Toronto French SchoolABC Academy of Music2018-11-21T14:30:51-04:00
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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!

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19 March 2019

Homework To Be Completed For March 26

Hi Everyone, Here are your assignments for this week: Declan Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min/day What to practice: Playing with a metronome How to practice it most effectively: Download a "metronome app", try playing along to a click at different tempos (speeds), remember to subdivide (imagine twice as many clicks in your head, or better yet quadruple) How parents can support practice: Encourage Declan to continue picking up the instument for a few minutes each day. Griffin Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min/day What to practice: Intervals within an Octave How to practice it most effectively: Play through your intervals within an octave on guitar (Mi2, Ma2, Mi3, Ma3, P4, TT, P5, Mi6, Ma6) Try these on different "string sets" (combination of two strings, ex, E + A, D + G etc. How parents can support practice: Encourage Griffin to continue picking up the guitar for a few minutes each day. Jayden Recommended minutes to practice: 10 min / day What to practice: Highway To Hell How to practice it most effectively: Try playing "Highway to Hell" with your fingers (no pick), for playing two notes at once. Remember, the number is for the fret you play, and it's [...]

Weekly Homework Post

Emma: Don't get discouraged! trying and failing is an essential part of learning. You have great musical ability and have improved significantly overall in the last couple of months. Keep working at it! Use good posture! remember to sit at the edge of your chair with your feet flat on the ground. Try to take in deep breaths, through your mouth. As part of your warmup/ practice routine play a C major arpeggio (middle C, first line E, second line G). keep the air moving forward through the notes, picture the driving through the rainbow item cubes in Mario Kart. Continue using long tones in your warmup. Work on your music from school, pay special attention to the quality of repeated articulation in "Common Denominator" Here is the opening horn line from Schubert Nine, first in C (so you can sing it or play in on a piano to get in in your ear) then in F to play on the horn (the one starting on written G). Listen to a recording then start looking at this! Bellow this is a fingering chart. Happy Practicing!

Homework Post : March 17 – 24

Casey Ann, Warm up : Diminished 7th chords - solid and broken In progress : Handel - Prelude in G minor, HS 1st page Sight reading : Far away from home (practice time : 10 minutes a day) Carmen, Warm up : C, G, D major scale, HS/HT By memory : Erie Canal New : Skip to my Lou Left over popcorn - C position (practice time 15 minutes a day) Renaud, Warm up : C, D, E arpeggios Review : Dinosaur stomp In progress : Famous people New : Frankenstein dance (practice time : 10 minutes a day) Emet, Warm up : C, G , D major scales New : The Elf's silver hammer - RH high C position The Horsemen Night Ride : C minor Review : Caravan : D minor (practice time : 15 minutes a day) Nathalia , Warm up : C, G, D, E, A major scales and triads New : Lazy Chords Blues Deck the halls - HS/HT, C position Review : Spanish Caballero Amelia, Warm up : C, G major scales and triads Review : Working out New : Sonatina, RH high C position In progress : The wild colt (practice time : [...]

Homework for Makeup week, 2019 (Thursday students)

Julie - Please practice your scales with the cadence we discussed at the end. Learn the new fingering discussed for the Faure piece... Gavin - Of course, always work on the march. We'll talk about it more next lesson. Also, you have the chords cheatsheet I made for you...use that to learn all the chord types we discussed. Kristen - The first group of pieces by Czerny. Play it through like it's one piece. This may be your recital performance. Try it both in major and minor.

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