Learning is something special when it is done in an ensemble. Instead of simply learning to play an instrument by oneself, group lessons have the added benefit of helping students to learn to play together. When musicians share the same space they become conscious of others’ playing and conscious of their own contributions to the musical whole.

Learning to play proficiently alone is a great accomplishment, but learning to play as a part of a music ensemble is both an intuitive and independent art.

  • Learn to share the space with other players
  • Build valuable interpersonal skills
  • Develop the ability to perform as part of a group


  • Teaching focussed on how to play together
  • Instructors matched to students’ skill levels
  • Collective learning
  • Students gain confidence
  • Learn what success feels like

Junior String Ensemble

Our String Ensemble classes provides beginning musicians with an opportunity to learn to play in an ensemble, preparing them as musicians for future contributions to full-scale orchestras.

Musicians who are brand new to violin, viola, cello and bass, as well as those who have been playing for up to one year, are encouraged to sign up. Players work directly with string coaches, and the smaller group allows for greater personal attention in order to build strong fundamental skills. Students from outside the school are welcome to audition.

Senior String Ensemble

Our Senior String Ensemble is for advanced students playing challenging repertoires, at Level 4 Royal Conservatory of Music and up. Entrance is only available by audition and members are expected to attend regularly. There will be several performances and competitions throughout the year of repertoire from the Baroque period through to the modern era.

Students outside the school are welcome to audition.


The Vaughan’s Voice Choir practices at the school every Thursday 8-9 pm and is free for anyone to attend.

Singing together teaches students how to balance and blend their combined vocal energies within each section and across all sections, achieving unity as a choir.

Learning to sing in tune with others will develop skills in precision and accuracy through the tuning of the cords and achieving beauty.

Learning how to use nuances, will teach everyone to respect the perception and fulfillment of conductor’s demands, by achieving expressivity.


The jazz ensemble course places young musicians into small ensembles where most of their learning and performing is done. Work is largely practical, focusing on improvisation, study of harmonic and rhythmic elements and playing in a variety of styles.

The Jazz ensemble course also provides the invaluable opportunity to meet and make music with like-minded young players. The Jazz course goal here at Kollari Institute of Music is to prepare students thoroughly for further specialist study at higher education levels.

Classical & Chamber Music

Kollari Institute of Music offers vocal chamber music to vocal students, ages 12 and up, with unchanged treble voices by audition. This group is an advanced ensemble. Students should have notation and score-reading ability. Students perform in many styles and languages with plenty of performance opportunities. The instrumental Chamber Music Ensembles are groups of our talented students from 3-5 players based on compatible abilities.They perform a wide variety of classical music from all time periods. Acceptance is granted via audition.

Rock Band

We have assembled a number of student rock bands in our ranks who work with their instructors to tighten their repertoire and sharpen their playing skills as they prepare to enthrall live audiences! Our rock bands are often called upon to entertain our audiences at our regularly-scheduled performances, and our practice rooms are outfitted with amplifiers, drum kits, and other difficult-to-move equipment for ease of use and facilitation of scheduling.

What Our Students Say

  • We started with Kollari 3 years ago playing piano with school director Mimosa. She’s a teacher and musician from God. If you are looking for professional approach, build good music taste, personal touch, good relationship between teacher/student and nice musical atmosphere don’t doubt – try Kollari

    Inna Froimovich

  • The Kollari family is dedicated to providing a great experience in music education. They care about their students. My family has been taking music lessons at Kollari for several years. Thanks to the great teachers at Kollari, my kids have completed several RCM levels, have acquired a great appreciation for learning music, and have had many opportunities to perform. Their teachers are professional and dedicated. Fantastic facilities. Great concerts year after year. The string orchestra is great!

    T. P.

  • Staff are kind, courteous, professional, and they make learning about music fun. I’m not sure if there is an instrument they can’t handle – I’m just amazed at all the talent in just one place. They hold annual concerts at professional venues also, which gives the kids a true performance experience. What I like the most is that there has been a good balance of focus on the RC material, mixed with popular music, which has really made learning fun.

    Robert Triffo

  • Not only does the Kollari Institute Of Music provide excellent place of practice and learning but also teacher-student relationships that are genuinely invested in the development of skill.

    Stephanie B

  • Both my children attend Kollari and are progressing well. We are very happy with level of attention and care given towards our children’s instructions. I would strongly recommend Kollari to any parent interested in enrolling their children in music lessons.

    Sandro Pelaccia

  • When an Institute such as Kollari Institute of Music can take an international student who is learning to speak english, has zero knowledge of music, severe stage fright and teach them to play and perform that speaks volumes as to the level of professionalism and knowledge the teachers have.
    I love the variety of programs that are offered at the school. Kollari Institute of Music has allowed me to fulfill my dreams of singing in a band by teaching me how to sing, read music and play various instruments at my age. If you think you’re to old to learn YOU’RE NOT! I’m living proof!
    Thank you Dr. and Mrs. Kollari for making my dreams come true and for making all us students feel like family.

    Mari Faraone

  • It’s smart choice to learn music here.

    Julia Xu

  • We are beyond pleased with the progress our children have made since starting their piano, vocal and drum lessons here. The teachers are passionate about what they do and it is reflected in their teaching. You can feel the love for music just walking through the door. We know we made the right choice choosing Kollari Institute of Music for our children.

    Sonya Zachariah

  • This school demonstrates a very strong commitment to music education. My children have been students of the Kollari’s for almost 10 years and without any doubt, they are by far, the best in the business! They have always encouraged my children to seek their potential and to never give up! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Kollari for all that you have done and for all that you will continue to do!

    Linda Vitti

  • I give this school a 10! Kollari has developed an incredible music learning community that is second to none! I really like the teachers and the principals. They really care about the kids. Our family has had a wonderful experience with Kollari Music School. The teachers here are an example in excellence. My children have flourished at this school. The education model here is a fantastic way to encourage the kids into instrument and vocal learning cycle. I would highly recommend Kollari! Awesome school! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Kollari!

    Emma Yang