The Ontario Conservatory of Music began as the South Sea College of Music in 1936. Less than 10 years later, after exponential growth, we changed our name to the Ontario Conservatory of Music and expanded throughout the province to over 100 locations. Throughout our history, we have always focused on providing a thorough music education which includes an emphasis on theoretical, technical and practical instruction. Our continued success and growth can be attributed to our teaching methods and talented musical instructors.
Ontario Conservatory of Music pioneered and developed the most popular and widely used teaching method in use today, group lessons. Although we offer private and semi-private instruction, it has been scientifically proven that students benefit most when playing with a small group—between 4 and 6 students—of the same age and ability level.
All of our lessons are taught by professional music instructors. In our 80 years of history, we’ve been able to enlist countless talented musicians to help develop our unique program and to teach classes, including world-renowned accordionist and composer George “Dixie” Dean and popular bandleader Gavin Morton.
Our focus on teaching excellence has resulted in the Ontario Conservatory of Music becoming the largest group teaching organization in North America—delivering high-quality music education to millions of Canadian families.
Our no-obligation musical assessment is administered by one of our highly trained program advisors and can help determine music aptitude, theoretical knowledge and practical skill level.
We take pride in delivering high-quality music education to our students. We teach in accordance with the Ontario Conservatory of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music Examination Grade Standards. Our conservatory graded program will teach all theoretical, technical and practical aspects of each grade, which can be applied to all genres of music.