TSSM Private Lessons & Group Experiences

Learning Through Private Lessons and Group Experiences

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Private Lesson Instruction

Private instrument instruction is available for students of all ages and abilities. We make use of the Suzuki approach to education; this means that children as young as three years old can begin select instruments. For more information about the Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy, please click here.

We offer 30, 45, and 60-minute private lessons on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, piano, trombone, tuba, and harp. Our teachers are doing a mixture of online and in-person teaching. Even if we don’t have the instrument you want, we can help connect you with the right teacher of your orchestral instrument. Our private lesson tuition and program fee covers additional group opportunities which are announced throughout the school year!

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Musically Me Classes

The youngest musicians in your family will enjoy this engaging, whole-body approach to music education! Each session covers a specific theme while moving, singing, clapping, playing, and learning.

Session 1 - Fair Weather Friends (October 7- November 18)
Session 2 - All That Jazz (December 2- January 20)
Session 3 - The Rhythm of the Rhyme (January 27, 2021 - March 17, 2021)
Session 4 - The Best of Sandra Boynton (March 31- May 12)

Ages: Toddlers through 6 years
Teacher: Cheryl Freeman
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 10:15-11am
Location: 5327 Monroe Street, home of the Toledo Ballet
Tuition: $80/7-week session, or all four sessions for $300. Siblings in the same class are $60/session. Students under the age of 6 months are invited to participate in one free 7-week session.


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Musically Me Classes

Online Group Learning

Flute Reboot

Join TSO flutist and TSSM teacher, Amy Heritage as you revisit beginning flute skills. This class is perfect for students who began flute in their school’s program last year but find themselves without a program to join this fall. Ms. Amy will guide students as they build their flute playing skills so they can return to the school programs in the spring ready to make music with confidence and joy. We are happy to contact your school instructor to ensure this is a great fit for you. Private lessons for beginning flutists are also available: more information is above.

Teacher: Amy Heritage
Day and Time: Mondays, 4:45-5:25pm
Tuition: $120 for non-TSSM private study flute students. Current TSSM flute students may participate at no charge.


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Ensemble Classes

All eligible students are invited to participate in our ensemble classes. Since our own Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras and most school orchestras are unable to rehearse this fall, it is important to provide an opportunity for students to continue developing their ensemble skills. We are excited to offer several ensemble classes of varying levels. The 12-week sessions will meet weekly, beginning in mid-September. Space is limited. We will follow Health Department guidelines regarding capacity and distancing, and all students and instructors will be masked.

Tuition is $150 for 12-week session.

*note: program fee is not required for students only participating in Ensembles.


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Ensemble Classes

Advanced Violin Performance Class*

This class, led by Sonsoles Llodrá, is open to Philharmonic and Symphonic violin students. Students will work on duo repertoire such as Vivaldi Concerti to practice ensemble skills with virtuosic solo repertoire. Enrollment is limited to the first 12 students who enroll.

Advanced Violin Performance Class, led by Sonsoles Llodrá, meets on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm.

Cello Choir*

TSO cellist, Amy Chang, leads 14 students from Symphonic or Philharmonic in this dynamic cello only class. Diverse and engaging repertoire will allow students to develop their ensemble skills and showcase the beauty and range of the instrument.

Cello Choir, led by Amy Chang, meets on Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm.

Concert Strings Class

Concert Strings conductors Betsy Cranston and Kathleen Schnerer will work with up to 14 string students in each class. Players will receive individualized attention while practicing reading skills, watching a conductor, and playing as a group.  You do not need to have auditioned for Concert Strings to enroll in this class. Select your class time from the following options:

  • Monday 4pm-5pm, led by Betsy Cranston
  • Monday 5:15-6:15, led by Betsy Cranston
  • Tuesday 4pm-5pm, led by Kathleen Schnerer

Symphonic Strings Ensemble*

Fourteen string students from the Symphonic Orchestra will meet to work on chamber skills. Because of the limited size, students will receive individual attention from the teacher, and will be able to take on leadership positions in the ensemble. Students who did not audition for TSYO may be admitted into this class if enrollment allows.

Symphonic Strings, led by Kathleen Schnerer, meets on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15pm.

Philharmonic Strings Ensemble*

A limited number of students will tackle string only repertoire under the baton of new TSYO conductor, Dr. Chad Hutchinson. Students who did not audition for TSYO may be admitted into this class if enrollment allows.

Philharmonic Strings, led by Dr. Hutchinson, meets on Thursdays from 5:15-6:15pm.

String Quartets*

Are you part of a string quartet? Do you have three friends that you want to play with? Limited space is available to enroll in 12 weeks of coaching with a TSSM musician. Your pre-formed string quartet should be standard instrumentation: two violin, viola, and cello. Each member of your quartet needs to register. Select from the following options:

  • Thursday coachings with Dr. Hutchinson from 4-5pm
  • Thursday coachings with Dr. Hutchinson from 6:30-7:30pm
  • Unknown teacher at day and time to be determined (we will work to accommodate your preferred time).

*Students enrolled in these classes are required to study privately and participate actively in their school’s music program, if offered.

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.

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