Our Program

Our students learn together for 10 hours per week developing important life skills while making ensemble music. We provide students with a daily nutritious snack, musical instruments, and instruction all at no cost to participants’ families.

Sistema Toronto’s unique curricula for strings, percussion, choir and Music & Movement keeps social learning as a top priority, building well-rounded musicians, strong collaborators, and confident leaders.

Social Development

As part of our social curriculum students explore a different social learning outcome each week, discuss what it means to them, and how to apply it in context. They talk about concepts like perseverance, conflict-resolution, gratitude, and these themes are applied in musical contexts in other program areas. Our students' social development is at the centre of everything we do at Sistema Toronto.

Music & Movement

Newcomers to Sistema Toronto start in our Music & Movement class. Ages 6-7, these students develop fundamental musicianship skills as a team in preparation for orchestral instrumets in their second year.  Music & Movement students play percussion instruments, sing, and move together while building a life-long appreciation of music.


All Sistema Toronto students play an orchstral instrument (violin, cello, viola, or double bass) as part of our core program. Students work in strings classes by instrument and come together as orchestras twice per week. Through learning a string instrument, our students develop perseverence and focus and, for many, their instrument is a new way of expressing themselves.


Sistema Toronto students sing together in choirs, which develops acute listening skills and confidence. Singing also reinforces what students learn in other program areas, helping them perform better in orchestra and percussion.


Our students have fun playing challenging rhythms and exceeding their own expectations each week in percussion class. Sistema Toronto students in Parkdale and Yorkwoods take Pachanga and Scarborough students learn steel pan.

Nutrition Program

Sistema Toronto students are fed a healthy snack every day as part of our program. We believe that eating together is a community-building activity and sets the tone for a fun, creative, and valuable music-making experience.

Our snack program is generously supported by Robert and Linda Goldberger.

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Our Program