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).

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!



Violin Fantasy Camp / Private Lessons


Jumpstart Flute and Clarinet / Private Lessons


Register for Private Lessons


Register for Group Classes

Adult Students

Fantasy Violin 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. Ready to enroll in private lessons? Click here. Select your teacher and the length you desire. New student? Select “Unknown Teacher." If you have questions, please contact the office.

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

School Age Students

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. Ready to enroll? Click here. Select your teacher and the desired lesson length. 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. 

Registration and Additional Information

This summer, we are fortunate to partner with Toledo Metroparks. Many of our group classes will be held outside, in open air shelters. Arrangements are still being finalized. If you have questions, please contact the office at

  • 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.







  • 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


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.




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