On the Off Beat Music School is an ensemble based community music school in Leslieville, Toronto. We offer private instruction with some of Toronto’s top musicians who are also highly qualified educators with music degrees or equivalents. Our passion is to provide students with opportunities to play in ensembles, from classical trios to jazz and rock bands, and to enhance their love of music through playing with their peers.
On the Off Beat is owned and operated by the husband/wife team of Michael Skinner and Carissa Neufeld who are both highly involved musicians in the Toronto scene and are dedicated to encouraging and motivating young musicians through music. The dream began in Vancouver while we were both teaching and playing in the city. We envisioned starting a music school in Toronto with opportunities for kids to play in group settings while still getting high quality private instruction. We moved to Leslieville in 2009 and have grown to love the neighbourhood and our students’ families. To read more about Michael and Carissa’s teaching and performance experience, you can view their personal websites below. Also please visit our Faculty Page for information on our teachers.