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TFS & ABC Academy

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.  3 core benefits of musical instruction and activity are:

  1. Presentation Skills – Performance = Presentation.  From the initial interview to the boardroom, there is no better, more enjoyable way to grow these skills in a curricular environment.
  2. Collaboration Skills – Working with others is just the beginning.  Knowing when to take the lead, when to support, and when to fade into the background to let others do their work is a natural function of the musical experience that everyone needs in the real world.
  3. Completion Skills – At a curricular level satisfaction and joy of completion is generally unparalleled in any other discipline outside of music.  Applause, family and community support, expressions of joy and appreciation of the effort made by students – these are fundamental to creating a culture of completion and quality that spreads into academics, and professional life.

ABC will be offering on-site lessons at TFS as of January 2017, for Senior School students, providing ease of access to families and students.  Lessons for other schools will be rolled out in the near future.

The core of this partnership is to extend the curricular music effort at TFS, but to also go beyond, helping those students that are interested in excelling the opportunity to do so, and to make music available to the entire student body for enjoyment, or more serious pursuits.

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!

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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.

Click to Enlarge – Last Update 13 Dec 2016

Instruments Available January 2017

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Guitar (Electric and Acoustic)
  • Piano

Instruments Available February 2017

  • Oboe
  • French Horn
  • Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone
  • Vocal/Singing

Lesson Times

Lessons will occur between Monday and Thursday each week, according to the TFS school year schedule.  Lesson times will vary by instrument, which may be limited in some cases.  A schedule will be posted here, shortly.

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.

Visit our Tuition Fees page for details.


Our preferred method of payment is Void Cheque/PAP form.  We can accept credit cards as well, but ask our students to use the first method, as credit cards are roughly 10 times more to process, and we are working hard to keep our tuition accessible to the many kinds of students and families we serve in Toronto.

You can send your Void Cheque/PAP form by email (feel free to take a photo of your cheque) via email, 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.

You Can Take Any Instrument

Not just what you are taking in Music Class!






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

15 February 2017

Thursday Lessons CANCELLED

Hello TFS families! Due to a Grade 7 event (OBA), we must cancel lessons tomorrow.  They will be leaving the school at 3, and the majority of our students are in Grade 7, so this leaves the teaching schedules unmanageable. You should have received both a Text message from our scheduling system, and a phone call, over the last couple of days.  As indicated in both, your billing for March has been adjusted to reflect this absence.  Please call us if there is anything strange about your billing next month. We appreciate your patience as both TFS and ABC learn each others' schedules, and the art of integrating them!  We hope that for the coming school year we will be at a much higher level of preparedness for the natural ebbs and flows of the TFS scheduled school year, as well as extra activities. As always, should you have any questions, please call the office at 416-651-7529.   Thank you!

Lessons Cancelled THURSDAY February 9th

Hello TFS Families! Due to Parent-Teacher interviews, lessons will be cancelled this Thursday, February 9th.  For the sake of simplicity, we will adjust your billing in March to reflect this missed lesson, and avoid a build-up of make-up lessons. As always, if you have any questions, please call our office at 416-651-7529.  It will be our pleasure to speak with you.  

13 January 2017

First Week Update

Week One - Done! Hello TFS parents, our first week is behind us, and aside from a TTC delay that affected both TFS and our Campus location, things went relatively smoothly.  We have a few tidbits of information to let you know about now, which we hope you will find useful. Email Frequency Generally speaking, we try to avoid sending too many emails to you, and will aim for a monthly note.  The exception to this will be for peak periods (recitals, holidays) or unexpected events and changes.  You'll notice an 'unsubscribe' option at the bottom of our emails, which you are welcome to use, bearing in mind that these news updates will be posted on the TFS page of our website.  Just remember that you'll be responsible for lessons missed if you aren't getting these notifications. You've Got Mail Coming In the early to mid-week you'll be getting some mail.  There will be up to three things in the envelope. Receipt - If you registered over the phone, you'll find a yellow receipt, with all of your basic lesson information included.  If you registered in person at TFS, you already have your receipt. Lesson Schedule & FAQ - We [...]

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