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

Sistema Toronto’s unique curricula keeps social learning as top priority, building well-rounded musicians, strong collaborators, and confident leaders. 

Music theory and composition is woven into all program areas, helping students develop a foundational  knowledge of notation, key signatures, time signatures, and rhythmic notation while providing a creative outlet for composition and improvisation.

Repertoire for all program areas reinforces learning outcomes, but also aims to represent the diversity of the communities in which Sistema Toronto programs are offered.

Learn more about each of our program areas by selecting the icons below.


Once students graduate from Music & Movement, they participate in our Core Program, which involves learning a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or double bass). Students… Continue reading


The Sistema Toronto percussion curriculum focuses on progressive skill acquisition in stick technique, understanding of time signatures, world-beats and patterns, mallet instruments and technique… Continue reading


The Sistema Toronto choir curriculum focuses on five components of choir and singing skillsets: vocal production, technical skills (pitch matching, singing scales, rhythm), sight singing,… Continue reading

Music & Movement

Sistema Toronto's Music & Movement class for beginners (ages 6-7) has its own curriculum focused on preparing students to play orchestral instruments in their second year. Students sing, play… Continue reading

Social Development

Students' social development is our top priority. At Sistema Toronto, social learning is both woven into instrument classes and has its own learning modules, outcomes, and evaluation. Our … Continue reading

Nutrition Program

One in five of households in Toronto experience food insecurity.* Kids that come from food insecure households are more likely to experience poor mental and physical health, greater risk of… Continue reading

Honours Orchestra

Beginning in September 2019, some of our senior students and Sistema Toronto graduates came together to form our new Honours Youth Orchestra.

Sistema Toronto students meet… Continue reading