), families experience the power of music through private lessonsensemble and group classesenrichment activities, and performances. Our teachers are committed to nurturing the whole child, not just their musical talent. Our supportive atmosphere allows students to reach performance goals they never thought possible. 

Online and in-person, the TSSM offers the highest quality, family-focused music instruction in the region. The safety and comfort of our teachers and students is of utmost importance. We respect that not all students, nor do all teachers, feel comfortable attending in-person lessons. Our dynamic online learning programs incorporate best practices, and we are pleased to continue online learning options in our fall offerings.

Returning TSSM students, welcome back! If you are new to the TSSM community, we welcome you, and we look forward to meeting you very soon!

Our Values

Our teachers strive to live our values in every lesson. We strongly believe that:

  • Every child can, it is up to us to figure out how.
  • The art of studying an instrument involves many participants, not just the student and the teacher. We must give our parents tools to feel confident in their role as “home teacher” and help them create a nurturing learning environment. This will set up the student for success.  
  • Every student is different, every teacher is different, every situation is different. It is important to find the right “fit” for each child.
  • Ability is not determined by what piece you play, rather how you play that piece.
  • Learning an instrument is not easy, TSSM teachers help students embrace the challenge with joy.

Why Study at TSSM?

  • Our teachers are professional musicians, many of whom perform with the Toledo Symphony. 
  • Our educators receive extra training in developing young musicians. These skills help our teachers work more effectively with students of all ages.
  • Our Suzuki teachers receive special training and are registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). They are committed to their own development as educators.
  • TSSM families receive free or discounted tickets to many TSO events.
  • TSSM students perform with the Toledo Symphony at venues such as the Peristyle stage, Valentine Theatre, Fifth Third Field, and Huntington Center.
  • We offer multiple recital opportunities throughout the year.
  • Our collaborative atmosphere allows students to work with many teachers, through group classes (a pillar of Suzuki education) and other activities.
  • GREAT LOCATION! Come over for lessons: take some time to walk around the Toledo Museum of Art and the GlasSalon across the street!

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

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are of utmost importance to us. We will continue to abide by the Governor's recommendations and follow the health guidelines regulated by the CDC related to COVID-19. The following procedures are in place to ensure a safe and comfortable environment:

  • Limited Class Sizes­ –teachers and students will be able to socially distance.
  • Mandatory Masking – face coverings are required in the Professional Building; brass instruments must have a mask as directed by the instructor.
  • Elevator Usage – one person at a time is allowed in the elevator; additional members of the same household may share the elevator.
  • Traffic Flow – group and ensemble students will be asked to leave the Professional Building via the back door of the Large Rehearsal Room; students will enter the building through the front doors.
  • Limited Loitering – group and ensemble classes will be for the student and teacher only; parents should wait in the car (exceptions are granted for children under age 6).
  • Breaks – rehearsals and classes will be short enough so the students should not need to take a break.

We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as needed. It is a process, and we are learning together.

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra has events all year round. View our upcoming performance schedule now.

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