Education and Outreach

The Education and Outreach Committee of the Guitar Society of Toronto was formed in 2008 to enrich Toronto’s cultural life by providing educational support for teachers, performance opportunities for students, a meeting place for aficionados, free community concerts for schools and hospitals, and free concert tickets for deserving community members. These goals will be achieved through these specific programmes.

Investment in Students

The Guitar Society supports learning through classical music and classical guitar in a variety of ways as follows:

Masterclasses

The Guitar Society supports the development of up and coming guitarists by sponsoring masterclasses at the University of Toronto for university level students.

Kenneth G. Mills Foundation – Performance Outreach Residency

Although the Guitar Society has long acknowledged its role in education and increasing awareness of the guitar, we have recently increased our commitment in this domain and have developed new programmes. We are particularly excited by our Performance Outreach Residency in which we will fund concerts in schools, retirement homes and care facilities. This programme is generously funded by a grant from the Kenneth G. Mills Foundation.

It provides an aspiring community guitarist a concert tour performing for some of our community’s most needy and impressionable people. Although the recitals are presented free of charge to the organization, the performer is paid a modest stipend by the Society. The performer gains invaluable performance experience while the audience is given the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the classical guitar.

If you would like to be considered as a residency performer, or know of an organization which would benefit from a concert, please contact the coordinator at info@guitarsocietyoftoronto.com

Student Recital Series

The Society holds four student recitals each year. All recitals are held at the recital hall of the Briton House Retirement Centre located at 720 Mt. Pleasant Rd.link This venue features excellent acoustics, a large stage, plush seating and an elegant atmosphere. Recitals showcase:

  • children and young people up to the high school level
  • the Rising Stars Concert, comprising advanced players from RCM grade 8 and above.
  • adult performers
  • Guitar Orchestra Gala, featuring high school and community guitar orchestras.

The Guitar Society of Toronto welcomes all amateur guitarists in the GTA to participate in these recitals which are presented free of charge for both performers and audience members.

If you or a student would like to participate in one of our recitals please contact the coordinator at sshorter@guitarsocietyoftoronto.com

The Pre-Concert Junior Performers Programme

The Society is committed to supporting young guitarists in our community and we can think of no better way than allowing them to share the stage with some of the world’s greatest performers. This programme has talented students up to high school age perform one or two short pieces (5-7 minutes) before each of our professional series concerts.

If you have a student you would like to recommend please contact the coordinator at sshorter@guitarsocietyoftoronto.com

The Urban Outreach Programme

The Guitar Society of Toronto provides free tickets to each of its International Performing Artist Concerts so that underprivileged members of the Toronto community are able to attend. Please contact at info@guitarsocietyoftoronto.com

The Classroom Guitar Educators Advocacy Programme

The Guitar Society of Toronto is pleased to partner with classroom guitar music educators who have questions concerning guitar related issues such as starting a classroom guitar programme, acquiring pedagogically effective classroom guitar resources, obtaining classroom guitar teaching materials, and sponsoring outreach concerts in their school. Our aim is to provide resources for school guitar teachers beginning a programme, and to support those educators who already have vibrant programmes.

For more information please contact info@guitarsocietyoftoronto.com

Online Guitar Teacher Registry

Our goal is to provide a liaison between new learners and professional guitar instructors.

If you are a guitar teacher and would like to be included, simply forward the following information to info@guitarsocietyoftoronto.com and we will place your information in the registry:

Teacher name, style(s), area, lesson location, phone, email.

Please Note: The Guitar Society of Toronto provides this registry for informational purposes only, and makes no specific teacher recommendations of any kind.