Toledo Symphony School of Music

The Symphony School, also known as TSSM, is a place where families come to learn and experience the power of music through private lessons, group classes, enrichment activities, and performances. Private lessons are offered throughout the week.

Lessons Offered

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Attendance Policy

An important part of your child’s success is attendance at all private lessons. Please be ready for your lesson at start time: instrument unpacked and tuned (if applicable).  If you are unable to make your lesson time, please notify your private teacher as soon as possible.  Before you leave your house for your lesson, double check that you have at least the following materials: instrument, notebook, pen/pencil and music.

Make-Ups and Cancellations

Please remember that your teachers are not only excellent teachers but professional musicians. As such, they lead active performing careers which create very busy lives with tough schedules.  Your tuition money does not pay for your lesson time, but time they have reserved for you.

  • With 24 hours notice, one lesson per semester may be rescheduled at the student’s request.
  • In the event of an emergency or serious illness, teachers have the option, but are not required to make up missed lessons. Payment is expected for missed lessons unless the teacher agrees to reschedule.
  • Teacher absences will be made up at a mutually agreeable time, or the missed lesson will be credited to your account.
  • Make-ups are not given for missed group classes.

Inclement Weather

  • Private Lessons:  In the case of inclement weather, please contact your private teacher to determine if lessons will be held.  Please note that the Toledo Symphony Office will not give out teacher’s phone numbers.
  • Monday and Wednesday Group Class: If Toledo Public Schools are closed, all Group Classes will be cancelled that day. The outgoing message at the TSSM office will be changed to inform you that groups will not meet that day. If you are in doubt, call (419) 418-0022.  Please contact your private teacher regarding your private lessons.
  • Saturday Group Class: The outgoing message at the TSSM office will be changed to inform you of cancellations. Please call (419) 418-0022 and listen to the message if the weather is questionable. If your private lesson is scheduled that day, please contact your teacher directly to find out if your lesson will take place.
  • Make-ups are not given for classes/lessons missed due to weather.



Don't forget to submit your accomplishment in writing to your private teacher by the 10th of the following month! 


Frequently Asked Questions

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.  

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. 

What is the cost?
Most students take 30 minute private lessons, which averages out to $27 per week. This includes their private lesson, 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 monthly.

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 information on the Suzuki Method, please visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Is Suzuki just for preparing students for a career in 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.

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.


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