Smart Start Advantage

For More Than 130 Years, The Royal Conservatory Has Translated The Latest Thinking About Creativity Into Inspiring Courses.


Smart Start, a transformative early childhood music program, was created at The Marilyn Thomson Early Childhood Education Centre by the RCM's Neuroscience Research Centre in collaboration with expert music educators. Tailored specifically to the developmental stages for children ages 0-3, the program's curriculum consists of age-targeted, weekly classes delivered by a trained and certified Smart Start teacher.

3 Reasons To Choose Smart Start For Your Child Or School


With more than 60 years of thought leadership in music education paired with science-backed research, Smart Start delivers rich, developmental benefits to all children in their earliest possible stages of learning.


Putting decades of research into practice, the age-targeted curriculum was created to foster achievement beyond normal development and is based on content standards specific to each of the four early childhood age groups.


Our extensively trained teachers employ a diverse and inclusive repertoire of songs, games, rhymes, and activities designed for each child's developmental needs.

Start Today! Find a Smart Start Provider Near You

Our program is expanding internationally. Don't see a participating provider near you? Join our mailing list and be the first to know when we launch Smart Start at a school in your area!

For Teachers and Parents! Download our Free Smart Start Handbook which includes:

  • Musical activities from the Smart Start curriculum
  • Curated articles about the connections between music, language, cognition, and learning
  • A handy guide to enrollment and getting started with the SmartStart app