Preschoolers • Kids • Teens • Adults • Seniors
Singing Classes for All Ages, Beginner to Advanced
Learn to sing the music you love, and stay excited along the way. Regardless of your skill level as a beginner, or looking to build on past experience, we welcome students from all around the world to our acclaimed Vocal Department, where you’ll develop the right technique guided by our top coaches, and sing consistently and confidently.
If you’ve always dreamed of learning to confidently sing in public or improving on your existing skills, then we’re ready to partner with you just as we have for thousands of students since 1988.
Preschoolers • Kids • Teens • Adults • Seniors
Real Progress, Fun Lessons
We offer one-on-one vocal lessons to beginners and experienced students of all ages*, pairing you with the perfect teacher, setting the right goals, and getting you feeling confident with new skills, genres, and of course your favorite songs.
We start with a foundation in good vocal techniques such as breath control, vocal warm-ups, and practice tips to grow your vocal range and help hit those high notes safely and with confidence. Then we work with you to understand what genres you want to build on and blossom into – from musical theatre to pop, singer-songwriter, classical and opera, jazz to R&B. We pick goals that are age-appropriate and connect with your learning style.
Good Fit Guarantee
Your first lesson with a new tutor is protected by Merriam’s Good Fit Guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your lesson, you don’t pay. No questions asked.
Get matched with the perfect teacher, who understands your style of learning, the type of music that excites you, and who can encourage and coach you towards your goals. Every one of our 100+ teachers undergo 3 interviews, 80+ hours of training, and extensive background checks.
Merriam School of Music is open 7 days per week offering lessons at two convenient locations in the GTA (Oakville & Vaughan Campuses), with 150 teachers to choose from, both on location and in your home.
Merriam has been training students for RCM exams for 30 years and knows exactly how to prepare you for success. They can be done on their own, or together with Merriam’s own university-endorsed exam system.
Receive an individualized High-Definition Video Log of all of your performances throughout the year - never miss a special moment again, and easy to share with friends and family
Merriam offers a variety of ensemble singing courses, some paid, some free so that vocal students have a chance to expand their learning beyond a solo instrument experience. Most are by audition, so ask your teacher or your Education Counselor for more information
Students have 15 chances per year to perform their music. The performances are a mix of formal and informal, solo and group, and are offered in a variety of settings including our performance hall “Studio A”, and the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.
We’re confident you’ll be with us for years. But for any reason, if you need to end your journey with us, 30 days' written notice is all we require to stop lessons, penalty-free.
The most reviews, the highest rating. Merriam serves over 3000 weekly students, and our customer satisfaction rating is over 97%.
Singing Lessons in Person or Online
We offer convenient in-studio (in person) and online voice lessons to students in the GTA and all around the world. Our traditional in-studio lesson program has been running since 1988 and still hosts close to 3000 weekly students. And our online lessons are fun, reliable, organized – in fact, we earned a 4.9/5.0 on a blind survey of over 2000 online students.
For singing students in the Toronto area (Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Toronto, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham), choose between visiting our acclaimed school campuses or connecting with an instructor online – or with FLEX Lessons, you can do both. For those outside of Toronto or even Canada, access the same great music teachers, many of the same activities, and all the same programs online through our online
Vocal Teachers With Degrees
More top coaches to choose from means we’ve got the best chance of finding your perfect match. Merriam offers an industry-leading selection of full singing teachers, sourced from top universities and colleges – many with extensive performance backgrounds as professional singers as well as years of teaching experience.
Because we know how important it is to have the right voice coach, we spend more time finding, training, and retaining them than any school we know of, so that you always get matched perfectly every time. You’ll love the inspiration and the enormous benefit of having a true professional craft your journey as a budding vocalist.
Our voice teachers have performed with American Idol winners, Grammy nominees, major touring groups, and more. Learn from the best at Merriam!
Top-Rated Singing Lessons in Toronto
Great customer experience needs a great team of people to deliver it. Having a seamless lesson is one thing, but receiving timely updates, accurate billing, departmental oversight, and 7-day-a-week support is a whole other world that we’ve been getting right for 3 decades.
This phenomenal team of professional administrators and receptionists actually knows our great teachers, and most importantly, they know you. Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never want another music school again.
Customer experience – just one more example of Merriam striving for the very best customer experience possible.
Earn School Credits with Music Lessons
As a certified private high school, we’re proud to offer a range of Ontario High School credits – if you’re interested in earning high school credits for your work here at Merriam, please let us know and we’ll tell you all about it.
Merriam School of Music is one of the only private music schools in North America to offer high school credits. We’re internationally recognized, university-endorsed, and one of the most respected leaders in vocal lessons & education.
Private • Group • Enriched • Online
Best Voice Lessons in Toronto
Making music lessons fun has been at the core of Merriam Music’s success for over 3 decades. Leave your lessons with a smile, and start each week knowing that you’ll sound better and grow more confident by the end.
We’ve spent years understanding what keeps students motivated, the times in their journey when they’ll be tempted to give up, and how to apply their skills often and in unique ways like performing on real stages for real audiences.
It’s about finding the songs you love. It’s about knowing exactly what exercise will push you through to the next level. It’s about inspiring you to put yourself on a stage and take a chance. And mostly, it’s about making your journey completely and uniquely yours.
We know that everyone can learn to sing better, and it’s our mission to connect with as many students as we can to share the gift of lifelong music-making.
So whether your dream is singing in front of friends with confidence, impressing at a Karaoke night, winning a music festival, passing an exam, or earning a high-school credit, we know exactly how to get you there.
Some schools focus strictly on teaching you the right notes – or just how to sing in tune. At Merriam, we’ll show you how the building blocks of music actually come together to create the songs you love. You’ll more deeply understand the music, and it will actually accelerate how quickly you can learn your next songs.
We’ve been teaching even beginner musicians these complex musical concepts since 1988, much like someone would learn a new language.
In as little as a year, you’ll start creating your own music; you’ll be able to recognize song structures like intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, and outro; you’ll be able to pick apart what instruments are in the background, and how various musical textures are created. And you’ll be able to test it all out with real bands on real stages.
At Merriam, we go beyond the notes to teach you the full musical language, for life.
Merriam School of Music has been involved in multiple university studies, many asking the same question: how to increase engagement, reduce obstacles to rapid learning, and why Merriam succeeds where others have failed.
It starts by infusing the 9 areas of musical literacy into every class, to ensure that the learning is permanent and comprehensive.
Then, add Merriam’s testing system – acknowledged as the most comprehensive in community music today – which meticulously measures development in rhythm, ear training, harmony, singing technique, repertoire, song writing and composition, and more.
Sprinkle in up to 15 times every year to share and hone your work in front of real audiences, including constructive feedback after every performance.And finally, oversight by a department leader who is there to ensure student and program success – something normally only found at colleges and universities.
Private Singing Lessons
Get matched with your perfect coach, and plan out what goals truly excite you. Structure a practice plan that fits into your life. Look forward to your weekly dose of inspiration. And achieve what you want most: to sing your favorite music in tune, to build confidence doing so, and to share your gift with the world.
There are many options for learning music these days, from Youtube to various apps. But when you’re learning to sing, you need constant feedback on almost everything. That’s why a Merriam Music vocal coach can make all the difference. Your friend and mentor along your journey to a completely new way of singing that’s fun, sustainable & safe, and thoroughly crafted.
Advanced Vocal Lessons
Take your singing voice to the highest professional level it’s capable of with the Enriched Vocal Program. This audition-only program will immerse you in a world of music, with extra masterclasses, our top-level instructors, additional social and performance opportunities, and challenging standards to shoot for and achieve certification with.
This is one of the only programs of its kind in Canada, and limited space is available. If you’re new to Merriam and think you might be eligible or appropriate for such a program, speak to our Admissions team today to book an assessment and interview.
Online Vocal Course
Experience an online singing lesson like no other: clear audio and video, every resource at your teacher’s fingertips, a flexible online environment that brings everything into a single window, and lesson plans specifically tested for online use.
With multiple camera angles (where available) and professional microphones, students can see and hear teachers in HD and at the right angles. Teachers can see and hear students and provide the same feedback online as they can in person. Our whiteboard, sheet music resources and huge sound library means that every tool is instantly available – no photocopying, waiting until next week, or simply not finding what the student needs to move forward.
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If You’re Not Satisfied with Your Lesson, You Don’t Pay. No Questions Asked.