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During the 2021/22 season, the TSO is offering three virtual Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) certifications, which meet the experiential learning and certification areas of the Arts & Culture and Health & Wellness programs.

To make a booking, or to discuss bulk-purchasing workshops, please contact our Education department at schoolconcerts@TSO.CA.

Audition Preparation

Connects to:

  • SHSM Arts & Culture—Audition Preparation Certification
  • Experiential Learning

COST: $30 per student
DELIVERY: YouTube Live
DATE: Nov. 25, 2021 (10:00am–11:00am)

Auditions are part of every orchestra musician’s life. Learn how to rise to the challenge of auditions through inside tips and tricks including mental practice, visualization, and positive self-talk. These techniques can be applied to life, not just auditions!

  • Attend a 60-minute industry chat/session with a TSO musician.
  • Discuss audition preparation and practice strategies that apply to interviews, presentations, auditions, and more. 
  • Experience live music performed by a professional musician.
  • Interact and ask questions about life as a professional musician.

Leadership Skills

Connects to:

  • Numerous SHSM Sectors—Leadership Skills Certification

COST: $30 per student
DELIVERY: YouTube Live
DATE: February 23, 2022 (10:00am–11:30am)

Leadership comes in many forms, especially in the arts. Join us for a 90-minute panel discussion, led by the TSO’s Barrett Principal Education Conductor & Community Ambassador, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, and featuring a distinguished group of diverse artists. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of today’s groundbreaking leaders!

  • Attend a 90-minute discussion exploring leadership from an arts perspective.
  • Be inspired by the journey of our accomplished guest artists.
  • Learn how they created innovative programming through their leadership.
  • Interact and ask questions during a culminating 30-minute Q&A session.

Music in Care

Connects to:

  • SHSM Arts & Culture—Training in Art Therapy
  • SHSM Health & Wellness—Specialized Care

COST: $30 per student 
DELIVERY: YouTube Live
DATES: Feb 23, 2022 (1:00pm–2:30pm)

“From infancy to old age and at every stage in between, music can impact our cognition, communication, brain health, and overall well-being.” —Room 217 Foundation 

Explore the impact of music in care settings in a 90-minute conference-style format hosted by TSO musicians and healthcare experts familiar with the role of music therapy and music care.

  • Learn how the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra developed the TSOUND Connections program, which connects TSYO and TSO musicians to seniors through music and conversation practices.
  • Experience the difference between music therapy and community music exchanges.
  • Explore the intersection between careers and pathways in arts and healthcare. 
  • Discover the music-care approach—the intentional use of music by anyone to improve health and well-being.