What you need to know about vocal school in Toronto
Vocal school in Canada is a rare sight these days.
In fact, only about 1 in 10 graduates go on to attend a Canadian university, according to the University of Toronto’s National Research Centre on Vocal Education.
(Canada’s overall graduation rate is around 67 per cent, with a high of 82 per cent among high school graduates.)
The reasons for this are many, including a lack of funding, a high cost of living, and a lack and a growing awareness of the stigma associated with vocal training.
While vocal school has existed for years in the U.S., Canada has only recently taken the lead, says Michael J. Glynn, the dean of the Faculty of Music at the University the University.
“Vocal school was a very, very small niche, in the early 2000s, but we’re now the dominant voice school in the world,” he says.
Glynn’s research suggests that many young Canadians have never heard of vocal school.
“A lot of people would say, ‘well, they don’t teach you how to play, they teach you that you can’t sing,’ but they don