Music School

Bringing the joy of music to kids in Regent Park

Dixon Hall Music School has been providing lessons to thousands of children in the Regent Park, Moss Park and St. Lawrence neighbourhoods since 1978. Over the years, we’ve built a strong reputation as a music school that provides a cultural lifeline to families from all walks of life.

We offer a comprehensive music program that sees students through all stages (and ages) of their musical and personal development. We believe in giving students a solid groundwork in music education by offering them individual lessons together with additional training (such as theory, ear training, rock band, orchestra) to help them flourish.

Our dedicated staff help students find ways to increase their self-esteem and confidence by providing them with the resources and inspiration to expand their worlds and realize their true potential.

contact-info
58 Sumach St. Toronto, ON M5A 3J7

Hours of Operation (Sept-June)

Monday to Thursday from 4 pm to - 8 pm
Friday from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm

Upcoming Events

Music For Life, December 6th. Event Details and Ticket Purchase Information

Recitals

Thursday, December 14, 2017: There'll be two student recitals, one at 6:00 PM and one at 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome

Saturday, December 16, 2017: There'll be two student recitals, one at 4 PM and one at 5:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.

Recitals run approximately 1 hour in length and feature performances by Dixon Hall Music School’s current students.

Contact

Bob McKitrick, Music School Director
e. bob.mckitrick@dixonhall.org
t. 416.863.0499 x2015

Lynette Gillis, Music School Manager
e. lynette.gillis@dixonhall.org
t. 416.863.0499 x2016

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

The faculty at Dixon Hall Music School is made up of 23 teachers, many of whom have dedicated years to teaching at the Music School.

Teachers develop lesson plans with the goal of preparing students for recitals, performances, competitions or simply to enjoy music.

Bob McKitrick
Director
Music Education:
BMus, University of Western Ontario, London, ON








Lynette Gillis
Manager
Music Education:
MFA, The University of British Columbia and BFA, NSCAD University, Halifax in Fine Arts. I’ve studied drums privately for many years.







Aleksandar Gerun
Piano Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Seeing my student's love for music, working hard and exceeding my expectations and above all, smiles on their faces every time they come to their lesson.

Music Education:
BFA, Piano Performance and Teaching, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, Faculty of Music
Betty Sulit
Piano Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
When I found out that one of my students had a successful performance at Music for Life, the Music School’s annual benefit concert, for which he received a standing ovation.

Music Education:
Master of Music, Piano Performance, University of Philippines


Carmen Silva
Cello and Orchestra Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
The first time I saw the senior orchestra, who I teach, perform with g27, a professional orchestra, in concert. They looked so professional; I felt proud of their playing and to be their teacher.

Music Education:
BFA, Major in Cello Performance, Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo - Porto, Portugal School voor de Kunst - Zwolle, The Netherlands
Edward Larocque
Vocal and Choir Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Watching my students fall in love with music. When I see them play a piece that moves them, or sing a song that speaks to them, it reminds me of how expressive and important music is in all our lives.

Music Education:
Bachelor of Music in Voice and Piano, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. ARCT in piano performance from the RCM

Eric Woolston
Drums Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Seeing my student, Lavan, perform on 4-mallet marimba alongside my other student, Spencer, on drum set performing a duo version of "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore in front of 400 people at Daniel's Spectrum. Their flawless execution and their calm professional appearance brought down the house.

Music Education:
Honours Bachelor of Music in Percussion, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo













Henriette Nguyen
Piano Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Every moment is my proudest at Dixon Hall. I get to serve the community while watching my students improve and mature both musically and in life. I think the most impressive moment was the Lang Lang's World Tour Event when two of my students were selected to perform in a team of 100 young pianists with the famous pianist Lang Lang. After dedicating countless hours to our craft, my students had the chance to perform professionally on stage. We were proud to be there at The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Hall with other youth around the city.

Music Education:
Diploma of Music in Classical Piano Performance, National School of Music and Drama, Saigon, Vietnam






Kristen Cudmore
Classical Guitar Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Seeing my students start with just a curiosity for what classical guitar is to seeing them play the classical guitar professionally by accepting public performances as ambassadors for Dixon Hall Music School, especially when they're playing together. My group of students have become each other’s champions. They want to play in ensembles together, sit in on each lessons to share their new accomplishments with each other, record their repertoire in the recording studio at Dixon Hall. What I love most is when they send me videos of them practicing together in their free time and sharing their talents with me at camp. We are very much integrated into our own little community that they like to call the 'Guitarmy'!

Music Education:
Bachelor of Music in Musicology and Performance, Acadia University, Wolfville NS, International Guitar Symposium 2003, Germany, Gestalt Institute, Toronto. Currently in the One Year Training Program for Professionals
Lyssa Pelton
Violin Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Watching one of my students play in the December 2016 recitals. Seeing him play made me realize how much a teacher can impact a student and I was so excited to see how well he was playing after just 7 months!

Music Education:
Artist Diploma (post-BFA), Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music






Michael Gomiega
Piano Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
As an educator, seeing my student so happy to see me is fulfilling. They come because they genuinely enjoy the class. One of my beginners really wanted to play Adele's “Someone Like You.” She was so eager and wanted to learn "fast" and I had to slow her down and show effective and proper practicing. She did this and played it at the recital! It is remarkable how her dedication and drive made it happen. Both of us felt accomplished.

Music Education:
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of the Immaculate Conception, Philippines
Mike Wark
Flute & Saxophone Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
My student, David, crediting me and our weekly flute lessons as a point of growth with his communication abilities and allowing him to "come out of his shell" as a person. Another highlight was having my student, Daniela, have a brand-new saxophone donated to her by Cosmo Music after a representative heard about her dedication to her music studies at Dixon Hall.

Music Education:
Master of Music, Jazz Performance (saxophones/woodwinds), University of Toronto


Patrick Sloan
Guitar Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
My proudest moment at Dixon Hall came by way of a student who was completely new to the guitar. Learning was difficult at first, and slow going. After a few weeks of trying many things, the student came in excited about a particular song and we figured out an arrangement. At the following lesson the student immediately picked up the guitar and started playing and talking about how much they had practiced over the week, nailing every part of the song! I was so happy that we finally found something that worked; it was a particularly emotional experience for me. More importantly, the student experienced the joy that playing music can bring and understanding why we play music in the first place. I was proud of the student, and proud to provide guidance toward that joy.

Music Education:
BFA Spec, Hons.Guitar Performance, York University, Toronto
Pegah Yazdani
Piano Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Seeing my student’s progress, how much they have learnt, receiving high marks in RCM exams (90 and above) and winning in music festivals.

Music Education:
B.Mus, M.Mus, R.M.T, RCM Certified Teacher, Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy, London College of Music, The University of West London, London/UK, Gnessin State Musical College, Moscow, Russia











Robert Taylor
Guitar Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
As a teacher, there is a constant feeling of pride in the success and achievements of each of my students, however, when a student demonstrates musicianship that transcends the classroom that is when I feel the greatest sense of pride. I am reminded of one particular moment during March Break camp at DHMS when we ran a Synthesizer Building class: the students, who were near-strangers to one another, quickly became passionately invested in the success of their peers, as much as they were invested in their own work. I feel that this desire to work toward a collective success is a direct reflection of the values taught through music, and I was very proud to have been part of that!

Music Education:
BMus., MMus, Composition, University of



Ruth Schmid
Young Children's Music, Recorder Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Seeing one of my students pass the grade 8 RCM examination on the Recorder, which is a flute-like instrument, which many consider to be a toy or an entry level instrument.

Music Education:
Teachers Certificate from Switzerland with a Major in Music; Orff Teacher's Certificate from York University, Toronto. I study the recorder privately and continue to take master classes in the Balafon, Mbira, a traditional drum of Africa.







Scott Lucier
Rock Band, Recording and Composition Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
I have a few: having one of my student bands, Heart Attack Monday, being invited to record at Slaight studios, another one of my bands winning their high school talent competition multiple times, my student, Daniel, applying to Berklee College of Music, and the incredible growth of the recording studio at DHMS.

Music Education: BFA in Music from York University, Toronto; Honours Diploma in Music Production and Audio Engineering from Harris Institute for the Arts, Toronto






Shilpa Sharma
Voice Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
It's difficult to choose a proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School because there are so many. Singing in front of people can be a truly daunting task. I would say that my proudest moments occur when a student realizes that they have the potential to contribute something special to the world with their own voice. Nothing makes me prouder than when a student begins to make their first artistic decisions with a song or even with a phrase in the music. These small decisions go a long way in a student's development as an artist. I truly feel lucky to be of any assistance during that process.

Music Education:
Masters in Music in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA


Snowzei Chau
Piano Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Seeing my students' confidence (and smiles) grow when realizing that they're able to achieve what they thought was unachievable for themselves.

Music Education:
BFA, Classical Piano Performance, York University, Toronto






Tamara Lytvyn
Piano Teacher
What is your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Sharing my love for music, my knowledge and experience with my students. I’ve taught at DHMS for almost 10 years and have been proud to see my students enjoy their piano lessons and achievements, growing and progressing through grades, and going from shy beginners to skillful players, performing successfully at recitals and in exams.

Music Education:
Master's, Major in Piano Pedagogy, Ky iv National University of Culture and Arts, Kiev Ukraine

Celia Tang
Ear Training
What has been your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School? After an intense session of naming chords, a student told me: “That was fun!”

Music Education: Master of Music, Clarinet Performance, University of Toronto









Andrew Clark
Piano Teacher
What has been your proudest moment at Dixon Hall Music School?
Seeing individual students take responsibility for their own studies. The independence these particular students garner makes them much more likely to succeed in music through their early teens and young adulthood.

Education:
Bachelor of Music Composition, University of Toronto

Dixon Hall Music School has tuned grand pianos and/or studio space for rent, Monday - Friday, from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

Don't play piano? Contact us anyway, other instruments will be considered for rent.

Hourly rate: $15
Location: 58 Sumach St.
Contact: Bob.Mckitrick@dixonhallorg
Lynette.Gillis@dixonhall.org

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