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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22 May 2019


Eliana Eliana should practice 4-5 times per week for 30-45 mins per session. Fur Elise Keep a consistent tempo throughout the piece, count 1, 2, 3 to the 8th note Song of the Cavalry Focus on the 2nd line of 2nd page - familiarity with notes, and keep the staccato playing in the L.H. Hungarian Dance Learn the first page, hands together Anastasiya Anastasiya should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session. Song of the Scarecrow Review The Bubble Practice and review the first 2 lines of music we learned in class, feel free to try the next line Theory Book Make sure we bring this book to every lesson! Vivienne Vivienne should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session. Maple Leaf Rag Fluency on the 2nd page! Betty Ragtime Work on the R.H. part alone up to the repeat on L.H. part up to marked spot Chantal Chantal should practice 4-5 times per week at 15 - 20 mins per session A Dozen A day Weekly assigned exercises Bubble Review, and practice with dynamic changes O Canada Review the R.H. melody, and start putting hands together for the first 2 lines, and [...]

Jay’s Tuesday Students

Carson; Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day What to practice: "Dust In The Wind" How to practice it most effectively: make sure fingers are placed correctly. Move smoothly from one chord to the other. Listen to the song a few times before our next lesson. How parents can support practice: part of our lesson for today was spent talking about the lyrics of this song, which have a strong philosophical element. This led to us discussing the fact that most pop music is really quite bereft of depth. Carson seemed to resonate with this; I urged him to find me more music from any era or genre that has some depth. Also, as Carson is a fan of the band Weezer, I took some time to explain how much good rock and roll (and art for that matter)is greatly influenced by that which went before it (Weezer's most popular hit is a song called "Buddy Holly"). So for this I suggested he listen to the first album by The Ramones, as they are the biggest influence on Weezer. Mysha: Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day What to practice: "Shallow" and "Time In A Bottle" How to [...]


Anna Anna should practice 4-5 times per week for 20-30 mins per session. Lesson Book Red River Valley - Review Technique A flat major scale exercisesRanch Roundup - start practicing hands together Sacha Sacha should practice 4-5 times per week for 20-30 mins per session. Red Satin Jazz Start practicing hands together - be mindful of staccatos and rests The Robot lean the notes, hands separately Sabrina Sabrina should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session. Lesson Book Waltz time - practice hands together - bring out the melody in the L.H., and keep the staccato chords in the R.H. soft Climbing the Moutain Learn and practice the notes hands separately first, then try playing hands together Heart and Soul Review playing hands together with chords, and start trying playing hands together with broken chords in the L.H.

Homework for May 21

Eliott Play solo, and along to this backing track:Melody of EquinoxImprovising using your ear / pentatonic scaleQuarter note arpeggio exercise (playing notes of chords from your chord chart in different octaves)All of 'In the Gloaming' (pg 15 blue book) at 60 bpm. Don't pause at barlines!Listen to Footprints by Wayne Shorter (use earbuds or earphones) and be able to sing along to the melody by next week. Camille Please download the files that I ripped from your CD today: I uploaded them to this Google Drive folder. C major scale overtone exercise - remember, envisioning the pitch you're aiming for before you play will prepare your body to produce it!Db major scale, pg 64 of Voxman book. Use alternate Gb/F# fingering and play the lowest 3 notes (Db, C, Bb) slower than the rest of the scale to really learn them.Amen - first chorus with metronome at 120 bpm. Listen to it first to hear how it's played on the recording!Listening: 'Amen' from shared folderBlue Bossa by Joe HendersonContinue Voxman piece - we'll take a look at this next week. Alex Eb major scale, with tonguing exercise. Keep your air support steady and use the smallest amount of tongue movement [...]

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