The Annex Academy of Music is a community music studio located at 519 Bloor Street West, near Bathurst and Bloor in downtown Toronto. Our expert teachers give lessons in piano, guitar, voice, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet, violin, and theory for students of all ages. We take pride in being the most fun, most engaging music school in town. Please check out our site and get in touch to learn more about how we can get you or your child playing today.
We believe that making music is a natural part of life that every child and adult can find joy in. The comfortable atmosphere of our studio allows us to make a personal connection with each student so that we can tap into his or her interests and needs.
Annex Academy of Music provides a balance of contemporary and classical teaching methods to foster creativity and well rounded musicianship in students of all ages. Our music lesson programs are tailored to the unique needs and interests of each student: your goals are our goals. Students are encouraged to engage in the rich musical life of our studio and the city around us to participate in ensembles, festivals and performances.
Our highest aim is to help each student experience the beauty around them, unlock their creative potential, and discover the joy of their own learning process -- the ultimate reason that learning music is so universally important.
We're in the Bathurst and Bloor area of Toronto, just a 3-minute walk from Bathurst subway station. And we love visitors.
We have amazing teachers who keep things fun and interesting. Each of our teachers has a music degree and many years experience in music education.
We'll get you playing right away! Private music lessons, one-on-one with the teacher, provide lots of individual attention to help set and achieve goals that matter to you. Lessons are weekly and 30, 45 or 60 minutes long, depending the student’s age and experience level. Scheduling is simple – once we find the best weekly timeslot for you it is yours every week.
Once we find a time for you, it's yours. You will never be double booked.
Our private lessons are uniquely tailored to each student's skill, musical taste, and aptitude. We teach classical, jazz, pop, and contemporary styles to students of all ages.
We teach piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, drums, and vocals in several styles, to students of all ages and skill levels.
It's not enough to just take your lessons and practice at home. You've got a musical life to live! We offer plenty of opportunities for students to enrich their musical lives, flex their creative muscles, and put their new skills into practice!
Get out there and strut your stuff! We encourage our students to develop self-confidence and performance skills by providing the opportunity to play at concerts, festivals, competitions and examinations. These experiences are not a requirement, but a great opportunity for an enhanced learning experience. Funfest, Kiwanis, casual recitals and concerts are just a few of the performance opportunities we provide our students.
Ever wanted to play in a group? We offer ensemble opportunities for all instruments, from duets to larger bands, and performance opportunities, too. We've also got a glee club and a rock band! Contact us for more information.
We have successfully prepared many students for Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada or Ontario Music Teacher's Guild exams. Examinations are an excellent motivator as they provide a clear goal to aspire to and concrete feedback on the result of the student’s effort. The great sense of accomplishment a student feels after completing an exam is another reason to consider taking one. Exams for higher grades can also be counted towards high school credit.
Every summer the Annex Academy runs a Glee camp and Rock Band camp for kids ages 7-13!
Led by two of our amazing teachers, students get the opportunity to learn from professional musicians in a group setting. Music camp runs the third week of July each summer and finishes with a performance at the end of the week. If you’re looking to develop your musical skills further and have fun playing in a band these camps are for you!
Please contact us for more information and to register for the program!
Here are some things we think you might find helpful. Click on the names to get to the links.
An online ear training website for working on intervals, chords, scales and more!
A website with interactive trainers for theory and ear training. Really a great resource.
Want to learn your favourite new song? Go to this website and download sheet music for thousands of songs. Costs about $4.50/song.
Has your teacher been telling you to work on your time? Go to this website to use their free online metronome.
Have you ever heard a song or riff that you'd like to learn but it just going by to fast? Use this program to slow music down to 20% of it's original speed.
For more advanced jazz students, this is a great podcast by drummer Danny Wolf to help students work on intervals, chords, scales and more.
The world's largest on-demand music streaming and discovery service. Over 30 million users flock to Spotify to listen to their favorite music, create playlists, discover new tunes, and share it all with friends via Facebook, Twitter, social news sites, and more.
Free sheet music and recordings by the thousands: all in the public domain.
Need to tune your guitar? Check out this site!
We get asked these questions a lot. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, never hesitate to contact us directly by email or phone. We love hearing from you.
Here are a 10 great reasons:
We feel incredibly lucky to have your school in our community. Our daughter is flourishing and advancing musically, but Annex Academy also provides an atmosphere that is friendly, encouraging, and non-stressful. A far cry from our rather stuffy experiences learning music as kids!
I wanted to thank you so much for a great year of piano! Alice learnt a lot and really enjoyed it - and the COVID transition to Zoom was totally seamless
Thank you for working with Harriet this year, and Lieke with Iris, both of you are so terrific, especially for showing up during this difficult time (with Covid). Having piano lessons continue online was a good experience for our family and I appreciate the way The Annex Academy rose to the occasion.
"Annex Academy of Music has been a great experience for my kids. Not only do they love their lessons but they are also excited to practice at home and learn more about music history. The teachers make learning piano fun and are able to adapt to the personalities and interests of each individual child."
"The Annex Academy has provided my children with a wonderful introduction to piano. The teachers have made the music lessons fun, and my kids enjoy going every week. It’s also wonderful to see their self-confidence and self-esteem grow as they learn how to play!"
"The Annex Academy of Music provides a great environment for kids - the teachers balance music theory and fun to make learning enjoyable. Harley is an amazing guitarist and so patient with kids. Laura has been an inspiring vocal teacher who builds self-confidence. I’ve been really happy with my experience here. I’ve recommended Annex Academy of Music to friends who have now signed up for lessons!"
"I'd like thank you so much for the musical education The Annex Academy has provided for Bella. By teaching her contemporary songs for piano she is way more inclined to practice, and excel."