The Community Music School is a fee-for-service outreach program for children and youth aged 3 to 18. The program offers Saturday music classes from September to June through Humber College’s Music Department, School of Creative and Performing Arts, Lakeshore Campus, Toronto.
Formed in 1980, this unique program was originally established to offer children and youth an alternative form of music education to traditional classical lessons. The School has since established itself as an innovator and leader in youth jazz education.
The School constantly strives to create new opportunities for youth to experience, explore and expand their knowledge and skill in music. In particular, the program has been actively working to develop new projects that provide talented youth within the GTA with progressive stepping-stones that help prepare students to compete for challenging international performance opportunities.
At the same time, the program remains firmly grounded in its commitment to provide a solid musical education that fosters the joy of making music in all of its students and helps to develop the discipline and commitment required for success.
Over the past 30 years, the School has established an international reputation as a leader in jazz education; built relationships and networks with local, regional, national and international organizations involved in music and music education; has helped thousands of students from across the GTA explore, develop and pursue their individual talent and aspirations with music; and has helped prepare some of Canada’s finest up and coming young artists for careers in the commercial / jazz performance field.
Musicfest Canada National Festival, The Canadian Association for Jazz Education, The International Association for Jazz Education, The TD Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival, the National Council for Community Services and Continuing Education and Humber College.
Cathy received the award for her creation of the Community Music program here at Humber College.
To celebrate our 35th birthday, Humber's Community Music program hosted a “Jazz Hang” at The Rex Hotel on June 28th, 2015.
Please note that the early registration deadline – December 13th - for the Winter Semester is fast approaching.
In order to hold your child’s current lesson time, you must register by this date. Registration opens December 8th, 2014. Students who register after December 13th cannot be guaranteed that their lesson time or their teacher will remain the same. Please note that there is also a discounted fee available for most courses when students register by the deadline.
Finally, please note that the Winter and Spring terms are both 10 week semesters.
As usual, our Pre-Instrumental and Orff Classes will all be holding Open House on either the final Saturday or the second last Saturday of classes.
This is a great opportunity to observe class activities first hand and talk briefly with the teacher. Please confirm details with your child’s teacher. If you missed our Early Childhood Information Sessions earlier in November, please feel free to stop by the office for a hand out.
This year’s MusicFest Nationals will be held in Toronto in May, 2015.
Our junior jazz groups are preparing for the Regional Festival in February, with hopes of a subsequent invitation to the National Festival! In addition, a number of our senior students will be performing at the festival and applying for National level ensembles and scholarships. Come on out on December 13th for a sneak preview of these outstanding young musicians!
Anthony Fung attended the Community Music program from 2008 - 2010 and has just become the first Canadian to be accepted into the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
Lorne Lofsky teaches in Humber's Community Music program. He told us a bit about music, teaching, and a typical day in his life as a musician.
Community Music alumnus Chris Donnelly represents a new generation of jazz pianists, composers and improvisers dedicated to creating programs that are engaging, entertaining and educating.