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Learn to Sing With Merriam Music Vocal Lessons

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. 


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Singing Lessons

Preschoolers • Kids • Teens • Adults • Seniors

Real Progress, Fun Lessons

Singing Lessons for All Ages, Beginner to Advanced

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.

Singing Lessons

Good Fit Guarantee

Love Your First Vocal Lesson, or It’s Free

As our testimonials illustrate, students of Merriam Music love their lessons. We are confident you will too! That is why MSM offers a “Good Fit Guarantee” for every student’s first trial lesson. You do not have to pay unless you are fully satisfied with your instructor and lesson.

Expert Instructors

Three interviews, multiple background checks, and 80 hours of intense training are the process that every single one of our teachers undergoes to become a faculty member of the Merriam School of Music. Our large faculty ensures that there is a perfect teacher for you that completely aligns with your interests and learning style.

Convenient Scheduling

We are open 7 days per week to ensure that you can schedule your lessons around your busy schedule. Convenient hours and formats such as in-studio, in-home, and online lessons mean that you do not have to put your musical ambitions on hold ever again.

RCM Exams

For well over 30 years, Merriam Music instructors have been coaching students through the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. As a result, they have become experts and preparing students for RCM exams. Whether you are looking to complete your grade 1 or ARCT exam, our experienced coaches will help you accomplish your goal.

HD Performance Videos

Your family and friends will never have to miss your special moment on stage again thanks to our High-Definition Video Logs. We record and document every single one of your performances throughout each calendar year so you can relive your performances at any time.

Customized Lessons

Every student has a set of goals and ambitions that are unique to them. As experienced and versatile as some teachers may be, not every teacher is equipped to work with every single student. That is why Merriam Music has an extensive faculty of teachers with a diverse range of musical backgrounds. This ensures that you will be matched with a teacher that fits your goals.

15+ Recitals

Becoming a confident performer is an art that takes practice. Merriam School of Music provides its students with over 15 performance opportunities every year. Ranging from casual jam nights to formal concert recitals, you will have a chance to workshop the skills you have acquired through your training in front of a live crowd.

No Long-term Contract

Merriam Music knows that life can throw unexpected curve balls sometimes. That is why we do not believe in long-term contracts. Lessons are billed on a month-to-month basis and all that is required to cancel your lessons is 30 days’ written notice. No penalties. No hassle. No questions asked.

5-Star Google Rating

Merriam Music is proud to be one of the most reviewed and highest-rated music academies in all of Canada. With a 97% customer satisfaction rating, we are completely dedicated to ensuring that you enjoy your time with us every step of the way.

Vocal Lessons

Singing Lessons in Person or Online

In-Studio & Online Vocal Lessons

Whether you are looking to take lessons at one of the most state-of-the-art music facilities in the world or study from the comfort of your home with online singing lessons, Merriam School of Music offers several lesson formats that ensure you can learn in a way that is most convenient for you. While some people may have concerns about the effectiveness of online singing lessons, they have simply not experienced Merriam Music’s online lesson platform.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our school was forced to switch exclusively to online education. The silver lining is that this led to the development of our own proprietary online lesson platform that is unlike any other online education experience. We consulted with teachers and students to devise a unique platform that bridges the gap between the in-person and online experience. You no longer have to be one of the thousands of subscribers to free singing lessons on YouTube to learn online. You will have one-on-one access to a top instructor that will build a custom-tailored lesson plan around your goals and aspirations.

Vocal Teachers With Degrees

The Perfect Vocal Teacher For You

Merriam School of Music has an eclectic staff of vocal teachers that specialize in different genres. Whether you are looking to study classical music, jazz vocals, or sing your favorite pop songs, we guarantee that we have the perfect vocal teacher for you. We get to know you to ensure that you are matched with a teacher that aligns with your interests.

We also have designated teachers that specialize in working with younger students and adult students. Our voice coaches will work closely with you to devise a game plan and curriculum that revolves around your specific goals at all times. Enroll today to begin your singing journey with a voice coach that truly gets you.

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Exceptional Customer Service

Merriam Music has one of the top customer service departments in the world. Our dedicated customer service representatives are passionate about their jobs and get to know each and every teacher, student, staff member, and family that walks through our doors. They work around the clock to ensure that your questions get answered as immediately as possible.

In addition, to allow you to focus exclusively on your lessons, our customer service team is pivotal in establishing the community environment that really separates Merriam Music from any other music school. Even after your first few lessons, Merriam School of Music will feel like a home away from home.

Earn School Credits with Music Lessons

Earn Highschool Credits

Another thing that separates the Merriam School of Music from most other private music academies in North America is the fact that we are an accredited private high school. This means that our students can complete and earn Ontario high school credits through their studies with our schools.

If you are eager to earn high school credits for your musical studies with Merriam Music, contact your Education Counselor or instructor today for more information.

Voice Lessons

Vocal Classes & Programs

In-Studio • Online • Performance



As professional singers and musicians will attest, there is more to singing than just your technique and chops. The environment you are in can profoundly shape your performances through the inspiration it provides. That is why we go to painstaking lengths to ensure that our lesson studios are inviting and inspiring spaces to study and sing in. You will have access to the very top-of-the-line music equipment and technology as you work with your professional coach through each step of your musical journey.



Online singing lessons can be just as impactful as in-person lessons, that is, if they are delivered correctly. Merriam Music has taken online lessons to all new heights with our cutting-edge, proprietary online lesson platform that gives teachers and students unprecedented access to resources that augment and enhance the overall lesson experience. You will have immediate access to sheet music, chord charts, lyric sheets, audio/video libraries, exercises, and much more throughout each and every lesson. You will even be able to access your virtual whiteboard between lessons to ensure that you can pick up exactly where you left off with each practice session.



An increasingly popular offering brings our teachers to your home. For customers within the adjoining neighbourhoods of our Toronto MSM campus, we bring our expertise, inspiration, and organization to your own home. Teachers will come with lesson plans, books, and students can still participate in recitals, festivals or exams. An ideal offering for those with a fine at-home instrument and a distraction-free lesson & practice space.

The in-home program has limited capacity, so please get in touch with us to explore the possibility of having lessons at home.

Best Voice Lessons in Toronto

Music Is Fun. Vocal Lessons Shouldn't Be Any Different

Why do so many of us sing along to the radio on our way to work or hum our favorite songs in the shower? It’s because it is fun! It even decreases stress levels. At the Merriam School of Music, we feel that singing lessons should perpetuate that element of fun and enjoyment at all times. That is why we subscribe to a different educational approach than other music schools that adopt a traditional conservatory methodology. While you will still learn the foundational skills and knowledge that are important to all singers, you will do much more than that at Merriam Music. In addition to learning how to read and interpret notation and learn the mechanics of music through the theory exercises, you will be exposed to every dimension of music that you can imagine. From creative activities like songwriting and production to collaborative performance initiatives, you will gain a far deeper understanding of what it is to be a musician than at any other music school.
Most importantly, you will have fun every step of the way. Your hard work will hardly feel like work given how much you enjoy the process of developing your singing skills with Merriam School of Music’s unique educational approach.

A Music School Beyond the Notes

The notes, words, rhythms, and chords on a sheet of music are undeniably important. However, there is far more to music than the elements represented on the page in ink. Merriam Music’s philosophy is a holistic one in which we see the potential benefit of every aspect of music literacy. That is why our mission is to expose our students to every dimension of music. In addition to being far more relevant and engaging, this holistic approach to learning music is scientifically-proven to have countless benefits that have a positive impact on all areas of a student’s life. From heightened cognition and academic performance to greater feelings of confidence and stronger teamwork skills, the rewards you receive from your lessons will help you in all aspects of your life. During your time at Merriam Music, you will have access to performing in live concerts, producing music in professional recording studios, collaborating in ensembles with your peers, and much more. This will culminate in you not only being a more well-rounded musician but a more well-rounded person.

The Science of Musical Excellence

At Merriam Music, we do not rely on luck and chance to develop successful programs and students. Instead, we rely on the science of musical excellence to establish the most effective curriculums and learning environments possible. For over 30 years, we have been combining practical experience with data-driven research to continuously refine our programs and ensure that our student’s progress is fast-tracked. This is actually part of what makes our music lessons so fun. Students will feel great pride and joy in being able to learn and perform their favorite songs and musical pieces with great ease. That is achieved through a meticulously-crafted curriculum taught by highly-trained music instructors that are dedicated to the cause of helping students reach their full potential. Even our facilities are methodically designed to enhance the overall educational experience that the Merriam School of Music provides. Whether you are just starting lessons or have already reached great heights in your playing, Merriam Music makes musical excellence truly accessible. No audition or testing is required. Regardless of what age or level you are at, we are excited to work with you to unlock your innate musical potential. Sign up for lessons with Merriam Music to discover firsthand what the science of musical excellence is all about.

The Merriam Curriculum 

A Complete Music Education

Students at Merriam don’t just learn differently. Their entire experience is broader and more engaging. They learn creativity and free expression while building confidence, self-esteem, and friendships. It all begins in the classroom, but where it takes them, goes far beyond.

Private Singing Lessons

One-On-One 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

Enriched Singing 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

Online Singing Lessons

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.

"Our mission and purpose is to help foster and inspire creative, connected, and well-rounded lives with the power of music."

- Alan Merriam, President of Merriam Music
Common Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

The price range for singing lessons can vary quite drastically based on a number of factors. For instance, voice coaches teaching privately out-of-home studios will usually have different price ranges than large music academies.

In the case of music schools, the most affordable options typically cost around $1200 per year whereas the most expensive options typically cost $5000 or per year for singing lessons. This breaks down to a per lesson cost of approximately $25 and $100 respectively. Keep in mind, that the duration of the lesson, format of the lesson, and level of coaching will all impact the overall cost of singing lessons as well.

Merriam Music is a top-rated music academy that has a variety of lesson and program options. The typical price range for singing lessons through the Merriam School of Music is roughly $1500 to $3000 annually. If you would like more info regarding lesson and program options as well as their associated costs, please call 647-953-5223

There is no concrete price range for singing lessons in Canada. Prices for singing lessons vary greatly depending on a number of factors, which includes the experience and credentials of the instructor, lesson duration, lesson format, and geographical area.

Like virtually all industries, geographic location plays a big role in the cost of music lessons. Heavily populated metropolitan areas, particularly those with flourishing music scenes, will generally have a lot more competition and variety when it comes to the coaching level. From that perspective, the price range of singing lessons can be quite wide.

There are a number of factors that influence the cost of vocal lessons in the Toronto area. Firstly, private teachers that operate out of their house or personal studio tend to be a little less expensive than teachers working at a large music academy. The duration of the lesson, level of coaching, and lesson format (in-studio, in-home, online) will also play a role in the cost of lessons.

Merriam School of Music has a variety of tuition rates depending on the specific lesson preferences of the student. However, the annual tuition rate typically falls between $1500 and $3000 on average. For more information regarding Merriam Music’s specific pricing and tuition structures, feel free to contact 647-953-5223.

There is a number of voice coaches and music schools offering voice lessons in Toronto. Merriam School of Music, Toronto Arts Academy, Singer’s Edge, Royal Conservatory of Music, and Long & McQuade are a few of the established music academies in the area offering vocal instruction.

There are many voice coaches teaching privately in the Toronto area. However, there are some important benefits that come along with taking vocal lessons at an established music school.

The Merriam School of Music prides itself on offering top-rated vocal lessons to students in the Toronto area. Beyond having the largest roster of expert instructors to choose from, Merriam Music’s university-endorsed curriculum is one of the most cutting-edge and successful curriculums in the world. Unparalleled access to performance opportunities, professional facilities, and extracurricular programs are also a unique feature of Merriam School of Music.

While singing and using one’s voice is a natural process for most, training the voice in order to increase your control over and expand its capabilities in terms of range, tone, and volume is an entirely different prospect.

Free online lessons and tutorials from social media sites like YouTube or Facebook might serve as a helpful starting point, but most experienced singers will attest to the notion that personalized one-on-one lessons with an experienced voice coach is a very worthwhile investment. Working one-on-one with a coach ensures that the lessons are custom-tailored to your specific needs, interests, and struggles. Every single person’s voice is unique, so it is difficult to replace personalized coaching.

The list of benefits that are associated with singing lessons is quite extensive. Beyond the fact that singing is a lot of fun, given the connection between our voice and communication in general, it has a lot of positive benefits when it comes to social aspects. Many students that take singing lessons declare that learning to control their voice leads to increased confidence, ease in communicating and expressing themselves to others, and stronger public speaking abilities.

While every voice teacher will inevitably have a different style and philosophy on what voice lessons will entail, professional voice lessons by an experienced vocal coach are usually quite comprehensive. A central part of studying the voice for most students is vowel and consonant production as well as breathing, air placement, tone, and dynamic control. In addition to these technical elements, teachers will often work with their students in areas like performance, expression, interpretation, and enunciation. Classical voice students will also be expected to learn the basics of languages like Italian, French, and German as some key pieces of repertoire are written in those languages.
Voice lessons are the education of controlling one’s voice for musical purposes. However, voice lessons stem far beyond just singing songs. Experienced voice coaches train their students in proper breathing, air placement, vowel production, tone control, dynamic control, and expression. Classical singers may also learn to sing in other languages such as Italian, French, and German depending on the repertoire they sing.
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