Royal Conservatory School

273 Bloor Steet West Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1W2 (view map)

5 to 16 (Coed )
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Music (multi)
$285 to $835


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Royal Conservatory School

The Royal Conservatory School has the perfect MARCH BREAK and SUMMER camps for budding young musicians! Choose from Strings Camp (ages 4+), French Music Camp (ages 5-7), Instrument Exploration Camp (ages 4-7), themed vocal camps (ages 6-10), Band Camp (ages 9-16), High School Vocal Intensive (ages 14-18), and more!

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For many there's a sense of awe when they enter the Royal Conservatory, and, well, rightly so. It's the premier music school in Canada, and can feel like ground zero in music education which, in many senses, it actually is. So many great artists have learned and taught here, something that can make it all seem more than a bit intimidating. The camps, though, turn that all on its head. There are sessions for experienced musicians to work together with others of equal talent, but the program is about more than that. It's about having a significant, fun experience with music. Sessions are available for all levels of musician, including those who are just starting out. There are opportunities to hear instruments, and touch them, and learn about what they can do. The fact that there are professionals coming in and out of the building, and working in the practice halls, augments the experience of the environment. For many, it's magical. For all, it's a unique experience, one that will generate lots of great memories and, more often than not, some new friends, too. 

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273 Bloor Steet West, Toronto, Ontario

Royal Conservatory School
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  • June 28, 2020Open House
    Royal Conservatory School, 273 Bloor Steet West, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, June 28 from 10:00 am - 06:00 pm

    FREE, all-ages, family-friendly event. Explore our building and performance spaces as well as Royal Conservatory School programs through free lessons, classes, instrument demonstrations, and performances by students and faculty. 

Director's Message


Susan Cook, Ms.

Resolve to make music a bigger part of your and your children's lives! I encourage you to participate in The Royal Conservatory School’s (RCS) unique and enriched course offerings.

RCS continues to offer an unparalleled learning experience for babies, toddlers, and school-aged children. Our Smart Start™ classes provide an exemplary learning experience for ages 0–6 with a unique curriculum that draws on the expertise of top music educators, arts instructors, and neuroscientists.

Our signature program, The Music Enrichment Program (MEP), is an integrated curriculum that develops the whole musician through individual instruction, theoretical study, group and ensemble participation, and ongoing assessment and enrichment opportunities. We are proud to deliver world class Individual Instrumental Instruction for students ages 3–18 and voice instruction for students ages 9–18 at all levels and abilities. New courses start in January!

Looking for something fun for your children this March Break or Summer? Check out our wide range of camps for students ages 4 - adult!

Take advantage of all that the RCM has to offer. Enjoy access to practice facilities, attend free master classes through The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists and The Glenn Gould School, and enjoy special ticket offers to selected concerts at our celebrated concert venue, Koerner Hall, which hosts over 100 concerts ranging from an assortment of all genres including, pop, rock, world music, classical and jazz.

We are fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated students filling our halls with music throughout the year and look forward to welcoming you! Thank you for your continued support of The Royal Conservatory School, and for making us your music school of choice.

With gratitude,


Susan Cook
Director, The Royal Conservatory School



Music And The Happiness Curve — Slapping The Djembe At The RCM Wide Open Houseexpand

At this year’s Royal Conservatory Wide Open House Ludwig Van’s Robin Roger puts her learning to the test by signing up for demo classes in instruments she doesn’t play.

You’ve probably noticed that life seems to go sideways for a lot of folks in those years between 40 and 60.  The so-called mid-life crisis, fodder for entertainment and literature, is portrayed as an inevitability, as real as adolescence or the terrible twos.  But social science has pretty well proven this to be false, and replaced the myth of the mid-life crisis with the fact of a mid-life slump.

As dispiriting as this prolonged mid-life malaise may be, it wreaks far less destruction than a crisis, and after it gradually dissipates, life starts to turn around.  Social science has virtually verified the existence of a U curve of human development that produces an upturn in life around the end of middle age.  This appears to occur in most cultures and countries, and even seems to be the case for our fellow primates, Orangutans and Chimpanzees.  This may present a paradox:  when our bodies sag our spirits lift.

With increased longevity, this late phase of the life cycle can be a long one.  So we should make the most of it by doing everything we can to maximize our health and well being as much as possible for as long as possible.  One critical component of that is continuing to learn new things.

Learning something new is emphatically not the same thing as becoming more advanced in a field you already know.  If bridge is your game, moving up the ranks is definitely worthwhile, but it’s not the same as starting a new project in a different learning domain.  Graduating from conventional crossword puzzles to cryptic crosswords would no doubt pose a challenge, but still won’t deliver the benefit of starting from zero on a different brain task.  Learning something completely new forces you to pay very close attention in a different way, because there is no embedded knowledge on which to draw.  It delivers brain benefits you can only get through such intense focus.

As few adults play more than one musical instrument, if that, learning to play a new instrument is a great option.  I know that many adults think that learning to play an instrument has to begin in childhood but this is only true if the goal is professional performance.  As my snail-paced progress at piano proves, with practice it’s possible to learn.  My attitude is that it’s the ongoing sense of continuously learning a little bit more that is gratifying, rather than achieving a particular level of virtuosity.

At this year’s Royal Conservatory Wide Open House I put this attitude to the test by signing up for demo classes in instruments I don’t play:  cello, Carnatic violin, flute and percussion.  In each case, I found it really difficult to impossible to produce a decent sound but found it gratifying nonetheless, because I was so intrigued by all the minute nuances I was being taught by the Conservatory faculty.  For example, the truly encouraging cello instructor, Tova Rosenberg, couldn’t get me to make the fingers of my bow hand “clingy” enough to properly maneuver the bow.  Even so, she managed to lead me through a short rhythmic phrase on each of the strings, while tactfully guiding my bow hand with her hand so that it didn’t hit two strings at the same time.  Rosenberg also encouraged me to beat the cello with my knuckles, using a wide-circled, King-Kong like gesture that felt delightfully playful.

When Subhadra Vijaykumar told me to take off my shoes in order to try playing the Carnatic violin, I was taken by surprise, briefly wondering if I was going to be using my toes.  It turned out that this South Indian approach to the western violin entails sitting cross-legged on the ground, resting the scroll of the violin in the crook of the ankle and leaning the body of the instrument against your torso.  In this position, the arm moves the bow across the strings with the elbow held away from the body.  Trying to balance the violin, keep my elbow away from my body, look down at the strings without crossing my eyes, and pull the bow across a single string without letting it drop on an adjacent string, while feeling painfully stiff hips, proved to be more than I could manage.  Subhadra also had to hold my hand and arm and move it for me to give me any sense of a decent sound.

Every instrument I tried made me aware of the centrality of a different body part or system that would no doubt be improved by practicing properly.  The cello requires a strong core to support the instrument, the Carnatic violin demands limber hips, which Westerners lose from chair sitting.  After I managed to blow enough air across the flute embouchure hole to produce a sustained audible note, Dianne Aitken told me that it takes more air to play flute than tuba.  Making the sound required organizing my jaw and tongue muscles, taking a full breath, and releasing the air evenly.  It took Aitken several patient tries to coach each student in the group.  After one student produced a long, resonant note with her first try Aitken correctly guessed that she’d been a swimmer.

My day ended with a bang — pun intended — when percussionist Ed Reifel spent 15 minutes teaching me to play the Djembe, a West African drum.  After demonstrating how to strike the skin with the heel and the palm of the hand, Reifel taught me a couple of rhythms and then had me play them back to him in a variety of patterns, culminating in a call-and-response sequence that demanded careful listening on my part to detect the signal that triggered the reply I was supposed send back.  I went from feeling mildly self-conscious to deeply absorbed and slightly elated and reminded me of how powerfully social playing music can be.

Group musical performance, instrumental or vocal, is another great pursuit for adults on the upswing of the U curve.

In part two of this series, I’ll describe another program for adult music learners, The Toronto Summer Music Festival.

For further information on group classes and private lessons at the RCM consult their website:

For part two of this article, see here.


Voice Intensive was "highlight of my summer"expand

The one-week RCM High School Voice Intensive has been a highlight of my summer for two years in a row. The expert faculty create an excellent learning environment and it was a lot of fun to interact with like-minded students from across Canada.  I would highly recommend this program to any student interested in improving all aspects of their singing. Next year I plan on taking the 2 week course.


Band Camp inpired "regular lessons the upcoming season"expand

Band camp was the perfect step into seeing the personable RCS staff and their organized practices, just getting a feel for how things are done there. My daughter had a great time at camp so will start regular lessons the upcoming season.


Instrument Exploration 6-8 "showcasing what the kids learned in just a few days"expand

My son really enjoyed working towards the concert on the last day and I, the parent, completely enjoyed seeing the results of all the hard work put into showcasing what the kids learned in just a few days!


Instrument Exploration Ages 5-6 "inspired her to pursue further studies in piano"expand

My child has been wanting to learn a musical instrument, but wasn't sure which one. Instrument Exploration camp captured her imagination and inspired her to pursue further studies in piano. The instructors left her feeling like anything is possible.


The Royal Conservatory Video Camp "hands-on experience"expand

This camp is amazing. I would definitely recommend this camp to my friends and family. The hands-on experience is like no camp I have ever been to. My favorite part of the camp was when I used Garage Band to produce my very own sound track. 


The Royal Conservatory Rock Camp expand

My daughter was very engaged for the entire week. There was wide range of ages among campers but the participants really came together as a team. Absolutely loved the performance and video presentations. The maturity level among participants was impressive. The chance to perform in a beautiful concert hall made the camp finale that much more special.


The Royal Conservatory Video Camp "...learned a perfectly integrated combination of skills"expand

I appreciated that my child learned a perfectly integrated combination of skills: social skills (team-building and trust), artistic/creative skills and technical skills. There was an extremely supportive atmosphere, where the social environment was considered and tended to as well as the artistic and instructional content, creating a truly comfortable and fun creative space for each child across differences.


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August 12, 2019 - Research Linking Music Education & Early Childhood Language Development

The latest research paper by RCM Science, led by Dr. Sean Hutchins, has been published in the June issue of the journal Music Perception. ...

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