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Piano  •  Guitar  •  Singing  •  Violin

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

TFS & ABC Academy

2017-18 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

Lessons will occur between Tuesday and Thursday each week, 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

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.  We’ve carefully engineered the schedule for the school year so that all days and costs are the same for the 2017-18 year.  There are 33 lessons during the school year, and you are not billed for holidays, only the days that lessons are scheduled.

30 minutes


45 minutes


60 minutes


Please note: that for French Horn Lessons only lessons will be on Mondays, with rates of $152.23/45 minutes, and $182.70/60 minutes.  Lesson rates are the same, but factor out added statutory holidays.


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 ABC@TFS News

25 September 2017

Update for Lessons on Pause

Hello TFS (Lawrence Park) Families! This is just a brief update for you about lessons that have been on pause while we completed documentation procedures to teach on-site at TFS. The current status of the lessons is: Vocal with Cynthia – Thursdays • on pause Low Brass with Denise – Thursdays • now active Clarinet & Sax with Ben – Tuesdays • now active Piano & Oboe with Abigail – Tuesdays • on pause In the last week, two teachers have been made active, so we expect that the remain two will happen shortly.  We are checking in daily with teachers to see if they have received their Vulnerable Sector Record Checks. We will call you as soon as your teacher becomes active and your lessons can begin.  In the meantime, you will continue to receive reminders about your booked time.  Please continue to disregard these until you receive the phone call. What about billing? If you were already billed for September prior to lessons being put on pause, it is our intention to skip your scheduled October payment, as you will not yet have taken advantage of any lessons, and it would make no sense to do any further billing. Should the two sets of lessons still [...]

Happy New Year!

Hello TFS Families! We hope your year is off to a good start! Lessons resume today (September 7th), and you should be receiving your reminders from our scheduling system 2 days before your lessons. Some Lessons Paused If you received a phone call about this we'll be getting those lessons up and running as soon as possible.  You will be credited in the following month for any lessons missed.  For now, the following lessons are paused: Vocal with Cynthia - Thursdays Low Brass with Denise - Thursdays Clarinet & Sax with Ben - Tuesdays Piano & Oboe with Abigail - Tuesdays If you are with any of these teachers, your lessons are paused. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 416-651-7529. On-Site Days Barnaby will be on-site September 7th and 11th, from 4-5:30 p.m. to meet you, and answer questions at the Senior School, near the Student Commons or MPR.

21 August 2017

Pre-Back-to-School Note

Hello TFS Friends! We are hard at work getting ready for the coming school year. Lessons Start 7 September We'll be starting lessons again on September 7th.  You can download the Teaching & Important Dates Calendar for your fridge at home now.  We recommend you keep this handy, as it will be a good guide for the year.  Remember, you are not billed for holidays or make-up weeks.  You'll notice there is also the FAQ and User's Guide to ABC included.  We recommend you keep that handy, as it answers the most commonly asked questions parents have.  Read it once, then forget about it until you need it! Fees Are Increasing IMPORTANT:  There will be a modest fee increase at the end of the month.  If you have not yet booked your lessons, and would like to keep the lower fees, you must register by August 31st, after which the new fees will apply. If you have any questions about the coming year or our lesson programs, please call the office at 416-651-7529.  Thank you!

23 May 2017

Lesson End Date Reminder

Hello TFS friends! This is just a reminder that your music lessons will end for the school year on May 31st. You should see no further billing in June, unless it is to hold your spot for September, which you will have spoken to us about. Please call the office with any questions you may have.  416-651-7529. On behalf of the entire teaching team, Thank YOU for choosing us this year, and for your deep patience as we learned to integrate with TFS schedules.  We are grateful for the opportunity to have brought a higher level of enjoyment and skill to your musical year, and look forward to continuing in the Fall.

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