Program

JohnEnglishKidsUschool provides extracurricular classroom instruction from beginner to advanced levels, supplements in-class training with online practice and theory lessons and offers training and support for music educators and school board curriculum leaders.

Instruction (Classroom):

  • Extra curricular instruction for groups of 15-20 students in weekly classes with audio, online and print support materials
  • Students are first offered the program in grade 4, advancing to intermediate and senior levels as they progress
  • Classes are designed to run for 30 weeks to align with the full school year
  • Instruction covers all basic elements of music: note reading , ear training, ensemble playing, melody, harmony and rhythm
  • Our instructors are professional musicians and music educators
  • Subsidized teaching and material costs keep lessons reasonably priced (avg. $8/class)

Instruction (Online and Audio):

  • Video instructional segments provide additional support and practice tools for parents and students
  • Online lessons are presented in brief (5-7) minute segments covering individual concepts for review and practice following each class
  • Offered free of charge

JaneJenniferInstructorsInstruction (Curriculum Support for Educators):

  • Workshops presented by TDSB for groups of music specialists offer an introduction to the program
  • One-on-one sessions provide in-class support for music teachers with existing programs
  • Consultation for school administrators and parent advisories interested in starting a new program

Performance

Uschool introduces students to professional performance and studio experiences. Real world performance, recording and media appearances offer our most advanced students opportunities to develop discipline, confidence and professionalism.

panamPerformance Live:

  • All levels participate in live performance experience in school concert settings
  • Our advanced students make appearances at musical events outside schools including: Music Monday (accompanying Chris Hadfield via satellite link to the International Space Station), People for Education Network (alongside rock band Sloane)
  • We self-produce school tours (Toronto District School Board) and have lead teaching demonstrations for future educators (University of Toronto)

PerformanceStudioPerformance for Audio and Video Recording:

  • Students gain experience recording in professional studio settings with industry producers and technicians
  • Students will be given opportunities to ‘guest’on other artists recordings
  • Technicians and producers are drawn from the professional industry and offer expertise and mentorship

performancemediaPerformance Media:

  • Advanced students are occasionally invited to perform and be interviewed on television and radio giving them live-to-air and live-to-tape performance experiences
  • Appearances have included CTV, Talk 1010 and TVO