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Cello  •  Drums  •  Flute  •  Oboe  •  Clarinet  •  Saxophone  •  Trumpet  •  Horn  •  Trombone  •  Euphonium  •  Tuba

TFS & ABC Academy

2018-19 Lesson Registration is Open!  Call Now To Register!

ABC Academy of Music is delighted to work with Toronto French School to enhance the community of one of Canada’s finest educational institutions.  Our mission with your students is to leverage the concrete benefits of musical training to benefit personal and professional potential.

Lessons are available to all Junior and Senior School students, on all instruments we offer.  Lessons are held at the Senior School.

If your young student is in the music program, our commitment is to start lessons with the enhancement of skill and enjoyment of their academic musical effort, and to use that as a launching pad for even more fun playing beyond.

Not in the Music program?  Lessons are open to all students – for a new skill, interest, and fun!

We will be offering all of our standard instrumental lessons as long as there is enough demand.

The details are on this dedicated TFS section of our website. If anything is in any way confusing, just call our office.  We want to make your experience an easy one. If you keep scrolling, you’ll get to meet our teachers!

for how to get started

Registration is Open

We do registration at any time, and independently of the semester-based system you may be used to.  This means you can start any time!

Registration Year-over-Year

Each spring TFS students that are taking lessons will have a priority registration period of 1 week to retain their existing time(s) for the fall.  The following week will be for changing times.  The third week and onwards will be open registration for any TFS student.

Below are our intended instruments for offer at TFS campus.  Lessons a given instrument will be offered if we can reach a reasonable minimum number of students and teaching time for our faculty.  At the time of writing some instruments may be delayed to February 2017.  We encourage you to register for these as soon as possible to help us secure the minimum time we need to guarantee a teacher will come.

Lesson Times – NEW: Saturdays!

Lessons will occur between Tuesday and Thursday each week, and Saturdays, aligned to the TFS school year schedule to minimize interruptions.  Lesson times will vary by instrument, which may be limited in some cases.

Below are our suggestions for lesson lengths.  If you are still unsure, for whatever reason, please just give us a call in the office, and we’ll help you out straight away.

30 minutes

  • Beginners up to 11-12 years of age, depending on attention span.

45 minutes

  • Beginners 12+,
  • younger students with 2 or more years experience on an instrument,
  • at the recommendation of a previous or ABC teacher

60 minutes

  • Experienced players,
  • with 2+ years of experience,
  • coming from a lesson length of at least 45 min.,
  • at the recommendation of a previous or ABC teacher

Exceptions to the above that start at 45 minutes: Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, Cello, Low Brass

Tuition Fees

Your monthly billing is based on the average of the cost of all of the lessons for your lesson day for the whole school year.  We do this to keep your billing the same each month.  You are not billed for holidays, only the days that lessons are scheduled.  Please call the office to find out the monthly billing for the day of the week based on your lesson length.

Please note: that for Flute Lessons only lessons will be on Mondays.


Our preferred method of payment is Void Cheque/PAP form.  We can accept credit cards as well, but prefer the first method.

You can send your Void Cheque/PAP form by email (feel free to take a photo of your cheque), which we will provide to you when you register.

Registration & Re-Registration

When you register or re-register (for the fall, for example), you will be charged for the month (or remainder of the month) to hold your spot.

Please Note

Your lesson time cannot be confirmed (fully booked) until we have received your payment information.

TFS has a selection of Band and Orchestral instruments that may be rented directly from on an annual basis (or half the year if you start now).  What could be simpler?  Please reach out to Mr. Price at school for more information.

For other instruments, please call us in the office.  We will be happy to advise you on sources for rentals or purchases.  We don’t handle those ourselves, but would be delighted to assist with guidance and resources.

This may be a possibility for some instruments.

We will need to have a clear idea of how many students we have for those instruments – and then work to add a teaching slot to the schedule for you.

In order for this to happen we’ll need to do a complete registration for you (minus the day/time of the lesson) and we’ll then be able to make arrangements.  There will be no billing to your account until we have confirmed the day-time with you in person.

Ready to Play?  Call Now: 416-651-7529
Meet Your Amazing TFS Teaching Team!

Just click the instrument or class you are interested in, and choose a teacher!

Latest [email protected] News

14 January 2019

2019 January News & Updates

Hello Everyone, We hope you have had a pleasant holiday break. We have kept busy over the holidays and have a lot to fill you in on. Please read this note in detail, so you know what is happening from now through the spring. Winter Blues & Practice It is normal for this time of year to have a dip in all activities, and general engagement and practice at home is no exception. From now through February we often see kids quit because they are burned out from the autumn, and the less than relaxing nature of the 'holiday' season. The cold weather, and short days are also big culprits. For this reason, it is especially important to support home practice now. While a bit of a challenge, you can work with your teacher to adjust some expectations on a temporary basis until the longer and warmer days start to support the higher levels of energy for the normal level of engagement and practice. Giving up is not a great option, as it sends the wrong message, and takes away an activity that provides valuable support for structures necessary in professional life: completion, collaboration, presentation. Dancing with Carolyn - Discounts! We've made a [...]

3 December 2018

Make-up Week Planning begins

Hello Everybody,   We will start to plan the make-up week now.  As usual, we aim for the regular days and times during this period, but will sometimes need to ask for a different or additional day, as well as slightly adjusted start/end times and lesson lengths. You will likely receive alerts from the scheduling system while we do this.  In the interim we ask that you do not confirm these times as they are quite fluid while we are in the planning phase. Once we have arrived at a preliminary schedule that works, we'll send an email notification like this one, which we will ask you to then call the office to confirm. Not all teachers will have enough make-ups to come teach during this week, in which case we will defer to the next make-up period.  If you are away during these periods, the same deferral will apply.  Remember that we only have 2 dedicated make-up weeks during the school year and that make-ups do not carry over past June 30th. The make-up week runs: OAKWOOD: December 17-23 LAWRENCE PARK (TFS): December 18-20 If you have any questions, please call the office directly.  Thank you!

17 November 2018

Recital Registration Open!

Hello Everybody! Recital registration is now open. Please note the recital is Sunday, December 2nd.  Schedules you received at the beginning of the year may have indicated December third, which is incorrect. General Information Register now at the desk or by phone.  Teacher attendance at the recital will become available in the coming days.  Please note teachers are not required to attend, so they may not be there. As usual, the recital will be at: Root Down Studio 225 Geary Ave. (Near Dupont & Dufferin) Times will be: 12:00pm 1:00pm 2:00pm Music Together & Rhythm Kids Families Welcome As usual we welcome our families to come see live music - it is never too soon!  Our sessions are short and sweet, at roughly 45 minutes, and we love sharing the music with you!  Just pick a time and come.  If you are too worried about the activity or lack of patience your kids might have, we welcome you to watch the live stream at home. Rock Band Information Rock Bands will play at: RB 1 (5:30 rehearsals) • 12:00, 1:00 Note: Call time is 11:15 for soundcheck. Do not be late. RB 2 (6:30 Rehearsals) • 1:00, 2:00 RB 1 students [...]

Important November Dates & Information

Hello Everybody! We hope you have had an excellent start to your autumn.  We have been run off our feet with lots of great new projects.  As we head towards the new year, it is a good idea to take note of what is happening at ABC, so you can fit us in comfortably to get the most out of your lesson experience between now and the post-holiday season. Daylight Savings Is this Sunday.  In Music Together or Rock Band?  Watch for the time change so you don't miss anything.  Same for lessons! Reporting & Recital Student reporting is underway and you should watch for your students' reports to come home after the 10th of November. You should also put the Fall Recital in your calendars if they are not already there, for Sunday December 2nd.  This may be different from the date on your annual calendar so take careful note.  Registration will be available sometime after mid-month, and we will send another email.  You can register at the desk or by phone.  Sessions will start at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00pm (and 3pm, if necessary).  We are excited to debut our choir at this Fall's recital! Holiday Schedule & First Day Back [...]

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