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Columbus Centre School of Music



The Columbus Centre School of Music is committed to the development and diffusion of music both within the Italian–Canadian community and the community at large. Our music school gives students the opportunity to explore their musical passion. Our instructors have a breadth of musical periods, genres and varied teaching techniques. Our instructors cater to each individual interest, whether the aim is for leisurely fun or for preparation for the Royal Conservatory of Music and school-entry exams.


We offer a wide variety of music lessons that are open to anyone of any skill level. Our seasonal one-on-one private lessons are taught by our professional instructors. For over 30 years, our music program has developed into one of the most prominent in the community, and the progress of our students is widely admired by those who attend our two annual recitals. 


In addition to in-person classes, the Columbus Centre School of Music is also offering online music classes! Our music instructors will be teaching private lessons virtually via apps such as ZOOM, Facetime or Skype. Open to new and existing students. To inquire about virtual lessons, please contact: cultural@villacharities.com

Music Scholarship Program

The Columbus Centre School of Music is proud to offer a music scholarship program. Music students will receive awards recognizing their exceptional talent, dedication and passion for music. The scholarships, which provide students with monies towards future Columbus Centre School of Music tuition fees, reinforce the school’s commitment to developing musical growth in children’s lives. 

Early Bird Registration

Register for a full year term (2022/2023 season) between August 8 – 12, 2022 and take advantage of a 5% early bird discount.

Meet Your Instructors

Thomas Arthur is a professional musician, audio engineer and educator who has been playing and teaching music professionally for over 10 years. Arthur has thoroughly toured the GTA and played in many festivals, events and functions over the past decade and has conducted concert bands at various festivals at the Elementary and Middle School levels. Specializing in accordion, Arthur will help students see genres and instruments as beautiful worlds to discover and develop.

Musician and Tenor Joshua Clemenger has a passion for making music and loves helping students find the same joy! With a Masters in opera from The University of Toronto and an extensive professional resume, Joshua’s teachings include guitar, voice, piano, drums, ukulele and music production.

With over 25 years’ experience teaching music at the Columbus Centre, Mila Germanovsky believes that musical knowledge plays an essential role in our lives. Working with each student’s unique personality and academic level Mila teaches music theory, history of music and the importance of music foundation. 

Marco Marrone has been a music instructor at Columbus Centre School of Music since 1984.  As a soulful clarinet and saxophone player, he has performed and continues to play with many musical ensembles throughout the GTA. As an electronic musician/composer skilled at using midi and digital applications, he has scored original music for short films and live performances. Recently retired from St John Henry Newman Catholic High School in Scarborough, a position he held and loved for 35 years, his fluency in many styles of music will lend itself well to students who are willing to learn.

Aysel Taghi-Zada is a passionate violinist devoted to the performance of classical and contemporary music. She has collaborated with distinguished musicians and frequently performs with orchestras such as: the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Windsor Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Concert Orchestra.Students who wish to learn from the best of the best will easily find it here with Taghi-Zada.

Janelle Yausif has a passion to help and encourage students to find their own voice and explore the world of music! Yausif is a classically trained soprano opera singer and pianist. Having studied both piano and voice from the age of 6, Janelle is now fluent in the styles of both pop and classical. Janelle’s singing career has already left her performing almost all over the world, with multiple-sold out concerts and tours. 

2022/2023 Programs and Pricing

Private Lessons (available in-person and online, for both children and adults)

  • Saxophone
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Violin
  • Vocal
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Music Production
  • Ukulele
  • Accordion
Class Time (Price per class)Single ClassFull YearFall Term (13 Weeks)Winter Term (10 Weeks)Spring Term (12 Weeks)
30 minutes$38.50
45 minutes$50.50
60 minutes$65
TermsProgram DatesWeeks
Fall TermMonday, September 12, 2022 - Monday, December 12, 2022
13 Weeks
Winter TermMonday, January 9, 2023 - Monday, March 27, 2023
10 Weeks
Spring TermMonday, April 3 ,2023 - Monday, June 26, 2023
12 Weeks

Pricing & Schedules are subject to change without notice.


Columbus Centre School of Music welcomes back returning and new students – both children and adults. We are committed to the level of instruction we provide and will work together to place you or your child with the appropriate instructor based on your needs and interest. Registration for music programs is ongoing. If there is a particular day, time or instrument you wish to learn, please contact the Arts, Youth & Culture Department.

Online Registration

New Students: Click “Register” and fill out the registration form and parent/student information, then select a class you wish to enroll in.


Currently enrolled families: To log in, enter the email address you gave us on your registration form or created when you registered online or you CLICK “Forgot my Password” and you will be guided on how to create a new password.


Registration is complete when the online registration and payment have been received and processed by the Arts, Youth & Culture Department. Lessons will not begin until registration is complete.


Payment due in full, upon registration. We accept credit cards, debit, cheques and cash (exact amount). NSF cheques will be charged a $30.00 service charge. Payments must be re-submitted within 48 hours. Payments are accepted in full or in 3 installments.


5% discount on additional siblings.

5% multiple instrument discount if taking two or more instruments.

5% early bird discount when registering between August 8 and 12 and for paying for a full year.

Discounts cannot be combined.

Refund Policy

Full year registrants (music private lessons): Tiered refund policy (before fourth lesson). Inquire for full details.

The Arts, Youth & Culture department reserves the right to change program dates, times, rooms and instructors during the year. We will strive to provide two weeks notice.

For more information, please contact:

Edris Osman
Arts & Culture Coordinator
Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 299