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.

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
Reduced hours in July and closed in August


Bob McKitrick, Music School Director
t. 416.863.0499 x2015

Lynette Gillis, Music School Manager
t. 416.863.0499 x2016

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

Students at Dixon Hall Music School have access to:

  1. Half-hour, private lessons for $4 a lesson in 20 subject areas, as well group & ensemble classes
  2. Instruments to rent for as low as $5 a month
  3. Free tickets to concerts in many genres of music, dance and theatre
  4. Intensive and exhilarating spring, summer and winter music camps

Lessons are taught by highly qualified, patient and encouraging instructors who are experts in a wide variety of styles.

Students will gain a strong groundwork in technique, skill and theory with the goal of building confidence and introducing them to the joy of playing music. Lessons are tailored according to each student’s age, skill and learning style.

Program Length
Lessons run weekly from September to June, with the option of extra lessons in July.

All of our lessons are subsidized, and cost is based on a financial assessment.

Who can register?

  1. Youth living in the Regent Park/Moss Park/St. Lawrence neighbourhoods
  2. Youth ages 5+ for private lessons, with no age restriction once registered
  3. The youngest age we accept is 4 years old for our Orff program (Young Children’s Music)

Catchment Area
Families eligible to receive subsidized music lessons must live between Jarvis St. and Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St. East and Lake Ontario.

or download our PDF application.

Private lessons are offered in:

  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Voice
  • Recorder
  • Cello
  • Guitar
  • Classical Guitar
  • Bass
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Music Composition & Recording

Time & Duration
Once a week for 30 minutes per lesson

Ages 5 and up: Piano

Ages 6 and up:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Voice
  • Recorder

Ages 8-19:

  • Cello
  • Guitar
  • Classical Guitar
  • Bass
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Music Composition & Recording

*Music Composition & Recording is a class where students learn how to write their own music, sample beats, arrange songs and use production software such as Cubase and Reason, to create original music.

Group lessons are offered in:

  • Early Childhood Music
  • Music Theory
  • Rock Band
  • String Orchestra
  • Ear Training

Time & Duration
Once a week for 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the class

Early Childhood Music: Ages 4+
Using traditional Orff instruments such as marimba and xylophone, this class uses movement, singing, playing and improvisation to teach young children music fundamentals while having lots of fun. Early Childhood Music is based on a system developed by composer Carl Orff called Orff Schulwerk. Mondays from 5 pm to 6 pm

Rock Band: Ages 12+ living throughout the city of Toronto
Experience the joy of playing music with others. Students are guided through the process of song writing, from song structure and arrangement to lyric writing. Students must already play either guitar, bass, piano, drums or sing.
*If space permits, students do not need to be currently enrolled at Dixon Hall Music School to register for this class.
Wednesdays from 4 pm - 8 pm
Fridays from 4 pm to 7:30 pm
Rock Band program also offered out of Queen Victoria Public School in Parkdale on Monday evenings

Junior & Senior Orchestra: For students enrolled in a string program
Students with a moderate to high level of experience playing viola, violin, cello or stand-up bass can join the youth orchestra, who play concerts every year with g27, a professional chamber orchestra comprised of some of Canada’s top musicians dedicated to exploring the classical repertoire with vibrant performances.
Junior Orchestra - 11 am - 2 pm Saturdays for FREE
Senior Orchestra - 12:30 pm - 2p m Saturdays for FREE

Choir: Ages 6+
For kids who like to sing, choir is a great way to learn vocal and performance technique within a positive group setting. Mondays from 5 pm to 6 pm for FREE

Music Theory: Ages 8+
Theory is beneficial for students who want a deeper understanding of their instrument and a solid groundwork for how music works. All levels ranging from beginner to advanced are offered, including preparation for exams at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM). Wednesdays from 4 pm to 8 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm

Ear Training: For students enrolled in private lessons
Ear training helps students improve their listening skills, which can significantly enhance their playing and preparation for exams. Thursdays from 4 pm to 8 pm for FREE

Recording Studio
Students have the opportunity to record their performances using our in-house recording studio under the guidance of Scott Lucier, a Dixon Hall Music School teacher who is an experienced producer and musician. Available by appointment

At Dixon Hall Music School, we believe in extending our learning and character building activities beyond the walls of the Music School. Our extensive camp programs send hundreds of youth to music and arts camps throughout the year.

Our Music Camps are available during March Break and throughout the summer months.

Camps include:

Dixon Hall Music School Daytime Camps:

Girls Rock Camp Toronto East!
This camp is a partnership between Dixon Hall Music School and Girls Rock Camp Toronto. It’s a day camp for girls aged 8-16 with the mission to mentor and support female-identified children and youth in music and self-expression, boosting self-esteem and instilling a sense of self-empowerment. In one week, and with the guidance of female instructors and staff, participants form bands, write an original song, record, and perform live!

Girls Rock Camp March 2017 was a smashing success and was featured on CBC Toronto and News Talk 1010 CFRB,

Build A Sound Box:
This is a day camp where students learn the basics of electronics, building their own homemade synthesizers from a shoebox, a circuit board, and wires! Students learn about the history of synthesizing in music and get to experiment with the interesting and unusual sounds made from a DIY (do-it-yourself) synthesizer. The week will end with a video “performance” of the campers playing their instruments together. For DHMS students aged 11-14.

Dixon Hall Music School Overnight Camps:

Bob’s Overnight Music camp at Hart House Farms in Caledon from March 12-18, 2017
Dixon Hall Music Camp is a free intensive and exhilarating event that takes students 8 years and up to a farm northwest of Toronto during the summer, at March break and over the Christmas holidays. There, students have the freedom to create, inspire and achieve and many of our students return year after year, rejoicing in the friendships and atmosphere.

Girl plays drums at Girls Rock Camp

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.

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