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About Us

The Ontario College of Percussion and Music is dedicated to the proper education of it's students in all musical areas. Although the original focus of the music school was on the drumset, OCOPM soon branched out to include private lessons and programs for all instruments. The overarching purpose of the school is to provide a well-rounded musical education to our students, preparing them with an understanding of music theory to accompany the practical playing skills they develop in their lessons. We are dedicated to providing the best music lessons available.

Toronto's Best Music Teacher

A Music School with History

OCOPM opened it's doors in 1965. Founded by world-renowned Toronto drummer-percussionist Paul Robson to fill a gap in the music industry, the school quickly became a top music education school in North America. And for some time, it remained the only percussion school on the continent. The college has developed a reputation over the years for training students to become musicians of the highest calibre.

Paul Robson and OCOPM in the Media

Throughout the 1960's and 1970's, the school continued to build a strong reputation for turning out highly skilled and musical drummers, so much so that it attracted media attention from local newspapers and from the international drumming community. The school has been featured in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life Magazine, and Modern Drummer, among others.

Paul Robson

Founder and President

Mr. Robson is recognized as a leading music educator, performer, author, clinician and columnist. He has performed with many top bands and recording artists such as:

  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Anne Murray
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Moe Koffman
  • Bo Diddley
  • The Royal York Hotel House Orchestra
  • The Pat Riccio
  • Bobby Gimby
  • Rob Baganato Big Band
  • Ron Metcalf Big Band
  • The Royal Canadian Navy Concert Orchestra
  • Frank Gorshin
  • Lovelace Watkins
  • Cab Calloway
  • Ellis McClintock
  • Alf Coward
  • Al Stanwick
  • Bob Livingston
  • Guido Basso
  • Peggy Lee
  • Tommy Ambrose

...and many more. He was composer, arranger and leader of the Royal Canadian Navy Jazz and Dance Orchestra, Composer and Arranger for the Variety Village Drum Corps, Western Technical Commercial School Drum Corps, Band Master Royal Canadian Army (R) as well as the author of eleven music and drumset method books, clinician and past columnist for Canadian Musician magazine.

Mr. Robson has been nominated for The Order of Canada and The Order of Ontario. He has also been given the Now Magazine Toronto's Best Music Teacher Award for 2005. His program of drumset instruction is available through his music school, alongside programs for many other instruments.

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